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HISTORIC WINERY DIRECTORY

HISTORIC WINERIES OF THE SONOMA VALLEY

The beautiful and historic Sonoma Valley is the birthplace of California’s wine industry. In this unique tour, an expert local historian will accompany your group as we taste delicious wine at two or three Historic Wineries. We will also tour the Historic Sonoma Plaza, the San Francisco Solano Mission and the Sonoma Barracks. Your local historian guide will provide a comprehensive overview of local history, and tell amazing stories of wine families and viticulture, along with tales of General Vallejo and the Mission era.

Lunch included; tasting/touring fees and gratuitites extra.

Buena Vista Winery

Founded by Count Agosthon Haraszthy in 1857, Buena Vista is the oldest premium winery in California. The original stone winery is now a California Historic Landmark, and home to the Tasting Room and Visitor’s Center. You will hear the amazing story of Count Haraszthy, the first Hungarian to emigrate to the United States. In 1861 the Count journeyed to Europe and returned to California with over 100,000 cuttings of fine European varietals. Buena Vista now uses exclusively Carneros district fruit, and is the largest vineyard owner in this chosen “cool-climate” region; perfect for Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Syrah. Extraordinary wine.

Gundlach-Bundschu Winery

2008 marks the Gundlach Bundschu Sesquicentennial – the 150th Anniversary of the oldest family-owned winery in California. The founder: Jacob Gundlach, was a well-known author and poet, whose letters about the Great San Francisco Earthquake and Fire are regarded as the finest original accounts of this disaster. You will hear his story, and taste delicious estate grown wine in a glorious winery setting, nestled up against the Mayacamas Mountains.

Sebastiani Vineyards and Winery

The history of Sebastiani Vineyards extends all the way back to 1825, when its Mission Vineyard was founded by Franciscan fathers of the nearby San Francisco Solano Mission. It is the oldest vineyard north of San Francisco. Still family owned and operated today, Sebastiani Winery was founded by Samuele Sebastiani in 1904. We will visit the original stone winery building, taste wonderful wine, and view the largest redwood barrel in the world!

Bartholemew Park Winery

Currently owned by Gundlach-Bundschu, Bartholemew Park was part of Count Haraszthy’s wine empire. We will tour the comprehensive history museum, taste delicious vineyard-specific wine, and enjoy the extensive gardens surrounding the tasting room.

Sonoma Plaza and San Francisco Solano Mission

No history tour would be complete without a stop at the beautiful and historic Sonoma Plaza, and a tour of the 21st Mission. Many original adobe buildings still line the Plaza, the largest in California. Renowned as the “Bear Flag City,” you will hear the true story of the Bear Flag Revolt. We will also tour Sonoma State Historic Park, which includes the San Francisco Solano Mission and Sonoma Barracks.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

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Platypus Tours also offers Hispanic Winery Tours.

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Address: 1099 Greenfield Rd, St. Helena, CA 94574
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Named for a 15-generation family name, and the name of the founder, Amizetta, with her husband Spencer Clark, this family run winery is located on steep slopes overlooking Lake Hennessey.

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Winery Phone Number: 707-963-1460
Winery Website Address: https://www.amizetta.com/
Address: 647 Greenfield Rd, St. Helena, CA 94574
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Fittingly, Aonair is Gaelic for "one man" and reflects Grant Long Jr's passion for handcrafted small-lot wines. These outstanding wines are only available at the winery.

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Winery Phone Number: 707-363-0680
Winery Website Address: https://www.aonairwine.com/
Address: 1001 Silverado Trail S. St. Helena, CA 94574
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Tastings are available in the intimate tasting cottage or on the deck overlooking the vineyards, winery and bocce ball court.

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Winery Phone Number: 707-967-9100
Winery Website Address: https://www.auburnjames.com/
Address: 2820 St. Helena Hwy N. St. Helena, CA 94574
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Owned and operated by four generations since 1906, the Ballentine Family Winery is considered a hidden gem of Napa Valley.

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Winery Phone Number: 707-963-7919
Winery Website Address: https://ballentinevineyards.com/
Address: 1010 Big Tree Rd, St. Helena, CA 94574
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Specializing in Italian varietals uncommon in the Napa Valley, such as Sangiovese, and producing the only Aglianico and Sagrantino in the Napa Valley.

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Winery Phone Number: 707-963-5853
Winery Website Address: https://www.benesserevineyards.com/
Address: 2000 Main Street, St. Helena, CA 94574
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California's oldest continually operating winery was established in 1875. The Rhine House, Jacob Beringer's former residence and the current tasting room, is a showpiece of 19th century architecture.

