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Recommended wineries to visit on a wine tasting trip to Napa Valley

Napa Valley wineries to visit on a wine tasting

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Grgich Hills Estate, Rutherford

Grgich hills estate, Rutherford, Napa Valley, Tripadvisor

Grgich Hills Estate • 1829 St. Helena Hwy, Rutherford, CA 94573 • (707) 963-2784 • info@grgich.com. http://www.grgich.com/

A family-friendly winery that welcomes walk-in visitors in the main tasting room. Call  for availability at (707) 963-2784 or email hospitality@grgich.com for groups larger than eight. Open daily from 9:30am to 4:30pm for tasting and sales with the exception of New Year’s Day, Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas Day. https://www.vinovisit.com/widget/winery/?wineryID=d3890fcd-b72b-bb66-3969-0482bb6160d7&ydom=grgich.com

Two flights are offered:

Napa Valley Flight: tasting of six Napa Valley Wines– $20

Miljenko’s Flight: tasting of six limited production and older vintage wines- $40

Grgich At A Glance– $35 per person. Aa walking tour and tasting to discover the history of Grgich Hills Estate, learn about the vineyards, and taste the wines.

Offered daily at 2pm, allow 45 minutes. Reservations are required. 

Seated Tasting- $50 per person. A private tasting on the patio or in one of the tasting rooms located in the winery. A host will guide through five limited production and specialty wines paired with artisan cheeses. Allow 45 minutes for this experience. Reservations are required. 

The Unforgettable– $65 per person
Designed by Vintners Hall of Fame inductee Miljenko “Mike” Grgich, the experience starts in the educational vineyard and follows the path of the estate grown grapes from vine to bottle.  Visitors discover why Mike calls this journey, “From our vineyards to your glass, naturally!” The tour concludes with a seated tasting of cheeses paired with five limited production and specialty wines. Allow 90 minutes for this experience. Reservations are required.

The Exclusive- $90 per person
An intimate and exclusive tasting of Grgich Hills Estate’s best kept secrets. A personal host will guide through a flight of six older vintage and limited production wines paired with artisan cheeses. This is a chance to taste and purchase wines that are rarely released from the winery vault in the private wine library.Allow 60 minutes for this experience. Reservations are required. 

Grape Stomp-$30 includes stomping, t-shirt and wine tasting

Visitors are invited to stomp grapes, just like Mike Grgich did when he was growing up in Croatia! After stomping and enjoying a flight of three Napa Valley wines, take home a souvenir t-shirt with your footprints!Typically offered September-October. Children are welcome to stomp and create a t-shirt of their own for $15.

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Robert Mondavi Winery, Oakville

7801 Saint Helena Highway, Oakville, CA 94562. Tel: (888) 766-6328, ext. 2 http://www.robertmondaviwinery.com/

Open daily 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Store hours 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Closed Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year's Day. On New Year's Eve, Visitor Centre will close at 3:00 p.m. 

Robert Mondavi established his winery in 1966 and chose the To Kalon Vineyard located in Oakville as its home. The vineyard is renowned for producing excellent Cabernet Sauvignon wines and for its Sauvignon Blanc grapes, from which Mondavi makes his signature wine, Fumé Blanc.

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Shafer Vineyards, Napa

6154 Silverado Trail, Napa, CA 94558. shafervineyards.com
1.707.944.2877  info@shafervineyards.com

By prior appointment only, each weekday morning and afternoon 10 or fewer guests are hosted for about 90 minutes, guests learn about the vineyards, approach to wine making, and history during a relaxed, sit-down tasting of five wines including the signature wine Hillside Select which guests can then buy (up to two bottles). The tasting visit is $55 per person.

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Stag's Leap Wine Cellars, Napa

5766 Silverado Trail, Napa CA 94558. Phone: 707.261.6410. cask23.com

Open daily 10 am – 4:30 pm
Last tastings begin at 4:15 pm (excludes Fire & Water Tour and Tasting) 
Closed: Nov 26, Dec 24–25, 2015, Jan 1, 2016
Early Closure: Dec 12 (3:30 pm) 

Napa Valley Collection Tasting Flight, $25 per person - The Napa Valley flight features a collection of white and red wines sourced from the estate vineyards and other Napa valley growers that share Stag's Leap vision of quality.

Estate Collection Tasting Flight, $40 per person and with Cave Tour $60 - The Estate Collection flight showcases the finest wines from the FAY and SLV estate vineyards, including CASK 23.

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Failla Wines, St. Helena

3530 Silverado Trail North, St. Helena, CA 94574. 

By appointment only 707-963-0530 or complete form at www.faillawines.com/visit/ , Tasting room is open every day (excluding major holidays), with appointments beginning at 10am, last appointment begins at 4pm.

Tasting Lodge $20/person - a 45-minute, sit down experience in the 1930's farmhouse with four wines. One tasting fee for each two bottles purchased.

