10 Best Wineries And Vineyards In And Near Napa, California, USA

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Wine from California is some of the best around, and Napa wines are some of the best of American wine that you can get. Located in the heart of what is known as “wine country” the Napa area is home to hundreds of vineyards, wine producers, boutique hotels, Michelin star restaurants and amazing views of the mountains and valleys. Since the 1970s, Napa has been undergoing a huge boom in tourism with people that want to see, experience and most of all, taste the delicious wines made in the region. If you fancy yourself a wine connoisseur and want to visit Napa California check out these 10 best wineries and vineyards around the area.

1. V. Sattui

V. Sattui Winery
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After immigrating from Italy in 1855, Vittorio Sattui provided the good people of the area some of the finest wines around. Unfortunately, by the time Prohibition rolled around, Vittorio was forced out of business and it wasn’t until 1976 that his great-grandson, Dario, would resurrect the family business and reopen the family winery in Napa Valley. V Sattui has wine tastings, pairings and events available for guests.

V. Sattui

Address: 1111 White Ln, St Helena, CA 94574, USA

Opening Hours: 9AM - 5PM

Average price for two: 60USD

Website: V. Sattui

2. Darioush

Darioush
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Started by a man named Darioush Khaledi, his father was a Persian winemaker and has since passed down the customs and traditions of winemaking to him. Darioush took the traditions of winemaking learned from his father and in the 1990s, he moved to Napa to continue those traditions and try his hand at the American dream.

Darioush

Address: 4240 Silverado Trail, Napa, CA 94558, USA

Opening Hours: 10:30AM - 5PM

Average Price for 2 90USD

Website: Darioush

3. Castello di Amorosa

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Try some of the best Italian inspired wine right in the heart of Napa. The Castello di Amorosa is a vineyard with an authentic 13th-century style Italian castle design that offers tastings, pairings and tours of the grounds. The castle was built in the 1990s and it includes 107 rooms complete with underground cellars and four levels above ground.

Castello di Amorosa

Address: 4045 St Helena Hwy, Calistoga, CA 94515, USA

Opening Hours: 10AM - 5PM

Average Price for 2: 60USD

Website: Castello di Amorosa

4. Spottswoode Winery

Editor's Note: Photo taken from the establishment's official social account


Since 1972, the family at the Spottswoode Estate has been growing grapes for local wineries and a decade later, they tried their hand at winemaking and as it turns out, they were pretty good at it. Since the family both own the land and the vineyard, there is a certain elegance you can find within every bottle that lets you know it was crafted with love. Everything on the property is organically grown in the lush gardens surrounding the estate including the grapes themselves that go into their wine.

Spottswoode Winery

Address: 1902 Madrona Ave, St Helena, CA 94574, USA

Opening Hours: 9AM - 5PM. Closed Weekends

Average Price for 2: 150USD

Website: Spottswoode Winery

5. Artesa Vineyards & Winery

DSC19944, Artesa Vineyards & Winery, Sonoma Valley, California, USA
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In the 1980s, one of Spain’s most historic winemaking families decided to head to the U.S and start planning a vineyard in Napa. In 1991, the business took off and now Artesa is one of the best wines around Napa. The name comes from the Catalan word for “handcrafted” and that’s what you will find here, some amazing handcrafted wines including Pinot Noirs, Chardonnays and Cabernet Sauvignons. When a family has been making wine since 1551, you can expect some fine quality products.

Artesa Vineyards & Winery

Address: 1345 Henry Rd, Napa, CA 94559, USA

Opening Hours: 10AM - 5PM

Website: Artesa Vineyards & Winery

6. Domaine Carneros

Domaine Carneros
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Founded by the Taittinger family which was a noble family behind the Taittinger Champagne, Domaine Carneros started in the 1970s and by the early ‘80s, the family had 137 acres of vineyards in Napa. Drawing on their experience with Champagne, the folks behind Domaine Carneros specialize in sparkling wines and Pinot Noirs. The Domaine Carneros have their own French style Chateaux on the property which is a sight in itself sitting on top of a knoll.

Domaine Carneros

Address: 1240 Duhig Rd, Napa, CA 94559, USA

Opening Hours: 10AM - 5:30PM

Average price for 2: 100USD

Website: Domaine Carneros

7. Chateau Montelena Winery

Chateau Montelena Winery
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Chateau Montelena Winery has, perhaps, some of best wine you can find that’s produced in the U.S. In 1976 during the Paris Wine Tasting Competition, a bottle of white wine from the Chateau Montelena Winery beat the French wine in a blind tasting competition. In the event, all 11 judges scored the wine from Chateau Montelena Winery to be better than the French variety. The event was even fictionalized in a 2008 movie starring Alan Rickman. So suffice it to say, this is some pretty good wine, in fact, a 1973 bottle of Chateau Montelena Chardonnay recently sold for over 11,000 USD.

Chateau Montelena Winery

Address: 1429 Tubbs Ln, Calistoga, CA 94515, USA

Opening Hours: 9:30AM - 4PM

Average Price for 2: 60 USD

Website: Chateau Montelena Winery

8. Luna Vineyards


Luna Vineyards opened in 1995 and since then, they’ve brought the traditions of Italian winemaking to the Napa area. They are also the first family-owned winery to plant and make the Italian varietal Pinot Grigio and since then, they’ve been making strides to help sustain the rich and biodiverse vineyard using new methods of sustainability.

Luna Vineyards

Address: 2921 Silverado Trail, Napa, CA 94558, USA

Opening Hours: 9:30AM - 5PM

Average Price for 2: 60USD

Website: Luna Vineyards

9. Stags' Leap Winery


Stags’ Leap Winery was established in 1893 and since then, it has been producing some delicious wines around the Napa area. With a winery over 100 years old, you can bet that in every bottle is made with tradition and heritage in mind. The winery had to be put on hold because of Prohibition and war, but since the 1970s, it underwent revitalization and continued to produce some of the best wine around.

Stag's Leap Winery

Address: 6150 Silverado Trail · Napa, CA 94558

Opening Hours: By appointment

Average Price for 2: 150USD

Website: Stag’s Leap Winery

10. Beringer Vineyards


Beringer Vineyards’ story begins with Jacob Beringer who immigrated to the U.S from Germany in 1868. Upon hearing that the hills and valleys of Napa were similar to those back home, he took to California and started his own winery. During Prohibition, the winery managed to stay open operating under a special license that allowed wine to be made for religious purposes and in the 1930’s they were one of the first wineries to offer tours of the estate.

Beringer Vineyards

Address: 2000 Main Street | St. Helena, CA 94574

Opening hours: 10:30AM - 4:30PM

Average Price for 2: 50-120USD

Website: Beringer Vineyards

Wine country

Napa California has some of the best wines, not only in the United States but also the world. So if you’re a wine aficionado or you’re just looking to get out and taste some fancy wine, head to Napa and indulge in some of the best.

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Alex is a Canadian university graduate with degrees in English literature and History. He was born in Montreal and when he's not traveling he enjoys movies, video games, playing the drums and...Read more

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