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ARTESA Art and wine blend at this winery, seamlessly built into the highest hill of its 350-acre estate. From a Catalan family that has been hand-crafting wines since the 16th century, this Carneros location focuses on producing small, ultra-premium lots. Take time to admire the original works of sculpture, painting and mixed-media. www.artesawinery.com. 1345 Henry Rd., Napa, 707.224.1668.
BALDACCI FAMILY VINEYARDS This family-owned-and-operated premium boutique winery is based in the historic Stags Leap District of Napa and focuses on single vineyard, single varietal limited releases. It’s especially known for its Cabernets. www.baldaccivineyards.com. 6236 Silverado Trail, 707.944.9261.
BEAULIEU VINEYARD This 100-year-old winery is the longest continually operating winery in Napa Valley and the production site for the flagship Cabernet Sauvignon. Founded on a four-acre ranch by French winemaker who envisioned a company producing fine wine unparalleled to his native France. Visit and taste wines exclusive to the winery. Tastings daily. www.bvwines.com. 1960 St. Helena Hwy., Rutherford. 707.967.5200.
BERINGER VINEYARDS Napa Valley’s oldest continuously operating winery is also among its most accessible. Beringer is known for its Cabernet Sauvignons and bold, oaky Chardonnays. The large
facility includes a gift shop that offers tableware, stemware and kitchen and home accessories. A variety of tours and seminars are available. Daily 10 am–5 pm. www.beringer.com. 2000 Main St., St. Helena, 707.302.7592.
BOISSET COLLECTION The Boisset company is the leading wine producer in Burgundy, with a Franco-American collection of wineries on two continents, a presence in 80 countries and collection of unique, independent wineries and historical estates. Among the company’s California wineries are Raymond Vineyards, DeLoach Vineyards, Amberhill Wines and Buena Vista Winery, just to name a few. www.boissetcollection.com. 849 Zinfandel Ln., 800.878.1123.
CHARBAY WINERY & DISTILLERY Named for its first drink— Chardonnay combined with brandy— Charbay now produces much more than just wine and brandy. Discover the artisan world of distilling many spirits like whiskey, vodka and rum from a family in the distillery business for 13 generations. Taste Charbay’s wines and ports, then enjoy a cigar in the rustic setting of Spring Mountain. Tastings open to the public. www.charbay.com. 4001 Spring Mountain Rd., St. Helena, 707.963.9327.
CHARLES KRUG Since its opening in 1861, Charles Krug winery has produced award-winning Cabernets and renowned Sauvignon Blanc. Tasting room open daily. www.charleskrug.com. 2800 Main St., St. Helena, 707.967.2200. CHATEAU MONTELENA WINERY The Napa winery whose Chardonnay earned California wines international recognition at the 1976 Tasting of Paris (portrayed in the movie “Bottle Shock”) is still producing great wines, like the Estate Cabernet, Estate Zinfandel and the limited production Potter Valley Riesling. Can’t get up to wine country? Stop by the tasting room in the Westin St. Francis hotel in Union Square, open five days a week ( W-Su), no reservations needed. www.montelena.com. 1429 Tubbs Ln., Calistoga, 707.942.5105.
CHATEAU ST. JEAN Founded in 1973, Chateau St. Jean is inspired by the formal estate gardens in the south of France. The winery specializes in white varietals, including Chardonnay, Fumé Blanc, Riesling and Gewürztraminer, and is the home of the iconic Cinq Cépages. Stroll the gardens or relax on the beautiful patio and take in the perfect vista as you sip their acclaimed reserve and single-vineyard wines. www.chateaustjean.com. 8555 Sonoma Hwy., Kenwood, 707.833.4134.
CLIFF LEDE VINEYARDS Known best for its Poetry Cabernet Sauvignon, this esteemed Stags Leap District winery pours its latest releases in an architecturally stunning craftsman-style tasting room. The appointment only Estate Tasting includes a guided tour of the property, leading through the vineyards to the state-of-the-art winery, where guests sip wines paired with a selection of seasonal canapes. www.cliffledevineyards.com. 1473 Yountville Cross Rd., Yountville, 707.944.8642.
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DEERFIELD RANCH WINERY In the heart of Sonoma Valley, Deerfield is best known for its 23,000-square-foot wine caves where you can swirl and sip 100 feet below ground. Deerfield produces small-lot, handcrafted wine from more than 26 vineyards. www.deerfieldranch.com. 10200 Sonoma Highway, Kenwood, 707.833.5215.
