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NAPA VALLEY WINERY DIRECTORY
TOP NAPA VALLEY WINERIES
Napa Valley is a vibrant community with over 80,000 residents that is highly adored all around the world by travel/wine enthusiasts. Of the estimated four million people who visit our scenic area every year, it is thought that up to 80% visit the same 20 or so wineries in Napa. Since there are over 400 Napa wineries, it isn’t difficult to figure out how to avoid the crowds and find the more intimate side – and the real charm – of the Napa Valley. Our Napa Valley Join-In Tours focus on smaller, non-touristy Napa wineries featuring unique, world-class wines and beautiful locations and scenery, providing you with a truly special experience.
Over the past decade, the city of Napa has awakened with an incredible rush of culture, art, and entertainment, embodying the true spirit of the Valley. A thriving wine and culinary scene make Napa one of the most famous wine country regions in the world. The historical aspects of the region are evident through preserved Victorian-era architecture and Napa wineries that date back to the 1800s.
A few favorite locations in Downtown Napa include Oxbow Public Market, Main Street’s “Restaurant Row” filled with dining options, Napa’s Opera House, and many more small venues hosting live music and gatherings. Napa wineries have established tasting rooms right in the downtown so visitors can experience incredible wines while wandering the charming streets and walking along the riverfront. The town is also host to some incredible festivals, including BottleRock music festival, Festival Napa Valley and Napa Film Fest. What can you always expect at these events? Incredible food and famous wines from Napa Valley wineries.
We’re thrilled that Trip Advisor consistently ranks our Napa Wine Tours as top-rated activities in the region. Make a Platypus Wine Tour reservation online now or call (707) 253-2723.
Here is a handy directory of many of wine country’s best wineries. You can use this directory while creating a custom, Private Tour. Please note that Join-in Tour wineries are selected by our experienced guides.
Two partners, Borsack and Keys founded B Cellars in 2002 which sits in the heart of the Oakville AVA on Oakville Crossroads. Gorgeous grounds on a knoll overlooking a valley encompass the winery and hospitality buildings as you approach life-size human sculptures depicting everyday life. This is the only winery in the Napa Valley that features a full-service demonstration kitchen. You will enjoy a variety of food and wine pairings as you experience their white and red blends, a 15,000 plus square foot cave and outdoor tastings overlooking vines and olive trees. These wines can be found in some of America’s premium restaurants from Los Angeles, New York, and Las Vegas. With superstar winemaker Kirk Venge at the helm (named one ot the top twenty young winemakers in the world by Food & Wine Magazine), grapes are sourced from some of finest vineyards in Napa and Sonoma Valleys.
What started as a real estate investment turned into a lifestyle change for the Baldacci family as their love and commitment to this property deepened. Lovely, balanced supple wines are featured.
Owned and operated by four generations since 1906, the Ballentine Family Winery is considered a hidden gem of Napa Valley. Their goal is to share their story and passion with guests, make approachable, quality wine while being responsible and sustainable in their vineyards.
Our personal and curated tasting experience includes a discussion of our history, unique terroir, and winemaking methods. Guests will explore our current releases while enjoying a spectacular view of Napa Valley if weather permits.
Beau Vigne has a great philosophy to winemaking that hasn’t changed since we began. Although we fly under the radar as a small boutique winery, we do so with impressive stature and enjoy our “hidden gem” status. We are world renown and recognized by wine critics as a winery that produces exceptional, intense, balanced, rich and multidimensional wines. Beau Vigne is home to family and extraordinary wines, where “great Cabernets are grown, not made.”
Our family’s roots run deep in the Napa Valley. Martin Garzoli, Ed’s grandfather, arrived in the Valley in 1913. He was a Swiss Italian who, in Italy, was trained in winemaking. Martin would work the Hayfields of Napa and Sonoma during the day and make wine in an old barn at night. Nearly 100 years later the Beau Vigne Family is still making wine.
Originally established in 1900 Beaulieu Vineyards was founded by the Latour’s and is one of the most historic wineries in the Rutherford AVA. Today Beaulieu is owned by Treasury Wine Estates and is centrally located off Highway 29 in Rutherford. Historic buildings covered in ivy greet you as you drive up to this production facility where they make some 750,000 cases annually. This winery is known for having over 118 years of excellence in crafting award winning wines, most notably their Cabernet Sauvignon. A private guided walking tour, main tasting room, or patio tasting awaits the visitor to enjoy the history and winemaking legacy of this notable winery.
After working for decades on Cabernet Sauvignon viticulture research, in 1998 winemaker Anthony Bell found the perfect place to produce the wines he had long dreamed of - limited production, hand crafted wines that showcase clonal variations and single vineyard expressions of Cabernet Sauvignon. A unique tasting experience gives even the most discerning wine enthusiasts a deeper appreciation for Cabernet Sauvignon and the craft of grape growing.
Bello Family Vineyards is a small, family-owned winery in Napa Valley producing extraordinary wines from an estate vineyard in Rutherford. The production team is led by Michael Bello and son Christopher Bello. Leveraging their complementary strengths, talents and skills, they have combined to make a powerful force in the industry, with a variety of wines that reflect their passion and commitment to quality.
“To adults looking to feed their spirits, our wines capture the prestige of exclusive taste with the excitement of upscale leisure.”
Benessere Vineyards embodies the Benish Family’s love of Italian wine. Napa’s Mediterranean climate has the perfect conditions for their Pinot Grigio, Zinfandel, Sangiovese, and Cabernet Sauvignon to thrive. Tastings are conducted inside the winery or overlooking their vineyards on the patio with Italian music! The small batch, estate wine is not distributed and is only sold at the winery.
Located at the very north end of the Napa Valley, with spectacular views of the rugged Palisades and Mount St. Helena. The home of more than 50 90+ point wines from the leading wine publications.
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.
Throughout the world, the finest wines capture the soul of the vineyards and the artistry of those who craft the wine. In this private realm of winemaking, the estates are small and the proprietors hold an extraordinary commitment to excellence.
The handcrafted wines of Napa Valley’s Black Cat Vineyard are rich with fruit yet show a classic refinement. They are wines of the heart. We warmly welcome you into the intimate world of artisan winemaking, where passion and discovery abound.
In what was once home to the Silverado Horseman’s Center with ambling riding trails and the area’s only indoor arena, has been transformed into an impressive winery with lovely garden areas owned by the Indelicato Family. Wines showcase the diversity of Napa Valley growing regions and varietals which include Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir, Zinfandel, Red Blends, and Cabernet Sauvignon among others. Friendly hosts invite guests for experiences ranging from casual walk-ins to privately hosted tastings and in-depth blind tasting seminars.
Boeschen Vineyards is a very small family-owned winery committed to making the best possible wines off their 11-acre estate vineyard. Sauvignon Blanc, Rose, a velvety Red Blend, Petit Verdot, and Cabernet Sauvignon are made in their state-of-the art facility. The underground winery, gorgeous estate gardens, and the owner’s vintage car collection create a personal tasting experience that is intimate and luxurious.
Boich Family Cellar wines encompass a wide range of fruit from the round smooth tannins of Rutherford and Oakville to the broad shouldered and structured mountain fruit from Mount Veeder. All the wines are hand crafted in a new world style that makes them approachable in their youth yet still age worthy. They produce a chardonnay and 5 single vineyard cabs. The tasting includes locally sourced cheeses and charcuterie.
3524 Silverado Trail N, St. Helena, CA 94574
Specializing in the grapes that grow best in the cool climate of Careros, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, this is a hidden gem where tasting delicious wines can be enjoyed in the beautiful garden overlooking sweeping vineyard vistas.
Beginning in 1998 when the property on Big Ranch Road in Napa was purchased, a vision was held that very special wines and memories could be created in this location. Since then over 20,000 vines of Merlot, Syrah, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Viognier and Cabernet Sauvignon have been planted, tended, nurtured, harvested, crushed and coaxed into fine wine.
The vineyard is located in the Oak Knoll District of the Napa Valley which is known for its slightly cooler climate and heavy clay soils. This environment produces ultra-premium Merlot and Syrah used in many of Napa Valley's most sought after wines.
Today, while still selling over 50% of their grapes to other premium wineries, they also produce very limited quantities of ultra-premium wine. These wines are produced using only the best materials and practices in search of creating wines that reflect a full bodied style that express the best attributes of the land.
Brasswood Estate offers unique experiences to complement our elegant, small production wines. You can walk-in for a signature tasting or make an appointment for a luxurious experience in one of our private rooms. Reserve your glass today!
Bravante Vineyards is a Napa Valley boutique producer of handcrafted, very limited production Bordeaux varietal wines that receive high accolades from prestigious professional critics. Located in the renowned Howell Mountain AVA, with a more than one hundred years reputation for making world-class wines. Their passionate team of top of class professionals is dedicated to continuing that tradition and welcome you to visit and experience for yourself something so memorable and intimate you will want to relive it over and over again.
Located on a 150 acre estate vineyard, the wines produced are supple and expressive. The farmhouse welcomes guests to visit the historical wine cave.
This property sits along the Silverado Trail corridor into beautiful Calistoga at the foot of the Palisade Mountains. With a clean slate of 2.25 acres to build their dream, the parcel was purchased and Brian and Arden set in to make that dream a reality. Four years later, in 2014, the winery was ready for its first harvest in the new building with state-of-the-art equipment. In May of 2015 the hospitality center was opened and the pouring began with the opening of a 2008 Cabernet Franc.
With a small team of highly educated wine lovers, three dogs and two winemakers on hand, Brian Arden Winery runs as small family business producing less than 2500 cases a year.
The scarab beetle they have adopted as part of their visual branding is an ancient Egyptian agricultural totem, a symbol of good luck and long life that in various iterations has graced their wine labels through the years. The watermark version displayed below is the de facto logo for the Brown Downtown Napa tasting room. It is an apt metaphor for Brown Estate, its overall form a relatively streamlined picture of calm whose intricate timeworn carvings tell tales that require a deeper level of engagement to tease out. The business of operating an estate winery, making wines from grapes grown on their own land, relies heavily upon forces beyond control. Mother Nature is a brilliant but fickle business partner, and the increasingly burdened planet a delicate resource from which livelihood is derived. Moving through Brown Estate's third decade, these immutable realities continue to demand and inspire their passion, humility, and gratitude.
Dedicated to honesty, quality and family, we are a fourth generation vineyard and winery perched on a mountain top just five country miles east of St Helena. Situated on three hundred acres our family has been farming Cabernet Sauvignon and Zinfandel for more than four decades.
We attempt to combine meticulous vineyard management and minimal winemaking techniques to create wines of uncommon complexity and depth and to present these wines to our consumers at fair and reasonable prices .
Don Buhman has been raising cattle all his life. Although, he’s not just a real life cowboy, He’s also a farmer. 20 years ago he replanted and started growing grapes on the ranch for well-known wineries such as Mumm, Rombauer, Artesa, Pine Ridge, Sterling, Joel Gott and Schramsberg to name a few. Don simply acquired a passion for the love of the vine and Suzanne Javorina. Together, they established the confidents in Don's envisions and started making wine together and founded Buhman Estate Vineyards. The Buhman's are excited to now launch a new joint venture with founder of #TrendingWine, Jason Elkin. Jason Elkin is a new world wine pioneer, innovator, and disrupter. Together they have become Leaders Of The New Old-school.