FAQ

Where is Frog’s Leap located?

Frog’s Leap Winery is located in Rutherford, at the very center of the Napa Valley. We are situated between Highway 29 and the Silverado Trail at 8815 Conn Creek Road. Look for the Red Barn with the frog weather vane.


I’ll be visiting Napa Valley and would love to come to Frog’s Leap.
How do I go about scheduling a tour and tasting?

We would love to have you visit us at the winery. All visits are by prior appointment. Reservations can be arranged up-to-the minute online or giving us a call at
800-959-4704.

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Is my dog welcome at Frog’s Leap?

Frog’s Leap welcomes your furry, four-legged friend to enjoy the outside property, as long as they are kept on a leash during their visit. Please note that we do allow special privileges for our winery dog, Abbie.


Are my children welcome at Frog’s Leap?

Being a family-friendly winery, Frog’s Leap welcomes your children.


Do you have a mailing list?

Yes. Sign up today.


Can we picnic at the winery?

Unfortunately, due to county regulations, we are unable to allow picnicking at the winery. But we’ve come up with a great list of places where you can picnic.


What is the maximum group size that the winery will accommodate for a tasting?

To ensure that all guests have an enjoyable experience at Frog’s Leap, we limit our groups to 14 people.


Can I host a wedding or private event at Frog’s Leap? What about taking my engagement or wedding photos?

Again, due to county regulations, Frog’s Leap cannot offer the property as a venue for weddings, private events, or professional photo shoots.


Can I buy Frog’s Leap wines at stores or restaurants in my city/state?

Frog’s Leap wines are distributed throughout most of the country.

Here’s a list of our distributors that can direct you to local restaurants and wine shops.


Can Frog’s Leap ship wine to me at home?

In compliance with current state laws, Frog’s Leap wines ordered in the online shop or over the phone can be shipped to the following states: AK, CA, CO, CT* (license # LSW.0000673), DC, FL, GA*, HI*, IA, ID, IL*, KS, MA, MD, ME, MI*, MN, MO, MT, NC*, ND*, NE*, NH, NJ*, NM*, NV, NY*, OH, OR, PA*, SC*, SD*, TN, TX*, VA, VT*, WA* (license # 079184), WV*, & WI*. Residents of AR, AZ, DE, and RI may place orders to have wines shipped home when they are present at the winery.

*Tax on freight is charged and remitted as required by state laws and regulations.


Does Frog’s Leap participate in the Napa Neighbors program?

We offer a 10% discount on wine and merchandise for valid Napa Valley residents, age 21 and over.


Do you waive tasting fees with the purchase of wine?

Frog’s Leap will waive one tasting fee with every six-bottle purchase.



Who owns Frog’s Leap?

John Williams, who founded the winery in 1981,
is still the current owner and winemaker.


Where does the name “Frog’s Leap” come from?

Frog’s Leap was originally started on a historic property in St. Helena known to be a commercial frog farm in the late 1800’s. When John Williams first came to the Napa Valley in 1975, he began making wine for a little-known winery called “Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars.” In 1976, John and his friend Larry Turley made their first barrel of wine at the “Frog Farm” with “borrowed” grapes from Stag’s Leap, and coined the name “Frog’s Leap” as an inside joke. In 1981, John and Larry decided to get serious and the rest, as they say, is history.


Who designed your wine label?

A young designer named Chuck House created the Frog’s Leap label in 1981 for a couple hundred bucks and a couple cases of wine. That same year, the label was awarded the Design of Excellence Award from the American Institute of Graphic Designers. The label was further honored with its inclusion in the permanent collection of the Smithsonian Institute, and Chuck’s Icon Design Group is now one of the most sought-after design studios in the industry.


How long has Frog’s Leap been making wine?

Believe it or not, we made our first 700 cases of Sauvignon Blanc and Zinfandel in 1981 and we’ve been making wine ever since.


What does the “TFWYHF” on the label mean?

“Time’s Fun When You’re Having Flies.” Read the The Story of Frog’s Leap for details.


How does Frog’s Leap strive to be a “green” winery?

We believe in the importance of sustainable farming, winemaking and business practices. We apply these values in the following ways:
- Our winery is 100% solar-powered
- The Vineyard House is heated and cooled using geothermal energy
- All 200 acres of grapes we grow are dry-farmed using traditional methods
- Our vineyards and gardens are all California Certified Organic Farms (CCOF)
- The Vineyard House is the first Silver LEED certified winery in California



How long should I age my Frog’s Leap wines?

Frog’s Leap red wines are built to age and will reward you if you can cellar them for 5 to 10 years. All of the red wines we’ve made are still improving,
many after 25 years in the bottle.


What makes Rutherford a unique place to grow grapes?

Situated in the center of the Napa Valley, the Rutherford Viticultural Area is comprised of a multitude of microclimates and soil types which have given rise to some of California’s most well-respected wines. With its rocky, fast-draining soils, Rutherford’s west side, known as the “Rutherford Bench,” is perhaps the single best place to grow Cabernet sauvignon in the world.


