The Best Winery Tours in Napa Valley

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  • by HANA-LEE SEDGWICK
  • on MAY 15, 2024
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Wineries

The Best Winery Tours in Napa Valley

By Hana-Lee Sedgwick May 15, 2024

Wine tours with a private chauffeur are fantastic, yet there’s something special about an on-site winery tour in Wine Country. With over 400 wineries across Napa Valley alone, choosing the top winery tours might seem overwhelming. Fortunately, we’ve sifted through Napa’s extensive selection to compile a list of some of the best, allowing you to concentrate on the most important part—the wine. Here are the top winery tours you shouldn’t miss in Napa Valley.

Breathtaking Scenery

Somerston Vineyards
The beautiful vineyards of Napa Valley. Photo Courtesy of Somerston Estate

Somerston Estate

3450 Sage Canyon Road, St. Helena, CA 94574, (707) 967-8414

Located about 25 minutes from downtown St. Helena, Somerston Estate may be a bit off-the-beaten-path, but it’s a gem waiting to be discovered. This idyllic haven is where artisanal winemaking meets stunning vineyard landscapes, and the best way to experience it all is through the Somerston Estate Tour & Tasting. This 90-minute tour will give you a behind the scenes look at what it takes to produce micro batch wines, as well as a glimpse at the inner workings of the estate itself. Following the tour, you’ll enjoy a seated tasting of current releases paired with different cheeses.

Insider Tip: After your tour of Somerston, head to downtown Yountville to sample wines from sister-winery Priest Ranch. Their bacon and wine pairing experience is not-to-be-missed.

Art + Wine

Hess Persson Art Gallery
Photo Courtesy of Hess Persson Estates

Hess Persson Estates

4411 Redwood Road, Napa, CA 94558, (707) 255-1144

Founded by the late Donald Hess, a respected art collector and vintner, Hess Persson Estates has earned a reputation for its character-filled wines and diverse range of wine tasting experiences. Art enthusiasts will want to make a point to book Hess’ walking tour of their on-site art museum, which includes an intimate tour of the impressive contemporary art works on display, followed by a seated tasting of current release wines.

Insider Tip: If you have a little more time to spare, upgrade your visit with the 90-minute Tour of the Palate Experience. As with the Walking Tour of the Museum, you’ll spend time exploring the collection of contemporary art, but you’ll follow it with a tasting of estate-exclusive wines paired with a seasonal, three-course menu created by Hess’ own Executive Chef, Chad Hendrickson.

Virtual Vineyards

Ink Grade
Ink Grade Tasting Pavillion, Photo Courtesy of Ink Grade

Ink Grade

699 St. Helena Highway, St. Helena, CA 94574, (707) 963-3553

Named for one of the founding fathers of Napa’s viticultural legacy, Theron Ink, Ink Grade offers guests an utterly unique wine tasting “tour” you can’t get anywhere else: the SENSES by INK GRADE experience. This immersive experience will take you on a journey through the vineyards and winemaking process via a 360-degree projection, an experience akin to the renowned Van Gogh exhibit. As you traverse the rugged landscapes of Howell Mountain, all from the comfort of your seat, a wine connoisseur guides you through a tasting of four exquisite wines. This is a truly one-of-a-kind wine and cinematic “tour” you can’t get anywhere else in Napa.

Insider Tip: Ink Grade’s tastings, including the SENSES experience, are held in its Pavilion tasting room in downtown St. Helena—a sleek, spacious building designed by famed Wine Country architect, Howard Backen. As you step in, you’re greeted by an impressive rock art installation, sourced directly from Ink Grade Vineyard’s volcanic terrains. Curious about its story? Don’t hesitate to ask. It embodies the essence of Ink Grade’s philosophy: ‘In wildness is the preservation of the world.’

Sparkle On

Mumm Napa sparkling wines
Enjoy sparkling wines in a relaxed setting. Photo Courtesy of Mumm Napa

Mumm Napa

8445 Silverado Trail, Rutherford, CA 94573, (866) 783-5826

Mumm Napa has been a destination for traditionally-made sparkling wines since its inception in the late 1970s. During the private, two-hour-long Capturing the Sparkle Tour, you’ll visit the winery’s demonstration vineyard, tour the winemaking facility and cellar, then finish with a tasting of five vintage sparkling wines and cheese on the Oak Terrace. If you’d rather have a more leisurely experience without the tour, book a tasting on the Oak Terrace or their Outdoor Patio to sip bubbly outdoors overlooking the vines.

