The 10 Most Beautiful Wineries in Napa Valley

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  • by WINECOUNTRY STAFF
  • on APRIL 9, 2021
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Every winery has its own unique charm, but some rise above the rest. From wineries with gorgeous grounds to those featuring elaborate architecture, this is our list of the ten most beautiful wineries in Napa Valley.

Covid-19 Disclaimer: Please note that due to ongoing Covid restrictions, some winery amenities may not be available. Be sure to check with each winery in advance to confirm tasting availability, hours, and group size limits.

Classic Elegance Reimagined

Louis M. Martini Winery outdoor terrace with fireplace
Courtesy of Louis M. Martini Winery

Louis M. Martini Winery

254 Saint Helena Highway S, St Helena, CA 94574, (707) 968-3362

Yelp: 4 stars, 187 reviews
Tasting price: Starting at $30

With sleek lines and masculine tones, the recently restored Louis M. Martini Winery — redesigned by famed Wine Country architects Backen, Gillam & Kroeger — offers a stunning contemporary space from which to sip. Along with a refreshed look that blends modern details with timeless elements, the winery has unveiled a variety of highly curated food and wine experiences, available both in the stylish Heritage Lounge and the Underground Cellar. Outside, the grassy open space known as Martini Park provides tasters with a pristine setting in which to enjoy lawn games and al fresco wine service.

Insider tip: If an outdoor tasting experience is what you’re after, Louis M. Martini has a few options. You can choose to enjoy the Heritage Lounge tasting outdoors or opt for the al fresco Martini Park Tasting, which includes three wines paired with food. For the ultimate outdoor experience, reserve your own private cabana in Martini Park. Cabanas are available in four-hour windows and seat up to 12 guests, and can be enhanced with wood-fired pizzas, spit-roasted meats, and more for the perfect afternoon in Wine Country.

Best Art and Wine Integration

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HALL St. Helena

401 St. Helena Highway South, St. Helena, CA 94574, (707) 967-2626

Yelp: 4 stars, 635 reviews
Tasting price: Starting at $40

The moment you see the 35-foot-tall polished stainless steel Bunny Foo Foo by acclaimed artist Lawrence Argent, you know you’re in for an aesthetic treat. Here, wine and art blend in perfect harmony, but to really take it all in, book the HALLmark Tour, which includes history of the property, a guided tour highlighting some of the artwork, and a seated tasting of four wines.

Insider tip: Napa Valley cabernet sauvignon fans will want to spring for the The Ultimate Cabernet experience, a premiere tasting of HALL’s highly rated and allocated cabernet wines, accompanied by artisan cheeses and insights on the terroir and winemaking techniques.

Prettiest Grounds

Courtesy of Chateau Montelena

Chateau Montelena Winery

1429 Tubbs Lane, Calistoga, CA 94515, (707) 942-5105

Yelp: 4 stars, 580 reviews
Tasting price: Starting at $30

In addition to its ivy-covered, English Gothic-style stone castle carved into the hillside, this family-owned winery just off the Silverado Trail, known for its cabernet sauvignon and chardonnay, boasts towering trees, a stunning Chinese garden, and a peaceful lake. CellarMaster wine club members receive access to limited production wines and use of Jade Lake for private picnics.

Insider tip: For a taste of Chateau Montelena’s history, book the Library Tasting, an intimate tasting of library vintages and exclusive wines not available in the marketplace.

Most Regal Château

Courtesy of Domaine Carneros

Domaine Carneros

1240 Duhig Road, Napa, CA 94559, (707) 257-0101

Yelp: 4 stars, 2213 reviews
Tasting price: Starting at $40

There’s a reason why this stunning estate is so popular amongst visitors — Domaine Carneros is home to the most majestic château in Napa Valley. Inspired by the 18th century Château de la Marquetterie in Champagne, France, guests are invited to enjoy their sparkling and still wines in the Louis XV-inspired salon or on the terrace overlooking the vines while contemplating what it must feel like to be born into French royalty.

Insider tip: Try the winery’s new Art of Sparkling Wine Pairing, showcasing the versatility of sparkling wine paired with food, offering a selection of delectable Asian-inspired bites. Or, to really impress your date, opt for The Sparkling Suite Tasting ($500 per couple) which includes a sampling of sparkling wine and pinot noir paired with caviar and charcuterie, enjoyed from a private balcony that overlooks the estate.

Peaceful Wine Country Setting

Courtesy of Pine Ridge Vineyards

Pine Ridge Vineyards

5901 Silverado Trail, Napa, CA 94558, (800) 575-9777

Yelp: 4.5 stars, 308 reviews
Tasting price: Starting at $45

Founded in 1978, Pine Ridge Vineyards is a picturesque winery in the heart of the Stags Leap District, where intimate tastings and tours feature stunning views of their sustainable vineyards and the surrounding hills. Sample the winery’s elegant cabernet sauvignon wines from the relaxed setting of the shaded patio or picnic grounds, then be sure to explore the demonstration vineyard to get a closer look at the vines.

