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Essere Franco | Verismo Wines

Essere Franco Wines.

At Essere Franco, our focus has always been making fantastic, Napa Valley wines at a great price.

Essere Franco was founded in 2012 by a long-term vineyard owner. When he decided to retire, he discussed selling the label to Shaun Mesher, a Canadian friend and long-time club member – who then told some of his wine-loving friends in Canada; they collectively bought the label and the next chapter began, carrying on the legacy of producing great wines from great grapes. 

Our small-production, premium wines come from the Oak Knoll, Yountville and Coombsville Napa Valley AVA’s. We source our grapes from Estate Vineyards, which are all operated with sustainable vineyard practices.

We have a fantastic winemaker, Tom Foster, who has been with Essere Franco since the label was started and he would tell you that you have to have great grapes to make great wine. Tom works closely with each of our vineyard sites to express the subtleties and nuances of each wine from its unique terroir. But once the grapes have been processed into wine, and the barrels selected, he takes a minimalistic approach. Most of the work has been done. Each wine needs to be given time to evolve, develop and mature.

Our elegant wines embody the true essence of the Napa Valley microclimates and terroirs.

Our wines are available for purchase through our Napa tasting room, Mia Carta at 1209 First Street, Napa, CA 94559 707-346-2244.