Insider Tip: Visit Mumm Napa’s fine art gallery. The gallery is home to a collection of original Ansel Adams prints (on loan from the Adams family), as well as works from local and international artists.

Steeped in Tradition

Heitz Cellars
Photo Courtesy of Heitz Cellars

Heitz Cellars

The Salon: 436 St. Helena Highway, St. Helena, CA 94574, (707) 963-2047
The Estate: 500 Taplin Road, St. Helena, CA 94574, (707) 963-2047

Dive deep into the history of Napa at Heitz Cellars, which played a pivotal role in the region’s resurgence post-Prohibition. As pioneers of the first vineyard-designated Cabernet Sauvignon in Napa, Heitz showcases a commitment to excellence, evident in their 100% organically farmed Napa Valley grapes. Elevate your visit with the Vineyard to Bottle Experience, which includes a private pick-up in a sleek Lexus, right from your hotel doorstep. This intimate tasting, limited to four guests, will take you on an immersive journey from the vineyards and winemaking facility to the historic Stone Cellar. Post-tour, you’ll stop at The Salon to enjoy a curated selection of single-vineyard wines, both vintage and new, perfectly complemented with handpicked cheeses and charcuterie.

Insider Tip: The Heitz Estate is an enchanting property, constructed in the late 19th century, but if you’re short on time and just want to pop in for a tasting, book either experience at The Salon, located right in St. Helena. You won’t get the big tour, but you’ll still get to sample Heitz’s famed wines.

Cabernet & Caves

Pine Ridge Cave Tasting Experience
One-of-a-kind Cave Tasting Experience. Photo Courtesy of Pine Ridge Vineyards

Pine Ridge Vineyards

5901 Silverado Trail, Napa, CA 94558, (707) 252-9777

Situated in the heart of the Stags Leap District, Pine Ridge Vineyards—which has been making wine for over 40 years—offers several wine tasting experiences worth exploring. For a complete vine-to-glass tour, though, check out the 90-minute Cellar 47 Cave Tour and Tasting. You’ll visit the wine cellar and impressive wine caves, where you’ll enjoy a tasting of their limited estate Cabernets.

Insider Tip: Pine Ridge Vineyards has gained a loyal following for its Cabernet-based wines, including their flagship Cabernet, FORTIS, which you can only taste and purchase at the winery.

Venture Among the Vines

Vineyard Tour at Groth Vineyards
A beautiful vineyard tour at Groth Vineyards & Winery . Photo Courtesy of Hana-Lee Sedgwick

Groth Vineyards & Winery

750 Oakville Cross Road, Oakville, CA 94562, (707) 754-4254

For four decades, the family-owned Groth Vineyards & Winery has been making noteworthy wines from its expansive estate in Napa Valley’s Oakville AVA, as well as from other reputable vineyards in the region. Starting this July, the winery will welcome visitors to experience the estate and its vines like never before. Their new Among the Vines: Oakville Estate ATV Tour is a 90-minute experience (limited to four guests) that takes you on an easy-going ATV ride around and through the estate vineyards. Along the way, you’ll learn about Groth’s viticulture practices and stop for sips of wine while admiring the beautiful vines, majestic oak trees, and insectary garden.

Insider Tip: If you’re the type who loves to learn while you sip, consider attending one (or all) of Groth’s Oakville Summer School offerings (beginning July 15). This intimate educational series, highlighting topics such as “The Art of Blending” and “The Magic of Harvest,” includes behind-the-scenes tours, hands-on experiences, and, of course, great wine.

Cave Dwelling in Calistoga

Davis Estates
Photo courtesy of Davis Estates

Davis Estates

Davis Estates is a family-owned winery located on a century-old property along the Silverado Trail in Calistoga. During their Napa Cave Tour & Wine Tasting experience, you’ll explore the stunning estate and vineyard, including the restored 1916 barn and the impressive Howard Backen designed winery featuring 11,000 square feet of underground caves. The tour culminates in a relaxed tasting session of the winery’s current releases, paired with seasonal bites all made in house.

Insider Tip: To fully appreciate the beautiful surroundings, request a spot on the covered patio—it’s the ideal location for taking in the scenery.

Conclusion

With so many wonderful winery experiences to be had across Napa Valley, it can be difficult to choose which ones are worth booking. Use this guide to help you navigate the breadth of Napa Valley’s winery tours, where the offerings are as diverse and as memorable as the wines!