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Freemark Abbey Honors Female Founder

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Josephine Tychson in 1886 Josephine Tychson in 1886

TASTE News Service, March 8, 2017 - Storied Napa Valley winery Freemark Abbey is honoring its female-led heritage on International Women’s Day, March 8, and throughout National Women’s History Month with a donation to Astia, a Silicon Valley founded non-profit organization dedicated to identifying and promoting best-in-class female high-growth entrepreneurs.

Ted Edwards F Abbey Winemaker PicmonkeyTed Edwards, Freemark Abbey Winemaker

“We at Freemark Abbey feel a special connection to Astia’s mission of uplifting and empowering women to meet their full potential,” said Ted Edwards, Freemark Abbey’s Winemaker since 1985. “Our winery would not exist today if not for Josephine Tychson, an enterprising young widow who refused to let unfortunate circumstances or gender stereotypes stop her from achieving her dream.”

In 1886, Tychson and her husband purchased 187 acres of land in St. Helena with the dream of building a prosperous winery. Her husband suffered a tragic and untimely death shortly thereafter, making his widow the sole proprietor of their winery, and the sole provider and caretaker of their two children. A woman well ahead of her time, Tychson forged ahead alone and singlehandedly oversaw the completion of the estate’s original redwood cellar and managed the cultivation of 65 acres of vines. By 1890, Tychson Winery was successfully producing Zinfandel, Riesling and Burgundy style wines. It was with great strength and a steadfast spirit that Tychson became the first female grape grower and winemaker, recognized as such by the Napa-Sonoma County Directory.

Freemark Abbey Tasting Room PicmonkeyHistoric Freemark Abbey Tasting Room in 1939In addition to honoring Tychson’s legacy with a donation to Astia, Freemark Abbey will offer a special “Josephine Tasting” throughout March. Highlights of the “Josephine Tasting” include the 2015 Napa Valley Chardonnay, the 2013 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2013 Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon, and the acclaimed 2012 vintage of the single vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon from the Sycamore Vineyard, which rests on the celebrated Rutherford Bench in the heart of Napa Valley. The tasting will be available in the estate’s historic tasting room beginning March 8, where visitors can learn more about Tychson’s life, Freemark Abbey’s rich history and the estate’s recent renovation.

About Freemark Abbey:

Located in the St. Helena wine district, Freemark Abbey is one of Napa Valley’s original Cabernet Sauvignon wineries with a legacy dating back to 1886. Today, Freemark Abbey is lauded for its iconic Bosché and Sycamore single vineyard Cabernets from Rutherford. The winery is home to one of the region’s most extensive wine libraries. For more information, visit www.freemarkabbey.com

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