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Freemark Abbey to Commemorate National Women's History Month with Donation to Support Entrepreneurial Women

Charitable Contribution to Astia Will Honor Winery's Founder and Napa's First Female Winemaker Josephine Tychson
by Press Release
March 07, 2017

St. Helena, Calif. (Feb. 6, 2017)—Storied Napa Valley winery Freemark Abbey is proudly 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.

“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.

In 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.

Please call 707.302.3717 to inquire about the limited-time National Women’s History Month “Josephine Tasting” experience.

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 crafting classically structured Cabernet Sauvignons from pedigreed vineyard sites, and is widely known 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 and offers a world-class wine destination and tasting room to delight both wine enthusiasts and collectors. Freemark Abbey wines are available through discerning fine wine retailers and restaurants throughout the United States, or directly from the winery. For more information, visit

About Astia:

Asita’s model is designed to change the way our ecosystem looks at and evaluates potential organizations, increasing the recognition of, and investment into women entrepreneurs and their teams. Astia identifies high potential companies through its personalized referral system, moves them through the multi step “Expert Sift” towards possible investor presentations, links them to advisors and resources and shares them with the Astia Angels Network. Through the synergies of Astia, Astia Angels and the Astia Fund, select companies poised for high growth delivery are provided capital runway via initial and follow-on investments.

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