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Winery Phone Number: 707-257-5771
Winery Website Address: https://www.beringer.com/
Address: 975 Deer Park Rd, St. Helena, CA 94574
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Located on a 150 acre estate vineyard, the wines produced are supple and expressive. The farmhouse welcomes guests to visit the historical wine cave.

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Winery Phone Number: 707-963-5411
Winery Website Address: https://www.bremerfamilywinery.com/
Address: 1108 Deer Park Rd, Deer Park, CA 94576
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Located at almost 1,000 feet above the Valley floor, tasting options include tasting in the Cellar Tasting Room amid aging wines or in the Mountainside Tasting Room enjoying the panoramic views of the Napa Valley.

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Winery Phone Number: 707-963-4766
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Winery Website Address: https://burgesscellars.com/
Address: 360 Howell Mountain Rd, Angwin, CA 94508
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Cade is Napa Valley's first LEED Gold Certified estate winery. They are focused only on Cabernet Sauvignon and Sauvignon Blanc from their Howell Mountain estate vineyards. .

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Winery Phone Number: 707.965.2746
Winery Website Address: https://www.cadewinery.com/
Address: 1581 Sage Canyon Rd, St. Helena, CA 94574
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A visit to Chappellet’s Pritchard Hill is a very special experience, affording a stunning setting in which to taste their wines. Chappellet offers a variety of tour and tasting options tailored to suit your interests.

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Winery Phone Number: 707-286-4219
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Winery Website Address: https://www.chappellet.com/
Address: 2800 Main Street, St. Helena, CA 94574
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The first tasting room in the oldest winery in Napa Valley has evolved into a modern world-class tasting experience. Owned by the iconic Mondavi family, they have introduced winemaking practices to the Napa Valley that still influence the industry today.

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Winery Phone Number: 800-237-0033
Winery Website Address: https://www.charleskrug.com/
Address: 709 Main Street, St. Helena, CA 94574
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Clif Bar co-owner’s Gary Erickson and Kit Crawford have married their passions for cycling, food and wine into one great destination. Come for the bike ride, stay for lunch at their Bruschetteria food truck and enjoy a tasting of their wines sourced from some of Northern California's finest vineyards.

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Winery Phone Number: 707-968-0625
Winery Website Address: https://www.cliffamily.com/
Address: 8711 Silverado Trail, St. Helena, CA 94574
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Conn Creek has committed to Bordeaux style red wines produced from grapes sourced from some of the finest vineyards in the Napa Valley. Conn Creek is also one of the first wineries in the valley to commit to green building practices.

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Winery Phone Number: 707-968-2669
Winery Website Address: https://www.conncreek.com/
Address: 987 St. Helena Hwy, St. Helena, CA 94574
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Named one of the ten top Napa wineries to visit by Decanter Magazine, Corison specializes in Cabernet Sauvignons with power and elegance.

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Winery Phone Number: 707-963-0826 
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Winery Website Address: https://corison.com/
Address: 700 Dowdell Ln, St. Helena, CA 94574
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The 100 acre estate in St. Helena is on the location of the historic Dowdell & Sons Winery. The sustainably farmed vineyards have been continuously farmed since 1870. Pam Starr designs the wines to express the extraordinary terrior of this incredible location.

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Winery Phone Number: 707-967-9111
Winery Website Address: https://www.crockerstarr.com/
Address: 1445 St. Helena Hwy. S. St. Helena, CA 94574
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Opened in 2007, this winery pays homage to the Del Dotto family’s Venetian heritage dating back to 1150. The cathedral-like structure, sits on the original Rutherford vineyard purchased by Dave and Yolanda in 1988 and includes a large underground cave for aging wines.

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Winery Phone Number: 707-963-2134
Winery Website Address: https://www.deldottovineyards.com/
Address: 1000 Lodi Ln, St. Helena, CA 94574
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For more than 40 years Duckhorn Vineyards has been considered an icon in the Napa Valley. As the first winery in America to produce Merlot, Duckhorn played a key role in establishing Merlot as one of North America's great varietals.

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Winery Phone Number: 707-963-7108
Winery Website Address: https://www.duckhorn.com/
Address: 3222 Ehlers Ln, St. Helena, CA 94574
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100% of the proceeds from the sales of their wines is donated to support cardiovascular research. The organically farmed grapes produce wines of great structure and power.

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Winery Phone Number: 707-963-5972
Winery Website Address: https://www.ehlersestate.com/
Address: 3530 Silverado Trail N. St. Helena, CA 94574
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Enjoy Failla's cool climate wines in a charming 1930's farmhouse located on the eleven acre estate. The spacious wine cave is decorated to resemble a luxerious living room.

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Winery Phone Number: 707-963-0530
Winery Website Address: https://www.faillawines.com/
Address: 1978 West Zinfandel Ln, St. Helena, CA 94574
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The legacy dates back to the 1800's and the historical stone winery is one of Napa Valley's "ghost wineries". Founded as Flora Springs in 1978 by Jerry and Flora Komes, the family still manages the estates vineyards and oversees all winemaking.

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Winery Phone Number: 707-967-6723
Winery Website Address: https://www.florasprings.com/
Address: 401 St. Helena Hwy, St. Helena, CA 94574
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Winemaking excellence and innovation meets contemporary design in this dramatic showpiece winery. Dazzling contemporary art is displayed throughout the property.

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Winery Phone Number: 707-967-2626
Winery Website Address: https://www.hallwines.com/
Address: 436 St. Helena Hwy, St. Helena, CA 94574
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Founded in 1961 and known for producing Napa Valley's first vineyard-designated wine, the iconic Martha's Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon. The cozy tasting room is one of very few to offer a complimentary wine tasting, the Social Tasting, offered Tuesday through Thursday from 11:00 - 3:30pm.

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Winery Phone Number: 707-963-2047
Winery Website Address: https://www.heitzcellar.com/
Address: 200 Taplin Rd, St. Helena, CA 94574
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In the spectaularly remodeled tasting room, several tasting options are available. Home of the legendary Insignia, California's first proprietary red Bordeaux-style blend.

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Winery Phone Number: 800-707-5789
Winery Website Address: https://www.josephphelps.com/
Address: 2470 Sage Canyon Rd, St. Helena, CA 94574
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With sweeping views of Rutherford and Lake Hennessey, this is an Italian villa at its finest. You will be transported to the old world while tasting wines made with new world innovations.

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Winery Phone Number: 707-302-2209
Winery Website Address: https://www.kuletoestate.com/
Address: 738 Main Street, St. Helena, CA 94574
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A tour of the 650 acre ranch, a tasting of LMR wines paired with house prepared culinary treats with a visit to the wine cave is available at the Mayacamas estate home of Tim and Laddie Hall. In the town of St. Helena, visit the LMR restaurant, Farmstead, that showcases the wines, beef, produce and olive oils that the ranch produces.

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Winery Phone Number: 707-963-4555
Winery Website Address: https://www.longmeadowranch.com/
Address: 254 St. Helena Hwy S. St. Helena, CA 94574
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One of the first five wineries to be built after the repeal of prohibition in 1933, by Charles Krug. Visit the newly remodeled tasting room for an experience combining history and contemporary design.

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Winery Phone Number: 707-968-3362
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Winery Website Address: https://www.louismartini.com/
Address: 3718 St. Helena Hwy, Calistoga, CA 94515
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Since the 1930's three generations of the Madrigal family have farmed some of Napa Valley's finest vineyards through their own vineyard management company, and today they manage over 800 acres. Currently owned by the third-generation Madrigal, Chris creates wines that convey that deep appreciation for the land.

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Winery Phone Number: 707-942-8619
Address: 2812 St. Helena Hwy, St. Helena, CA 94574
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With a history going back to 1874, current day Markham is comprised of 350 acres of sustainably farmed vineyards and both the vineyards and the winery have been GREEN certified.

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Winery Phone Number: 707-963-5292
Winery Website Address: https://www.markhamvineyards.com/
Address: 1000 Main Street, St. Helena, CA 94574
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With a history of being Sunny St. Helena Winery in 1933, later to be owned by the Christian Brothers, in 1991 Merryvale Vineyards was born. One of the few wineries permitted to allow weddings, the Cask Room is a spectacular setting for any number of private events, with two-story century old 2,000 gallon casks lining the stone walls.

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Winery Phone Number: 707-963-7777
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Winery Website Address: https://www.merryvale.com/
Address: 7850 Silverado Trail, Napa, CA 94558
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Dave Minor has persued his two passions - seeking out rare accoustic guitars and wines worthy of collecting. Dave commissioned a Master Luthier to craft a guitar for him that was stained a beautiful hue using Miner Cabernet Sauvignon, the first commission in a series made especially for Dave.

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Winery Phone Number: 707-944-9500
Winery Website Address: https://minerwines.com/
Address: 2555 Madrona Ave, St. Helena, CA 94574
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This spectacular winery is set on 560 acres ranging in elevation from 600 to 1,600 feet above sea level, with panoramic views of the Napa Valley and beyond. The formal gardens, underground wine caves and elements of the owners English and Chinese heritage make this one of the most striking wineries to visit in Napa.

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Winery Phone Number: 707-204-7423
Winery Website Address: https://www.newtonvineyard.com/
Address: 1281 Lewelling Ln, St. Helena, CA 94574
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Prager has become a destination for lovers of world class fortified wines. Now the second generation of Pragers is carrying on the family tradition of warm hospitality and unique wines.

