We’ve visited Napa Valley throughout the year and collected an inventory of our Top Napa Valley Wineries. Alongside the best way, we tasted some culinary delights, dipped into mud & mineral baths, surrendered to heavenly spas, went to some local markets, and found some new places we need to stay at on our next go to.
Right here’s our record of suggestions based mostly on a mixture of our personal experiences, recommendations from close associates, and some ideas from concierges in Napa Valley.
Necessary to notice: be sure you call before visiting any of those wineries, since they require appointments.
***This listing will proceed to grow as we proceed to visit Napa Valley, so examine back for extra suggestions***
Top Napa Valley Wineries
1. Palmaz – The primary stop on our Top 10 Napa Valley Wineries! We met Christian Palmaz on a wonderful Sunday afternoon and toured the Palmaz family state-of-the-art winemaking facility and vineyards. We entered the 18-story building with a maze of tunnels and domes – a powerful engineering feat built into the rock of Mount George. Christian, son of Julio and Amalia Palmaz, and Director of Operations for Palmaz Vineyards, is in control of the farming and vineyard.
Christian gained an appreciation for meals and high quality wine early in his youth. He says,”From a young age Mom and Dad’s deep passion for wine all the time intrigued me. The dinner desk was all the time accompanied by a few of the best wines made all over the world. It wasn’t long earlier than I too was fascinated by this dwelling liquid.”
We have been intrigued how the Palmaz household have optimized know-how to trace the vines individually, to watch the health of the winery and determine the appropriate time to select the grapes. This helps the winemaker spend more time to make higher wine, making certain that the flavour and character of the wine develop naturally.
The Palmaz family dreamed of shopping for a vineyard in Napa, which turned potential after Julio invented the balloon-expandable stent, recognized to be one of the “Ten Patents that Changed the World” in the final century. They bought a forgotten stone vineyard with the Cedar Knoll Winery, founded in 1881 by Henry Hagen, considered one of Napa Valley’s pioneer winemakers. The family brings their Argentinian heritage to the vineyards with the Estancia ranch-like atmosphere, celebrating wine tastings with traditional Asados (BBQ’s), the place club members are invited to collect spherical the hearth.
2. Hall Rutherford – Owned by Craig and Kathryn Hall this lovely vineyard features a wine cave that sits within the Rutherford Hills, where you’ll have beautiful views of the valley. Kathryn was the former U.S. Ambassador to Austria and collected artwork during her years in Austria. You’ll be able to see a few of their art collection all through the 14,000 square foot cave was constructed with handmade brick recovered from crumbling castles in Austria. Deep contained in the caves resides a stunning reception area and a spectacular chandelier dressed in a whole lot of Swarovski crystals. Here you possibly can taste some of Corridor Rutherford’s most regaled wines.
Considered one of our favorites? 2012 Corridor “Coeur” Cabernet Sauvignon! “Coeur” translates to “heart” in French, and was impressed by the artisanal expertise of early winegrowers and makers within the coronary heart of Napa Valley. Lisa Heckaman, PR Supervisor for Hall Rutherford, shares that this mix is unique “…for its gravelly, low vigor soils and cooling influences of Pacific breezes. The fruit in this region produces a stylistically lush, aromatic wine with a dense core of dark briar fruit, with exuberant aromas of blackberry, cassis, cola and red fruit. The palate is opulent with a harmonious balance of fruit, oak, and tannin carrying through the long finish.” And we agree! We bbq’ed steak for our group and paired the meal with the 2012 Hall “Coeur” Cabernet Sauvignon – everybody beloved each drop of this lush, clean, full berry blend.
Three. Chappellet – Chappellet exudes romance! In 1967, Donn and Molly Chappellet have been drawn to Pritchard Hill with its vistas of Lake Hennessey, surrounding hillsides, forests, and wildflower-filled meadows. Their love for this land helped them make the choice to maneuver their young household to this remote area of Napa Valley, and plant the Chappellet vineyards. The Chappellets embrace the rugged land with its rocky slopes and became the primary winery to plant vineyards on high-elevation hillsides that produce legendary wines with intensity and depth.
We have been greeted by Blakesley, wife of Cyril Chappellet, who took us on a winery safari in a 4WD, driving up steep roads by means of the vineyards. She confirmed us the property and we stopped at resting areas by way of the vineyards for wine tastings while searching at the panoramic views.
