Falcon Crest was an American prime-time television soap opera that ran on CBS from December 4, 1981, to May 17, 1990, for nine seasons. It focused on the conflicting factions of two affluent families in the California wine industry, set in northeast San Francisco in the fictitious Tuscany Valley (modeled after the Napa Valley).
Spring Mountain Vineyard, a winery in St. Helena, California’s Napa Valley, was chosen as the show’s main backdrop. The 1884 Victorian mansion named “Villa Miravalle” was used as the exterior for the Falcon Crest mansion where Angela lived with her children and grandson. While the show was at its peak, the Spring Mountain Winery released a “Falcon Crest” wine in honor of the series.
From 1981 until 1990, television fans were familiar with Spring Mountain Vineyards as the setting for the CBS drama series Falcon Crest. Each summer, the cast, and crew would shoot outdoor scenes for six weeks before moving to Los Angeles to shoot indoors.
The executive producer, Hamner, was inspired by his own experience of owning an unsuccessful winery in California’s Napa Valley in the 1970s. His venture turned out to be an unproductive.