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Winery Phone Number: 707-963-7678
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Winery Website Address: https://www.pragerport.com/
Address: 3000 Summit Trail, Santa Rosa, CA 95404
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Located a twisting 20 minute ride from St. Helena, the stunning views and mountain fruit make the effort worthwhile. One unique feature is the brick inlay that bisects the crushpad: part of the winery is in Napa County, part of it is in Sonoma County!

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Winery Phone Number: 707-963-4949
Winery Website Address: https://www.pridewines.com/
Address: 849 Zinfandel Ln, St. Helena, CA 94574
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Acknowledged as one of the most unique wineries in the Napa Valley, Raymond offers a multitude of options for guests, including Winemaker For A Day and a stroll through the Theatre of Nature.

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Winery Phone Number: 707-963-3141
Winery Website Address: https://raymondvineyards.com/
Address: 3522 Silverado Trail N. St. Helena, CA 94574
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Koerner Rombauer's great aunt Irma Rombauer wrote The Joy of Cooking cookbook that ignited his passion for the relationship between food and wine. Tasting options for visitors include wine and cheese pairing or just purchase and enjoy a single glass of wine on the porch enjoying the stunning views of the Napa Valley.

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Winery Phone Number: 866-280-2582
Winery Website Address: https://www.rombauer.com/
Address: 4015 Spring Mountain Rd, St. Helena, CA 94574
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Truly a family dedication beginning with clearing the forest from their mountain estate to plant the vineyards, to making the wine and visiting guests to their home estate. The Schweigers define the word hospitality.

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Winery Phone Number: 707-963-4882
Winery Website Address: https://www.schweigervineyards.com/
Address: 1310 Conn Valley Rd, St. Helena, CA 94574
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In 1979 Bill and Mary Seavey bought their estate vineyards where the steep rocky hillsides produce small, thick-skinned berries with outstanding tannins that they handle with the utmost care. The result is their small production of soulful wines that express the hillside vineyards and their unique sense of place.

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Winery Phone Number: 707-963-8339
Winery Website Address: https://www.seaveyvineyard.com/
Address: 1902 Madrona Ave, St. Helena, CA 94574
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Acknowledged as one of the first women to run a major Napa Valley wine growing estate, Mary Novak was instrumental in establishing Spottswood as one of the great family-owned wineries and first growth-caliber properties. Her daughters and grandaughters continue her legacy of elegance and strength.

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Winery Phone Number: 707-963-0134
Winery Website Address: https://www.spottswoode.com/
Address: 2805 Spring Mountain Rd, St. Helena, CA 94574
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Originally brought together as three properties, now 845 acres the property produces consistent, powerful and distinguish red wines..

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Winery Phone Number: 707-967-4188
Address: 1570 Bella Oaks Ln, Rutherford, CA 94573
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Great wines for great causes" is the motto for the business and personal goals of the Staglin family. They have been deeply involved in the National Institute for Mental Health and have donated millions for research and treatment. They donate 100% of the proceeds from their second label, Salus, to research.

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Winery Phone Number: 707-963-3994
Winery Website Address: https://www.staglinfamily.com/
Address: 3331 St. Helena Hwy, St. Helena, CA 94574
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The first vines were planted in 1948 with the white Burgundies that Fred and Eleanor McCrea enjoyed. Now under the tutelage of the third generation, the family is committed to making wines of impeccable quality and longevity.

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Winery Phone Number: 707-963-2636
Winery Website Address: https://www.stonyhillvineyard.com/
Address: 4007 Spring Mountain Rd, St. Helena, CA 94574
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The new home estate is located high atop Spring Mountain with sweeping views from Marin to the Sonoma Coast. The wines show the intensity of mountain grown fruit and balanced elegance.

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Winery Phone Number: 707-967-8340
Winery Website Address: https://www.terravalentine.com/
Address: 1015 Big Tree Rd, St. Helena, CA 94574
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One of Napa Valley's quirkiest wineries - in the very best sense of the word! Everywhere you look there is something to make you laugh or that captures your imagination. Hint: even a Joe Dimaggio connection!

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Winery Phone Number: 707-963-3947
Winery Website Address: https://www.tudalwinery.com/
Address: 1111 White Ln, St. Helena, CA 94574
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Drop in to taste the wine, stay for a deli lunch and enjoy the beautiful picnic gardens! Named "Winery of the Year" in 2015.

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Winery Phone Number: 707-963-7774
Winery Website Address: https://www.vsattui.com/
Address: 1120 Deer Park Rd, Deer Park, CA 94576
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Founder of this iconic winery, Delia Viader is the "Wine Mother": mother of the vines, mother of the wine, and mother of the winemaker. The stunning views through the wine cave make this a favorite spot for marriage proposals!

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Winery Phone Number: 707-963-3816
Winery Website Address: https://viader.com/

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