It was an “Out of Napa” expertise, particularly when she took us to Pritchard’s Camp. Blakesley shared, “this is our most exclusive experience, as it is limited and costs significantly more than our other experiences.” It’s a wine tasting experience like no other in Napa Valley where you’ll be able to loosen up in a tented camp and look out at a number of the greatest views within the valley. The architectural pyramid construction of the winery was impressed by early 1960’s artist Ed Moses. His work, along with work from John Altoon, and Ed Ruscha (who designed the Chappellet emblem & unique label), Larry Bell and others (including Lygia Chappellet) are displayed all through the winery. The family is enthusiastic about preserving the land and persevering with what Donn and Molly began—making extraordinary wines.
four. Nickel & Nickel – a go to to Nickel & Nickel’s vineyard in Oakville, allows you to step again in history the place you’ll be able to walk via gold prospector John C. Sullenger’s Queen-Anne fashion residence. This historic farmstead roots return to 1867 when the parcel of land was bought, and at the moment Nickel & Nickel house cutting-edge winery hand crafts as much as 25 single-vineyard wines.
On this tour, you also go to the Gleason Barn, Fermentation Barn, and Barrel Cellar. “Our goal was to develop a modern winery, specially outfitted to meet the needs of single-vineyard winemaking, while respecting the history of the location,” says Nickel & Nickel director of winemaking and chairman, Dirk Hampson.
He adds, “Anyone driving past on Highway 29 will see a restored farmstead that appears to have been there for generations, without realizing the classic barns house an extremely sophisticated winery.”
5. Long Meadow Ranch – In case you are near St. Helena, make sure to cease at Lengthy Meadow Ranch for a meal and wine tasting. You’ll find a Three-acre vacation spot location in St. Helena often known as Lengthy Meadow Ranch Vineyard & Farmstead, which features a restaurant, Farmstead at Long Meadow Ranch, tasting room within the historic Logan-Ives House, and the Farmers Market at Lengthy Meadow Ranch. You should purchase handcrafted olive oil right here too, eggs, and farm natural fruits and vegatables.
6. Venge – A definite must on our Top 10 Napa Valley Wineries and simply minutes from Calistoga, tucked into the Northeastern foothills of the Palisades Mountains, is a12-acre, personal estate, owned by Kirk Venge. The Venge (ven-ghee) household represents three generations of farming, producing, and purveying effective wines for half a century. Knud migrated from Denmark to the U.S. within the early 1900’s, and his son, Per imported European wines, then his son Nils founded Venge in the 60’s after he studied viticulture at UC Davis.
Nils son, Kirk continues the Napa Valley heritage, “When I was growing up, working in the vineyard and winery gave me a wonderful sense of partnership in my family’s way of life; it was hard work, but I loved it.” He discovered the rhythm of winemaking as a younger man, helping within the family vineyard all through the growing season, experiencing the labor of harvest and the love of crush, and dealing alongside his father, Nils Venge, within the winery. A few of his earliest reminiscences are of driving on the tractor together with his father cultivating the Oakville Property vineyard and dragging hoses throughout the cellar flooring.
7. Barnett Vineyards – With passion and endurance, Fiona and Hal Barnett created this winery and vineyard in 1983 with the intent of manufacturing small amounts of hand crafted Cabernet Sauvignon wines from their estate. The vineyards are situated at the prime of Spring Mountain, at elevation 2,000ft, and planted on steep terraces that comply with the contour of the land. Mountainside farming could be very difficult. The vines must wrestle to succeed in nutrients and water in the soil and, consequently, yield just one to 2 tons per acre. The elements of sun, temperature, and well-drained porous soils give an advantageous water stress to the vines and contribute to the depth, richness and character of the wines. Grapes are harvested by hand; vineyard row by row, as optimum ripeness and maturity is reached. Fermentation is completed in small batches. Because the vineyard’s first 100 instances in 1989, Barnett Vineyards has grown to roughly 6,000 instances in complete production.
eight. Satisfaction Mountain Wines – From St. Helena, we drove 20 minutes up a steep and twisting street the place in some locations the grade averages in excess of 35%. We climbed up to Satisfaction’s “Summit Ranch”, with beautiful views of rugged Mount St. Helena to the northeast and vineyards rising skyward in all instructions. Delight Mountain Wines straddles the crest of the Mayacamas Mountain Range at 2,100 ft, and is called “One Ranch on Two Counties” since it borders Napa and Sonoma County Strains.
