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30 Most Beautiful Wineries in Napa

Woman in front of Tuscan castle winery Napa

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This post is an homage to my beloved Napa. One of the best things about living in Northern California and San Francisco is its close proximity to Napa Valley and Sonoma County. Regular wine tasting trips to the best Napa Valley wineries is what prompted me to pursue wine studies and become a Certified Sommelier.

We had visited the vineyards of Napa and Sonoma many times over the last decade and still visit almost every quarter. Needless to say, I got a chance to visit the best wineries and sip the world-class wines that this region has to offer. This is an update to my top 20 most beautiful wineries in Napa. I have updated the post with list of Napa Wineries and tasting fees and added another 10 must see vineyards in Napa. 

Napa Valley is a world famous wine region renown for its bold red wines and oaky, buttery white wines. Even though there are several great California wine regions like Paso Robles, Sonoma, Napa Valley stands out as the best wine region in the United States. Napa region is also a beautiful place with picturesque views, rows and rows of vineyards, sprawling chateaus, castles and gardens. Each owner adds his/her own unique taste to the winery whether it is French, Italian, Spanish architecture or German and that makes Napa Valley an interesting blend of different styles. It is a great place to admire beautiful architecture and gorgeous surroundings. I have listed 30 of my favorite and most beautiful wineries to visit in Napa. Whether you are a first time visitor to Napa Valley or a returning wine lover, you will surely enjoy visiting these best vineyards and wineries. It is a perfect place to visit for wine lovers and sip delicious wines!

NOTE:

While we try our best to provide all the information necessary for your visit, please note that details such as hours and fees are subject to change. We highly recommend you to confirm with the winery before visiting.

Sunrise in the vineyards
  • Think about what kind of experience you are looking for in Napa Valley. Are you most interested in visiting the Top 10 most beautiful wineries in Napa? Are you a wine connoisseur who enjoys world-class red wines? Do you enjoy white wines and bubbles with vineyard views? Based on your desired experience, choose amongst the best wineries below.
  • Most of the wineries and vineyards in Napa Valley require an advance reservation for wine tasting. Make sure you are plan ahead and make advanced reservations. While some wineries let you explore the grounds without a reservation, most won’t. Several wineries charge a much smaller fee for non-drinkers, check ahead for fees.
  • Most wineries do not allow kids under 21 years including infants and kids! I was shocked to discover this fact after having a baby. Many wineries do not allow pets except service animals.
  • Follow the 4S’s of wine tasting – See, Swirl, Smell, Sip to truly enjoy wine tasting. To learn more about wine tasting, download our FREE wine tasting guide.
  • Several wineries in Napa Valley offer private tastings. If you want a luxurious wine experience for a special occasion, book a private experience with food and wine pairing.
  • Have a heavy breakfast before wine tasting and pace yourself. I highly recommend having some carbs for lunch in order to avoid getting too drunk.
  • On a similar note, have a designated driver if you plan to drive back.
  • When it comes to dressing, I suggest dressing up rather than dressing down. Think maxi dresses, chic outfits and avoid whites.
  • Don’t forget a photo opp at the famous “Welcome to Napa Valley” billboard.
Domaine Carneros winery
Domaine Carneros Winery – One of the most beautiful wineries in Napa and Sonoma
  • Address: 1240 Duhig Rd, Napa, CA 94559
  • Hours: Typically 10 AM – 5:30 PM daily
  • Tasting Fees: Starts around $40
  • Feaures: French chateau, sparkling wines. Specializes in sparkling wines and red wines made of Pinot Noir.

Domaine Carneros is one of the most beautiful wineries to visit in Napa. As you enter Domaine Carneros, you will instantly be transported to the chateaux of France. The 18th century French style Chateau (inspired by the Chateau of Champagne Taittinger) is hard to miss and is one of the best landmarks of Napa Valley. You will have a hard time deciding whether to admire the insanely beautiful chateau or their delicious sparkling wines. This is one of the must stops if you are visiting Napa Valley for the first time.

This is the best Napa winery for sparkling wines. Enjoy a seated tasting offered by their knowledgeable staff or indulge in a caviar food pairing with the sparkling wines!

