A Guide to Napa Wineries for Travelers

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Napa Valley is known for its vineyards and wineries. Visitors can tour picturesque grounds, taste creatively crafted wines, and take a peek into the wine-making experience firsthand, from start to finish. Enjoy a well-rounded sampling of Napa Valley favorites with a stop at one, two, or all of these fine wineries.

CHIMNEY ROCK WINERY

Chimney Rock Winery

The Chimney Rock Estate dates back to 1980 and was acquired by the current family in 2004. Focused on sustainable farming and grape-growing methods, the winery takes an eco-friendly approach to the production of fine wines. Chimney Rock is completely solar-powered and green-certified by the California Land Stewardship Institute. Each year’s crop is carefully inspected to determine which thoughtful procedures and adventurous decisions will guide the wine-making processes that year.

Visitors can enjoy a variety of estate tours and wine tastings. Try a selection of estate wines, a variety of Cabernet Sauvignon wines, or wines poured right from the barrel. The private Ganymede tasting experience includes a casual gourmet lunch.

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STAGS’ LEAP WINERY

Stags’ Leap Winery

Situated at the heart of Napa’s Stags’ Leap district, this winery is a prime pick if you’re looking for a historic tasting and touring experience. The winery was established in 1893, and it continues to maintain its Victorian-era manor house and expansive gardens. Book a Napa hotel nearby, so you’ll have plenty of time to enjoy this destination. 

You can make an appointment for a 90-minute tour and tasting anytime of the year or opt for the seasonal signature estate experience. The Ne Cede Malis Vineyard Tour is available July through October, while the Heritage Library Tasting is offered from November to June.

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WILLIAM HILL ESTATE WINERY

William Hill Estate Winery

Chardonnay and Bordeaux varietals are the stars of the William Hill Estate Winery. Crafted from undisclosed vineyards around California, these wines offer a rich tasting experience and expressive palate. Tastings are available daily by appointment only.

You can choose a wine-tasting flight of four pre-selected wines, take the Estate Tasting Flight of estate-grown wines paired with appetizers, or choose a more in-depth Library Tasting experience that will explore small-lot selections. Estate Tours are available as well, for a closer look at the wine-making process. You can easily tailor your visit here to suit your personal preferences for tasting and touring.

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BLACK STALLION ESTATE WINERY

The Black Stallion Estate Winery

The Black Stallion Estate Winery is named in homage to its history. The estate was once a horseman’s center, complete with an indoor arena. Today, the site houses a winery dedicated to sourcing grapes from the best vineyards in California to create outstanding wines. 

Black Stallion Estate crafts Cabernet Sauvignon with grapes from Oakville and Atlas Peak, while making polished Pinot Noirs sourced from cooler Napa Valley destinations. The tasting bar is open daily for walk-ins. Terrace tastings are available on weekends during the spring and summer.

No matter what type of tasting is on your wish list, you can find the right experience in the Napa Valley area. This sampling is only the start of what you can find in this area.

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