DOMAINE CARNEROS Champagne’s famed Tattinger family founded this winery in the 1970s. The tasting room resembles a French chateau, with a deck providing sweeping views of the Carneros region. The famed Le Reve sparkling wine is compared to the top Cuvees from Champagne, while the Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs hold their own, too. www.domainecarneros.com. 1240 Duhig Rd., Napa, 707.257.0101.
EHLERS ESTATE Featuring a unique fusion of outstanding wine-growing, environmental consciousness and international philanthropy, this is a California winery through and through. Organic and biodynamic farming techniques are used to produce a small portfolio of estate-grown wines. Tastings by appointment. www.ehlersestate.com. 3222 Ehlers Ln., St. Helena, 707.963.5972.
ETUDE WINES This winery transforms the very finest Carneros and Napa Valley grapes into world-class wines sought out by the most discriminating wine lovers. In addition to its widely acclaimed Carneros Pinot Noir and legendary Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, Etude has also developed a loyal following for Pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc and Merlot. www.etudewines.com. 1250 Cuttings Wharf Rd., 707.257.5782.
FRANCIS FORD COPPOLA WINERY Celebrate all the best things in life at this winery in the heart of picturesque Alexander Valley. Sip from more than 40 wines produced on site and eat authentic, Neapolitan-style pizzas and South American wood-grilled meats at the full-service restaurant Rustic and take a dip in the sparkling swimming pools (open seasonally). www.francisfordcoppolawinery.com. 300 Via Archimedes, Geyserville, 707.857.1471.
GLORIA FERRER CAVES & VINEYARDS Settle on the scenic Vista Terrace, where you can sip a glass of sparkling wine that was aged in Spanish-style caves or an elegant Pinot Noir, paired with savory cheeses and other delicacies. Gloria Ferrer produces some of California’s best sparkling wines, as well as estate varietal still Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from its 335-acre estate. www.gloriaferrer.com. 23555 Hwy. 121, Sonoma, 707.933.1917.
GRGICH HILLS ESTATE Miljenko “Mike” Grgich, whose belongings were appropriated by the Smithsonian, gained international recognition in 1976 when judges at the Paris Tasting named his Chateau Montelena Chardonnay the best white wine in the world. In 1977, he partnered with Austin Hills (of the Hills Bros. Coffee family). Their winery produces Cabernet Sauvignons, Zinfandels, Fume Blancs and, of course, Chardonnays. Tastings and tours open to the public. www.grgich.com. 1829 St. Helena Hwy., Rutherford, 707.963.2784.
GUNDLACH BUNDSCHU After more than 150 years, the sixth generation of this wine-growing family still produces quality estate-grown-and-bottled Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Cabernet Sauvignon, to name a few. Check online for the seasonal cave tour, vineyard excursions and courtyard tasting availability. www.gunbun.com. 2000 Denmark St., Sonoma, 707.938.5277.
HALL WINES This winery plants twice as many vines per acre in comparison to traditional practices, resulting in smaller vines that produce richer and more concentrated wines. It boasts five estate vineyards planted with 500 acres of classic Bordeaux varietals: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Sauvignon Blanc. The monumental new LEED-certified visitor center features wine tasting, food and wine education, tours, gardens and an impressive contemporary art collection. www.hallwines.com. 401 St. Helena Hwy. S., St. Helena, 707.967.2626.
HESS COLLECTION A winding road near Mt. Veeder leads to this winery and art gallery. In the gallery, you’ll see works by Francis Bacon and Robert Motherwell; the tasting room serves awardwinning Chardonnays and Cabernet Sauvignons. www.hesscollection.com. 4411 Redwood Rd., Napa, 707.255.1144.
INGLENOOK CHATEAU Filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola’s team produces five estate wines, including the renowned Rubicon, on this 19th-century estate. The wines are made from 235 acres of certified organically grown grapes. The grounds include two tasting salons, a wine bar where guests can enjoy wines by the glass and a museum featuring antique zoetropes and artifacts from the estate’s founder, Gustave Niebaum. Children can float small wooden boats in a courtyard reflecting pool free of charge. Reservations recommended for tastings and tours. www.inglenook.com. 1991 St. Helena Hwy., Rutherford, 707.968.1100.
JAMIESON RANCH VINEYARDS Home of “Double Lariat” Cabernet, Jamieson Ranch Vineyards occupies 300 acres of gently rolling hills and terraced vineyards and is the southernmost winery in the Napa Valley. In addition to Cabernets, it’s known for award-winning Pinots and Chardonnays as well as wine pairing educational experiences. www. jamiesonranchvineyards.com. 1 Kirkland Ranch Rd., 707.254.8673.
