With so many wineries in California’s Napa Valley wine region it’s impossible to visit all of them in one day. To get a feel for the flavors and different types of wines available visit only three to four wineries. For a perfect day in wine country mix tasting with relaxation and scenery.
First make your way to Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards. Gloria Ferrer offers visitors the choice of a variety of sparkling wines, white wines, and red wines purchased by the glass. Order a glass of sparkling wine, as most of the wineries you’ll visit in Napa will not offer sparkling wine on their tasting menu. Enjoy your glass of sparkling wine on the terrace with views of sprawling vineyards and hillsides. You’ll begin to notice that you can’t hear any of the noises of the city. Before you know it you’re relaxed and fully immersed in wine country living.
Your next stop is St. Supéry Vineyards & Winery. What makes St. Supéry special is that it offers the opportunity for you to expand on your wine education. When grapes are in season St. Supéry has a section of vines next to their tasting center from which the public may pick grapes off of and eat. The vines are labeled so you will know which grapes are used to make particular wines. This is a great way to experience the wine making process from where it initially begins. Additionally if you love dessert wines be sure to sample their Napa Valley Estate Moscato.
Now that you’ve had a chance to visit a couple of wineries you’ll need to eat. A great place to fill up your stomach is V. Sattui Winery. The winery boasts an expansive deli with fresh cheeses, deli meats, breads, and pastas. V. Sattui has a large picnic area with benches and trees providing plenty of shade. Take your food and wine outside and enjoy a well-deserved wine country break.
After your lunch it’s time to continue your wine education by visiting the first winery in Napa Valley, Charles Krug Winery. Charles Krug, now part of the Peter Mondavi family, has a small intimate tasting center with a knowledgeable staff. Although the first winery in Napa, it never tends to get too crowded so you can expect great service while drinking their fantastic red wines.
As your day exploring wine country comes to an end it’s best to finish as you started, soaking in the landscape. Enter Sterling Vineyards through a driveway lined on both sides by vines and trees. After parking you’ll need to take Sterling’s aerial tramcars to access their tasting center. The tram offers views of Sterling’s grounds, including the vineyard and pond. Sterling’s tasting center includes a terrace where you’ll be able to sit outside while tasting and enjoy views of Napa Valley.