It’s Wine O’Clock…You’re Right On Time

The Iconic Napa Valley Sign

We fell in love with Napa Valley on our first trip there in 2015 and since then we have celebrated multiple special occasions in Napa Valley. We have put together a list of the wineries we have visited over the years and even included a ‘Winery Wish List’ to guide you as you plan your next trip to Wine Country! So grab a glass (or bottle) of wine and I hope you enjoy our post that’s all about wine! (I mean, what’s not to love?!)

Artesa Estate Vineyards & Winery

Fountain Near the Entrance of Artesa Winery

Artesa Winery is definitely unique in that it leans more towards a modern look in comparison to the other wineries included herein. The Estate is situated on top of a hill which is reached by climbing a few steps. Once you reach the top of the stairs, it is quite an impressive view as you are greeted by a huge fountain and just miles and miles of vineyards. We attended this winery during our joint bachelor and bachelorette trip with our dear friends and did a group experience tasting. Would definitely recommend one of their group tastings if visiting Artesa with six or more friends! Artesa is open daily from 11 AM to 5 PM Monday through Thursday and 10 AM to 5 PM Friday through Sunday. http://www.ArtesaWinery.com

Private Tasting Rooms at Artesa

Auberge du Soleil

We’re Engaged!!!!

Auberge du Soleil holds a special place in our hearts because it is actually where we got engaged on September 2, 2016! Auberge is a world-class luxury resort in Napa Valley and home to a Michelin-star restaurant. Although not necessarily a winery, Auberge is definitely a great lunch (or even dinner) option while winery hopping. After Andres asked me if I’d “to grow old with him” in a secluded area within their ‘Sculpture Garden’, we enjoyed a wonderful lunch at their restaurant. Not only was the food AMAZING but the view of the restaurant was breathtaking. We loved the property so much that we even considered getting married there at one point! We highly recommend a visit to Auberge du Soleil – whether it is to dine at their fantastic Michelin-star restaurant or celebrate a special occasion (such as a proposal) – you will not be disappointed! And if within budget, consider even staying at their resort. Definitely on my bucket list! http://www.AubergeResorts.com.

Beringer Vineyards

Founded in 1876, Beringer Vineyards is the “oldest continuously operating vineyard in Napa Valley” and is listed under the National Register of Historical Places and considered a California Historical Landmark. During our visit to Beringer, we partook in the ‘Taste of Beringer Tour’ which does require a reservation and is $55 per person. The tour lasted approximately 60 minutes and included a seated wine tasting in the historic Rhine House family kitchen. Additionally, we were able to tour the property and their gardens! The property in itself is truly remarkable and definitely worth a visit. Visit their website at http://www.beringer.com to learn more.

Castello di Amorosa

Exterior of Castello di Amorosa

Castello di Amorosa is a 13th-century Tuscan castle winery in Napa Valley and a very popular stop for first time visitors of Napa! The drive up to the entrance of Castello is breathtaking and transports you to Tuscany instantly. During your visit to Castello, you will be able to explore the castle either on a self-guided or guided tour. When we visited the winery, we opted for the self-guided tour which is $30 per person and includes five premium wine tastings. Reservations are not necessary. Visit their website at http://www.castellodiamorosa.com to explore all their tour & tasting options. Castello di Amorosa is open daily.

Domaine Carneros

Terrace at Domaine Carneros

The chateau at Domaine Carneros is probably one of the most beautiful properties in Napa Valley. On the terrace of the chateau, you can enjoy a glass (or bottle) of sparkling or still wine and enjoy the beautiful views of the property’s floral gardens. Before you depart Domaine Carneros, make sure to make your way down the grand stairway to take a picture at the bottom of the property so you can capture the entire chateau in the background! During our visit to the winery, we did a private group tasting that included a tour to the area in where the wine is made. Additionally, if you are celebrating a special occasion or planning a surprise, Domaine Carneros offers an over-the-top experience in their ‘Sparkling Suite’ that would make your visit to the winery unforgettable. Reservations are required and can be at http://www.domainecarneros.com.

