When thinking of wine tasting in California the first place that comes to mind is Napa Valley. This popular wine country entertains thousands of visitors each year who are yearning to taste exquisite wines and relax amongst the gorgeous scenery. Boasting over 500 wineries, Napa Valley spans across five miles in width and thirty miles in length. This area is large enough to accommodate the many luxury spas, wineries, and hotels but small enough to create a feeling of “home.” With so many outstanding options to choose from, it’s hard to pick only a few wineries to visit; however, in no particular order, here are five popular wineries in Napa Valley to kick off your wine tasting adventure.
Located in the beautiful city of Yountville, California, Domaine Chandon is known as the first French established winery in the U.S.A. Domaine Chandon specializes in sparkling wine; however, they also produce a variety of still wines including Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The beautiful grounds are its trademark feature, making this one of the most popular wineries in Napa Valley.
V. Sattui Winery (originally named St. Helena Wine Cellars) is a family owned and operated winery located in St. Helena, California that has been in existence since 1885. The winery produces over 60 different wines available for tasting, and if you show up for your wine tour hungry you will also find a market with a cheese shop and deli that offer delicious picnic food ready to eat on the courtyard. Over 130 years V. Sattui Winery has won many awards, making it one of the best and most known wineries around.
Where else can you find a 13th century Tuscan-style castle in Northern California other than in Napa Valley? This breathtaking 121,000 square foot castle is known as Castello di Amorosa and is located in the hills of Calistoga, California. Castello di Amorosa is a family owned winery that offers wine tastings as well as food/cheese and wine tastings. This impressive European castle stands out architecturally among its competitors and draws in thousands of curious travelers year round.
This 85 acre property is located in Calistoga, California, producing nine different grape varietals and over seven different types of wines. Vincent Arroyo Winery is known for its warm and inviting ambiance as well as its signature wine– Petite Sirah. Enjoy their classic signature wine while in the midst of a large barn filled with oak barrels; this rustic tasting room is a classic.
There is a reason the Schramsberg Vineyards are located by the Diamond Mountain in Calistoga, California. The “America’s House of Sparkling Wine” winery really is a diamond because it holds around 2.7 million bottles of sparkling wine within its ancient caves. These caves are around 130 years old and lit by candles. From the wine to the candles, everything here sparkles like a diamond.
From European castles to rustic barns, these popular wineries in Napa Valley offer a little bit for everyone. This highly diverse and luxurious area is sure to please the most experienced to the least experienced wine connoisseur. Each winery incorporates different techniques and styles into their wine making process to create a vast array of options. If you are visiting Napa Valley for the first (or even the tenth) time, your experience will be of an otherworldly quality as you are transported back in time to a distant land filled only with relaxation, fine wine and food, exotic landscapes, and European ambiances.