Napa Valley is a narrow long valley located about an hour north and slightly east of San Francisco. This is California and the USA’s premiere Internationally recognized wine region. Cabernet is the “king” of the varietals produced in this region and most wineries produce at least one vintage of this wine. There are approximately 1,000 wineries/producers in the valley making wine commercially and of these a fair number are open to the public. There are several “destination” wineries to consider visiting during your time in the valley. A few that come to mind are Sterling Vineyards with the valley’s only tram and great views, Castello di Amorosa – a large almost 40 million dollar replica of an Italian castle, Chateau Montelena with their historic caves and Chinese themed garden and Charles Krug – the valley’s first and oldest winery. The list goes on!
Our preferred times to visit are during Spring before the heat and the summer crowds hit and then after the harvest in late fall when again the crowds have fallen off and you usually receive more personal attention. High end restaurants, lodging and spas await. We have personally visited all walk-in, appointment only, and many of the private wineries in the valley. For more information including winery write-ups & wine reviews, photos, resources, maps and more, visit: The Napa Wine Project – www.napawineproject.com
I’ve personally visited and tasted with over 850 commercial wine producers (wineries) in Napa County. I have more then several thousand hours researching & working on this “project” over the past 10+ years out of personal passion for the Napa Valley & wine. As a result I have an extremely unique point of view into the Napa Valley from a winery perspective that few people have. Click here for Tour Information.