Wineries are everywhere in Napa Valley. At last count, there were more than five hundred wineries for you to stop at while you are visiting. That is a lot of wineries, which is why you might want to narrow your options down just a little! First, I want to mention that every single winery in Napa Valley is wonderful. But since you can’t possibly go to them all, unless you spend at least half a year vacationing there, I have chosen some of the best wineries in Napa Valley for you.
Inglenook Winery is located in the Rutherford area of Napa. It was founded back in 1879 by Gustave Niebaum, who was a sea captain from Finland, as well as a wine connoisseur. This winery changed hands in 1975 when Francis Ford Coppola bought it. You must have an appointment to visit this winery, so keep that in mind as you are planning your Napa Valley vacation.
This happens to be the most popular winery in Napa Valley. They are open seven days a week and you never need an appointment to stop in. This winery serves more than eighty different types of wine, champagne, and port. You can easily have a picnic in the vineyards, complete with a bottle of wine. However, I recommend planning your visit for when one of the special events is taking place. They often have special events, as well as barbecues and live entertainment.
Cakebread is the name of the family that runs this winery located on Highway 29 in Rutherford. This winery was an important part of the revival of Napa in the 1970s. Their chardonnay is what they are most known for, but they have many different types of reds for you to try too. When you are not tasting their wines, you can spend time taking a tour or doing one of their educational experiences.
Andretti Winery is newer to the Napa Valley wine scene, but that doesn’t mean that their wine is not some of the best. Mario Andretti may have been a race car driver, and his partner, Joe Antonini, may have been the CEO of Kmart, but they know wine. Together, they have created multiple varietals of Italian and French wines that you will love. It is best to make an appointment to visit this winery.
This winery comes complete with a castle that looks like it is from the 13th century. The owner, Dario Sattui, carefully had this castle built, so it looked authentic. There are high stone walls, a torture chamber, a moat with a drawbridge, and even a couple of gargoyles. Castello di Amorosa is known for its Primitivo, Cabernet, Merlot, and Sangiovese. The best part about doing a wine tasting here, besides the delicious wine, is that you can see the inside of the castle at the same time.
These are some of the best wineries in Napa Valley, but there are others you will want on your list as well. I would love to talk with you to determine which wineries should be on your list, so we can create an itinerary that will have you sipping some new favorite wines.
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