The Best Sparkling Wine Houses in Napa Valley

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Napa Valley may be known for its award-winning cabernet sauvignon, and for good reason, but it’s also an excellent region for sparkling wine production. In fact, Napa Valley is home to several sparkling wine houses owned by French Champagne companies, as well as some family-owned wineries who recognized Napa’s potential for producing great bubbly. Here are four of our favorite places for sparkling wine in Napa Valley.

Wineries / Calistoga

Schramsberg Vineyards

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 hand-crafted, age-worthy sparkling wines from California. Book an appointment at their picturesque Calistoga winery to sample a selection of their Methode Traditionnelle bubbly, or opt for a customized experience tailored just to you.

Insider Tip

Schramsberg also makes beautiful mountainside cabernet sauvignons under their J. Davies line. Ask to see the estate vineyards, next to the winery, then taste a few of these under-the-radar cabs.

Photo courtesy of Facebook: Schramsberg

Wineries / Calistoga

Frank Family Vineyards

Before the Frank family purchased the winery, Hans Kornell made sparkling wines in the historic stone winery. Though 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, then sit back and enjoy the casual, welcoming ambiance.

Insider Tip

For something a little different, try the Rouge Sparkling wine, a unique and lively red sparkling wine made from mostly pinot noir and a bit of chardonnay.

Photo courtesy of Frank Family Vineyards

Wineries / Oakville Rutherford

Mumm Napa

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, inviting atmosphere from first pop to last sip.

Insider Tip

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.

Photo courtesy of Mumm Napa

Wineries / Napa

Domaine Carneros by Taittinger

This breathtaking winery, modeled after a French country chateau, sits on a sloping vineyard overlooking Highway 12 as you enter Carneros. Owned by the great Champagne family, the Taittingers, Domaine Carneros is a bubbly lover’s paradise. Head Winemaker Eileen Crane, hand-selected by the Taittinger family to lead the winery, is a master blender, creating beautifully balanced and age-worthy sparkling wines from the cool climate vineyards of Carneros. Enjoy views of rolling vineyards as you sip, with wine flights, wines by the glass, and delectable pairing plates on offer.

Insider Tip

In addition to sparkling wine, Domaine Carneros makes lovely still wines wines from their estate and from vineyards throughout the Carneros region. Particularly known for their pinot noirs, for something more unique to Carneros, try their merlot from Hyde Vineyards.

Photo courtesy of Domaine Carneros


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