Woman in front of Tuscan castle winery Napa
Woman and her daughter sitting on chairs against stone wall backdrop
  • Address: 4045 St Helena Hwy, Calistoga, CA 94515
  • Hours: Usually 9:30 AM – 6 PM daily
  • Tasting Fees: Begin at around $60
  • Feaures: 14th century Tuscan castle. Specializes in Italian grape varieties of Sangiovese as well as award-winning wines made of Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinot Noir.

At Castello di Amorosa, you will get a taste of Tuscany right here in Napa. Castello di Amorosa is a 14th century Tuscan style castle built with the same methods and materials used during the medieval times. It is a historic estate and a must visit if you love beautiful Italian architecture. It took 15 years to build the castle and you can see the effort in each meticulously placed brick and stone (all imported from Europe). A part of the winery was destroyed in the fires of recent years but luckily, the castle remained intact. 

This is one of the best Napa Valley winery to visit and very few wineries in Napa Valley that produces wines from Italian grape varieties like Sangiovese. Enjoy their standard wine tasting in the courtyard or upgrade to different experiences like the cheese and charcuterie box wine tasting tour or a diamond estate tour.

Castello di Amorosa winery also produces excellent estate olive oils from their olive trees that are sold exclusively at the winery. They also offer non-alcoholic Muscat Canelli Grape Juice for those who don’t drink wine. Castello di Amorosa is a great winery for large groups, private events and tastings.

View from Artesa
Panoramic views of Napa Vineyards from Artesa Winery
  • Address: 1345 Henry Rd, Napa, CA 94559
  • Hours: Generally 10 AM – 5 PM daily
  • Tasting Fees: Around $75 and up
  • Feaures: Modern architecture, panoramic views of Napa vineyards. Specializes in small-batch wine making made from Spanish grape varieties as well as Pinot Noir, Chardonnay.

About 15 minutes from downtown Napa is Artesa – a mix of modern design and Spanish style. Along with great tasting Spanish varieties like Tempranillo, Albarino, Artesa also offers some of the best panoramic views of Napa vineyards and surrounding hills. You must visit this winery to truly appreciate its elegance! I had been to Artesa several times and love going back! It is one of my favorite wineries to visit in Napa.

Artesa produces very good wine made from Pinot Noir and one of the best places to try Cabernet Franc red wine. Enjoy a glass of wine with rolling vineyard views in their beautiful tasting room. 🙂 Artesa winery offers private wine tasting starting at $75 and food and wine pairings ranging from $75-$115.

Hess Collection Winery
Hess Collection Winery
Pond at Hess Collection
Pond at Hess Collection
  • Address: 4411 Redwood Rd, Napa, CA 94558
  • Hours: 10 AM – 4.30 PM, closed on certain holidays and Tuesday toThursday
  • Tasting Fees: Start at about $85
  • Features: Features a notable art museum and sustainable practices. Located in the Mount Veeder region. Best known for Mount Veeder Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay wines

Hess Collection winery is located atop Mount Veeder and is a stunning winery with beautiful garden and grounds. It is a bit of a drive up Mount Veeder but so worth it. In addition to a beautiful building covered with ivy and relaxing grounds, Hess also has an excellent contemporary art museum. If visiting museums is your thing, Hess Persson Estates is a must visit. Hess offers several exclusive wine tastings like the tasting of their limited-production wines and an ATV vineyard tour and tasting.

Inglenook chateau
Inglenook chateau
Inglenook winery
Inglenook winery
  • Address: 1991 St Helena Hwy, Rutherford, CA 94573
  • Hours: 10 AM – 4 PM daily
  • Tasting Fees: Starting around $75
  • Features: A historic estate owned by filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola, known for its classical elegance and heritage. The Rubicon red wine is a must try.

