Wineries in Napa Valley

How many in a day?
How many wineries to visit in a day depends on the wineries you choose and the pace you are comfortable with. For a regular tasting at a popular winery, allow about ½ to one hour, around 30 minutes more for reservations for a longer tour and tasting. Most wineries are open from around 9-10 AM until 4:30 or 5 PM. Allowing time for travel between wineries, a stop or two to appreciate the scenery and perhaps a nice lunch a fairly hectic day would be around 6-8 winery visits. A more relaxing day would be perhaps 4-6. 

Where to visit?
One of the most frequently asked questions from guests is something along the lines of “what are the must see wineries”? With over 250 wineries in the valley it’s actually a tougher question to answer than you might think. In responding, we first try to find out what people are looking for so we can base our advice on their preferences. The following recommendations are a few personal favorites grouped around some themes that guests often find useful in putting together a list of wineries to visit. If there is a category you really like then choose several from there, alternatively choose a few from each to get a flavor of the valley’s diverse wineries. Also, please remember that even living here, we don’t know every winery and that part of the fun of the valley is the element of discovery. If you see something on your travels, or read something about it on a web site or hear something from a friend - try it out, that winery may just become the one you love that becomes your personal favorite to share with a friend – and so the cycle turns…..

Planning
A great web site to explore the many wineries of the valley and plan your excursions is the Napa Valley Vintners Association at: www.napavintners.com/home

 


Winery

Brief Description /Link

High End

Impressive Architecture

Friendly
& Good Value

Free Tasting
for Our Guests

Quintessa

Beautiful modern architecture in an idyllic setting.
www.quintessa.com

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Darioush

Ancient Persia meets Napa Valley www.darioush.com

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Cakebread

Great selection. www.cakebread.com/toc2.html

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Far Niente

Gardens, caves and classic cars.
www.farniente.com

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Rubicon Estate

Francis Ford Coppola’s high end wines at one of the valley’s oldest wineries.
www.niebaum-coppola.com

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Schramsberg

Bubbly that is good enough for Presidents. Informative and entertaining cave tour. www.schramsberg.com

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Berringer

Grand old winery and caves.
www.beringer.com

 

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Sterling

Movies under the stars in Summer. Cable car to the winery, informative tour.
www.sterlingvineyards.com

 

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Castello di Amorosa

Daryl Sattui’s incredible Tuscan castle.
http://www.castellodiamorosa.com

 

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Bennett Lane

Great value wines, discover them now before they get pricier. Maximus blend is excellent.
www.bennettlane.com

 

 

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Calistoga Cellars

Love their Zinfandel and Sauvignon Blanc. Walk to their new tasting room in town.
www.calistogacellars.com

 

 

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August Briggs

A true family winery and one of the friendliest we know. Try their great Charbono a very rare Calistoga find.
www.augustbriggswines.com

 

 

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Attalon

Part of a big corporate winery but has a nice welcoming atmosphere and good value wines.
www.atalon.com

 

 

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Mumm

Remember it’s “Napa Valley Sparkling Wine” NOT Champagne..but it still tastes great and is very affordable.
www.mummnapa.com

 

 

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Cosentino

Sinful Zinfandel and other huge wines.
www.cosentinowinery.com

 

 

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Vincent Arroyo

Fun, friendly wines and winery. Try the port or buy the futures.
www.vincentarroyo.com

 

 

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Sequoia Grove

Nice Cabernet Sauvignon. We love their White Burgundy style Chardonnay.
www.sequoiagrove.com

 

 

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Summers

Warm welcoming family winery with a great selection from Charbono to Muscat Canelli
www.sumwines.com

 

 

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Elizabeth Spencer

Small and friendly with some Napa classics as well as lighter “patio wines”.
www.elizabethspencerwines.com

 

 

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Miner

Great views and wines. www.minerwines.com

 

 

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Reverie

Informative and picturesque tour that takes in the winery, caves redwoods and, of course, great wines.
www.reveriewine.com

 

 

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Goosecross Cellars

Eclectic collection from good value everyday wines to special occasion extravagancies.
www.goosecross.com

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Honig

Many great wines, we especially like their late harvest sauvignon blanc.
www.honigwine.com

 

 

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