The Most Beautiful Wineries In Napa Valley – 2023atamblin
Every winery in Napa Valley has its own unique ability to captivate wine lovers’ imagination, but some stand out beyond the others. We’ve had the opportunity to visit wineries in Calistoga, St. Helena, Rutherford, Yountville, and Napa and one thing is certain, Napa Valley has established itself as one of the most renowned wine regions in the world. Home to over 400 wineries, Napa Valley has some of the most beautiful wineries in the state. Here is our list of the 10 most beautiful wineries in Napa Valley.
If you’re wondering about Napa Valley’s climate, it’s relatively mild all year long. Aside from wildfires that have plagued the area in recent years, extreme temperatures are quite uncommon. With its cool, wet winters and warm, dry summers, Napa offers an ideal setting for grape growing and wine production. The region is best known as a producer of world-class Cabernet Sauvignon, but there is no shortage of award-winning Chardonnay, Cabernet Franc and field blends to enjoy.
We’ve compiled a list of some of our favorite wineries in the region, from Reynolds Family along the Silverado Trail to Pride Mountain atop Spring Mountain. We’ve zeroed in on what we believe are the 10 most beautiful wineries in Napa Valley and have uncovered some of the most prized vineyards and wineries in the region. Use our interactive Wine Routes Winery Trip Planner to start discovering wineries throughout Napa Valley and beyond.
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THE BEST WINERY IN NORTH AMERICA
8466 St Helena Hwy. Rutherford, CA 94573 – View on map – (707) 963-3600
Specializing in Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Sauvignon Blanc
The Discoverer Blog named Peju Winery “THE BEST WINERY IN NORTH AMERICA”, PEJU Winery began when owner Tony Peju started selling his wines in an informal facility: the garage at their vineyard estate home in Rutherford, Napa Valley. A lengthy legal battle ensued and Peju persisted: this became the catalyst for Napa County to create the legal definition of what a winery is which was adopted in 1991. It is no wonder that Tony is called “The Father of Custom Crush”.
Peju has six vineyard estates located throughout Napa Valley. Their family Estate surrounds the production facility in Rutherford is where it all began.
Insider Tip – Peju’s Rutherford Estate is a peaceful environment comprised of impeccable lawns, immaculately pruned trees, and a bounty of flowers. The gardens change on a weekly basis and visitors can often meet owner Herta Peju, while she is tending to the planting and pruning of the gardens.
1553 2nd Street. Napa, CA 94559 – view on map – (707) 252-2250
Specializing in – Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Zinfandel, Merlot, Rose, Cabernet Franc, Grenache Syrah
Situated along the summit ridge of Howell Mountain in Northeast Napa Valley at 2300’ of elevation, Robert Craig Winery continues its founding mission to produce small-lot, site-expressive wines from remote, high-elevation vineyards. The winery is renowned for its classically structured wines from estate vineyards on Howell Mountain and Mount Veeder, in addition to Spring Mountain and Diamond Mountain. While mountain Cabernet Sauvignon is the centerpiece of our portfolio, Robert Craig Winery celebrates a range of production including Chardonnay, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Zinfandel, and various blends, highlighting the diversity of our cherished mountain vineyards.
3266 Silverado Trail Napa, CA 94558 – View on map – (707) 258-2558
Specializing in – Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon
Handcrafted Wine since 1999 — Reynolds Family Winery is located at the doorstep of the Stags Leap District on the world-famous Silverado Trail. Their family mission is to create the finest, handcrafted wines in Napa Valley and to share them with family and friends around the world.
Purchased in 1995, our sprawling 14-acre property is planted with 9 acres of award-winning Estate Cabernet Sauvignon and features a spring-fed pond.
Insider tip: Since their inception, they’ve used the mustard flower as their emblem. Mustard grows wild in Napa Valley so it’s easy to take for granted. Ask for a bottle of Persistence, where you’ll see each bottle having a unique mustard flower hand pressed into the bottle. The flower which grows wild on the property is a metaphor for the value of hard work and persistence.
The Most Beautiful Views in Napa Valley
1350 Acacia Dr. Oakville, CA 94562 – view on map – 707-944-2861
Specializing in Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon
Far Niente was founded in Oakville, California in 1885 by John Benson, a forty-niner of the California gold rush and uncle of the famous American impressionist painter, Winslow Homer. Benson hired architect Hamden McIntyre, and together they worked to create an exquisite oasis in western Oakville.
Far Niente prospered until the onset of Prohibition in 1919. The gates closed, but the magic never truly disappeared from the property. Sixty years later, Gil Nickel bought and restored the winery and neighboring vineyard. This three-year-long labor of love put the label back on the map — and on the National Register of Historic Places. He preserved the Far Niente name — an Italian phrase that romantically translated means ‘without a care.’ Nickel hoped to recapture a bygone era when life was true without care.