Inglenook winery is a historic winery dating back to the 1800s. This winery, owned by Francis Ford Coppola, withstood the test of time and it shows in its rich heritage and chateau’s interiors. They offer tours of the chateau, vineyards and the infinity caves along with wine tastings.

ivy covered castle
Chateau Montelena winery
Chateau Montelena Japanese garden
Chateau Montelena garden
  • Address: 1429 Tubbs Ln, Calistoga, CA 94515
  • Hours: 9:30 AM – 4 PM daily
  • Tasting Fees: Begin at $60
  • Features: Ivy stone castle, the beautiful grounds with Chinese garden and their famous Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon

Chateau Montelena is one of the most iconic and beautiful wineries of Napa. Did you know that Chateau Montelena (along with Stag’s Leap) put Napa on the world wine radar back in the 1980s? “Judgment of Paris” wine competition is a fascinating story that you will surely hear when you visit the winery. Take time to explore the chinese garden and the chateau’s exterior before you step into the winery! Their chardonnay is one of the best white wines produced in the Napa Valley and is the wine that won first place in the competition in Paris. If you are looking for an ultimate luxury experience, indulge in the Hillside Outdoor Terrace Experience.

Peju Winery entrance, Napa
Peju Winery entrance, Napa
Beautiful marble sculpture with pink tower building in the background
Peju Winery, Napa
  • Address: 8466 St Helena Hwy, Napa, CA 94558
  • Hours: 10 AM – 6 PM daily
  • Tasting Fees: Starts at $40
  • Features: Known for its iconic tower and lush gardens. Offers a range of estate-grown Cabernet Sauvignon red wines and Peju Provence rosé.

Peju is a family-owned winery in the heart of Napa Valley. Peju is probably the cutest of all the wineries in this list. While it is not huge like the others listed here, Peju is one of the top 10 most beautiful wineries in Napa Valley with beautiful architecture. The tower and the beautiful grounds are simply breathtaking. The garden is adorned with beautifully crafted sculptures made of bronze and Carrara marble. I highly recommend visiting Peju on your wine tasting trip to Napa and try the Peju Provence Rosé. I also love Peju’s Cabernet Franc wines. Peju  offers tastings for large groups and private experiences as well.

BeringerThe Rhine House at Berringer Vineyard
The Rhine House at Berringer Vineyard
  • Address: 2000 Main St, St Helena, CA 94574
  • Hours: 10 AM – 5 PM daily
  • Tasting Fees: Begin at about $75
  • Features: California’s oldest continuously operating winery, it’s known for its historic Rhine House and lush grounds. Famous for private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay.

Yet another pioneer of Napa Valley, Beringer is the oldest running winery in California and one of the most beautiful vineyards in Napa. Main attraction of Beringer is the Victorian style castle called The Rhine House. The historic Rhine House of Beringer was built in 1884 and still stands today. Take a tour of this incredible building and book a veranda tasting tour overlooking the gardens. This is one of the best wineries in Napa with historic significance.

Sterling Vineyards
Sterling Vineyards
Vineyard views from Sterling Vineyards
Vineyard views from Sterling Vineyards
  • Address: 1111 Dunaweal Ln, Calistoga, CA 94515
  • Hours: 10 AM – 5 PM daily
  • Tasting Fees: Around $55 and up
  • Features: Famous for its aerial gondola offering stunning views. Known for Mediterranean-style architecture. Best wines are Sterling’s Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, Sauvignon Blanc.

Sitting atop a hill, the views of Napa vineyards from Sterling can’t be beat. Add an aerial tram ride to get to the winery and you have a perfect wine country afternoon. We always take our out of town visitors to Sterling Vineyards on their first visit to Napa. Sterling vineyards is one of my favorite vineyards in Napa Valley and offers the best vineyards views of Napa. Enjoy a self-guided tour of the winery and vineyards while sipping wine and beautiful views. It is a perfect setting for special events like a wedding! Sterling Vineyards along with Castello di Amorosa are two of the most popular wineries in Napa Valley.

Darioush winery beautiful Persian pillar and fountains outside
Darioush winery
  • Address: 4240 Silverado Trail, Napa, CA 94558
  • Hours: 10:30 AM – 5 PM daily
  • Tasting Fees: Start at $75
  • Features: Stunning Persian architecture, breathtaking vineyards. Offers a luxurious wine tasting experiences of their signature Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz. Offers incredible Olive oil tasting experiences.

Darioush is a Persian immigrant who made his American dream come true and now owns a beautiful winery. This family-owned winery is one of the most unique wineries in Napa Valley inspired by Persian interiors and exteriors. They also offer olive oil tasting experiences at the winery. Enjoy signature wine tasting experiences for small groups in intimate setting at Darioush. It is one of the best wineries in Napa and Sonoma.

  • Address: 1350 Acacia Dr, Oakville, CA 94562
  • Hours: 10am – 3pm, by appointment only
  • Tasting Fees: Start around $120
  • Features: Known for its beautiful gardens, historic stone winery, and underground cave and cellars. Specializes in Cabernet Sauvignon wines and Chardonnay.

Designed by architect Hamden McIntyre, Far Niente (meaning “not a care” in Italian) lives true to its name. 13 acres of carefully tended beautiful gardens, exquisite wines and wine caves remind you to live life without a care. It is a great winery to visit in spring when the gardens are full of colorful blooms. The architecture of Far Niente earned it a place in the national register of historic places. Indulge in their private experiences like the Cave Collection Library Wine Tasting with Food Pairings. This is one of the best wineries in Napa Valley for its beautiful architecture and stunning gardens.

beautiful Italian sculpture inside Napa winery
Del Dotto wine caves
flying lions statue with vineyard backdrop
Del Dotto winery
  • Address: 1445 St. Helena Highway, St Helena, CA 94574
  • Hours: 10am – 5pm, By Appointment only
  • Tasting Fees: Start around $120
  • Features: Known for its barrel tastings and incredibly ornate Italian architecture. Offers a variety of red and white wines. Cave Experience & Barrel Tasting in the historic caves is a must try experience in Napa.

Del Dotto Wine Caves is another stunning Napa Valley wineries with Venetian influence and Italian architecture. The wine caves of Del Dotto are the oldest caves in Napa and they still offer wine tasting in the caves. Napa wine tasting will not be complete without the Cave Experience & Barrel Tasting of Del Dotto wines.

modern semi-circular building with big front lawn
Opus One winery
  • Address: 7900 St Helena Hwy, Oakville, CA 94562
  • Hours: By appointment only, typically 10 AM – 4 PM
  • Tasting Fees: Starts around $125 per person
  • Features: A prestigious joint venture between Baron Philippe de Rothschild and Robert Mondavi. Known for its iconic, modern architecture and luxurious wines. Opus One (a Bordeaux-style blend) is one of the best red wines of Napa.

Opus One has a unique style compared to other Napa Valley wineries. It is a semi-circular building with grass exterior and is designed to blend into its natural surroundings. Combined with a 100 acres of vineyards, Opus One is a majestic winery to visit. One can witness the grandeur of the winery as you enter the gates. The tours and tastings are on the expensive side and so are their award winning Cabernet Sauvignon wines. Enjoy the courtyard wine tasting surrounded by 120-year-old olive trees and neoclassical architecture and stunning views of the Mayacamas mountains from the courtyard.

Chimney Rock Winery a beautiful dutch style winery
Chimney Rock Winery
  • Address: 5350 Silverado Trail, Napa, CA 94558
  • Hours: 10 AM – 5 PM, by appointment only
  • Tasting Fees: Begin at about $70
  • Features: Offers a picturesque setting in the Stags Leap District, known for its Cabernet Sauvignon.

If you thought that most of the wineries in Napa are inspired by European architecture, think again! The architecture of Chimney Rock is inspired by the famous Groot Constantia and Cape Dutch architecture of Stellenbosch, South Africa. Chimney Rock is one of the few unique wineries in Napa and deserves a visit! Chimney Rock winery has recently been featured in Gordon Ramsay’s ‘Food Stars’ show on Hulu.

Round Pond Estate
Round Pond Estate
  • Address: 875 Rutherford Rd, Rutherford, CA 94573
  • Hours: 10 AM – 5 PM, by appointment
  • Tasting Fees: Starting around $60
  • Features: A family-owned winery known for its estate-grown wines and olive oil. Offers beautiful vineyard views.

A sprawling estate is what it is! The estate consists of olive groves, palm trees, rows of vineyards and a modern tasting room that makes you forget that you are in Napa. Round Pond Estate produces one of the best olive oils and wine vinegars in Napa and their Olive Mill Experience is a must try.

