California’s Napa Valley is known for its ideal climate and geography for grape growing. Located North of San Francisco, the area is home to many top wineries, earning the region its world-class reputation for its premier wine industry.
Over 4 million people visit Napa Valley’s wine country every year, making it one of the world’s best wine and food destinations. Below is a list of some of the area’s top vineyards, many of which offer both public and private tastings and tours.
Beaulieu Vineyards was named after the French phrase “Quel beau lieu,” which, in English, means “What a beautiful place.” One of the oldest wine producers in the region, Beaulieu Vineyards offers standard tastings, private tours & tastings, a reserve room, as well as a series of events at the winery. Founded in 1900, the vineyard is known for its Georges De Latour Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon. Beaulieu Vineyards also offer a variety of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Sauvignon Blanc, Zinfandel, Sangiovese, Syrah, Viognier, and Merlot.
Location: 1960 St. Helena Highway, Rutherford, CA 94573
Black Stallion Estate Winery
The Black Stallion Estate Winery is a historic landmark and former equestrian center, and the indoor track is now the winemaking production area. Located in the Oak Knoll District in southern Napa Valley, the 32-acre estate has been operating as a winery since 2007. This family-run winery is open to the public and offers tours by appointment. The winery offers both indoor and outdoor tasting areas.
Black Stallion produces a variety of wines: Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Merlot, Dessert, Pinot Grigio / Pinot Gris, Red Blend, Muscat/Moscato, Zinfandel, Syrah, and Viognier.
Location: 4089 Silverado Trail, Napa, CA 94558
Contact: (707) 227-3250
The Buehler Vineyards is a family-owned vineyard and is known for being one of the best wineries in the valley. Offering private tours and tastings, visitors are hosted by the Buehler family themselves.
Buehler Vineyards is made up of 300-acres of Napa Valley hills. The winery is home to the Buehler family, so tours and tastings are done by appointment only. With three vineyards, Buehler produces Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, and Chardonnay.
Location: 820 Greenfield Road, Saint Helena, California 94574
Contact: (707) 963-2155
Located just northeast of St. Helena, CADE Estate Winery was founded in 2005. With 54 acres of land, CADE produces five wines: Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon, Howell Mountain Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Cuvee Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc, and an Oakville Estate Sauvignon Blanc. CADE Estate is Napa Valley’s first organically framed LEED Gold Certified estate winery. The venue is open for tasting experiences, lunch, and cave tours.
Location: 360 Howell Mountain Rd South, Angwin, CA 94508
Contact: (707) 965-2746
Established in 1973, Domaine Chandon is a winery in the Napa Valley town of Yountville. The winery offers both public and private tours and tastings. Visitors have the opportunity to explore the winery and learn more about its history, and the process behind production. Known for their Brut Classic and Blanc de Noirs, Domain Chandon makes both still and sparkling wines from varieties of Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier, and Chardonnay. Domaine Chandon also has numerous sister wineries in Argentina, Brazil, and Australia.
Location: 1 California Dr, Yountville, CA 94599
Contact: (707) 944-8844
Founded in 1967, Chappellet Winery is located in the Pritchard Hill vineyards. Family owned and operated, visitors are welcome during scheduled weekly business hours. Chappellet Winery offers group and private tastings, tours, and vineyard walks. At the end of the tours, guests are given a seated tasting of new releases. The winery produces world-class Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon.
Location: 1581 Sage Canyon Rd, St Helena, CA 94574
Contact: (707) 286-4219
Whether you live in Northern California or plan to make a trip in the near future, wine country is definitely worth a visit. With its stunning landscape and world-class wineries, you’ll enjoy a relaxing afternoon in one of the most beautiful areas, with some of the finest wines in the country.