Cave Tour  $30/person - Before a seated tasting in the Cave Hospitality area,visitors are taken on a walking tour of the property and the 15,000 square foot cave.  Five wines are poured--2 white, 3 red--during this 60 minute experience.  One tasting fee is waived for every two bottles purchased.

Spotlight tour $50/person - Each Spotlight is customised to the individual.  Six wines are poured over the course of 75 minutes with a focus on single vineyard wines.  One tasting fee is waived per 6 bottles purchased.

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Chappellet winery, St. Helena

1581 Sage Canyon Road, St. Helena, CA 94574, Phone: (707) 286-4219. http://www.chappellet.com/

Advanced appointments are required. Experiences range in price from $35 to $75 per person. 7 days a week. Call 707.286.4219 or email toursandtastings@chappellet.com

Visitors sample limited-production wines made for the Pritchard Hill Club, tour the historic facility and, if weather permits, walk in the vineyard. Amazing views from Pritchard Hill's oldest winery. 

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Beaulieu Vineyard, Rutherford

1960 St. Helena Highway Rutherford, CA 94573 (800) 264-6918 x 5233

Premier Tasting($20/tasting) - The Maestro Collection wines offer variety and uniqueness to both the novice and the connoisseur taster. Flight includes choice of four wines from the Maestro Collection and other limited release wines. (For groups of less than 10).

Reserve Room - ($35/tasting) - Includes selections from the current release Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon's including a tasting of Georges de Latour Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon.

Private Reserve Tasting Room ($75/tasting) - Intimate Reserve Tasting in your own private room for up to eight adults with each guest offered a flight of current and older vintage wines. 

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Inglenook winery, Rutherford

1991 St Helena Highway, Rutherford, CA 94573
Hours Bistro: 10am-5pm Chateau: 11am-5pm. www.inglenook.com

Heritage Tasting: Daily from 11:00am – 4:00pm, $45 per person, plus tax. 60 minutes. Parties limited to 10 guests
707-968-1161. Reserve online at https://www.inglenook.com/visit/experiences/heritage-tasting

Overseen by wine educators in the Pennino Salon, vistors enjoy a seated tasting of Estate wines, including Rubicon, paired with artisan cheese. Advance reservations strongly recommended. 

Inglenook Experience : Offered Daily, $50 per person, plus tax. 90 minutes, Limited to 10 guests
707-968-1161. Reservations Online at:
https://www.inglenook.com/Visit/Experiences/inglenook-experience
reservations@inglenook.com

Guests are escorted on a tour of the Chateau, vineyards, and Infinity caves, culminating in one of the private caves for a seated tasting paired with a selection of artisan cheeses. Advance reservations strongly recommended. 

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Spottswoode family estate, St. Helena

1902 Madrona Avenue, St. Helena, California 94574
Monday–Friday, 9:00 am–5:00 pm, Closed Weekends and Major Holidays.

A seated tasting of the current vintages of Spottswoode Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Lyndenhurst Cabernet Sauvignon, and Spottswoode Sauvignon Blanc
Length of visit: approximately 90 minutes. Fee: $60 per person (waived with purchase of six bottles)

Reservations recommended 4-6 weeks in advance on 707/963-0134 Monday–
Email tours@spottswoode.com. Note: Spottswoode is closed on weekends and major holidays. Please make arrangements to leave children and pets at home.

Corison Winery, St. Helena

987 St. Helena Highway,  Saint Helena, CA 94574

Open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. by appointment.call (707) 963-0826 or form athttps://www.corison.com/visit-st-helena-winery.cfm

"Corison Library Experience: Kronos Vineyard Tour & Library Cabernet Tasting" ($55 per person):  This signature tasting, features a guided tour of the winery and Kronos Vineyard followed by a formal seated tasting of older vintages from the Library of aged Cabernet Sauvignon. Throughout the year tours include seasonal vineyard updates and the opportunity to observe winemaking activities in our cellar. The selection changes often with vintages specially chosen to showcase the signature Corison Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon and, when available the Estate wine Kronos Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon. Fees are waived with any purchase of $300 (per tasting).  

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Corison winery, St. Helena, Napa Valley, Tripadvisor

Larkmead winery, Calistoga

1100 Larkmead Lane, Calistoga, CA 94515
By Appointment Only with a limited number of tasting appointments available each day. (707) 942-0167, https://www.larkmead.com/visit/

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Joseph Phelps, St. Helena

200 Taplin Road, St. Helena, CA 94574, (800) 707-5789. reservations@josephphelps.com.

The winery offers "Terrace Tastings", "Exceptional Wine Experiences" and Private Tastings. Call the winery directly at (800) 707-5789 or (707) 967-3720 to book an appointment. All visits require a prior appointment and groups are limited to six or fewer.

