Platypus Wine Tours
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.
Guided for more than two decades by the Stotesbery family, Ladera has earned a reputation for making some of Napa Valley’s most extraordinary mountain-grown Cabernet Sauvignons, along with acclaimed Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays from their Pillow Road Estate Vineyard in the Russian River Valley. Along the way, Ladera has helped to champion a beautifully balanced expression of winemaking, with smoothly structured tannins, energetic natural acidity and soaring flavors.
Celebrating nearly 50 years in the wine business and a concentration in Napa and Carneros vineyards, Laird Family Estate has sought to produce wines that are a window to a place. Each one of their vineyards is different in expression: each has a subtle, yet distinctive vineyard voice.
Lamborn Family Vineyards is located at 2,200 feet above sea level, high atop Howell Mountain, Napa Valley. Howell Mountain's volcanic soil, combined with its distinct mezzo climate, provides our small, organic ten-acre vineyard with ideal growing conditions. This environment produces Howell Mountain Zinfandels and Cabernet Sauvignons of the highest quality and intensity, with all winemaking by Heidi Barrett of Screaming Eagle fame. The organic grapes which eventually become Lamborn wines are exclusively from our organic estate vineyard. We take that formula one step further by organically farming the vineyard ourselves. Our annual farming decisions are based on quality and nothing else.
Originally founded in 1895, the historic Larkmead estate is one of the oldest winery establishments in Napa Valley. Known for a great diversity of soil types, the estate allows the winemaker to create small-lot wines of complexity and nuance based on each soil type.
Known for extraordinary Zinfandels, Cabernets and Chardonnays, Laura Michael Swanton is zealous about vineyard sourcing and production techniques and it is reflected in the wines.
In 1992 Randy and Debbie Lewis established a small family winery in Napa Valley and were later joined by their son Dennis in 1999. They are literally hands-on in every aspect of vineyard management, winemaking, sales and distribution, and thrive on this challenge and the relationships cultivated in the process.
Established in 1995, Lokoya is a collection of four distinct Cabernet Sauvignons from four of Napa Valley’s most celebrated mountain appellations: Mount Veeder, Howell Mountain, Spring Mountain and Diamond Mountain. These limited-production wines are 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, fermented with native yeast, and bottled unfined and unfiltered, resulting in the purest expression of place.
Situated in the heart of Calistoga in the north end of Napa Valley wine country, The LOLA House is a comfortable and charming home built in the late 1800s. You may find yourself sipping our wine next to the cozy fireplace inside or out in our lovely garden sitting area under the shade of our famous Japanese maple tree!
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.
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.
When Luna's founders first laid eyes on the Luna property in 1995, they instantly recognized the magic and the amazing potential of its estate vineyard, perfectly located along the Silverado Trail. They bought the property and followed their dream, building a winery that paid tribute to the varietals that set Napa Valley apart.