The 10 Most Beautiful Wineries in Napa Valley

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  • by WINECOUNTRY STAFF
  • on FEBRUARY 27, 2019
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Every winery has its own unique charm, but some rise above the rest. From gorgeous caves to towering castles, this is our list of the ten most beautiful wineries in Napa Valley.

Best Art and Wine Integration

Courtesy of Facebook: Hall Wines

HALL St. Helena

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

Yelp: 4 stars, 522 reviews
Tasting price: Starting at $40
Reservations not required

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.

Most Authentic Castle

Courtesy of Castello di Amorosa

Castello di Amorosa

4045 St. Helena Highway, Calistoga, CA 94515, (707) 967-6272

Yelp: 4 stars, 3400 reviews
Tasting price: Starting at $30
Reservations not required for general admission; required or recommended for guided tours and food & wine pairings

This 13th century-inspired, Tuscan-style castle was conceived by owner (and Medieval architecture enthusiast) Dario Sattui. At 121,000 square feet, the castle features nearly one million handmade bricks from defunct Hapsburg palaces, as well handcrafted ironworks and leaded glass. Look for the hand-carved stone crests featuring the Sattui family crest.

Insider tip: This winery is kid-friendly, providing grape juice tastings and ample space to explore the two-story castle, so feel free to bring the kiddos along.

Prettiest Grounds

Courtesy of Chateau Montelena

Chateau Montelena Winery

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

Yelp: 4 stars, 502 reviews
Tasting price: Starting at $30
Reservations not required for walk-in bar tasting, but all other tastings require a reservation

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, 1897 reviews
Tasting price: Starting at $35
Reservations required

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.

Most Picturesque View

Aerial tram at Sterling Vineyards, Courtesy of Sterling Vineyards

Sterling Vineyards

1111 Dunaweal Lane, Calistoga, CA 94515, (707) 726-6136

Yelp: 3.5 stars, 1255 reviews
Tasting price: Starting at $35
Reservations not required for general tasting

Float through the sky on the only aerial tram in Napa Valley as you glide up to the entrance of Sterling Vineyards, a winery modeled after the architecture of Mykonos, Greece. Once you arrive and your wine is safely in hand, behold impressive valley views from overlooks and elevated walkways as you traverse the Mediterranean-style winery at your own pace. Or, make a reservation for one of the seated tasting experiences, featuring a selection of limited-release, Bordeaux-style wines.

Insider tip: If you’re planning a full day of wine tasting in Napa, be sure to start your day at Sterling Vineyards. The wait to board the aerial tram can be unpredictable in the afternoon.

Loveliest Backdrop for a Cultural Experience

Courtesy of Facebook: Robert Mondavi Winery

Robert Mondavi Winery

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

Yelp: 4 stars, 955 reviews
Tasting price: Starting at $25
Reservations not required for walk-in tastings, but are required for tours and culinary experiences

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: The winery’s beloved Summer Concert Series, which has been in place for 50 years, offers four ticket levels, ranging from general admission lawn seating to a full dining experience with a backdrop of the vineyards.

Most Serene Terrace

Courtesy of Round Pond Estate

Round Pond Estate

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

Yelp: 4 stars, 242 reviews
Tasting price: Starting at $40
Reservations required

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 offers an intimate Garden-to-Table Brunch ($175) on Sundays, complete with a tour of the winery’s garden, comprehensive wine tasting, and gourmet, family-style brunch offering panoramic views of the vineyards.

Historic Grandeur

Courtesy of Inglenook

Inglenook

1991 St. Helena Highway, Rutherford, CA 94573, (707) 968-1161

Yelp: 4 stars, 327 reviews
Tastings: Starting at $55
Reservations strongly encouraged

This historic Napa Valley winery, founded in 1879, is owned by Francis Ford Coppola and family, who purchased part of the winery in 1975 and the remainder in 1995, and have since restored the stately Château and grounds to grandeur. Surrounded by vine-covered pergolas, lush trees, fountains, and 1,700 acres of vines, it’s a beautiful place to taste their iconic Rutherford wines.

Insider Tip: Those interested in exploring the rich legacy of Inglenook will want to reserve the Inglenook Experience, a guided walking tour of the estate culminating in a seated wine and cheese tasting in one of the winery’s private caves.

Coolest Postmodern Architecture

Cypress Lawn at Clos Pegase, Courtesy of Clos Pegase

Clos Pegase Winery

1060 Dunaweal Lane, Calistoga, CA 94515, (707) 942-4981

Yelp: 4 stars, 206 reviews
Tasting price: Starting at $30-$45
Reservations not required for tasting room, but are required for tours

Winery architecture doesn’t have to be stuffy or baroque, as proven when renowned architect Michael Graves beat out 96 firms to win the prestigious Clos Pegase design contract. In 1987, construction was complete on the estate, which is located just outside of the town of Calistoga and surrounded by vineyards. Stroll through the majestic twin pillars that mark the entrance to the portico and take note of the indoor and outdoor spaces, including the idyllic grounds and unique caves.

Insider tip: Book the Picnic Lunch for Two to spend the afternoon enjoying a gourmet picnic and a bottle of rosé or sauvignon blanc while taking in the vineyard views.

Most Elaborate Cave Design

Courtesy of Del Dotto Vineyards

Del Dotto Vineyards (St. Helena Venetian Estate Winery & Caves)

1445 St. Helena Highway, St. Helena, CA 94574, (707) 963-2134

Yelp: 4.5 stars, 298 reviews
Tasting price: Starting at $45
Reservations required

Everything about the St. Helena Del Dotto winery is opulent, but you simply haven’t experienced a cave tour until you’ve sipped cabernet in a cave by candlelight. Inside the cave, lined with Italian marble and ancient tiles, savor barrel samples and charcuterie under the massive chandeliers and emerge filled with a sense of rich Italian ambiance.

Insider tip: If your schedule is tight, book the 30 minute Bar Tasting (offered at $45) inside the tasting room for a less in-depth (but no less delicious) experience. You won’t get a tour of the cave, but you will still get to experience the extravagance of this Venetian-inspired estate.


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