What does the term “Rutherford Dust” mean?

“Rutherford Dust” was a phrase coined by one of the Napa Valley’s most respected winemakers, André Tchelistcheff, to reflect the definable style, quality, and character of grapes and wines originating from the Rutherford Viticultural Area. To quote Mr. Tchelistcheff, “It takes Rutherford Dust to grow great Cabernet.”


Why does Frog’s Leap have “square” fermentation tanks?

When the Red Barn was rebuilt in 1994, it was discovered that square tanks would allow for 33% more storage per square foot, while fitting nicely between the steel structure required to hold up the building. Plus, we think they look pretty cool.


What type of barrels do you use for aging the wine?

We use French and American oak barrels from various coopers. Each variety of wine is aged in the type of oak that will best support and complement the natural character of the wine.


Are you an organic winery?

We are not an organic winery but we are a winery that makes wine from certified organically grown grapes (CCOF.org) and have since 1989. We have long believed that the greatest impact that organic principles can have on the process of winemaking is in the vineyard. A small amount of organic sulfur is added during the winemaking process (the part of the equation that the USDA considers “non-organic”) a practice that is thousands of years old and is, we believe, essential when making wines that are intended for cellar aging.


Does your wine contain sulfites?

All wines contain sulfites as they are naturally produced by fermentation. Almost all wineries, including Frog’s Leap, also add minute amounts of naturally occurring sulfur to protect the wine from oxidation.



Why does Frog’s Leap farm organically?

Balancing our soils with organic matter results in deeply rooted vines and better quality grapes. Better quality grapes means better tasting wine. To us, organic farming just makes good sense.


What is the purpose of planting cover crops?

Every winter, oats, vetch and winter peas are sown in the vineyards, to complement the Valley’s native mustard. When tilled into the soil, these cover crops provide the soil and vines with organic matter, humus, nitrogen and other nutrients, while improving soil structure.


What does it mean to “dry-farm?”

Dry farming is a traditional method of farming that relies on rainfall for moisture and regular tillage for aeration. The soil acts as a sponge during the rains of winter and early spring, retaining water in order to slowly release it back to the vines during the long, hot, dry summer. Dry farming also forces the roots of the grapevines deeper into the soil, providing for more balanced, nuanced wines. It is interesting to note that all wine grapes in the Napa Valley were dry farmed before irrigation was introduced in the late 1970's.


What time of year do you normally harvest the grapes?

Wine grapes are generally harvested anytime from mid-August through the middle of October. The Sauvignon blanc grapes are the first to be picked, and we usually finish up the harvest with the Cabernet sauvignon. During harvest, you can expect foggy mornings, warm days and cool nights.


How many tons of grapes do you get from an acre?
How much wine comes from a single vine?

We average four tons per acre, which is equal to about 3,120 bottles of wine. Between five to seven bottles of wine can be produced by each mature grapevine.



I’m a FrogFellow. Do I need an appointment to visit and taste wine?

We always look forward to visits from FrogFellows and we will happily make a same day appointment for you when you arrive at the winery. We do however, recommend an advanced appointment to avoid a wait and to be sure that your desired tasting experience is available on the day of your visit.


How many complimentary tastings are included with my membership?

FrogFellows enjoy complimentary tastings for themselves and up to three guests whenever they visit.


How will I know when to expect my FellowShipments?

You will receive an email a few weeks prior to each FellowShipment containing all of the exciting and important details, including shipping and delivery dates. FrogFellows receive wine in March, May, September and November.


If I pick up my FellowShipments at the winery, when are they ready to pick up?

FellowShipments can be picked up at the winery any day of the shipping month (we’re open 7 days a week from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.). If you don’t make it to the winery during the course of the month, your wine will be shipped to the address on file and shipping charges will apply.


Do you have any hotel/lodging partners in Napa Valley that offer special rates/amenities to FrogFellows?

We do have partnerships with several wonderful local hotels. Please contact us at 707-963-4707 or fellow@frogsleap.com
for a list of our current partners.


Since I am a FrogFellow, can I purchase older Frog’s Leap wines?

Frog Fellows enjoy exclusive access to the Frog’s Leap wine library (we think it’s one of the best benefits of membership!). Let us help you locate a special bottle or a favorite vintage selection. Please call 707-963-4704 or email fellow@frogsleap.com for more information.


When are the FellowFêtes this year?

Each year’s FellowFête dates are included on the annual Calendar of Events we send at the beginning of the year and to each new Fellow. In case you’ve misplaced yours, visit our Fellowship page to see all the dates.


How do I change my Fellowship wine preferences?

We are happy to help you change your shipment preferences. Please contact the Fellowship team to make changes by calling 707-963-4704 or emailing fellow@frogsleap.com.


Can I customize my FellowShipments?

Your membership in The Fellowship of the Frog is absolutely customizable, and can be tailored to suit your personal preferences. Please contact us at 707-963-4704 or fellow@frogsleap.com and let us know how we can
create the perfect FellowShipment for you.