The Top 5 Bucket-List-Worthy Wineries to Tour in Napa

September 15, 2017
Category: Things To Do in Napa

Napa Valley is synonymous with world class wineries and fine wines they produce. As William Shakespeare once said – “The wine-cup is the little silver well, where truth, if truth there be, doth dwell.” And truth be told, Napa is home to 400 outstanding wineries, and consolidating this list to the top 5 is a daunting task.

Napa is the fertile agriculture wine basket of California. Napa Valley is held as a globally premier wine region and is home to dozens of varieties of grapes. However, the recognized grape varieties that are grown and harvested in Napa include Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc, Zinfandel, Petit Verdot & Malbec, Cabernet Franc, Syrah/Shiraz, Petite Sirah, and Pinot Gris/Pinot Grigio.
Napa vintners have been commercially producing wines since the 19th century, and they have graced connoisseurs with awe-inspiring premium wines since the ‘60s.

Rutherford Hill Winery:  This family owned winery sits high atop a hill that offers breathtaking views of Napa Valley.  Rutherford Hill Winery pioneered the development of Merlot in California.  Guests can enjoy award-winning Chardonnay, Merlot, and Cabernet.

Chateau Montelena Winery:  Here is another family owned gem that uses only organic, sustainable farming methods.  Their old world style handcrafted wines which are aged in French oak barrels include fabulous Zinfandel, Chardonnay, and Cabernet Sauvignon.

Caymus Winery:  Caymus Vineyard is owned by the Wagner family, and produces two Cabernets Sauvignons which deliver rich flavors and aromas.  Visitors to Caymus Winery will enjoy Cabernet Sauvignon and Zinfandel.

Nickel & Nickel:  Guests will find Nickel & Nickel in a bucolic setting located in Oakville in Napa.  Nickel & Nickel produces varietal, single-vineyard wines that boast varied characters.  They offer single-vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, as well as a small collection of Chardonnay, Merlot, and Syrah – all single-vineyard of course.

Cardinale Winery:   This winery sits in the heart of Napa Valley, and produces limited-productions Cabernet Sauvignon blends with dark flavors that are the artistic expression of Winemaker Christopher Carpenter, and will surpass your expectations.

There are so many fantastic wineries that should be included on this list, like Del Dotto Vineyards, Artesa Winery,  Far Niente, Schweiger Vineyards, Hourglass Winery, Lokoya,  Domaine Carneros, and more.  It is nearly impossible to choose just five, but we highly recommend that you extend your stay in Napa Valley to discover your favorites.

Hotel Accommodations in Napa Valley

Cedar Gables Inn is within a short scenic drive from the vineyards, and wineries located in Napa Valley.  Cedar Gables Inn offers non-smoking standard & deluxe rooms and suites.  All of our rooms have premium bathrobes, plush linens, and pillowtop mattresses. Guests are welcomed with complimentary Ghirardelli Chocolates and bottled water.   Our guest rooms are equipped with queen or king beds and private bathrooms, and some rooms offer a soaking tub or claw foot tub. The suites have fireplaces, hot tubs, and walk-in showers.  Cedar Gables Inn resides in Downtown Napa and is within walking distance to shops, excellent restaurants, and wine tasting.  

Cedar Gables Inn is an exquisite Arts & Crafts style mansion that defines comfort and opulence and offers a perfect retreat for guests looking to experience Napa at its finest.  Be sure to check our packages that include exclusive extras for guests.

Book your stay today at Cedar Gables Inn and explore the best that Napa Valley has to offer: