The Best Sparkling Wine Houses in Napa Valley

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While Napa Valley’s Cabernets certainly shine, the sparkle comes from its many excellent bubbles producers, too. Napa Valley is home to several sparkling wine houses owned by French Champagne companies, as well as some family-owned wineries intrepid enough to make sparkling wine in a Cab-lover’s region. Here are eight of the best, including the one that started it all.

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Wineries / Calistoga

Schramsberg Vineyards

Schramsberg is steeped in history. It’s the oldest sparkling wine house in Napa Valley (founded in 1862) and famed writer Robert Louis Stevenson tasted the wines here while on his honeymoon. Hidden on a hillside south of Calistoga, the winery makes some of the most nuanced and long-aging sparkling wines in California. The winery offers a fun and educational cave tour followed by a seated tasting, both of which are well worth the time — if you can get an appointment (booking two weeks in advance is recommended).

Insider Tip

Schramsberg also makes beautiful mountainside Cabernets under their J. Davies line. Ask to see the estate vineyards, next to the winery, then taste a few of these under-the-radar Cabs.

Directions

From Napa, drive 23 miles north on Highway 29, turn left onto the private drive marked by a small Schramsberg sign, drive half a mile up the hill until you reach the winery.

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Wineries / Calistoga

Frank Family Vineyards

Before the Frank family purchased the winery, Hans Kornell made sparkling wines in the historic stone winery. Today, the Frank family carries on the tradition with five sparkling wines, each a unique and enjoyable nod to the winery’s history. Visit the winery to taste the wines and enjoy a casual, lively atmosphere. Aim for a weekday if possible (Saturdays get very crowded) and opt for the Premium Wines tasting to sample the sparkling varieties.

Insider Tip

Try the Rouge Sparkling wine, a unique red sparkling wine made from Pinot Noir with a splash of Chardonnay grown in Napa Valley.

Directions

From Schramsberg, drive down the hill, take a right onto Highway 29, drive south for half a mile, take a left onto Larkmead Lane, and look for the old stone winery on the right.

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Wineries / Oakville Rutherford

Mumm Napa

Mumm Napa was the first sparkling wine house founded in California by a Champagne company. Mumm Champagne saw enormous potential for sparkling wine in the Napa Valley climate and soil, so in 1983, Mumm Napa released its first vintage. Today, the winery produces a wide variety of sparkling wines, including the classic and ubiquitous Mumm Brut Reserve, Cuvée M Red (a sweet sparkling red) and their flagship luxury cuvée, the vintage-dated DVX Rosé. Visitors are treated to a vineyard view on the terrace and a relaxed, welcoming atmosphere from first pop to last sip.

Insider Tip

Schedule time to explore the winery’s Fine Art Photography Gallery, hung with some of Ansel Adams’ best work and a rotating exhibit of other acclaimed photographers.

Directions

From Frank Family Vineyards, turn right onto Larkmead Lane, drive half a mile until you reach the Silverado Trail. Turn right, and drive south for nine miles, until you see Mumm on the right.

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Wineries / Yountville

Domaine Chandon

Domaine Chandon is the sister winery of Champagne’s Moët & Chandon, but with a decidedly California flair. The winery’s grounds feature lush gardens and playful water features, and the tasting room consists of a fun, casual bar with an outdoor patio for seated tastings. Order the Bottle Package to enjoy a leisurely afternoon at a shaded table on the outdoor patio with bottles of your choice.

Insider Tip

Domaine Chandon is located within a half-mile from some of the best dining in the Napa Valley. Drive over (it’s a bit precarious to walk under Highway 29) to Washington Street for your pick of lunch spots (we recommend Thomas Keller’s famous fried chicken at Addendum, the picnics-to-go shack at the back of Ad Hoc).

Directions

: From Mumm, turn right onto the Silverado Trail, drive south for 4.5 miles, turn right onto Yountville Cross Road. Drive 2 miles, turn left when you reach Highway 29, then immediately take the Yountville/Veteran’s Home exit. Turn right and then right again at the Domaine Chandon sign.