TERRACE TASTING
A personalised seated tasting overlooking the estate vineyards with a selection of current release Napa Valley and Sonoma Coast wines are offered, including Insignia. Limited to six guests per party. These tastings are offered Monday through Friday beginning at 10:00 a.m. with the last tasting beginning at 3:00 p.m. On Saturdays and Sundays, tastings begin at 10:00 a.m. with the last tasting beginning at 2:30 p.m. $75 per person. 

EXCEPTIONAL WINE EXPERIENCES
Seated Exceptional Wine Experience tastings are held at 11:00 am and 2:00 pm each day covering a variety of topics. All are semi-private and last 90 minutes. Limited to six guests per party. The cost per person is $100.

Private Tastings at Joseph Phelps Vineyards are tailored and conducted by one of the senior wine educators. Private Tastings must be booked well in advance. The cost per person is $125.

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Frog's Leap Winery, Rutherford

Frog's Leap winery, Rutherford, Napa Valley, Tripadvisor

8815 Conn Creek Rd. Rutherford, CA 94573. Enquiries: Ribbit@frogsleap.com. http://www.frogsleap.com/

Open Daily from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. by appointment. 

Guided Tour and Tasting. $25 per person, sales tax included. Mon - Fri at 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.by appointment, 21 and older.

Signature Seating Tasting.  Daily from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
by appointment. The last seating is at 3:45 p.m.Taste through a flight of four current releases from the comfort of a private table on the back porch of The Vineyard House. Wine Specialists are on hand to guide you through the wines and share information about winemaking practices. $25 per person, sales tax included

Garden/Cellar Tasting. Fri - Sun from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m by appointment. Features four current releases and is hosted either in the Garden or inside the Barrel Cellar, weather dependent. $20 per person, sales tax included

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Frog's Leap winery, Rutherford. Tripadvisor

Mumm Napa, Rutherford

Mumm Napa, Rutherford

8445 Silverado Trail, Rutherford CA - 94573. 707-967-7700. www.mummnapa.com

PATIO & TASTING SALON - Table service outside on the patio or taste in the salon with views of surrounding Rutherford vineyards in Napa Valley.Tastings are $18 to $25

OAK TERRACE TASTING-  A leisurely reserved seating with a chance to try Mumm's library of wines and take in the Rutherford views. $40 Guests | $32 Club Members

WINERY TOUR - The popular tour of Mumm Napa and the sparkling winemaking process lasts 45 minutes to an hour. $30 per guest (over 21) tasting and flute included; $10 per guest (under 21) no tasting

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Chateau Montelena, Calistoga

1429 TUBBS LANE | CALISTOGA, CA 94515 | (707) 942-5105

Tasting room - No reservation is needed for the Current Release Tasting, however, groups over 10 people are encouraged to call ahead or email groups@montelena.com. 

Vineyard tour - $40 per person, Mondays and Wednesdays at 10:00 a.m. 1 hour

Sensory Tasting Experience - $60 per person, Mondays at 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m., 90 minutes. This experience includes a tasting of five wines, and a brief venture into the Estate vineyards, weather-permitting. 

Current Release Tasting - $25 per person, Daily from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Reservation not required but an indication on the time of arrival is appreciated. 

Beyond Paris and Hollywood - An experience provides guests with an insider's view of what really happened before, during, and after the actual 1976 Judgement of Paris Tasting and the early days of Chateau Montelena. With a comparative wine tasting. $40 per person, Thursdays at 9:45 a.m. Allow 75 minutes.Pre-paid advance reservations are essential.

Estate Tour - A guided walking tour through the beautiful grounds that make up the Montelena Estate. Sip and learn as the current release wines are served while exploring the property. $40 per person. Tuesdays and Sundays though April, at 10:00 a.m. 90 minutes The Estate Tour experience limited to 8 guests and is reserved exclusively for pre-paid adult guests.

Limited Release Tasting - Hosted in the private Library Room to showcase Chateau Montelena's long and distinguished history of producing fine wine. This is an opportunity to enjoy and purchase exclusive wines not commonly available in the marketplace. $50 per person, Daily at 9:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., and 1:30 p.m. 1 hour. Limited to 8 guests and is reserved exclusively for pre-paid adults.  

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Groth Vineyards and Winery, Oakville

750 Oakville Cross Road, Oakville, CA 94562
Phone Number: 707-944-0290

Tours and tasting by appointment Monday through Saturday, closed on Sunday.

Reserve Tastings - consist of current-vintage Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Oakville Cabernet and Reserve Cabernet, and are offered between 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. 45 minutes. $25 per person.

Tours of the vineyard, production facility and barrel room are offered Monday through Friday at 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m., and at 11:00 a.m. on Saturdays. Tours are followed with a Reserve tasting. 75 minutes. $25 per person.

"Rooted in Oakville" private experience consists of an in-depth tour of the vineyard, production facility and barrel room followed by a sit-down tasting of current vintage wines, a barrel sample of Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon and a library vintage of Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon. Appointments for the Rooted in Oakville experience can only be made by calling the tasting room at 707-754-4254.

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