A List of Haunted Wineries

With Halloween less than 48 hours away, I can’t help but think of haunted houses and trick-or-treaters.  Just today my little niece modeled her princess costume for me, complete with tiara!  But what about adult Halloween get-a-ways?  I’m thinking visiting Haunted Wineries with little bottles of wine clicking in my treat bag is a PERFECT way to spend Halloween!  So I scoured the internet and put together a list of viable Haunted Wineries to visit this season.  What are you doing this Halloween?

  • Mansfield Winery, formerly Franco-Swiss Winery – Napa, CA – According to tradition, Jules Millet, a member of the family who used to own the Franco-Swiss, was murdered right outside the winery’s walls in 1882 and is believed to haunt the winery.  When challenging Ms. Millet to show herself one evening, Ms. Millet made sure to let the knew winery owners know that she was real.   Read more
  • The Winery at Marjim Manor – Appleton, NY – Formerly known as Appleton Hall, The Winery at Marjim Manor produces fruit wines and offers tasting in three different tasting rooms.  Marjim Manor has a history of several deaths which have occurred on the same day at the same time, Thursday 3:00pm.  “The first to die in the house was Lewis Merritt. Lewis’s father, Shubal Scudder Merritt, was the original owner of the house, buying the land in 1834 and building the home soon after. One day Shubal was cleaning his gun when Lewis walked through the French doors. As his father went to turn around, the gun accidentally discharged killing Lewis one Thursday at 3pm. Lewis then haunted the house, paying visits to his father every Thursday at 3 by swinging those same French doors open when his father called his name.”  But that’s not all… Read more
  • Belvoir Winery – Liberty, MO – Built in 1923, the winery spans approximately 240 acres, which used to include a former orphanage, nursing home, hospital and a cemetery set.  There has been reports of singing, hugs and growling in areas which may, or may not, be open to the public. If you’re really into raising your heart beat, you may one to consider one of the winery’s ghost tours, or even spend the evening at their All Night Paranormal Investigation events around Halloween time.   Read more 1 Read more 2
  • Bartholomew Park Winery – Sonoma, CA – Dating back to the 1830s, these grounds have seen different owners.  It wasn’t until 1980, however that the remains of a Madeline were found in the walls during a renovation project.  Madeline is said to grace the halls and the cellar.  Read more  
  • Beaulieu Vineyards – Rutherford, CA – The spirit of Georges de Latour, founder of Beaulieu Vineyards, is believed to keep watch over the wines to this day.  it is said that his kind spirit can be felt in the tasting room and the aging cellar.  Read more 
  • Beringer – St. Helena, CA – Established in 1876-77 by the Beringer Brothers, Fredrick Beringer can often be found roaming the halls of the 2nd story of the Rhine House in the Founders Tasting Room, or walking through walls.  Read more
  • Buena Vista Carneros Winery – Sonoma, CA – In 1862, an earthquake collapsed the exists of the cave where 20 Chinese workers were bottling, labeling and caging champagne.  Due to the racist minds of the time, efforts to save the workers were halted and they were buried alive.  while peering through the gates to the cave, it is not uncommon to feel the cold gusts of energy and feel the sudden sadness of the times.  It is also not uncommon to see lights flickering like those of candles in the distance.  Read more
  • Charles Krug Winery – St. Helena, CA – Displaying an eerie sense of humor, it is unsure as to whether Charles Krug or Cesare Mondavi is heard chuckling near the doors of the aging cellar. Read more
  • Dry Creek Vineyard – Healdsburg, CA – Built on the Pomo Indian Reservation, the ghost of a American Indian Man has been felt in the tasting room.  Read more
  • Frog’s Leap Winery – Rutherford, CA – Mrs. Adamson wasn’t too fond of her husband’s alleged infidelity and haunts the area around Barrel #19 displaying her disapproval.  Guests are said to feel her spirit while in the Barrel’s vicinity. Read more
  • Rubicon Estate Winery, formerly Inglenook Winery – Described as a tall, slender man Gustave Niebaum, is one of the original founders of Inglenook Winery  and one of three men believed to be haunting the grounds of the winery.  Mr. Niebaum is known to keep an eye on the inventory and winemaking equipment. It is not uncommon for Mr. Niebaum to be standing in the tasting room, at the head of the table.  Read more
  • Stags’ Leap Winery – Napa, CA – Once a bordello, Stags’ Leap Winery is said to be haunted by the spirit of one of the young prostitutes that used to work for the establishment.  Her tricks now, however, include walking through rooms and walls of the establishment.  Read more
  • Trefethen Vineyards and Winery – Napa, CA – Originally established as Eschol Winery, Eschol was rumored to be a bootleg operation site during prohibition.  It was the fate of one young thief, hung by bootleggers catching him in the act, that is said to haunt the upstairs area of the winery.  Read more 

Other wineries that are said to be haunted include:

  • abarca1Chateau Montelena – Napa, CA – Twitter user Chris Abarca (@Abarca1) has assured me that he’s visited the winery multiple times and it is haunted. abarca1copy
  • Foppiano Vineyards
  • Geyser Peak Winery
  • Kunde Estate Winery
  • Mayacamas Winery
  • Sebastini Vineyards and Winery
  • St. Clement Vineyards