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--