KIEU HOANG WINERY Formerly owned by the Michael Mondavi Family, this 20-acre property in the coveted Carneros region was purchased by American businessman Kieu Hoang in 2014. The newly renovated winery makes Cabernet Sauvignons, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Red Blends and Rose in vibrant packaged shaped bottles. www. kieuhoangwinery.com. 1285 Dealy Lane, Napa, 707.253.1615.
KUNDE ESTATE WINERY & VINEYARDS Located in the Sonoma Valley, the family’s scenic 1,850-acre sustainably farmed estate has been managed by
five generations since 1904. The winery specializes in Chardonnay, Cabernet, Viognier, Sauvignon Blanc and Merlot. www.kunde.com. 9825 Sonoma Hwy., Kenwood 707.833.5501.
MERRYVALE VINEYARDS The first winery built in Napa Valley following the repeal of Prohibition, Merryvale’s tasting room offers the opportunity to try unique, limited production wines and a variety of menus to suit any palate. A newly renovated winemaking cellar showcases the latest equipment to craft its boutique wines. Tastings open to the public; tours by appointment. www.merryvale.com. 1000 Main St., St. Helena, 707.963.7777.
MUMM NAPA The famed Champagne house’s California winery produces top-of-the-line cuvees, including its premium DVX label. The on-site art gallery showcases photography, including a collection of Ansel Adams prints and rotating exhibits. www.mummnapa.com. 8445 Silverado Trail, Rutherford, 707.967.7700.
ODETTE ESTATE Set on 45 acres of land under the dramatic palisades of the Stags Leap District, this stylish new winery is known for its high caliber Cabernets and contemporary design features like a living roof. www.odetteestate.com. 5998 Silverado Trail, 707.224.7533.
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PEJU WINERY Celebrating 30 years in the Napa Valley, this winery is a garden oasis along Highway 29 in the famed Rutherford appellation. Known for its legendary Cabernet Sauvignon, it produces many award-winning varietals, including Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Syrah, Zinfandel, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Fifty/Fifty, a Bordeaux blend. Guests can make an appointment for a private wine tasting 50 feet up in the French Provincial tasting room tower. Tastings open to the public. www.peju.com. 8466 St. Helena Hwy., Rutherford, 707.963.3600.
QUIXOTE WINERY The excellent Petite Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon from Stags’ Leap Ranch is matched by the eclectic design of Friedensreich Hundertwasser. Visits by appointment. www. quixotewinery.com. 6126 Silverado Trail, Napa, 707.944.2659.
RAM’S GATE WINERY Just a 35-minute drive from San Francisco, this winery uncorks the best in wine, food, architecture and interior design. Its rustic yet elegant barn includes an open-air reception courtyard, a tasting pavilion, an open kitchen, a fireside lounge, a wine library, underground dining alcoves and floor-to-ceiling glass walls that open to sweeping vineyard and bay views. www.ramsgatewinery.com. 28700 Arnold Dr. Sonoma, 707.721.8700.
RAVENSWOOD WINERY Acclaimed for its Zinfandels and other big, bold red varietals, the winery’s motto— um Vinum Flaccidum (“No Wimpy Wines”)— characterizes its approach to winemaking. Picnic tables on-site. Tours daily at 10:30 am and by appointment. www.ravenswood-wine.com. 18701 Gehricke Rd., Sonoma 707.938.1960.
RAYMOND VINEYARDS In the heart of the Napa Valley, nestled between Rutherford and St. Helena, Raymond Vineyards is one of the early pioneering producers in the valley. A visit to the 90-acre estate is to return to Napa’s roots, surrounded by the beauty of two mountain ranges amidst vineyards planted to Napa’s classic varietals. A host of unique experiences await, from barrel tastings to food and wine pairings to the Theater of Nature—an excursion into the bounty of nature and an education on organic and Biodynamic farming. www. raymondvineyards.com. 849 Zinfandel Way, St. Helena, 707.963.3141.
ROUND POND ESTATE WINERY The winery joins a fabulous olive mill and features a stunning tasting room with dramatic views that complement the world-class Cabernet Sauvignons and Sauvignon Blancs. Tastings and tours by appointment. www. roundpond.com. 875 Rutherford Rd., Rutherford, 707.302.2575.
SCRIBE WINERY Owned by two young brothers, Scribe Winery is a photographer’s dream, with sun-dappled hills, colorful wildflowers and even a wooden swing. The stylish and friendly staff knows their stuff, and the wine, made with yeasts, is solid. www.scribewinery.com. 2300 Napa Rd., 707.939.1858.
