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Trefethen Family Vineyards Introduces “The Cowgirl and the Pilot”


Third Generation Vintners Hailey and Lorenzo Trefethen Launch New Wine as a Tribute to Their Parents

(Napa, Calif.)— September 4, 2019—As the Trefethen family enters its sixth decade in the wine business, third generation vintners Hailey and Lorenzo Trefethen announce the release of their first new wine together, The Cowgirl and The Pilot ($90).

Created as a tribute to their parents and Napa Valley pioneers, Janet and John Trefethen, the wine is also a testament to the family’s commitment to growing and producing world-class Merlot.

When John and Janet met in 1973, he was a young Navy veteran and she was a recent California rodeo queen. Over the next five decades, as they built Trefethen into the Napa Valley icon it is today, they also made time for their passions outside of wine. Sometimes, work and play would mix – John occasionally landed his small plane on the winery driveway and Janet continues to ride her horses through the vineyard every day. The label of The Cowgirl and The Pilot features creative artwork depicting a cowgirl galloping, creating a cloud of dust that turns into rows of vines, and an airplane flying along behind.

The Cowgirl and The Pilot completes Trefethen’s Legacy Collection of wines, with each wine honoring a generation of the Trefethen Family. The other Legacy wines include Harmony Chardonnay, which celebrates Katie and Gene, the first generation, and HaLo Cabernet Sauvignon, named by Janet and John for third generation vintners Hailey and Lorenzo.

Crafted by Winemaker Bryan Kays, with input from Hailey and Lorenzo, the inaugural 2016 vintage is 100 percent Merlot from Trefethen’s estate vineyards and is a testament to the family’s genius with the variety. The wine reveals itself in waves of supple red fruit, cedar and incense with a beautiful velvety texture. Impeccably structured and delicately balanced, this is an elegant wine that is well-suited to aging.

The Cowgirl and The Pilot will be sold at the winery and through the winery’s nation-wide distribution channels.


Trefethen Family Vineyards is one of Napa’s pioneering wineries. Founded in 1968, Janet and John Trefethen helped define what the Napa Valley is today. More than five decades later, this Napa legend remains family owned, and committed to the craft of producing 100% estate grown wines. The winery is located at 1160 Oak Knoll Avenue. Tastings are available daily. For more information, please contact the winery at 707.255.7700 or visit www.trefethen.com.

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