While Napa Valley may be known the world over for its award-winning Cabernet Sauvignon, it’s also an up-and-coming region for its classically made sparkling wines. In fact, Napa Valley is home to several sparkling wine houses that are owned by French Champagne companies, as well as some family-owned wineries who recognized Napa’s potential for producing great bubbly. Here are some of our favorite sparkling wine estates in Napa Valley—including the one that started it all.
8445 Silverado Trail, Rutherford, CA 94573, (800) 686-6272
Though not the first Champagne company to venture into California, Mumm Champagne saw enormous potential early on for sparkling wine in the Napa Valley climate and soil. Their first vintage was in 1983 and, today, Mumm Napa produces a wide variety of sparkling wines, including the classic and ubiquitous Mumm Brut Prestige and their flagship luxury cuvée, DVX. Visitors are treated to a vineyard view on the terrace and a relaxed, welcoming atmosphere from first pop to last sip. Tastings take place outdoors on one of the picturesque terraces, but if sipping on a glass of wine is more your style, you can choose from a list of sparkling wines available by the glass.
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Mumm Brut Reserve, $50
Mumm’s signature Brut, an exquisite blend of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, is a tribute to the yeast-rich elegance of Champagne, France. Extended aging en tirage bestows a creamy, complex profile, perfectly balanced with vibrant acidity to complement a diverse range of cuisines.
1240 Duhig Road, Napa, CA 94559, (707) 257-0101
This breathtaking Napa winery, modeled after a French country château, sits on a sloping vineyard overlooking Highway 12 as you enter Carneros. Owned by great Champagne family, the Taittingers, Domaine Carneros is a bubbly lover’s paradise. Tastings are hosted on the patio overlooking the rolling vineyards of gorgeous Carneros or in the stately, light-filled salon. Select from a sparkling or red wine flight paired with an equally elegant caviar flight, charcuterie selection, salmon plate, or smoked sturgeon paté.
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Domaine Carneros 2019 Brut Rosé, $46
Produced in méthode traditionnelle from estate fruit and aged for a minimum of three years on the lees, Domaine Carneros’ 2019 Brut Rosé is an international award winner. While many think that Rosé wines are made from only Pinot Noir, this Brut Rosé includes 42% Napa estate-grown Chardonnay, for structure.
1091 Larkmead Lane, Calistoga, CA 94515, (707) 942-0859
Before the Frank family purchased the winery, Hans Kornell made sparkling wines in the historic stone winery. While Frank Family Vineyards isn’t technically a sparkling wine house, the family carries on the tradition with their four sparkling wines, each made from grapes grown in the Carneros region. Book the Estate Tasting to sample a selection of this Calistoga winery’s sparkling and still wines and enjoy the casual, welcoming ambiance. Or take things up a notch by reserving the Elevated Experience, which takes place in the brand-new Miller House, located on the estate.
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Frank Family Vineyards Rouge, $60
For something a bit different, try the Rouge 2019 Carneros sparkling wine—a lively red bubbly made from 67% Pinot Noir and 33% Chardonnay with a strawberry-rhubarb aroma and soft floral hibiscus notes.
1400 Schramsberg Road, Calistoga, CA 94515, (800) 877-3623
Steeped in history, Schramsberg is the oldest sparkling wine house in Napa Valley, first founded in 1862 by Jacob Schram. Today, Schramsberg is owned by the Davies family, who have continued the tradition of making handcrafted, age-worthy sparkling wines from Napa Valley. Book an appointment at their picturesque Calistoga winery to sample a selection of their méthode traditionnelle bubbly, or opt for an experience tailored just to you.
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Schramsberg Vineyards 2018 Poseidon Vineyard Blanc de Blancs, $105
This bright, crisp sparkler delights with notes of lemon-lime, kiwi, pear, apple, and dried apricot. Drink now or save it for later—it will age beautifully over the next 20-plus years, developing delicious caramelized, nutty flavors and aromas.
6505 Washington Street, Yountville, CA 94599, (707) 934-8237
Located in the heart of the Napa Valley, the Schramsberg JBC Yountville Tasting Salon offers a carefully curated sparkling flight that’s served in elegant Baccarat crystal. Created by French native Jean-Charles Boisset, JBC sparkling wines will take you on an effervescent journey through the regions of Burgundy, Champagne, and Napa Valley. When you’re finished with your tasting, peruse JBC’s extensive retail offerings, including jewelry, candles, home accessories, and even JBC fragrances. Become a JBC Connoisseur for Members Only Lounge access—located directly behind the tasting room, this VIP lounge boasts a fantastical setting with roses growing upside down from the ceiling, feathery accents, and even John Legend’s piano.
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JCB N°13 Crémant de Bourgogne, $80
Created for Jean-Charles’ wife, whose favorite number is 13, this light pink sparkling wine epitomizes femininity with delicate floral notes, such as roses, iris, and orange flowers. From the first sip, you’ll notice refined bubbles that evolve toward deeper, more creamy flavors.
While Cabernet Sauvignon may be the signature wine of the region, Napa Valley is equally enchanting for its sparkling wines. Showcasing a blend of French expertise and Napa’s unique terroir, this area offers an array of exceptional sparkling wines, and each of these estates contributes to Napa Valley’s growing reputation as a premier destination for sparkling wine enthusiasts. Cheers to that!