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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.
From carefully selected vineyards, produced in very small quantities and artfully crafted to reflect a sense of place, Dakota Shy wines are a testament to Napa Valley's reputation for producing the greatest Cabernet Sauvignon-based wines in the world.
Darms Lane is a family owned and operated boutique vineyard in Napa Valley. We are committed to delivering quality wines from our family to yours. Our estate grown wines hail from our vineyard located in the Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley. We also make a wine that is sourced fruit from the Dutton Ranch in the Russian River Valley of Sonoma County.
The David Arthur Estate is located high a top Pritchard Hill, on the eastern side of the Napa Valley. The hillside vineyards offer a breathtaking view of the valley floor 1200 feet below. The rough mountain terrain and rocky red soils provide ideal growing conditions for wine grapes such as Cabernet Sauvignon.
The winemaking team of Davies Vineyards strives to find the depth and character in every wine they craft, producing an unmatched level of quality and style in each bottling. Following the vision of Jamie Davies, who spirited the first bottling of the first J. Davies Estate Cabernet Sauvignon in 2001, each year Davies Vineyards sets out to craft wines that are supple enough to be enjoyed upon release, while being robust and structured enough to age gracefully over time.
In 2011, the Davis family purchased the century-old estate winery and began their ambitious restoration project to create a distinguished modern winery. Davis Estates is the culmination of a life long dream. Here the vision is carved from this historic site as an estate winery focused on wines of the highest pedigree. Enjoy sweeping panoramic views of the Northern Napa valley from the terrace.
Piazza Del Dotto begins with an Italian-inspired barchessa, or barn, surrounded by 8.5 acres of cabernet sauvignon, al fresco tasting cabanas, vegetable gardens, 17th century fountains and an outdoor barn with turkeys, peacocks, and pheasants, resembling a Venetian village.
Opened in 2007, this winery pays homage to the Del Dotto familys 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.
This historic property was one of Napa Valleys first wineries dating back to 1885, and is where our barrel tasting experience and cave aging practice was born. These cave-aged wines proved to be more voluptuous and opulent than those aged in modern facilities, and so the Del Dotto family continues to age wines in these historic caves to this day.
Delectus is a small family-owned winery that handcrafts luxury red wines from select vineyards throughout Napa Valley and Knights Valley. They produce 4500 cases annually of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petite Sirah and Syrah, most of which is sold directly through the winery. Delectus wines have received high scores and praise from wine critics and consumers alike. The consistency and quality of the wines is attributed to Gerhard and his legacy as an eighth generation winemaker. Delectus not only delivers exceptional wines but unique experiences as well. A visit to the unique tasting room in Napa includes barrel tastings in a welcoming and educational environment
Founded by the noble family behind Champagne Taittinger, Claude Taittinger's search for a worthy U.S. counterpart began in the late 1970s. In 1987 he selected a 138-acre parcel in the heart of Carneros, Napa Valley. Wisely choosing Eileen Crane to oversee the development of the Taittinger style in Carneros. Often referred to as America's Doyenne of Sparkling Wine, Eileen has spent roughly 40 years in the wine industry, which makes her the most experienced sparkling winemaker in the United States.
The Donum Estate is an exquisite wine estate in Sonoma. Spread across three vineyards namely Donum Ranch, Nugent and Anderson Valley, it is owned and curated by Anne Moller-Racke. Oenophiles can tour the picturesque property with their winemakers on appointment only and indulge in a sampling of their limited edition and heritage wines. They specialize in several varieties of Pinot Noir with a selection of Chardonnay as well.
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.