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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. The vis­i­tor cen­ter is open 10 am-5 pm daily, with wine ser­vice avail­able un­til 4:45 pm. Guided win­ery tours of­fered daily at 11 am, 1 pm and 3 pm; $20 per per­son, in­cludes two sparkling wine tastes and one es­tate va­ri­etal taste. 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. 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.

LIANA ES­TATES— Lo­cated among the rolling hills of Carneros with breath­tak­ing views of the San Pablo Bay, this sec­ond-gen­er­a­tion, fam­ily-owned and op­er­ated win­ery spe­cial­izes in Chardon­nay

and Pinot Noir. Liana Es­tates also of­fers brunch and yoga over­look­ing the San Pablo Bay, gourmet pic­nics in the vine­yards, culi­nary ex­pe­ri­ences and more. www.lianaes­tates.com. 2750 Las Ami­gas Rd., Napa, 707.302.1160.

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. Tast­ings open to the pub­lic; tours by ap­point­ment. www.merryvale.com. 1000 Main St., St. He­lena, 707.963.7777.

PEJU PROV­INCE 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.

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.

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. The win­ery takes its name from its lo­ca­tion in the famed Stags Leap viti­cul­tural dis­trict. 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 in the grow­ing dis­trict from which the win­ery takes its name. Tast­ings and tours Tu–Sa by ap­point­ment only. 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.

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.

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 Cal­i­for­nia wine­mak­ing, book a class at the Wine--

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