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Stories From Saint Helena’s Past – “Tres Hermanos”

The town of St. Helena was first settled in the mid-1800s by farmers and ranchers from the Napa Valley. The perfect sunny climate of the valley quickly attracted wine producers from other countries and by 1876 the city of Saint Helena saw its first winery begin operations. These early pioneers of the Napa wine movement include larger than life figures like Jacob and Frederick Beringer and Tiburcio Parrott from Spring Mountain.

The Beringers and Parrot built elaborate Victorian mansions and wine production facilities and explored a life of hard work, drinking, friendships, and success. During the mid to late 1800s, the Napa Valley was an odd combination of wild west and sophistication of the San Francisco community. Towards the end of the 1800s, phylloxera took its toll on the Napa Valley and was followed by a series of events that challenged the future of the valley’s wine industry.

Our video explores a moment in the mid-1800s where Jacob and Frederick Beringer and Tiburcio Parrott explored the friendship of the “tres hermanos” and the life they enjoyed.