Clos Du Val’s story is rich in history
5330 Silverado Trail Napa, CA 94558 – View on map – (707) 261-5212
Specializing in Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot
Clos Du Val was founded in 1972 and means “small vineyard estate of a small valley” in French) John Goelet, an American businessman, and his wife Henrietta are the original owners. Today, their grandson, Olav Goelet has taken over ownership and management of the winery as General Manager.
Clos Du Val’s 1972 vintage of Cabernet Sauvignon was one of only several wines selected for the now historic and famous Judgment of Paris tasting of 1976. The Clos du Val entry placed 8th among the judges in the California Cabernet Sauvignon vs. red Bordeaux match-up. Ten years later in 1986, the same wine took first place in a rematch of the original 1976 Judgement of Paris entrants.
Insider tip – The driveway leading up to the winery is named Steven Spurrier Way, which pays homage to the British wine expert who organized the original Judgement of Paris tasting. As a result of this French connection, you will always notice a French flag flying next to the American flag at the entrance to the driveway.
Situated in picturesque Rutherford, surrounded by gorgeous vineyards
8383 Silverado Trail Napa, CA 94558 – View on map – (800) 487-7757
Specializing in Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, Rose, Sparkling
ZD is a favorite wine country destination for those who enjoy world-class Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir, and Cabernet Sauvignon. Over the years, their passion for wine and outstanding hospitality have gained ZD Wines recognition as a Napa Valley favorite destination. A visit means the opportunity to taste reserve wines, library wines, and limited-production wines available only at the winery. For the ultimate experience make an appointment to taste ZD’s innovative pinnacle wine Abacus!
Fun Fact – ZD stands for “Zero Defects”
The Original Napa Valley Cult Cabernet
1960 St Helena Hwy Napa, CA 94558 – View on map – (800) 373-5896
Specializing in Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot
Established over 100 years ago, Beaulieu, meaning “a beautiful place” in French, boasts over 1,000 acres of estate vineyards stretching through some of the most sought-after grape growing property in Napa Valley. The winery is known for its meticulous standards of excellence. White wines are cold-soaked to retain their bright character, while cabs are cold-soaked for optimum extraction of flavor, tannin and color.
Insider Tip – Beaulieu is pronounced bowl-you – The winery’s namesake comes from when Fernande, initially visited the property and said “quel beau lieu” which in French means “beautiful place”. The name stuck and she continued to refer to the property as ‘beau lieu’. If the name is hard for you to pronounce, do as the locals do and call it BV for short. It’s no wonder BV made our list as being one of The 10 most beautiful wineries in Napa Valley, it’s in the name’s sake!
Celebrating 25 Years of Winemaking
1291 Zinfandel Ln. St. Helena, CA 94574 – View on map – (707) 256-3332
Specializing in Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Sangiovese Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Syrah, Sparkling Grenache, and Mourvedre.
It’s no wonder Del Dotto Vineyards made our list of The 10 Most Beautiful Wineries In Napa Valley. Located in the beautiful Napa Valley, Del Dotto Family Wineries & Caves focus on small production, and premium wines. Dave Del Dotto has spent the past 25 years acquiring vineyards in some of the best American Viticultural Areas (AVAs) including Rutherford, Oakville, St. Helena, Howell Mountain, and Fort Ross-Seaview Sonoma Coast. Currently, the Del Dotto family produces Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Sangiovese and Sauvignon Blanc from our Napa Valley vineyards, as well as Pinot noir, Chardonnay and limited amounts of Syrah, Sauvignon Blanc, Sparkling Grenache and Mourvedre from our Cinghiale (wild boar) Vineyard in the King Ridge region of the Sonoma Coast.
Insider Tip – Dave and Yolanda Del Dotto, along with their two children, Desiree and Giovanni, live and work in Napa Valley, overseeing the operations of their three wineries: Historic Del Dotto, Del Dotto Estate, and Piazza Del Dotto. The family’s impact is noticeable across all aspects of the business—from the vineyards to the tasting rooms and caves—the wine, the food pairings, the architecture, ambiance, and décor are all influenced by the family’s desire to offer every guest the best winery experience in Napa Valley.
ONE OF NAPA’S MOST HISTORIC WINERIES
2000 Main St. St Helena, CA 94574 – View on map – (707) 257-5771
Specializing in: Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Malbec, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir, and Chardonnay
Beringer is known for establishing many ‘firsts’ as leaders in the wine industry. They were one of the first gravity-fed facilities and among the first to operate using hand-dug caves and cellars. They were also the first to give public tours in 1934, starting a Napa Valley hospitality tradition. Additionally, they are the first and only winery to have both a red and a white wine named #1 Wine of the Year by Wine Spectator Magazine. Their grounds are nothing short of spectacular and a must-visit if in the area.
Insider tip – Bring your camera, there are many Instagram-worthy backdrops, if you visit in the spring there is a beautiful magnolia tree fronting the property, it blooms bright pink flowers that are stunning.
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