Beringer's Rhine House, St. Helena
Benziger Family Estate: Take a tram tour and walk the wine cave, then enjoy a tasting inside the Tasting Room. Or opt to try the single-vineyard wines inside the Reserve Room - we recommend their delicious Sonoma Coast Pinots!
B.R. Cohn - Nice Sonoma Cabs in a rock-and-roll cool setting, B.R. Cohn also has estate-produced olive oil and lots of culinary treasures in their adjacent Gift Shop
Chateau St. Jean - Nestled up against Sugarloaf Mountain, with beautiful grounds, nice wines and the best wine country gift shop. Winemaker Margo Van Staaveren makes the award-winning line-up, which includes the Cab-based red blend, Cinq Cepages.
Kunde - friendly hospitality and lots of wonderful activities abound, in addition to classic Sonoma wines inside the lodge-style Tasting Room
Chimney Rock Winery
The French Tower Tasting Room at Peju
The villa at Savannah-Chanelle Vineyards, Saratoga
Napa and Sonoma both offer world-class tasting and touring and dining experiences, not to be missed! A few of our favorites are listed below, but only a few, since Napa itself has more than 400 wineries - the list is too long! So if your favorite is not on the list, just let us know and we will include them on your tour.
If your tour will depart from the south bay/San Jose area, then a tour in Napa or Sonoma will be approximately 9.5 to 10 hours - which is 2 hours travel time to get there, another 2 hours to get back (sometimes more, due to traffic), and 5 to 6 hours to visit 3 wineries in Napa and have either a picnic or a restaurant lunch during the tour
Cakebread Cellars - A Napa Valley classic and still family-run, Cakebread is a top-quality producer of Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon
Castello di Amorosa - a hand-crafted, authentic re-creation of a 14th-century Italian castle, the visit here features a guided tour where you'll see the Grand Hall, the Dungeon, Wine cellar and more.
Chimney Rock - located on the Silverado Trail, we love their variety of tasting menus, their wonderful Cabs, and the beautiful coziness of the place - lots of different rooms and spaces for small to medium size groups
Flora Springs Estate - Just a short drive down Zinfandel Lane, and you are transported to the Napa countryside, where one of the few remaining pre-Prohibition wineries still survives. Wines include their famous red blend, Trilogy, and they make a variety of other nice wines, including a great Sauv Blanc.
Hartwell - An intimate venue for small groups, Hartwell produces delicious Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon & Sauv Blanc
Inglenook Winery - Experience a wonderful cave tour, great wines and impeccable service at this hallmark winery, now restored to its original grandeur (and name) by Mr Coppola
Nickel & Nickel - Private, seated tastings by appointment, small groups of 8 or fewer.
Merryvale - Enjoy a seated tasting inside an antique Redwood wine barrel, hosted by a Sommelier, or go casual and taste at the counter. Various levels of tastings available.
Peju - Many wonderful outdoor settings, a huge gift shop with lots of blown glass and art treasures, and a chef on staff make the perfect combination for a fun visit
Pine Ridge - Fun & informative winery tours with a peek into the wine caves, followed by great tastings of single-vineyard Cabs on the patio
Rutherford Hill - For large groups that want a cave tour, Rutherford Hill fits the bill with the largest cave system in the Napa Valley. Their Reserve Merlot is a special treat and they make a huge variety of wines, with something for everyone
Stags Leap Cellars - Founded in 1970, and considered a first-growth estate, Stags Leap is known for their collector-quality Cabs and they also do a nice winery tour