The town of Calistoga is popularly known for its impressive collection of wineries and also a home for mineral water and mud baths. The peaceful town which is located at the north end of Napa Valley just outside Sonoma County has a population of 5,000.


If you are visiting Calistoga for the first time, you are in for the time of your life because it doesn’t run short of wonderful experiences and also produces the best wines in the region.


Here are the lists of the top wineries to visit as a first timer, to get the unique experience:


Dutch Henry


The Dutch Henry is a 22 acres family-owned winery located on the southern slope of Howell Mountain. The wine tastings are held in an old barn, where picnic tables are set so visitors can enjoy the weather surrounded by family pets seeking affections from the visitors.


You get to tour the estate, winery and barrels room while tasting their special red wines like the Bordeaux blend.


Castello di Amorosa


Castello di Amorosa is designed like a 13th-century Tuscan castle with architectural wonders and magnificent stone structures not found in this part of the earth.


Their tours cover history on the castle and how it was built, every room and stone have a historical story behind it and how the wine is made, which is very interesting.


The winery also has a VIP tour which includes limousine rides, wine toasts, wine club membership and a lot more, for the fee of $1000 for two.


Sterling Vineyards


The tour of sterling vineyards starts with the breathtaking view of the winery, 300 feet above with their one of a kind aerial gondola. It was designed after the Greek island of Mykonos, a place where the founder once lived.


The winery gives you a breathtaking view of the vineyard while sipping wine at the terraces and also has videos that contain details of winemaking procedures and the history of the winery. It can also host a group at least 25 people on a tour of the vineyard with advance bookings.


Fairwinds Estate Winery


The Fairwinds Estate winery prides itself on being high in demand, with the opening of their tasting room only on weekends from 11:30 am to 4:30 pm.


They offer private tasting as well as tours of their unique underground wine caves, where a group of 8 or more or individual guests can have a taste of the newest wine additions, cheese pairing and also private lessons.


Summers Estate Wines


The Summers Estate Winery has a modest feel to it, unlike the other wineries. The open layout welcomes visitors and puts them at ease.


Visitors are given great wines and constant attention. The wines are sometimes paired with tomatoes or white chocolates, and you also get to walk around the extensive patio for relaxation.


By: August Dorfman