The 235 acre property dates again to 1890, when it was the one vineyard that served the complete mountain group. The first data of vineyard plantings date again to 1869. The eight-three vineyard acres on Spring Mountain are uncovered to southern mild from daybreak to nightfall. Delight has a wooden-beamed, modest-sized vineyard the place the Delight family owns and actively manages the winery and vineyards. There are 23,000 sq. ft of caves which are 20 and 50 ft beneath the floor, and are house to some 2,400 barrels. Be sure you see the tasting room in the caves and in case you have time for a post-tasting picnic, you’ll find peaceful sitting areas with superb views!
9. Gemstone – Gemstone Winery is a small, family-owned producer of property wines. Our focus is on crafting richly textured pink wines from Bordeaux varietals grown on our 16-acre hillside property in the Yountville appellation of Napa Valley. Esteemed winemaker Philippe Melka handcrafts our Estate Cabernet Sauvignon and an Property Purple Wine. Our wines are fairly restricted and are bought to members of our allocation listing, which you’ll be able to request to hitch right here, while the remaining might be discovered on the wine lists of great eating places by means of the nation. Gemstone Vineyard is a small, family-owned producer of property wines. Their focus is on crafting richly textured pink wines from Bordeaux varietals grown on their 16-arce hillside property situated within the Yountville appellation of Napa Valley. Their esteemed winemaker Philippe Melka handcrafts an impressive estate Cabernet Sauvignon and an Property Pink Wine.
10. Darioush – The final winery on our Top 10 Napa Valley wineries record! Shahpar Khaledi gives this heat welcome to each guest, “Darioush is about celebrating tradition and culture, this kind of hospitality comes naturally. To me, it is obvious to treat guests like they are part of your own family.” Upon arrival, we have been greeted with a glass of wine and silver bowl of pistachios. Darioush epitomizes the American dream. After emigrating from Iran as a educated and educated engineer, he and his wife constructed one of the largest family-owned grocery businesses in California.
In 1997, after many years of success, Darioush and Shahpar founded Darioush, realizing a lifelong dream – to share artwork, the Persian culture and high quality wines from their winery and 120 acre vineyards in Southern Napa Valley. At an early age, Darioush discovered winemaking from his father who was impressed by the wine culture of Shiraz that dates again to five,000 B.C. in the Zagros Mountains of Northern Iran. When approaching Darioush, you are feeling as in case you’re arriving to the ancient city of Persepolis and getting into a Persian palace. Wine tastings are offered in personal rooms and spaces surrounding a tasting bar and high-end style manufacturers boutique. The hospitality offered at Darioush is impressed by the culture of Tarof. Right here, you expertise the Darioush wines and Persian culture the place, “It is the art of politeness, rooted in a centuries old tradition of going beyond one’s means to make the other person feel more at home than home itself.”
11. Ladera Vineyards: We tasted samples from the Pillow Street Vineyard – the 2016 Chardonnay and the 2016 Pinot Noir, emerging as a few of North America’s most compelling Burgundian-varietal wines. The Pillow Street Winery is situated in Russian River Valley of Sonoma County, simply southwest of Sebastopol. Only 10 miles from the Pacific Ocean that includes Goldridge sandy loam soils on the preferrred elevation, this appellation thrives within the good cool climatic conditions with consistent fog and the Petaluma Wind Gap nearby.
The 2016 Chardonnay paired superbly with our grilled salmon dinner. Its aromas included ripe nectarine, mandarin orange and honeysuckle. Very aromatic and stylish!
We paired the 2016 Pinot Noir with hen kabobs and salad for dinner. Richly flavored, dark-colored, dark-berried with aromatic aromas of black cherry, ripe plum and dried violets with spice bursts of cardamom and nutmeg. It’s an enormous Pinot that stands out. Both are good wines for a summer time night dinner!
We hope to go to the Stotesbery Family Winery on our subsequent trip to Napa Valley. In the meantime, we anxiously await to do this Napa hillside’s iconic mountain grown Cabernets…keep tuned!
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Patricia Stone, a travel writer and marketing consultant with www.GlobalAdventuress.com