10 Best Wineries and Vineyards to Sip and Swirl in Napa Valley

Napa Valley is synonymous with great wine. More than 400 wineries call it home. One of the hardest parts about visiting is deciding where to go once you’re there. In Napa Valley there are distinct microclimates and terrains that define the grapes that grow within their boundaries. These regions or appellations are called American Viticultural Areas, or AVAs. The Napa Valley was California’s first recognized AVA, but within it exists 16 additional AVAs, including well-known spots like Calistoga, Oakville, Yountville, Rutherford and St. Helena.

Hundreds of wineries are open to the public in Napa Valley. Some are historic, while others like Raymond Vineyards have a modern feel. Some wineries offer one-of-a-kind views or off-road adventures, while others like Whitehall Lane Winery, offer cooking classes and distinctive food. And since 95% of Napa Valley wineries are family owned, there’s a good chance you’ll hear some good stories along the way.

Large or small, wineries want you to enjoy yourself while you are there. While wine tasting is the primary reason you’re visiting, often times it’s just one of many things you’ll experience at a winery. Every wine tasting is uniquely different, so plan on visiting several wineries during your time in the area. If you need some help deciding where to begin, the list below with get you started.

And be sure to save room in your suitcase for the new favorite bottles that will inevitably be making the trip home with you.

Mumm Napa
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Drinking something with bubbles can be a lifesaver for a palate headed toward wine tasting overload. Mumm Napa is one of just a handful of Napa Valley wineries that specializes in sparkling wine. Tastings are offered outside on the patio or...  Read More

Jericho Canyon Vineyard
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The Estate at Jericho Canyon Vineyard is anything but a typical Napa Valley winery. Home to the Bleecher Family, they've preserved 70 percent of the estate as wildlife habitat. A former cattle ranch, trees weren't removed to plant grapes,...  Read More

Luna Vineyards
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Luna Vineyards is one of the closest wineries to Downtown Napa. So close, you can park the car and easily make the trip by bike. Located right on the Silverado Trail, the largest producer of Pinot Grigio is hard to miss. The sunny patio is...  Read More

Sterling Vineyards
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Getting to Sterling Vineyards, is almost as fun as actually being there. Come with a fully charged camera, to capture the views as you make your way up to the winery aboard Sterling Vineyards aerial trams. A one of a kind experience in Napa...  Read More

Raymond Vineyards
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If you like surprises, you'll love Raymond Vineyards. Vibrant, colorful and modern, Raymond Vineyards does wine tasting with a twist. Glitzy by Napa Valley standards, there are a number of rooms visitors can taste in when visiting the...  Read More

Grgich Hills Estate
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Miljenko "Mike" Grgich earned world-wide recognition, and put Napa Valley on the wine making map, when the 1973 Chateau Montelena Chardonnay he crafted won the 1976 Paris Tasting, beating some of France's best wines. Grgich then partnered with...  Read More

Whitehall Lane Winery
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Whitehall Lane is a family owned winery in the Napa Valley area of Rutherford. Founded by two brothers in the late 1970s, the winery gets its name from a road that borders the property. Now owned by the Leonardini family, Whitehall Lane farms...  Read More

St. Helena

Their energy bars are famous, but did you know the Clif Family also makes wine in Napa Valley? The Velo Vino tasting room in St. Helena is a unique combination of wine, food and bicycling. That's right, bicycling. At Velo Vino you can taste...  Read More

Castello di Amorosa
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Castello di Amorosa knows how to make a big first impression. Set in Calistoga, the winery calls a 13th century medieval Tuscan-style castle home. It took 15 years to build the 121,000 square foot castle in Napa Valley. The Castello has...  Read More

Charbay Distillery & Winery
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Affectionately known as "The Still on the Hill," Charbay Artisan Distillery & Winery is family run with father and son Master Distillers Miles & Marko Karakasevic. Charbay is one of the only wineries in the U.S. that distills its own...  Read More


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Dana Rebmann moved from San Francisco to Wine Country in search of sunshine. Amazing wine and food was a delightful bonus.

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