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With 522 accomplished wineries with tasting rooms in the region, picking the best winery tours in Napa Valley can be difficult. Luckily, we’ve compiled the top of the top from online reviews and insider scoops so you can focus on what matters most—the wine.

1. You’re Part of the Family at Hendry Ranch

hendry-ranchSource: Hendry Ranch Yelp

Hendry Ranch
3104 Redwood Rd
Napa, CA 94558
(707) 226-8320
Yelp: 5 stars, 466 reviews

With its intimate setting, every guest feels like an extended family member at this small, family-owned winery. You’ll learn everything you need to know about their history of winemaking from their knowledgable staff. Insider tip: No family is truly complete without a dog, and the folks here welcome your furry friends with open arms (and a bowl of water).

2. Twenty Rows Keeps it Casual

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Source: Touring & Tasting

Twenty Rows
880 Vallejo St
Napa, CA 94559
(707) 265-7750
Yelp: 5 stars, 89 reviews

Enthusiastic staff and a relaxed atmosphere prove that Napa Valley winery tours don’t have to be stuffy. Take in the artwork while you kick back in the lounge-like tasting room and listen to cool reggae on the sound system. Twenty Rows’ laid back attitude is reflected in their mellow prices, which show that great wine is available to everyone. Insider tip: You’ll be tasting among the barrels in a temperature-controlled room, so be sure to bring a sweater.

3. A Taste of Heaven at Saintsbury

saintsburySource: Saintsbury Yelp

Saintsbury
1500 Los Carneros Ave
Napa, CA 94559
(707) 252-0592
Yelp: 5 stars, 40 reviews

Pinor Noir and Chardonnay are the specialties at this quaint, totally unpretentious valley winery. You’ll sip your wine in the garden overlooking the estate’s vineyard, unless the weather starts to turn, in which case you’ll be invited into the pleasant barn tasting room. Insider tip: Be sure to score some cuddle time with Keith Richards, Saintsbury’s friendly winery dog.

4. Take a Walk at William Hill Estate Winery

william-hill-estateSource: William Hill Yelp

William Hill Estate Winery
1761 Atlas Peak Rd
Napa, CA 94558
Yelp: 4.5 stars, 74 reviews

Take your wine with you as you walk through the estate’s self-guided winery tour covering their gorgeous grounds with views of the valley’s rolling hills. William Hill Estate’s welcoming staff is living proof that wine-tasting is not only for the posh set; it’s for everyone. Insider tip: Plan a family fun day at William Hill Estate by bringing your own food and lunching in their outdoor picnic area. 

5. Sparkling in Caves at Schramsberg Vineyards

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Schramsberg Vineyards
1400 Schramsberg Rd
Calistoga, CA 94515
(707) 942-4558
Yelp:  4.5 stars, 202 reviews

Deep in the caves of Calistoga, these expert winemakers make it their mission to craft some of Napa Valley’s best sparkling wine. Their picturesque cave tour is part gothic, part romance, and all excellent wine-tasting. Insider tip: Arrange an unforgettable private candlelight tasting for special occasions like anniversaries or engagement parties.

6. Get Charmed by the O’Brien Estate

obrienSource: O’Brien Estate Yelp

O’Brien Estate
1200 Orchard Ave
Napa, CA 94558
(707) 252-8463
Yelp: 4.5 stars, 101 reviews

Get cozy and settle in for an intimate wine tasting experience at this charming winery that locals know as one of the area’s prized hidden gems. It’s the personal touches that make O’Brien Estate special, from the small size of every tour group to each guide’s authentic enthusiasm for the winemaking (and wine-tasting!) process. Insider tip: Reserve your spot ahead of time because tastings are by appointment only. 

7. A Vision in Stony Hill White

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Stony Hill Vineyard
3331 Saint Helena Hwy
St Helena, CA 94574
(707) 963-2636
Yelp: 4.5 stars, 9 reviews

White wines are the name of the game at Stony Hill, known for their Chardonnay, Reisling, and Gewürztraminer. Though slightly off the beaten path, this by-appointment-only tour is complemented by the scenic drive up through the hills overlooking Napa Valley. Insider tip: Bring your camera and remember to breathe because the views and drive to the vineyard can only be described as “breathtaking.”

8. Storm the Castle at Castello di Amorosa

castello-di-amorosaSource: Castello di Amorosa Yelp

Castello di Amorosa
4045 St Helena Hwy
Calistoga, CA 94515
(707) 967-6272
Yelp: 4 stars, 1705 reviews

The estate’s massive castle is an unforgettable sight to behold for experienced wine lovers and wine newbies alike. Fun fact: Owner and builder Dario Sattui spared no expense by using over one million antique bricks from now-defunct Hapsburg palaces and emplyoing authentic Medieval techniques to hand-craft bricks for the castle. Even those who don’t typically enjoy wine are captivated by the sights and smells and usually leave with at least one bottle for themselves or as a gift for friends. Kids love the castle but leave the littlest ones at home because there aren’t many offerings for tiny tots. Older kids receive their own grape juice tasting. Insider tip: Take the Wine Aficionado tour to learn more about the vineyard’s high-end specialty wines.

9.  Sparkle On at Mumm Napa

mumm-napaSource: Mumm Napa Yelp

Mumm Napa
8445 Silverado Trail
Napa, CA 94558
(707) 967-7700
Yelp: 4 stars, 623 reviews

The highlight of this tour is the outdoor wine tasting at a vineyard known for its excellence at crafting sparkling wines. For a truly unforgettable experience with fantastic views that accompany stellar service, book the Oak Terrace tasting in the spring or summer and catch those rays of sunshine while sipping on your bubbly. Insider tip: Bring your wine with you as you stroll through Mumm Napa’s fine art photography gallery.


10. Spice Things Up at V. Sattui

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V. Sattui
1111 White Ln
St Helena, CA 94574
(707) 963-7774
Yelp: 4 stars, 2310 reviews

Barbeque and wine tasting unite in perfect harmony at V. Sattui. This winery’s popular deli fills up on weekends in the high season for good reason: the wood-fired pizza, mesquite-grilled prawns, and twice-daily-pulled mozzarella make this one of the tastiest wine tours in the valley. Insider tip: Join the wine club to gain access to the private cellar room.

Have you imbibed at any of these Napa Valley winery tours? If you have a favorite, vote for it below!

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