Napa Valley is home to some 400 wineries from the large conglomerate to the small producers of just a few hundred cases. Because of the warm growing season and the absence of excessive moisture through the harvest, that small berry with a thick skin is perfect to make those intense wines, full of character and flavor. Cabernet Sauvignon holds honor in Napas wine-making history. Talented winemakers from all over the world have come to turn this little berry into worldclass wines.
6200 Washington Street, Napa CA 707.944.1673
Bell Winery Bell Winery was established in 1991 by Anthony Bell. He began his venture with a grape called the “Jackson Clone” which is now referred as “Clone 6”. With the help of investors he has grown his 500 case production to over 15,000 cases a year. The special attention of the knowledgeable staff and the great cabs produced with the now famous “Clone 6” make this a must do stop when you come to Napa.
5330 Silverado Trail, Napa CA 707.261.5251
Clos Du Val Winery is in the Stags Leap District of Napa Valley. John Goelet and Bernard Portet wanted to produce Bordeaux-style wine and found Stag’s Leap to be perfect place to establish their winery. They bought 150 acres to establish the winery in 1972. To add to the Bourdeax style wines they bought vineyard land in Los Carneros. The cooler climate of this region was optimal for the Burgundian varieties, like Pinot noir and Chardonnay.
3340 California 128, Calistoga CA 707.942.6684
Bennett Lane Winery has become known for the well textured Cabernet Sauvignon it produces. Their Maximus Cabernet has been touted by publications like Wine Spectator, Wine Enthusiast and Robert Parker. The ratings for several vintages have been in the 90+ range for those who like to know the score. They also make a wonderful Merlot and the Syrah has also gotten recognition. This is a warm cozy place tucked just north of Calistoga, well off the beaten path.
5400 Old Sonoma Road, Napa CA 866.724.2993
Since 1922 the Bartolucci Family has consistently grown and harvested grapes at Madonna Estate. Located in the Carneros region, an area known for its terroir of rich soil and cool breezes, the Bartolucci family organically farms their grapes and produces Estate Bottled wines. In addition to practicing natural farming methods, they also combine traditional and modern winemaking techniques. They are the third oldest winemaking family in the Napa Valley.
6740 Washington Street, Yountville 707.252.5930
Jessup Cellars is known for handcrafted, small production wines and offers an exceptional tasting experience. They have a tasting room just down the street from the French Laundry and it’s gardens. The winery is eco-friendly down to the water which is purified through filters on the property. The expertise and individual attention of the Jessup team are unmatched. Your wine tasting will include bold cabernets, smooth Bordeaux– style blends, crisp whites and rich Ports.
1829 St. Helena Hwy, Rutherford CA 800.532.3057
Grgich Hills Miljenko “Mike” Grgich gained international recognition at the “Paris Tasting” of 1976. This blind tasting was lead by a panel of eminent French judges who tasted white Burgundies of France and a few Chardonnays from the Napa Valley. Napa Valley wines came out on top which surprised the French judges. The 1973 Chateau Montelena Chardonnay became the finest white wine in the world. This launched Mike’ reputation as one of the greatest winemakers in the world.
4162 Big Ranch Road, Napa CA 877-386-5070
All are welcomed at the award-winning Andretti Winery. Located in the legendary Napa Valley, Andretti Winery spouts old world charm and pours the finest wine for its patrons. This “Italian village”, was modeled by the boyhood memory of Mario Andretti, the finest race car driver of all time. Founded in 1996 and lead by Joe Antonini, Andretti Winery is dedicated to celebrating the Italian lifestyle, famous for it’s food and wine culture. They grow premium grapes and produce an array of great wines.