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Wineries / Napa

Hagafen Cellars

Hagafen Cellars on the picturesque Silverado Trail specializes in making Kosher wines, which have been served at the White House dozens of times. They make a Brut Rosé from Coombsville that’s simply delicious, especially when paired with small bites in the new Don Ernesto’s VIP Lounge (make a reservation to taste here).

Insider Tip

Looking for a snack to pair with your sparkling wine purchase? Pop down the road to the best strawberry stand in Napa Valley, located on the Silverado Trail, just before it runs into Trancas Street.

Directions

From Napa, drive 3 miles north on Silverado Trail, turn right into the Hagafen Cellars driveway.

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Wineries / Napa

Monticello Vineyards - Corley Family Napa Valley

Founder Jay Corley began growing grapes in Napa Valley in 1969, and today his sons continue the tradition at Monticello Vineyards. They farm key vineyards in the Oak Knoll AVA, just north of Napa, producing powerful Cabernet Sauvignons as well as a lovely sparkling wine, the Montreaux Brut. This bubbly is barrel fermented and barrel aged to produce a creamy, rich wine.

Insider Tip

Book the Vintner for a Day experience, at the end of which you’ll be an expert at blending wines. This two-hour experience is hosted by the Corley family and includes a tour of the estate vineyards and a seated tasting.

Directions

From Hagafen Cellars, turn right onto the Silverado Trail, drive north for less than a mile, turn left onto Oak Knoll Avenue. Drive one mile, turn left onto Big Ranch Road and look for Monticello Vineyards on the left.

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Wineries / Napa

Artesa Vineyards & Winery

Artesa was originally founded as Codorniu Napa in 1981 by the historic Spanish winemaking family Codorniu. They now focus on still wines—Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from Carneros—but continue to make two sparkling wines, a Brut and a Brut Rosé. These wines can be enjoyed in the strikingly modern winery in Carneros with one of the best views in the area: on a clear day, you can see the San Francisco Skyline.

Insider Tip

Sign up for the Chocolate Indulgence tasting, where you’ll be greeted with a glass of sparkling wine, and then enjoy a seated tasting with Artesa wines paired with Yountville-based Kollar Chocolates.

Directions

From Monticello Vineyards, turn right onto Big Ranch Road then take a quick left onto Oak Knoll Avenue. Turn left onto Highway 29, drive south for seven miles, turn right onto CA-12/Sonoma Highway. Turn right onto Old Sonoma Highway, then right onto Old Sonoma Road, then left onto Dealy Lane, continue onto Henry Road, then look for the winery sign on the left.

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Wineries / Napa

Domaine Carneros by Taittinger

You can’t miss Domaine Carneros: the breathtaking French country chateau sits sedately on a sloping vineyard overlooking Highway 12 as you enter Carneros. Owned by the great Champagne family, the Taittingers, DC (as the locals call it) is a Champagne lover’s paradise. Winemaker Eileen Crane, hand-selected by the Taittinger family to lead the winery, is a master blender, creating beautifully balanced and age-worthy sparkling wines from the cool climate vineyards of Carneros. The winery makes still wines as well, including Pinot Noir and Pinot Clair, a rarely produced white Pinot Noir. Tastings are hosted on the patio overlooking rolling vineyards or in the elegant, light-filled salon, with wine flights, wines by the glass, and delectable pairing plates on offer.

Insider Tip

Purchase a 6-liter bottle (called an Imperial) for an upcoming celebration (or just a Friday night with friends), and the winery will re-foil it for free so you can save it as a keepsake.

Directions

From Artesa, turn right onto Henry Road, continue onto Dealy Lane, turn right onto Old Sonoma Road. When you reach CA-12/Sonoma Highway, turn right, then take a quick left onto Duhig Road. The Domaine Carneros gate is immediately on your right.

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