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CHARLES KRUG

Since its open­ing in 1861, Charles Krug win­ery has pro­duced award-win­ning Caber­nets and renowned Sauvi­gnon Blanc. Tast­ing room open daily. 2800 Main St., St. He­lena, 707.967.2200. Map 3, B3

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. 1429 Tubbs Ln., Cal­is­toga, 707.942.5105. Map 4, E3

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. 8555 Sonoma Hwy., Ken­wood, 707.257.5784. Map 4, E5

CLOS DU VAL

This win­ery is known for its Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Mer­lot and Caber­net Sauvi­gnon. Its first vin­tage Caber­net was one of only six Cal­i­for­nia cabs se­lected for the now-leg­endary 1976 Paris tast­ing. Tast­ings open to the pub­lic; tours by ap­point­ment. 5330 Sil­ver­ado Trail, Napa, 707.261.5200. Map 3, D5

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. 3222 Eh­lers Ln., St. He­lena, 707.963.5972. Map 3, B2

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. 1250 Cut­tings Wharf Rd., 707.257.5782. Map 3, D7

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. 1829 St. He­lena Hwy., Ruther­ford, 707.963.2784. Map 3, C4

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. 401 St. He­lena Hwy. S., St. He­lena, 707.967.2626. Map 3, C3

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 award-win­ning Chardon­nays and Caber­net Sauvi­gnons. 4411 Red­wood Rd., Napa, 707.255.1144. Map 3, C6

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