Beaulieu Vineyard
Beaulieu Vineyard
  • Address: 1960 St Helena Hwy, Rutherford, CA 94573
  • Hours: 10 AM – 5 PM
  • Tasting Fees: Begin at $55
  • Features: One of the oldest wineries in Napa Valley with a focus on Cabernet Sauvignon. Excellent Georges de Latour Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

Just a stone’s throw away from Round Pond Estate is Beaulieu Vineyard, another beautiful winery with ivy covered building and gorgeous grounds to explore. Their patio tasting is a great way to relax and enjoy some vino on a sunny day.

Spanish style winery with fountain in the front
Robert Mondavi winery
Robert Mondavi winery grounds
Robert Mondavi winery grounds
  • Address: 7801 St Helena Highway, Oakville, CA 94562
  • Hours: 10 AM – 5 PM
  • Tasting Fees: Start around $65
  • Features: A pioneer in the Napa Valley wine industry, known for its mission-style architecture. Best known for their Cabernet Sauvignon, Fumé Blanc (Sauvignon Blanc).

Robert Mondavi is a prominent name in the wine industry and a pioneer of winemaking in Napa Valley. He also pioneered the concept of wine tastings in his beautiful winery. The winery is pretty with a gorgeous patio, courtyards and stunning architecture. The Hwy 29 winery is however, closed for renovations but they have one in downtown Napa called Arch & Tower. 

Tuscan winery villa with vineyard views
V Sattui winery
  • Address: 1111 White Ln, St Helena, CA 94574
  • Hours: 9 AM – 6 PM
  • Tasting Fees: Start around $45
  • Features: A popular destination with a large variety of wines, picnic grounds, and an onsite deli. Enjoy their exclusive Zinfandel and Cabernet wines.

If you love picnicking under the courtyard and a beautiful day under the trees, V. Sattui is your winery. Like many other wineries in Napa, a beautiful stone building is also part of the winery. They have fun events with live music in the summer.

  • Address: 401 St Helena Hwy S, St Helena, CA 94574
  • Hours: 10 AM – 5:30 PM
  • Tasting Fees: Start around $65
  • Features: Known for its modern art collection, contemporary architecture and award-winning wines. Specializes in Cabernet Sauvignon.

Modern architecture, unique bunny sculpture and a tasting room with beautiful views are the main draws of Hall Winery in St. Helena. Hall Wines St. Helena is another must visit wineries in Napa if you love modern architecture.

Stag's Leap wine cellars
Stag’s Leap wine cellars
Stag's Leap entrance
Stag’s Leap entrance
  • Address: 5766 Silverado Trail, Napa, CA 94558
  • Hours: 10 AM – 4:30 PM, by appointment
  • Tasting Fees: Start at $45
  • Features: Famous for winning the 1976 Judgment of Paris with its Cabernet Sauvignon. Offers stunning views of the Stags Leap Palisades. Try the S.L.V. Cabernet Sauvignon, Cask 23 and Artemis.

Stag’s leap is a historic winery (along with Chateau Montelena winery) on the famed Silverado trail that made Napa world famous. It is also the winery that put Napa on the world wine map at the “Judgment of Paris” blind tasting competition with their Cabernet Sauvignon. To fully appreciate the winery, I suggest taking the 90min tour that takes you through the Manor House, Old Stone Winery and the grounds.

Colorful building against blue sky
Photo credit: Studio Sarah Lou
  • Address: 1060 Dunaweal Ln, Calistoga, CA 94515
  • Hours: 10:00 AM – 5 PM
  • Tasting Fees: Start around $50
  • Features: Known for its striking architecture and extensive art collection. The winery is a blend of modern and ancient aesthetic. Hommage Cabernet Sauvignon, Mitsuko’s Vineyard Chardonnay are must try wines at Clos Pegase.

Clos Pegase in Calistoga is a beautiful winery with stunning architecture and grounds. Enjoy a taste of their Hommage Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay with a stroll in the gorgeous grounds admiring the modern architecture. The Connoisseur Cave Tour & Tasting is a unique and incredible experience to try.