Insider tip: Pine Ridge Vineyards isn’t just dedicated to producing quality estate wine from their vineyards throughout the Stags Leap, Howell Mountain, Oakville, Rutherford, and Carneros appellations, they are also fully committed to sustainability in all facets of winery operations. The Napa Green Certified Winery is proud that 89 percent of their material is recycled or diverted from landfills, while all of their estate vineyards are Napa Green Certified Land, as well — each with a fully customized conservation program to encourage and protect biodiversity.

Most Serene Terrace

Courtesy of Round Pond Estate

Round Pond Estate

875 Rutherford Road, Napa, CA 94558, (707) 302-2575

Yelp: 4 stars, 276 reviews
Tasting price: Starting at $50

The moment you arrive to the palm-lined driveway of this beautiful Rutherford estate, you know you’re in for a treat. Inspired by Old World Italian hospitality, most of Round Pond’s tasting experiences take place outside on the inviting covered terrace overlooking the vines, where estate-grown wines are accompanied by small bites prepared with ingredients grown on-site, including their estate-made olive oil.

Insider Tip: Round Pond often features special culinary events to take advantage of, like their five-course Spring Dinner Series, featuring a menu highlighting seasonal ingredients from the winery’s on-site garden and a selectinon of library wines.

Loveliest Backdrop for a Cultural Experience

Courtesy of Robert Mondavi Winery

Robert Mondavi Winery

7801 St. Helena Highway, St. Helena, CA 94574, (707) 226-1395

Yelp: 4 stars, 1092 reviews
Tasting price: Starting at $40

Appreciation of art, food, and wine were a core part of Robert Mondavi’s life philosophy and the winery he built is an homage to all three. Once you pass the seven-foot-tall Robert Mondavi sculpture that flanks the half-moon entryway of this iconic Mission-style winery, you’ll be able to experience the passion that Robert Mondavi had for the Napa Valley region.

Insider tip: When the winery’s beloved Summer Concert Series returns, which has been in place for 50+ years, be sure to snag your tickets as they tend to go fast. Until that returns, check out the variety of culinary-focused events offered at the winery, such as the Garden to Table Dinner, which includes a three-course wine dinner and live fire demonstration.

Idyllic Serenity

Far Niente Winery, Napa Valley
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Far Niente

1350 Acacia Drive, Oakville, CA 94562, (707) 944-2861

Yelp: 4.5 stars, 161 reviews
Tasting price: Starting at $80

This storied Oakville winery has long drawn visitors for its quality chardonnay and cabernet wines, but don’t discount the lasting impression the picturesque property has, too. Lush gardens, sprawling vineyards, and historic wine caves create a beautiful setting from which to taste, while the stone winery building, which looks like it came straight out of a storybook, adds to the serene and magical ambiance. Even more, the name “Far Niente” — which is an Italian phrase translated to “without a care” — has been carved into the front of the building since it was established in 1885.

Insider tip: In 1985, Far Niente launched Dolce, a late-harvest blend of sauvignon blanc and semillon, which has earned the nickname of “Liquid Gold.” Be sure to pick up a bottle during your visit if you’re a fan of dessert wines.

Pristine Views

Quintessa Vineyard, Pavilion
Courtesy of Quintessa

Quintessa

‍1601 Silverado Trail, Saint Helena, CA 94574, (707) 286-2730

Yelp: 4.5 stars, 158 reviews
Tasting price: Starting at $125

Drawing inspiration from the land’s topography and natural wonders, Quintessa is designed in a way that lets you capture the essence of Napa Valley from every vantage point. Situated on 280 pristine acres in the heart of Rutherford, a visit to this unique property is all about the wine and views. Private tasting experiences begin with a guided walk through the estate, to learn about the winery’s commitment to organic farming practices, followed by a seated tasting from the open air scenic overlook, where your tasting is enhanced by panoramic views of the surrounding vineyards.

Insider tip: Quintessa’s wines are known for their high scores from top critics. If you’re a collector, it might be worth inquiring about their library selection, as the winery does release past vintages for purchase.

Historic Traditions

Mayacamas Vineyard, Napa Valley, vineyards & meadow
Courtesy of Mayacamas Vineyards

Mayacamas Vineyards & Winery

1155 Lokoya Road, Napa, CA 94558, (707) 224-4030

Yelp: 4.5 stars, 11 reviews
Tasting price: $115 per person at Estate ($35+ at downtown Napa location)

Founded in 1889, Mayacamas Vineyards has long been recognized as a top producer of age-worthy Napa Valley cabernet sauvignon and chardonnay wines, which are carefully made using traditional winemaking techniques. Situated high above the valley, a visit to their mountainside property is a special treat, where a tour of the historic grounds is followed by an al fresco tasting alongside breathtaking views you won’t forget.

Insider tip: While it won’t be quite the same experience as visiting the winery, you can sample the wines of Mayacamas at a fraction of the price by visiting their downtown Napa tasting room — a chic space in which to taste a selection of current releases and library wines.


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