Best Napa Valley Wineries
Some of the best Napa Valley wineries are also the earliest ones that have brought Napa Valley into the wine map of the world. One of the oldest wine producers in the valley is Beaulieu Vineyard. The winery offers a tour of the original 1885 winery building. Since they were the first to barrel wine in Oak barrels in Napa Valley they offer Cabernet wine tasting from barrel samples. Their new Heritage Room is worth a look as here you will find the history of Napa Beaulieu Vineyard chronicled for the curious visitor. They were the first to set up standards for the wine of this region and today also they are ranked as one of the best Napa Valley wineries
Chappellet is one of the oldest wineries that sits on a good height at Pritchard Hill. They are well reputed for their organic vineyards and while on the vineyard tour you can learn more about sustainable agriculture and solar power. Chappellet produces Napa Valley’s iconic Pritchard Hill Cabernet blend and Signature Cabernet and also some fine classic Cabernet and Chardonnay. From atop of Pritchard Hill you can get a sweeping view of Lake Hennessey.
Another of the best Napa Valley wineries is the Robert Mondavi Winery at Oakville AVA. The winery is one of the founding ones at Napa Valley that has given direction to the wine industry. The winery, like its founder, believes in wine education and offers hospitality in true Napa valley fashion. If you have ever had their wines then you know that their iconic building features on their labels with its arch and bell. They offer wine tasting for beginners as well as vintage wine tasting. What they are best known for are their pairings of wine with chocolate or cheese with their finest Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinot Noir.
No one can go away from Napa valley without visiting this well Beringer Vineyards in the St. Helena Appellation. You reach the vineyard through a romantic tunnel of elms and come into history. History pervaded the atmosphere at the vineyard that offers wine tasting at the 17 room Rhine House that has the original stone work, glass work and wood work of the 1800s. The winery grounds are massive and include walkways, well-manicured gardens and ivy covered historic buildings. You could take a tour of the Spring Mountain hand chiseled tunnels and caves or have a picnic in the picnic area. Wine tasting includes a sip on the portico of the old house with Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir and Syrah.
Another of the very best Napa Valley wineries is the very modern Artesa Vineyards & Winery which stunningly beautiful. The family came from Spain and made Artesa winery a unique one with sculptures, fountains, art works and architectures that lend atmosphere to their sparkling wines. The reflecting pool and the winery structure that is built into the hill is no less than a modern museum. They offer California varietals but Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir and Italian is their best.