Beautiful terraced vineyards Napa
Photo credit: www.winecountry.com
  • Address: 1601 Silverado Trail S, St Helena, CA 94574
  • Hours: By appointment only
  • Tasting Fees: Start around $125
  • Features: Quintessa offers a panoramic view of Rutherford’s rolling hills and a holistic approach to winemaking. The estate’s design harmonizes with the landscape.

With stunning views of rolling hills and vineyards, Quintessa Winery is one of the best Napa vineyards to visit. If you love fine wines, you must try their Cabernet Sauvignon and Bordeaux blends. For a complete experience of the stunning private tasting room, world-class wines and the beautiful estate, try the the Quintessential Quintessa experience. It includes a guided walk of the estate, winery, and the vineyard. Alternately, try the unique Collector’s Experience that includes a tour of the gravity flow winery and a walk through 17,000 sq. ft of caves.

  • Address: 5901 Silverado Trail, Napa, CA 94558
  • Hours: 10 AM – 4 PM
  • Tasting Fees: Start around $55
  • Features: Nestled in the Stag’s Leap District, known for its distinctive Cabernet Sauvignons and a stunning cave system.

The list of vineyards in Napa will not be complete without a visit to Pine Ridge Vineyards. Pine Ridge Vineyards offers one of the best vineyard views and a must visit in the Stags Leap District. The Cave Tasting Tour offers an exploration of their aging caves and a tasting of their estate wines. Choose from a range of tasting experiences from Wine Club Estate Tasting at Hillside Lounge to the Cave Tour & Tasting or the complete Vineyard to Cave Experience.

wine barrels display
Photo credit: Sarah Stierch
  • Address: 200 Taplin Rd, St Helena, CA 94574
  • Hours: By appointment only
  • Tasting Fees: Start at $115
  • Features: This family-owned winery is nestled in a beautiful, rustic setting and is known for its commitment to sustainable practices. Known for Insignia, a world-renowned Bordeaux-style blend.

Joseph Phelps Vineyards is an incredible winery with vineyard views as far as the eyes can see and one of the best Bordeaux blend red wines. It is one of the top wineries in Napa. Their flagship wine Insignia is one of the prized red wines of Napa. Try the Insignia Blending experience that allows guests to create their blend or a traditional terrace tasting.

Ivy covered walls with Domaine Chandon written across it
Photo credit: Mack Male
  • Address: 1 California Dr, Yountville, CA 94599
  • Hours: 10 AM – 5 PM
  • Tasting Fees: Begin at $55
  • Features: Specializes in sparkling wines. The winery boasts beautiful grounds and an elegant tasting room.

If you’d like to taste sparkling wines in a beautiful seeting, Chandon is a must visit. It is owned by Moet & Chandon and located in Yountville. The Spritz Experience with beautiful views is a must for sparkling wine lovers.

  • Address: 254 S St Helena Hwy, St Helena, CA 94574
  • Hours: 10 AM – 6 PM
  • Tasting Fees: Start at $50
  • Features: A historic winery with a rich legacy in Cabernet Sauvignon production. Enjoy Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon in a cozy, rustic setting.

Louis M. Martini may not be ostentatious like the other wineries but is a charming one with rustic vibes. Enjoy a private cabana tasting or The Martini Park Experience on the outdoor terrace. The 85 year old underground cave tasting experience is another unique and exclusive tasting.

  • Address: 200 Rutherford Hill Rd, Rutherford, CA 94573
  • Hours: 10 AM – 5 PM
  • Tasting Fees: Around $60
  • Features: Known for its extensive cave system and panoramic views of the valley. The Barrel Tasting offers a unique opportunity to taste wines directly from the barrel.

Rutherford Hill Winery is a stunning winery with some of the most beautiful vineyard views especially during sunset. Rutherford Hill Winery is known for its Merlot and Cabernet wines and a unique way to do wine tasting is the cave tour or the ATV & cave tour.

Fog covered vineyards
  • Address: 8815 Conn Creek Rd, Rutherford, CA 94573
  • Hours: By appointment only
  • Tasting Fees: Begin at $35
  • Features: Known for its organic and biodynamic farming practices. The winery offers a casual, relaxed atmosphere. Also offers Zinfandel, Sauvignon Blanc including other traditional Bordeaux style wines.