The Vineyards at Domaine Carneros

Domaine Chandon

Entrance of Domaine Chandon

Domaine Chandon – the land of champagne toasts! Domaine Chandon is the perfect stop on your winery hopping tour when you need a change of scenery and are looking for something a little more refreshing. Domaine Chandon has a large outdoor seating area where guests can enjoy a tasting. As we were a party of 13, we reserved ahead of time their ‘Bottle Package’ and had a secluded area on their terrace for our tasting. This package was approximately $40 per person and was definitely worth the price as the pours were generous – by the end of our tasting we were DONE drinking champagne! Reservations are not required for parties of 10 or less. http://www.Chandon.com

Joseph Phelps

One of our favorite wineries in Napa Valley – Joseph Phelps is a family-owned winery which offers majestic views of their estate vineyards the second you step onto their terrace. We highly recommend their ‘Terrace Tasting’ which includes a tasting of their current release of Napa Valley and Sonoma Coast wines – including Insigna. (Fun Fact: After tasting this wine during our visit, we started a tradition of sharing a bottle of Insigna on our wedding anniversary to celebrate!) The ‘Terrace Tasting’ is $85 per person and last approximately 60 minutes. You can visit their website at http://www.josephphelps.com to make a reservation ahead of time (reservations are required) and view all the wine experiences they offer. The winery is open 7 days a week – with the first tasting starting at 10:00 AM and last tasting starting at 3:00 PM (Monday-Friday) and 2:30 PM (Saturday and Sunday).

Vineyards at Joseph Phelps

Kuleto Estate Winery

Kuleto Estate

Kuleto Estate was the first winery we ever visited in Napa Valley! Kuleto is perched on the hills of Napa and overlooks Lake Hennessey and the town of Rutherford. The Estate is known for it’s production of exceptional estate-grown wines. The views offered at Kuleto are phenomenal and make for a perfect backdrop! During our visit we did the ‘Kuleto Estate Tour and Tasting’ which is $45 per person and last approximately 60 minutes (only offered on the weekends). The tour setting was intimate making it a more memorable experience. When you are done with the tour and tasting, make sure to walk around the grounds and take pictures of the vineyards, lemon trees, and the amazing views offered at Kuleto! Reservations are required and can be made at http://wwww.kuletoestate.com. Kuleto is open daily from 10 AM to 4 PM.

Sterling Vineyards

More Wine, Please!

Sterling Vineyards is known for it’s aerial tram that carries visitors up the hill to the mountain top winery as you enjoy panoramic views of Napa Valley! Reservations are not required but recommended so this is a great winery to visit your first day in Napa Valley in case you are running late as a result of flight delays and/or traffic from the city. We enjoyed the ‘Sterling Silver VIP Experience’ which was $39 per person and included a seated tasting of limited release and reserve wines on their terrace as well as a self-guided tour of the winery and a tram ticket. We were also gifted a wine glass with the vineyard’s name to take home! The winery is open 7 days a week – opening at 11 AM on the weekdays and 10 AM on the weekends – with tastings starting at $35 per person. To explore additional tasting experiences at Sterling Vineyards, visit http://www.sterlingvineyards.com. 

Terrace at Sterling Vineyards

V. Sattui Winery

Picnic at V. Sattui Winery

We stumbled across this winery on our first trip to Napa Valley. Unfortunately we arrived too late to enjoy a tasting but we were able to grab a picnic table outside and enjoy a bottle of wine and cheese that we purchased from their Artisan Deli and Marketplace (they have sandwiches too!). This was honestly the perfect ending to our day after visiting wineries all day long. V. Sattui is open daily from 9 AM to 6 PM with the last tasting beginning at 5 PM. Visit their website at http://www.vsattui.com to learn more about V. Sattui Winery and their tasting experiences!

Winery Wish List

Below is a list of wineries we have yet to visit but definitely will be planning a trip back to Napa in the near future so we can check some of these out!

  • Hall Wines in Rutherford
  • Chateau Montelena
  • Rutherford Hill Winery
  • Alpha Omega
  • Beaulieu Vineyards
  • B Cellars Vineyards & Winery
  • Benziger Winery
  • Caymus
  • Brasswood Estate
After Winery Hopping – It’s Pool Time! Gorgeous Property We Stayed at in Wine Country!

Comment below if you have any visited or are planning to visit any of the wineries we mentioned herein! And if you have visited any other wineries, let us know so we can add them to our ‘Winery Wish List’! Happy Travels & Cheers! 

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