Welcome Back to Bartholomew Park

The Frank H. Bartholomew Foundation is delighted to announce that Bartholomew Park will fully reopen on April 27, 2019. After the 2017 wildfires forced us to close our backcountry trails, we are excited to welcome you back.

To improve access to the trails and picnic areas, we are in the process of reopening our South Gate Parking Lot on Old Winery Road to provide easier access to the Castle Lawn picnic area and the South trailhead. Until the South Gate is reopened, The both trailheads, the Villa and Museum, and all picnic areas can be accessed from the Villa parking lot on Castle Road.

In addition to exploring the Park, we invite you to visit our new winery. With a desire to unite the historic Bartholomew vineyards with our own winemaker, the Foundation has partnered with Kevin Holt, a noted winemaker, to form Bartholomew Estate Winery. Bartholomew Estate Winery has a long-term lease on the 21 acres of vineyards and the two-acre winery site, while the Foundation continues to own and operate the remainder of the 375-acre Park. All net proceeds from the Foundation’s ownership in the winery support the ongoing maintenance of the Park for all to enjoy.
The Winery building and tasting room have been extensively renovated and offer visitors an opportunity to enjoy the wines while strolling through a rotating exhibit of local artists curated by the Plein Air Foundation. In addition, a new outdoor tasting area was created on the Oak Knoll making a perfect setting for a relaxing afternoon in the shade.

Welcome Back!

Anna Pope
Trustee of the Frank H. Bartholomew Foundation

About Bartholomew Park

Bartholomew Park is owned and operated by the Frank H. Bartholomew Foundation, a private non-profit operating foundation. Situated on 375 acres of vineyards, gardens, and forest, the Park is a protected space where the public can enjoy the beauty and history of the land.

The Park is the site of Count Agoston Haraszthy’s original residence and vineyards, considered the birthplace of California’s premium wine industry. With over 160 years of history since the Count purchased the property, the site has seen the rise and fall of its immigrant founder; the creation of the largest winery in America; phylloxera and bankruptcy; the Cat Lady’s Castle; wayward women; a hidden lake; and the Bartholomew resurrection – It all took place here!

Group Policy

Advance reservations are required for groups over 8. The Park will typically not be able to accommodate groups over 8 during peak times. Contact the General Manager to determine availability. The Foundation reserves the right to decline such requests.