Wine country is calling...
Napa Valley is home to some of the biggest wine brands in the world. While you can certainly take the road more traveled, we are happy to share a few of our favorite less well know stops in the valley, as well as a few gems you've surely heard of! Here you'll find info on some of our favorite Napa vineyards and tasting rooms, great restaurants, and a few exceptional brands to keep an eye out for. Get ready to taste and enjoy and don't forget to #NormalizeSpitting or you may not make it to dinner! Be sure to check with each producer on reservations and visit protocol. Cheers!
From North to South
Your route through Napa Valley should be dependent on where you are staying. We recommend starting your own Google map for your trip and dropping pins on all the wineries, restaurants, and other stops you plan to make. If possible, start your day by visiting the winery furthest away from where your day ends. Whether that's your hotel or your dinner reservation, you'll be glad you did! Our list is organized from north to south in the valley to help keep the map easy to follow. Note: dates, times, and pricing is accurate as of the date of this post. Check with each location for changes!
Golden Haven Hot Springs
If you're not ready to start your day with a 10:00 am tasting, consider a stop here. You can enjoy the gorgeous natural hot springs, book a spa treatment, or check out their mud bath experience. They open at 8:00 am and operate on a first come, first served basis, so show up early and get invigorated for your day!
Tank Garage Winery
Calistoga is one of our favorite segments of the valley. The vibe is more relaxed than the rest of Napa and there are some very hip, young producers setting down roots up here. Tank focuses on small-production red, white, rosé, pet nat, and natural wines in a very cool reimagined gas station. They are open almost every day of the year. Reservations required.
Frank Family Vineyards
We believe this might just be the best place to kick off a day in Napa! This iconic producer's home is nestled on Larkmead Lane in Calistoga. The patio and tasting room are gorgeous but the energy is relaxed and no frills. The sparkling wines...actually all the Frank Family wines... are some of our absolute favorites in Napa. Reservations open at 10:00 am.
It has been a few years since we visited Amulet Estate but this gorgeous property certainly left a lasting impression. You can see a view of the incredible wine cave at the estate in the gallery below. You'll need to request an appointment to visit here and you won't find your traditional tasting room experience. Instead, they offer winemaker-guided tours for an elevated experience.
Stony Hill Vineyard
An absolute icon of Napa Valley, getting here is like a trip through a story book. Situated on Spring Mountain in northern St Helena, you can taste some of the absolute finest domestic Chardonnay there is here. They also produce Cabernet Sauvignon and Riesling. You can reserve a 90-minute tasting experience for $95.00 per person. A worthy investment in Napa.
Another mountainside vineyard and winery, Keenan is another very special stop. Like all wineries in the Spring Mountain District, the estate is family-owned and operated. Mostly a red wine house, you'll find an unforgettable lineup of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Syrah, Zinfandel, and other gems. Tastings are held on the hour between 10:00 am and 4:00 pm and range from $50 to $75 per person.
While we have not had the chance to visit Snowden yet, it certainly deserves a spot on this list! Started in 1955, the winery's grape growing history dates back to 1878. Located just east of Rutherford and St. Helena, the vineyards sit at a confluence of several different natural influences on the gentle slopes of the Vaca Mountains. Winemaker Diana Snowden Seysses, is the property's third generation of Snowdens handling the production. They offer private tastings for groups of up to four people by appointment.
Revana Family Vineyards
We're still up in the northern part of the valley with a look at this remarkable Cabernet Sauvignon producer. Dr. Madaiah Revana came to Napa over 20 years ago where he fell in love with the valley and the outstanding Cabernet being produced in the area. He purchased in 1997 poured his efforts into the vineyards and state-of-the-art winemaking facility. Plus, he's one of the nicest people you will ever meet! The tasting room is open every day from 10:00 am to 3:30 pm and appointments are available for $100 per person. Dr. Revana also owns the incredible Alexana Winery in Willamette Valley, Oregon. An absolute must-see if you get up there!
You've got to be getting hungry by now! The town of St. Helena is a fabulous place for a midday meal or dinner reservation. On the map you'll find a few of our favorite spots!
Market: Open for lunch and dinner, you'll find American favorites like organic fried chicken, baby back ribs, and Champagne-battered fish and chips.
Himalayan Sherpa Kitchen: If you're looking for a departure from the typical French, Italian, and New American menus throughout the valley, give this awesome Nepalese place a try! Delicious curry, Tandoori, and Tika Masala dishes pair with a pretty extensive wine list. Open for lunch and dinner.
Goose & Gander: We are huge fans of this restaurant!
NAPA VALLEY GALLERY
Here's a little sneak peek at a few of our favorite Napa spots!
Notable Napa wines to try -- but sorry, no tasting room
Peter Franus Wines