The historic red barn of Frog’s Leap Winery and the organic culinary garden are perfect for wine tasting in a beautiful setting. Enjoy a tasting at the garden bar or an immersive 120 minute tasting at Frog’s Leap Winery

  • Address: 8445 Silverado Trail, Napa, CA 94558
  • Hours: 10 AM – 5 PM
  • Tasting Fees: Begin at $40
  • Features: Specializes in sparkling wines, offering a picturesque setting with lovely patio views.

Mumm Napa is another beautiful winery to visit for those who enjoy bubbles and stunning views. Book their outdoor patio tasting to enjoy some sparkling wines with Napa Valley vineyard views.

  • Address: 1155 Mee Ln, St Helena, CA 94574
  • Hours: 10 AM – 6 PM
  • Tasting Fees: Start at $75
  • Features: Modern and stylish, Alpha Omega is known for its blend of Old World and New World winemaking techniques. The Private Rutherford Bench Tasting allows a deep dive into their premium wines in an intimate setting.

This relatively new winery established in 2006 has already made its mark as one of the most beautiful wineries in Napa Valley. Be amazed by the grandeur at Alpha Omega’s Rutherford Estate. Choose from a variety of wine tastings including an outdoor tasting with some of the best Napa vineyard views or an exclusive private tasting. They also offer tastings for large groups.

Sunrise in the vineyards

Enhance your visit to the wineries and vineyards in Napa Valley by staying at one of the luxurious hotels in the area. Some of them come with incredible vineyard views.

The Estate, Yountville
Napa Valley Lodge, Yountville
Four Seasons Resort Napa Valley, Calistoga
Alila Napa Valley, A Hyatt Resort St. Helena
Carneros Resort & Spa, Napa
Senza Hotel Napa
Archer Hotel Napa

Napa Valley is home to some of the best restaurants in California including Michelin Starred restaurants. These are some of our favorite restaurants we enjoy dining in every time we visit Napa.

ZuZu, Napa

Bouchon, Yountville

Bottega, Yountville

The French Laundry, Yountville

Coqueta, Yountville

Pizzeria Tra Vigne, St. Helena

Farmstead at Long Meadow Ranch, St. Helena

Gott’s Roadside, St. Helena

Welcome to world famous wine growing region Napa Valley Billboard

Napa is most famous for Bordeaux style red wines made with Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc. It is also known for oaky, buttery Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc.

In the recent years, wine tasting at Napa valley vineyards and wineries has become quite expensive. Most top Napa Valley wineries charge well over $100 per person for wine tasting. Sometimes, part of the tasting fee will be waived if you purchase a bottle.

Another way to save your money with wine tasting is becoming a member or purchasing the wine passport (for participating wineries).

Napa Valley wineries are popular throughout the year with each season offering a slightly different experience. Spring is beautiful with the vineyards blooming with yellow mustard flowers, summer is hugely popular but hot, fall is breathtaking with the vines in golden yellow and is also harvest time and winter is relatively quiet and peaceful.

While weekend trips to Napa Valley are perfect, I highly recommend spending at least 3 days to enjoy the wine country and visit the top Napa Wineries. Being only an hour away from Napa, we often visit as a day trip or weekend trip.

While you can visit up to 4 or 5 wineries in a day, it is a good idea to keep your winery visits to 3 a day. It gives you enough time for wine tasting, explore the grounds and vineyards and pace yourself.

No. Most Napa Valley vineyards are not free to visit. In fact, you need to make advance reservations to visit most of the Napa Valley wineries.

Yes, it is highly recommended to book tasting reservations in advance. 

The best winery to visit in Napa Valley is relative and based purely on personal preferences. For sprawling vineyard views, Sterling Vineyards is the best winery. For modern architecture and Spanish wines, Artesa is the best winery in Napa Valley. If you love sparkling wines and French Chateaus, Domaine Carneros is the best winery in Napa and if you love beautiful vineyard views and exquisite wines, Quintessa Winery is the best Napa Valley winery.

