There are more than 400 wineries in the Napa Valley, and it can be said that this is the most prominent region in the U.S. when it comes to production of great wine which, quality-wise, can measure up to some of the world’s best wines. Napa Valley’s reputation was mostly built on the sophisticated Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon, but many other types of wine turn out very well here due to the fertile soils so suitable for growing grapes.
Here, you can taste some of the best wines in the world, spend some time with hospitable winery hosts and other wine lovers, and experience the beauty of the region. Here are the very best Napa Valley wineries waiting for you to enjoy the taste of some of the best wines in the world.
This winery has won first place at the American Fine Wine Competition this year, and it is now known also as the “Winemaker of the Year”. It has been named “Winery of the Year” an incredible 11 times in the last 8 years. At V. Sattui Winery there are 600 different vines, and around 230 acres of estate vineyards. Most of the wine comes from the organic vineyard, and you can only buy it in the winery. Here, you can try more than twelve 90+ point rated wines.
The V. Sattui Winery was founded in 1885, when Italian winemaker Vittorio Sattui, after coming to San Francisco (in 1882) became famous for his great wine which he was making with a lot of passion and serving to his patrons at a boarding house he owned in the Italian colony of North Beach. Quality has always been the top priority, and even to this day this winery operates on love and passion towards high quality winemaking.
Beringer Vineyards is Napa Valley’s oldest winery that has been operating ever since it first started making wine in 1868. Located in St. Helena, California, this winery is a part of the National Register of Historical Places, and it is also a California’s Historical Landmark. This winery has never played by the rules. It was the first winery in California where people could publicly come to visit after the Prohibition’s repeal.
Here, the passion of winemaking has lasted for more than 138 years, and counting. The wines you can try and buy here are globally famous and appreciated for their quality and amazing taste. While drinking some of the best wines you’ll ever taste, you can also go on a 30-minute legacy tour of the Old Winery and historic tunnels, and see the origins that made what Beringer is today.
As the name indicates, this is a family-owned winery where only a small amount of wine is produced from their vineyard, and the quality of it is immeasurably high. It was founded in 1985, so it can be said that it is a relatively young winery, but their commitment is uncompromising and the entire family is working towards the same goal – producing top quality wine.
The wine from the Staglin Family Vineyard comes from the family’s own vineyard where the grapes are grown organically. The most amazing wines you can try here are Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Sangiovese and a Bordeaux style blend, all of which have unique characteristics and whose fantastic taste proves the amount of attention every detail receives during the production process.
This winery was first opened in 1956 but their first commercial release was only after 21 years, in 1977. Six years later, the Steltzner family managed to open a small facility where 3,000 cases could fit, and not a bottle more. Later, the family business expanded and it became a legacy where the children of the founder are working and doing their best to keep the wine at its top quality and make sure the best grapes are grown on their vineyards.
Cabernet Sauvignon is their trademark wine and it is produced in several varieties, but they also make a damn good Chardonnay. When you’re in the neighborhood, it would be a shame not to stop by and try some of their great wines.
Jamieson Ranch Vineyards is one of the best wineries in Napa Valley with over 300 acres of vineyards which enjoy what fog and breezes bring to them. The climatic conditions here are perfect for grapes to grow, and wine to be produced. The winery resembles a western mountain lodge which instantly gives you the sense of relaxation as soon as you step into the estate.
There is a great variety of red and white wines you can try here, but bring enough money along because these wines are not cheap. However, the great taste and quality of wine combined with hospitality and serenity make it worth every dollar. Picture this, you’re sipping from a glass in front of a fire or sitting on the overlook veranda and enjoying your time while your view is picture perfect with just a slight mist coming down, just adding to the magic of the place.
Not bad, huh?