With over 400 wine producers, Napa Valley has become a great place for lovers of excellent wines. It is considered as one of the premier wine regions in the world and is a major tourism destination. The wine production dates back to the 19th century and the good climate in the region is perfect for growing quality wine grapes. So if you’re planning on visiting the Napa Valley and have a hard time choosing from the many vineyards this list is going to be really helpful.
If you’re looking for seasonal farm-to-table food and wine pairings, visit Silver Oak in Oakville. Guests also rave about the winery, built on the original site where the winery was founded in 1972. Their Cabernets come from both Napa Valley and Alexander Valley vineyards, so you’ll get a little taste of everything. You can drop in for a casual tasting seven days a week, but be sure to reserve in advance to take advantage of their unique food pairings. 915 Oakville Cross Rd, Oakville, CA 94562 – (707) 942-7022
Mumm is known for their variety of sparkling wines, following traditional French techniques to create the best. Mumm is one of California’s top sparkling wine producers and one of the most popular destinations for wine country visitors. For more than 25 years, Mumm’s sparkling wines have set the standard for California. Their estate features a large patio overlooking breathtaking views of the vineyards. Located a bit away from the tourist crowds along the Silverado Trail, Mumm’s motto is “Life’s moments deserve a celebration.” 8445 Silverado Trail, Napa, CA 94558(707) 967-7700
One of the most well-known names in Napa, Robert Mondavi Winery has been at it since 1966. A sprawling California Mission-style structure with graceful arches and an expansive courtyard in Oakville, Robert Mondavi Winery offers one of the most extensive tour programs in the industry. Robert Mondavi’s estate offers tours, tastings, culinary experiences and an expansive outdoor concert hall. While you’re there, check out the Fumé Blanc—Mondavi’s recreation of the Sauvignon Blanc developed in 1968. It remains one of the most popular wines available! 7801 St Helena Hwy, Oakville, CA 94562 – (707) 2261395
Darioush offers stunning architecture within their 22,000 square foot winery. Darioush was the first in America to combine architecture, design and Persian culture. Additional design features include, fireplaces, ironwork, lighting, cellars, and an amphitheatre for performances and events. Six outdoor water features with fountains and one indoor rolling wall of water are some of the sights and sounds of the guest experience. Just minutes from downtown Napa, explore the winery grounds and feel the warmth of their welcome while tasting the newest releases bar-side in their light filled atrium. 4240 Silverado Trail, Napa, CA 94558 – (707) 257-2345
Domaine Chandon boasts restaurant with a wide variety of gourmet food, grounds with lush gardens and a beautiful terrace. Established in 1973 by Moët et Chandon, Domaine Chandon was the first French-owned sparkling wine producer in Napa Valley. They offer a range of tasting opportunities from flights of sparkling and still wines to glasses of select winery-exclusive wines. You are invited to enjoy your wine in the tasting room or on the terrace. 1 California Dr, Yountville, CA 94599 – (707) 944-8844
Del Dotto is a family-owned winery that focuses on small production, sourcing grapes from the best, organically-farmed vineyards in the valley. There are two properties: St. Helena Venetian Estate Winery & Caves and Napa Historic Winery & Caves. There are cave tours, bar tastings and food and wine paring options. The tour is 90 minutes and for most of it, you walk through the very historical caves which were hand dug in 1885.
Del Dotto Vineyards & Caves 1055 Atlas Peak Rd, Napa, CA 94558 – (707) 963-2134
Del Dotto Estate Winery & Caves – 1445 St Helena Hwy., St Helena (707) 963-2134
Castello, the 13th century, Tuscan-style castle and winery is open 7 days a week, 364 days a year. The castle interiors, include 107 rooms on 8 levels above and below ground and cover approximately 121,000 square feet. Among many other features it has a moat, a drawbridge, defensive towers, an interior courtyard, a torture chamber, a chapel/church, a knights’ chamber and a great hall with a 22-foot high coffered ceiling. You have the option of general admission tastings, giving you access to roam two levels of the winery and taste 5-6 wines, guided tours, food and wine pairing tour or cheese and wine pairing tour. General admission is $25 with many other options the choice is yours! 4045 St Helena Hwy, Calistoga, CA 94515 – (707) 967-6272 –
With breathtaking views of Napa and San Francisco Bay, Artesa Winery in the Carneros region is an essential destination for those who prefer to pair their wine with a pristine estate. Set into the highest hill of the 350-acre estate, the winery is kept naturally cool by its earthen construction. On the interior, two stories below the main entrance, is the meticulously managed barrel room where small wine lots are fermented, aged and artfully blended. Guided tours of our wine making facility are available daily at 11AM and 2PM. The cost is $40 per person and includes a tasting of five wines. 1345 Henry Rd, Napa, CA 94559 – (707) 224-1668
Since its founding in 1973, Cakebread has developed a reputation for producing world-class wines. Guests have the option of a guided wine & food pairing, with a discussion relative to the components of the wine and food and how they create harmony. Just make an appointment. 8300 St Helena Hwy, Napa, CA 94558 – (707) 963-5222
Alpha Omega is located in legendary Rutherford in the heart of Napa Valley and is one of Napa’s newest boutique wineries. Surrounded by vineyards and mountains, the beauty of this rustic, farm-style winery is as captivating as its wine. The view from the patio is a beautiful large reflecting pool with five fountains in the middle, a perfect location for private events. Their tasting room is open until 6 pm if you are looking for a late stop this is a great choice. 1155 Mee Ln, St Helena, CA 94574 – (707) 963-9999
The aerial tram is the only one of its kind in Napa Valley, offering stunning views as visitors ride up to the winery. Enjoy culinary creations on our gorgeous South View Terrace! Savor a glass of delicious Sterling wines perfectly paired with one of our delightful cheese and charcuterie platters for two. General Admission is $29! Visitor fee includes the aerial tram, self-guided tour of the lower portion of the winery, scenic views from our terraces, and a tasting of current release wines. 1111 Dunaweal Ln, Calistoga, CA 94515 (800) 726-6136