SEGHESIO FAMILY VINEYARDS Long-standing Italian family winery producing top-notch Zinfandel, Sangiovese, and Pinot Noir on 400 acres of the Alexander, Dry Creek, and Russian River valleys. www.seghesio.com. 700 Grove St., Healdsburg, 866.734.4374.
SIGNORELLO ESTATE This epicurean-minded boutique winery known for award-winning wines from its hillside Cabernet Sauvignon vineyards also produces an estate Chardonnay called Hope’s Cuvee and offers one of the most critically acclaimed food pairings in Napa Valley. www.signorelloestate.com. 4500 Silverado Trail, Napa, 707.255.5990.
SIMI WINERY With vineyards in both the Alexander and Russian River valleys, Simi produces acclaimed Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Sauvignon Blanc at its charming winery. A picnic area is nestled in a scenic redwood grove. Tours daily at 11 am and 2 pm. www.simiwinery.com. 16275 Healdsburg Ave., Healdsburg, 800.746.4880.
ST. FRANCIS WINERY Three tasting options include wine-and-food pairings. Enjoy breathtaking views, small-lot wines, and gracious Wine Country hospitality. www.stfranciswinery.com. 100 Pythian Rd., Santa Rosa, 888.675.9463.
ST. SUPERY ESTATE VINEYARDS & WINERY Familyowned and sustainably farmed, this winery offers an art gallery, scenic grounds, tours and hands-on interactive wine experiences (offered daily by appointment). www.stsupery.com. 8440 St. Helena Hwy., Napa, 707.963.4507.
STAG’S LEAP WINE CELLARS Best known for its estate Cabernet Sauvignons, this family-owned winery gained international recognition in 1976, when its SLV Cabernet Sauvignon was judged the best red wine in the world at the famed Paris Tasting. www.cask23.com. 5766 Silverado Trail, Napa, 866.422.7523.
STAGS’ LEAP WINERY Not to be confused with Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars (the name and placement of the apostrophe were the subject of a legal battle between Stags’ Leap and its neighbor, Stag’s Leap), the winery produces Rhone varietals along with its Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay and Merlot. www.stagsleap.com. 6150 Silverado Trail, Napa, 800.395.2441.
STARMONT WINERY & VINEYARDS Established in 2006 by the Schlatter family as a sister property to the Bordeaux-focused Merryvale Vineyards, Starmont Winery, with its distinctive terroir, thoughtful farming and hands-on winemaking, results in serious yet approachable wines. www.starmontwinery.com. 1451 Stanly Ln., 707.252.8001.
STERLING VINEYARDS Take in exceptional panoramic views of Napa Valley on a tram ride to this winery’s visitors center, perched atop a 300-foottall hillside overlooking the valley. The winery specializes in Cabernet Sauvignon, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and more. Tastings and self-guided tours open to the public; guided tours at 11 am. www.sterlingvineyards.com. 1111 Dunaweal Ln., Calistoga, 800.726.6136.
STONY HILL VINEYARD Founded in the 1940s when white wine was a rarity in Napa Valley, this small, family-run winery high on the northeast slope of Spring Mountain continues to produce elegant and balanced Chardonnay, Gewurztraminer, Reisling and most recently, Cabernet. Tours and tastings by appointment. www.stonyhillvineyard.com. 3331 Saint Helena Hwy. N, 707.963.2636.
TRINCHERO NAPA VALLEY The Trinchero family has been making wine in Napa Valley since 1948, and is best known for their Cabernet Sauvignon. The tasting room is a unique and inviting space where visitors can taste small-lot, single-vineyard wines from Trinchero’s premiere Napa Valley estates, and sample delectable food and wine pairings. Discover the art of winemaking through behind-the-scenes barrel tastings in Trinchero’s wine cave. www.trincheronapavalley.com. 3070 N. St. Helena Hwy., St. Helena, 707.963.1160.
VIANSA WINERY One of the first wineries you’ll encounter on Hwy. 121 as you enter Sonoma County from the south, Viansa offers an endless variety of oils, dressings, and dips, in addition to its wines, at its marketplace. www.viansa.com. 25200 Arnold Dr., Sonoma, 800.995.4740.
WENTE VINEYARDS The country’s oldest continuously operating family-owned winery offers wine tasting, vineyard and garden tours, educational workshops, an upscale restaurant and a scenic 18hole championship golf course. Visit the Vineyard Tasting Room to learn about the rich history of