Napa Valley has more than 500 wineries, each with its own story and with a unique experience to offer. With that many from which to choose, we have a few suggestions for getting started. Consult our guide below, which contains our Top Napa Valley Wineries List as well as some planning tips!
Of course, this list is not exhaustive and when you stay with us at the Wine Country Inn, our staff can help direct you to wonderful wineries that are a great match for your palate.
More than 500 Wineries in Napa Valley?
Yes, there are more than 500 wineries in Napa Valley, which may seem redundant. But it’s not at all. Each one is under the ownership of someone different who has a great passion for what they do and wants to develop the best, most delicious, unique wine possible. Mother Nature plays a big role in the finished product, but rest assured that a lot of love and hard work has been put into each sip of wine you take here in Napa Valley.
It’s highly recommended that you take the tours offered at the wineries rather than just head to the tasting room. It’s worth the time you take to learn the history of each establishment and the personal stories that surround the making of the wine. The tours are nothing short of inspirational – and delicious!
Top Napa Valley Wineries List
Known for its Beaulieu Vineyard Napa Cabernet Sauvignon, this winery has been producing signature wines for more than 100 years. Stop by for a tasting of their small lot wines in the Maestro Tasting Room, which features wines that are only available at the winery or online. Take part in the Private Wine Tasting experience for a behind-the-scenes look at this 1885 winery with a historic tour and a barrel tasting.
A former equestrian center along the Silverado Trail, the Black Stallion Estate Winery offers a rustic wine country experience among vineyards and century-old olive trees. Guests can sample Black Stallion wines around their large circular tasting bar or relax on the terrace aside two trickling fountains. If you’re visiting on the weekend, you can partake in a gourmet flatbread pizza and wine pairing. Private tastings and tours are also available.
There are five different experiences available at the Castello di Amorosa winery. This replica of a 13th-century medieval Italian castle offers a unique and regal environment for your Napa Valley wine experience. You’ll want to know that delicious chocolate, cheese or charcuterie pairings are available to add on when you sample Castello’s Italian-style wines, and reservations are recommended for all guided and specialty tour experiences.
Clif Family – Velo Vino
Inspired by a cycling trip through Europe, which included a bit of wine tasting along the way, the Clif Family Winery was born. Today, visitors can taste the small production wines produced by the Clif Family at its Tasting Room in St. Helena. It’s recommended that you make reservations for their Bruschetta and Wine Tasting Trio so you can sample carefully paired wine and house-made bruschetta created with ingredients from the Clif Family Farm.
David Fulton Winery was founded in 1860 and is the oldest continuously operated family vineyard in the valley. As a boutique winery, it produces a small number of cases of its historic Petite Sirah annually that it ships to its Wine Club members, as well as to local restaurants and specialty wine shops. It also produces several artisan wines to accompany the Petite Sirah David Fulton Winery has long been known for.
Nestled in the lush Napa Valley with rolling hills serving as a dramatic backdrop, Duckhorn Winery is a family-owned winery in St. Helena, CA that has been making artisan wines since the 1970s. Each varietal is certainly worth a trip and a taste! Enjoy a seated tasting with individualized attention from the knowledgeable staff at Duckhorn Winery. You can choose from two options, the regular Wine Tasting Experience or an Elevated Experience.
At Long Meadow Ranch, you can enjoy either a wine and food tasting or a wine and olive oil tasting experience! Either way, you’ll walk away satisfied with having learned something and been a part of Napa Valley’s wine and food scene for the day. For the wine and food experience, you’ll be chauffeured up the hill to Long Meadow’s Mayacamas Estate nestled high above Napa Valley. There you’ll explore the vineyards, the winery, its wine caves and the oldest olive orchard in Napa County. Visit Long Meadow’s website for information on the wine and olive oil tasting experience.
This beautiful winery was started in 1892 by Albino and Madonna Pestoni after having immigrated from a small village in Switzerland near the Italian border. Rutherford Grove’s rich history, which stretches back five generations, is evident in the wines it produces, including Sauvignon Blanc, Rose, Petite Sirah, Merlot and more.
Like so many of these wonderful boutique wineries, Salvestrin begins with the story of immigrants who settled in this region with the dream of replicating the wines from the “Old Country.” John and Emma Salvestrin arrived from Italy in the early 1920s and purchased land in St. Helena that would become the Salvestrin Winery. This third-generation winery grows grapes according to organic guidelines to create its handcrafted wines.
A trip to Sterling Vineyards in nearby Calistoga is a must when you’re in the area. It offers the only aerial tram of its kind in Napa Valley that affords stunning views and the reward of a welcoming glass of wine upon arrival. Upon reaching the top, you’ll find that there are a few ways for you to experience this award-winning vineyard, which spans 300 acres. Choose from a self-guided tour or the Sterling Silver Experience. Each option includes a variety of wine tastings.
Planning Your Trip to Napa Valley
When you’re planning a trip to the Napa Valley area, St. Helena in particular, be sure to download our Napa, California Vacation Guide. Whether you’re looking for adventure, a peaceful weekend for some “me time,” or a romantic weekend with the one you love, Napa Valley offers a variety of options for things to do, see and experience. Let us at the Wine Country Inn serve as your home base during your stay. Relax in one of our luxurious rooms or cottages and enjoy a fresh, gourmet breakfast each morning.
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Photo Credit: Jim Sullivan / Castello di Amorosa