Schramsberg is steeped in history. It’s the oldest sparkling wine house in Napa Valley (founded in 1862) and famed writer Robert Louis Stevenson tasted the wines here while on his honeymoon. Hidden on a hillside south of Calistoga, the winery makes some of the most nuanced and long-aging sparkling wines in California. The winery offers a fun and educational cave tour followed by a seated tasting, both of which are well worth the time — if you can get an appointment (booking two weeks in advance is recommended).
Schramsberg also makes beautiful mountainside Cabernets 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.
From Napa, drive 23 miles north on Highway 29, turn left onto the private drive marked by a small Schramsberg sign, drive half a mile up the hill until you reach the winery.