There are many beautiful vineyards in Napa Valley but the best vineyards in Napa Valley are Sterling Vineyards, Quintessa Winery and Pine Ridge Vineyards. The vineyard views from these wineries are spectacular.

Colorful buildings riverfront

There is so much to do and see Napa Valley other than wine tasting.

If you are not into wine, try olive oil tastings. Napa Valley produces some of the best olive oil in California.

Explore the river walk at downtown Napa.

Walk around Yountville and have dinner at the famous French Laundry.

St. Helena is another beautiful town to visit in Napa Valley.

For outdoor enthusiasts, Napa is known for biking trails (the famous Silverado trail), sunrise hike at Sugar Mountain or kayaking the Napa river.

If you need any motivation to visit Napa Valley, this is it! These are 30 of the most beautiful wineries and vineyards in Napa Valley that you will enjoy exploring. They will make you fall in love with Napa Valley. 

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15 Comments

  1. Denise Macuk on January 17, 2021 at 1:05 am

    I haven’t been to Napa in years, but I’ve been to about half of these. Look forward to hitting the rest 🙂 Cheers!

    • Aswani on January 17, 2021 at 9:02 am

      Napa is amazing! Hope you get to visit the rest of them. 🙂

  2. Catherine on January 17, 2021 at 11:56 am

    It’s been years since I was in Napa, and your post made me want to go back immediately. I haven’t been to any of these gorgeous wineries in Napa — and need to fix that ASAP! My kids would be obsessed with the ones that look like castles.

  3. Hannah on January 17, 2021 at 3:23 pm

    Oh my goodness, these wineries are STUNNING! I’ve never visited a winery before and I’m not sure how I pictured them but it certainly wasn’t like this! Chateau Montelena looks like something straight out of a fairytale! Thanks for the great guide, I hope I’ll get an opportunity to visit the wineries in person one day!

  4. Krista on January 17, 2021 at 4:36 pm

    I haven’t been to Napa yet but when I do I will definitely be hitting up some of these gorgeous wineries!

  5. Samantha on May 13, 2021 at 4:55 am

    This is such a helpful review. I have not been to Napa yet, but working on planning a trip. How many of the above wineries would you recommend visiting in one day (if going to one that are close enough to each other)?

    • Aswani on November 14, 2021 at 4:14 am

      I recommend 3 or 4 max. You will be too buzzed to enjoy too many. 🙂

      • Victoria on February 21, 2023 at 3:29 pm

        Hello,

        I come across your post about Napa and your post really helped me out. My partner and I planning to visit soon but we don’t drink wine. Do you know if any of these places let us just come visit without tasting wine?

        • Aswani on April 9, 2023 at 11:34 am

          I don’t think they do, unfortunately. You can share a tasting or look for some wineries that do a tour or dining.

  6. Sinegal Estate on November 9, 2021 at 7:20 am

    Wow what a fantastic list. I think I have only been to 4 of these , so I have lots more to try. Thanks for the article.

    • Aswani on November 14, 2021 at 4:10 am

      Thank you! Hope you get to visit all of them soon! 🙂

  7. Marian on September 17, 2022 at 3:49 am

    I thought Joseph Phelps was absolutely gorgeous and it had an amazing view.

  8. janet mccoy on January 10, 2023 at 3:34 am

    My daughter and I are planning on going either April or May. Is there a more preferable time to visit and do you have a route of which wineries to visit or list in order? I saw where you recommended about 3 per day, about how much time should we allow to spend at each winery? Thanks for any tips you can provide!

    • Aswani on April 9, 2023 at 11:38 am

      Hi. Hope I’m not too late. I recommend 1.5hrs – 2hrs at each one. The way I plan is look up each winery on map and schedule tastings based on either closest – farthest or vice versa.

  9. Dani Tasche on August 15, 2023 at 7:56 pm

    As a wine enthusiast, I’m now even more inspired to plan a visit and experience these enchanting spots firsthand. Your attention to detail and engaging writing style make this guide an invaluable resource for anyone seeking an unforgettable wine-tasting adventure. Cheers to uncovering the hidden gems of Napa Valley and raising a glass to the art of wine-making!

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