ARTESA WINERY— Art and wine blend at this winery, seamlessly built into the highest hill of its 350-acre estate. Founded by a Catalan family that has been hand-crafting wines since the 16th century, this Carneros winery focuses on producing small, ultrapremium lots. Take time to admire the modern and sophisticated gallery-like space and the original works of sculpture, painting and mixed-media. Tasting room open daily; tours daily. www.artesawinery.com. 1345 Henry Rd., Napa, 707.224.1668.
BEAULIEU VINEYARD— This 100-year-old winery is the longest continually operating winery in Napa Valley and is the production site for the flagship Cabernet Sauvignon. Beaulieu was founded on a four-acre ranch by a French winemaker who envisioned a company producing fine wine unparalleled to his native France. Daily tastings feature wines you can’t find anywhere else. 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.
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. 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. Stop by the tasting room in the Westin St. Francis hotel in Union Square. 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, 707.257.5784.
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.