Wine Tasting Itinerary for St. Helena

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There are numerous wineries up and down the St. Helena Highway, making this town a great base for a wine tasting tour. To get a sense of all that St. Helena has to offer, we’ve created a two-day wine tasting tour that will take you through eight great wineries in St. Helena.

Day 1

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Hewitt & Provenance Vineyards
1695 St Helena Hwy St Helena, CA 94574
(707) 968-3633
TripAdvisor: 4.5 stars, 39 reviews
Reservation: Required for groups over 10
Directions: From downtown St. Helena, head south on the St. Helena Highway for 3 miles. You’ll see Provenance Vineyards on your right side.

The beautiful Provenance Vineyards has lovely grounds with views of rolling hills, and they offer tastings in their bright red farmhouse and on their new patio. They have three different tasting menus available, including ones that feature many visitors’ favorites: Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. If you want to try some wines from Hewitt Vineyards, these are also available at Provenance—by appointment only.

Insider tip: Ask to be seated outside for the wine tasting on the patio with lounge-style seating and bistro tables. You can also bring in your own cheese and bread.

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Prager Winery & Port Works
1281 Lewelling Ln St Helena, CA 94574
(707) 963-7678
TripAdvisor: 5 stars, 32 reviews
Reservations: Not required
Directions: From Provenance Vineyards, turn left onto the St. Helena Highway. Drive for about 2 miles, and then turn left onto Lewelling Lane. Prager Winery & Port Works will be on your left.

Tucked away behind a lush garden, you’ll find the rustic Prager Winery & Port Works tasting room. This eclectic winery and port shop has walls that are plastered with dollar bills and money from around the world. During your tasting, you’ll get to try four premium ports and wine, and at the end, they’ll let you keep the glass to take home as a souvenir.

Insider tip: For a sweet treat, be sure to try the port-infused chocolate sauce.

Trinchero
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Trinchero Napa Valley
3070 St Helena Hwy St Helena, CA 94574
(707) 963-1160
TripAdvisor: 4.5 stars, 24 reviews
Reservations: Required for tours and seminars
Directions: From Prager Winery, turn right onto Lewelling Lane and drive for about 400 feet. Then, turn left onto the St. Helena Highway and drive for 0.3 miles. Trinchero will be on your right.

Trinchero Winery has been family owned and operated since 1948. They offer daily tastings in their modern and airy tasting room with bright white furniture and large windows. You can also reserve a spot on the Featured Flight tasting to try four wines that have been hand selected by Trinchero’s winemaking and tasting room ambassadors. These wines change monthly, so there will always be something new to try each time you visit.

Insider tip: If you’re interested in learning about how different elevations affect the taste of wines throughout Napa Valley, sign up for the Taste of Terroir tour. It’s offered every Tuesday through Saturday.

Midsummer-Cellars
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Midsummer Cellars
107 Lilac Ln St Helena, CA 94574
(707) 967-0432
Reservations: Required
Directions: Leaving Trinchero, head south on the St. Helena Highway for 0.9 miles. Then, turn left onto Deer Park Road. Keep going straight for 2.2 miles, then turn left onto Lilac Lane. Midsummer Cellars will be on your left.

Finish the first day of your St. Helena wine tasting tour at Midsummer Cellars. This family-run winery produces delicious Cabernet Sauvignon from their estate vineyard, and they have a small patio tasting area, located right next to their barrel room. During your visit, you’ll get to try some barrel samples and current releases, and you’ll also get to tour the winery.

Insider tip: Because Midsummer Cellars is small, reservations are required for wine tastings. Call or email to reserve your spot.

Day 2

Rutherford-Grove
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Rutherford Grove
1673 St Helena Hwy, St Helena, CA 94574
(707) 963-0544
TripAdvisor: 4.5 stars, 22 reviews
Reservations: Not Required
Directions: From downtown St. Helena, head south on the St. Helena Highway for approximately 3 miles. Rutherford Grove is off of St. Helena Highway to the right.

Rutherford Grove is a historical winery that has been family-run for five generations. Begin your trip here with a tasting at the stand-up bar in their tasting room that’s housed in a rustic, vine-covered building. You can choose to do the Rutherford Estate Tasting, where you’ll get to try four of Rutherford Grove’s most popular wines. Or, you can do an Estate Reserve Tasting where you can sample five of Rutherford Grove’s reserve wines. After your tasting, take a stroll through Rutherford Grove’s lovely gardens.

Insider tip: Feel free to bring your lunch—Rutherford Grove has a beautiful picnic area that can be used after you enjoy a tasting flight. If you’re a wine club member, the picnic area is complimentary.

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Louis M. Martini Winery
254 St Helena Hwy St Helena, CA 94574
(707) 968-3362
TripAdvisor: 4.5 stars, 76 reviews
Reservations: Not required
Directions: From Rutherford Grove, head north on the St. Helena Highway for 1.8 miles. Louis M. Martini Winery will be on your right.

Famous for their Cabernet Sauvignon, Louis M. Martini Winery offers an Experience Cabernet tour where you’ll get to learn about the history of the Martini family and see how their Cabernets are made. At the end, you’ll get to taste a few Cabernet samples. This tour is by reservation only, but Louis M. Martini also offers two walk-in tastings in their recently renovated barrel tasting room, in case your decision to visit is a last-minute one. You can choose to try a flight of seasonal wines that changes every three months, or you can try four of Louis M. Martini’s most popular wines, paired with local delicacies.

Insider tip: Louis M. Martini Winery allows you to bring in your own snacks from nearby Dean and Deluca to enjoy with your wine tasting.

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Anderson’s Conn Valley Vineyards
680 Rossi Rd St Helena, CA 94574
(707) 963-8600
TripAdvisor: 5 stars, 92 reviews
Reservations: Required
Directions: From Louis M. Martini Winery, head south on the St. Helena Highway for 0.8 miles. Then, turn left onto Zinfandel Lane. Drive on Zinfandel Lane for 1.4 miles, and then turn left onto the Silverado Trail. Stay on the Silverado Trail for 2 miles, and then turn right onto Howell Mountain Road. Stay on Howell Mountain Road—which turns into Conn Valley Road—for about 2.5 miles. Then, turn left onto Rossi Road. After about 0.3 miles, you’ll see Anderson’s Conn Valley Vineyard on your right side.

Hidden away in quiet corner of Napa Valley, you’ll find the beautiful and secluded Anderson’s Conn Valley Vineyards. Reserve your spot on the unique Cave Tasting, which takes place in the Barrel Caves and includes a flight of Anderson’s Conn Valley Vineyards’ current releases and library wines. Afterwards, take a walk through the vineyard and enjoy the peaceful atmosphere.

Insider tip: If there’s a certain wine you want to taste, just ask: Anderson’s Conn Valley Vineyards will tailor tastings at visitors’ requests. If you’re planning a wine tasting trip to St. Helena, use this two-day itinerary as your guide. This itinerary will help you find the best wines from throughout St. Helena.