Top 5 Napa Valley Wineries

Top 5 Napa Valley Wineries
Rachel Simpson

Written by Rachel Simpson

California’s famed and beautiful Napa Valley is home to more than 400 wineries, making it a major tourist destination. It’s an excellent location for growing high-quality grapes, with ideal soil conditions and a generally pleasant climate. Those looking to explore the region will to know the best wineries to visit, so here’s five of Napa’s very best.

Inglenook, also known as Rubicon Estate and several other historical names, this is one of the oldest wineries in Napa Valley. Originally founded in 1879 by Finnish marine captain Gustave Niebaum, it has now been owned since 1975 by film director Francis Ford Coppola. Coppola restored the original name in 2011, and reportedly spent more money to acquire the Inglenook trademark than on the estate itself. Coppola worked for years to restore the estate, restoring it as a landmark Napa winery.

Stag’s Leap was recently remodeled, but Warren Winiarsky originally established it in 1970. It quickly became well-known as a producer of award-winning wines, and put Napa Valley on the map worldwide. For that very reason, you will find a bottle of its 1973 Cabernet Sauvignon in the Smithsonian National Museum. The modern but impressively styled facilities offer expansive views of the vineyards.

Centered on the Rhine House Mansion, and established by German immigrant brothers Jacob and Frederick Beringer, Beringer Vineyards is another classic Napa Valley landmark. The landscaping surrounding the mansion is reminiscent of the styles prevalent in 1875, when this winery was founded. 30-minute tours are offered, and they include three wines to taste in the mansion, after exploring the historic underground tunnels and the old winery itself.

Built in the heart of the valley at Rutherford, Peju’s wines are sustainably farmed. Some are even exclusive to members of their wine club.The tasting room tower is a beautiful French-style landmark, and even features an art gallery. This winery also offers special culinary events such as cooking and pairing classes. Extensive and pristine gardens surround the tower and winery.

Easily the most popular winery anywhere in Napa Valley, and arguably the best, V. Sattui is open every day and requires no appointments. Not only are more than 80 wine, champagne, and port varietals on offer, but visitors can even picnic on the grassy grounds with fresh, gourmet take-out, or enjoy one of the frequent barbecues. This award-winning winery is a great place for the whole family to enjoy, including the dog. The place feels like an exquisite piece of Tuscany transported into the heart of Californian wine country.

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