Pony on over to Tamber Bay, a family-run winery and ranch just a few minutes from downtown Calistoga that combines great wines and spectacular horses. The name is a nod to owner Barry Waitte’s first two Arabian horses, Tamborina and Bayamo. Today the winemaking facility is a converted covered riding arena, and the ranch is home to more than 20 horses. During any visit guests have the chance to sip great wine and mingle with the horses.
Oenophiles should opt for the Private Retrospective Tasting. Available for groups of two to 20 people, the tasting features current releases alongside library wines, as well as a look inside the vineyard’s wine production and horse operations. Guests can also add on a picnic lunch to enjoy more of the bucolic grounds.1251 Tubbs Lane, Calistoga, CA 94515, (707) 942-2100
Great wine and great food are a classic pairing, and the new Chef Experience Tasting at Brian Arden does it perfectly. As soon as you arrive, you’ll be welcomed with a glass to sip on your guided tour of the gardens, vineyards, and winemaking facilities. The tour ends with a food-paired tasting either in the open chef’s kitchen or the wrap-around patio. Come hungry because Executive Chef Spencer Conaty, who worked at Morimoto and Silver Oak Winery before joining Brian Arden, has a feast planned. Expect to taste epic hand-crafted cabernet sauvignon and other Bordeaux varietals alongside the food.331 Silverado Trail, Calistoga, CA 94515, (707) 942-4767
With a property originally owned by the Brothers Grimm in the late 1800s, and a fairytale setting, it’s no surprise that Jerry and Sigrid Seps renamed the estate Storybook Mountain Vineyards when they purchased the 90-acre property in 1976. Today the family-run vineyard is known for its luscious zinfandels as well as cabernet sauvignon, red Bordeaux varietals, and viognier.
Plan to book the Vineyard, Cave, and Redwood Grove experience where you’ll enjoy a guided tour of the organically farmed vineyards, explore the three caves, and then cap it off with a tasting in the beautiful redwood grove.3835 CA-128, Calistoga, CA 94515, (707) 942-5310
If you’re looking to burn calories as you sip, and take in some of Calistoga’s top wineries, join Getaway Adventures’ Sip ‘n Cycle tour. During the day-long adventure you’ll pedal 12, thankfully flat, miles through the beautiful backroads of northern Napa Valley. Along the way your guide will educate you on the area, and the wines of Calistoga. You’ll pop into wineries like Bennett Lane, Envy, Summers, Lava Vine, August Briggs, or Frank Family to swirl and sip, and to enjoy a lavish Wine Country picnic lunch.Meets in Logvy Community Park: 1401 N Oak Street, Calistoga, CA 94515
Davis Estates is the perfect midday stop during a day of wine tasting, particularly for their cave tour and tasting. In 2011 the Davis family purchased the century-old estate and did a massive renovation, including building an 11,000-square-foot cave. The caves not only store wine, they also offer spaces for tasting and serve as an art gallery to display the large art collection owners Mike and Sandy Davis have accumulated over the years.
After a tour of the impressive caves you’ll be given a private space in the tasting room. Ask for the outdoor terrace when booking to sit on the large swinging sofas to enjoy not only the food and wine, but also the beautiful Calistoga landscape. You’ll taste through a flight of the vineyard’s current releases, perfectly paired with seasonal bites created by Executive Chef Mark Caldwell.4060 Silverado Trail, Calistoga, CA 94515, (707) 942-0700
Renowned wines and great design come together at Clos Pegase, a winery designed by acclaimed architect Michael Graves. With 410 acres of vineyards and more than 20,000 sq. ft. of caves, Clos Pegase produces estate wines from 11 different varieties of grapes. Oenophiles will want to select the Connoisseur Cave Tour & Tasting, an intimate experience featuring a tasting of new and library wines paired with small bites in the cave theater. If you’d like to tour more of the estate, choose the Estate Guided Tour and Tasting, complete with a guided tour of the gardens, vineyards, winery facility, and cellar, culminating with a tasting in the cave theater.1060 Dunaweal Lane, Calistoga, CA 94515, (707) 942-4981
Cheers to bubbles! And in Calistoga, no one does sparkling wine better than Schramsberg. The winery, housed in a beautiful Victorian mansion, dates to the 19th century and got its second wind in the 1960s when it was restored by the Davies family. Schramsberg wines have been served at official state functions by every president since Richard Nixon.
Choose the Cave Tour and Sparkling Wine tasting to sample five limited varieties of Schramsberg bubbles, along with a peek into the expansive cave system – among the largest caves in Napa Valley. If you are visiting in spring or fall and want a deep dive into the world of wine, then consider attending Camp Schramsberg. Summer camp was never like this, with a hands-on, behind-the-scenes look at the making of sparkling wine during a three-day immersive experience.1400 Schramsberg Road, Calistoga, CA 94515, (707) 942-4558
A trip to Napa Valley’s Wine Country is a must for any wine lover. Whether you opt for a cave tour to learn more about the terroir, varietals, and winemaking process of your favorite Calistoga wines, or turn your tasting into more of an adventure with a cycling tour, these Calistoga winery tours have everything needed for a memorable day in Northern Napa Valley.