California Highlight: Top Wineries Producting In The Golden State


There are a lot of good wineries and wines in the world, but still, they are some that are considered as being the best. The sheer variety and quantity of good wine being produced in the world has grown a great deal over the past three decades. Below are some of our best picks on wine rating and wineries.


This winery is among one of  Napa's best wineries and that is why it has made it to our list of best wine rating and wineries. Situated on a quiet spot of Carneros, off the Old Sonoma Road, Truchard Vineyards is a redwood winery that operates with a distinct touch of elegance. The proprietors, Jo Ann and Tony Truchard, reside a few steps away from the winery. Visitors that come to the winery can get a tour of the whole place, from the vineyards to the sweet, elaborate cave system that provides the winery with a homespun atmosphere. Visitors are also allowed to try a variety of wines including the vineyard's outstanding Chardonnay, Syrah, Zinfandel, Sauvignon, and Cabernet.


When you stay on the patio of this nineteenth century Victorian Mansion, you'll be able to get a stunning view of the valley floor vineyards stretched to the east. Located in St. Helena, CA, this winery is equipped with a cool tasting bar where you'll get the opportunity to taste new releases and purchase a wide variety of wines. The most important reason why this winery is on our list of wine ratings and wineries is because they produce very good to outstanding Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Sauvignon among other varietals. The winery is made out of stone and filled with gleaming winemaking tools. If you are interested in barrel samples and a historical overview of the winery as well as the tasting of current releases, then ensure that you take the guided tour.


Serving as one of Calistoga's favorite wineries, the Storybook Mountain is another winery that cannot be dropped out of the best wine rating and wineries list. Founded by the Grimm brothers in 1883, this winery is now owned by Jerry Seps, who also happens to be a retired history professor. He and his family lead the winery tours, taking tourists through the vineyard sitting on the steep hillside, down into the caves that were excavated in the 1880s by Chinese laborers. Tastings of Cabernet and Zinfandel are used to end the tours in the caves.


Our fourth selection on the best wine rating and wineries list is the Rutherford Hill Winery. Housed in a large redwood barn that could easily fit an airplane, this winery is situated on a lofty plateau just above the Napa Valley. The Rutherford Hill has a nice, airy tasting room where visitors can try out new releases and reserve wines that are only available at the winery. Follow a tour guide to look at the cave interiors and wineries, and to also get a little history about the place. Incredible wines made by this winery includes Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Chardonnay.