Napa Valley and Sonoma County are home to some of the world’s most famous names in wine, but sometimes it’s fun to go off-the-beaten track to discover the less mainstream, smaller production wineries. Often family-owned and operated, these wineries tend to offer welcoming hospitality, intimate tasting experiences (sometimes held with the winemaker and/or owners themselves), and limited-release bottlings not easily found outside the winery.
So, the next time you’re looking to visit a small producer you may not have heard of, or simply want to add a bottle of something delicious you can’t find anywhere else, be sure to check out these 14 under-the-radar wineries in Napa Valley and Sonoma County — all of which are currently open and ready to welcome you back. They may produce less wine than the bigger names, but rest assured these wineries don’t disappoint when it comes to offering memorable experiences. Just be sure to book your reservation in advance and bring your mask, per the latest Covid-19 guidelines in place throughout the State of California.
This sustainably-farmed Spring Mountain vineyard focuses on Bordeaux-style wines and welcoming hospitality. Location: St. Helena
Visit this beautiful Diamond Mountain hideaway to taste through their estate wines with the winemaker. Location: Calistoga
A brand-new hospitality house is an idyllic place to sample their single-vineyard, single-varietal wines. Location: Yountville
Savor Hewitt’s single-vineyard cabernet sauvignon from the patio of sister winery, Provenance. Location: Rutherford
Stunning views, wine caves, and limited-release wines await at this pristine Spring Mountain winery. Location: St. Helena
Take a private tour and tasting at this secluded, picturesque property, located high on the eastern hills of Napa Valley. Location: St. Helena
A peaceful setting, panoramic views, and award-winning wines are some of the highlights of this Chiles Valley winery. Location: St. Helena
Enjoy an intimate experience overlooking the vines at this multi-generational family-owned winery. Location: Calistoga
Relaxed tasting experiences and Burgundian varietals take center stage at this estate winery in the Russian River Valley. Location: Healdsburg
Creekside tastings led by the Schermeisters themselves make for a memorable experience. Location: Glen Ellen
Walk through the vineyards during a visit to this family-run winery, nestled in the hillsides of the Alexander Valley. Location: Geyserville
Sip syrah and pinot noir made from grapes the Donelan Family source throughout Northern California. Location: Santa Rosa
Italian roots inspire all aspects of this family-operated winery, from the wine and food to the hospitality and atmosphere. Location: Kenwood
Wine and food go hand-in-hand at this picturesque winery focused on sustainable viticulture. Location: Windsor