“E” wineries


Elyse Winery was officially founded in 1987 in Napa Valley, and named after winemaker Ray Coursen's one year old daughter, Elyse. For the first decade it was a nomadic existence as Coursen shuttled from winery to winery until he found the perfect little vineyard on Hoffman Lane just south of Yountville. “It’s an old horse barn with 1-1/2 acres of vines and a lot of concrete to work on. It’s nothing fancy,” Coursen said humbly. “I’m just a big-time garagista.”

Coursen sources grapes from vineyards around Napa County for use in his Zinfandels and Bordeaux blends, and soon they will feature a lineup of Rhône varietals. Elyse is the sister winery to Jacob Franklin, named after Coursen's son Jake.

Elyse was the Producer of the Month in April, 2006.


United States → California → Napa County → Rutherford


2100 Hoffman Lane
Napa, CA 94558
United States


Wines (9)

Elyse Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Morisoli Vineyard 2003 Napa Valley Red
Elyse Rosé California 2006 California Rosé
Elyse Rosé California 2005 California Rosé
Elyse Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Morisoli Vineyard 2002 Napa Valley Red
Elyse Petite Sirah Rutherford 2004 Rutherford Red
Elyse Zinfandel Howell Mountain 2004 Howell Mountain Red
Elyse Zinfandel Napa Valley Korte Ranch 2004 Napa Valley Red
Elyse Nero Misto Red 2004 California Red
Elyse Zinfandel Napa Valley Morisoli Vineyard 2003 Rutherford Red