The first thing I did after landing in San Francisco was pick up my car and drive directly to Napa Valley. No other region in California attracts more tourist than Napa Valley, and like most tourist visiting Napa Valley while visiting San Francisco was a MUST!
With over 400 wineries it’s hard to choose where to spend your time. They range from small wineries to large state of the art places all catering an array of taste. Here are a list of the places I visited and enjoyed!
Napa Valley Wineries You Must Visit
I fell in “like” with Humanitas before visiting because I loved the charitable aspect, 7% of all proceeds go to charitable causes. Humanitas is at the “opening” of Napa Valley so it’s easy to start your trip there. I fell in love during the visit! Hands down on of the best tasting I’ve ever been apart. I especially loved the molecular gastronomy pairing.
Judd’s Hill Winery
Judd’s Hill is a family winery that got started in the 1970s. What I found most intriguing about Judd’s Hill is they have an outstanding MicroCrush business that gives wine enthusiasts around the world a chance to create their own wine.
Judd’s Hill also has this AMAZING Blending Camp that gives you the chance to blend your own wine on site or at home! Think about ladies night, what would be more enjoyable then blending wines with friends for the perfect Bordeaux or Merlot. I’m definitely going back with a larger group of my girlfriends so we can do this experience.
Baldacci Family Vineyards
I was initially drawn to the Baldacci Family vineyards because they were a family focused winery and I wanted to provide my readers with a well rounded list! After tasting their Four Sons wine from their Stags Leap Estate Series I’m so glad Jesus sent me there! LOL
Very laid back, very beautiful tasting room where the family aspect of the winery definitely comes into play. 1/2 in our tasting the president of Baldacci Vineyards (the 2nd son) randomly walked in and we were able to take this amazing picture with him.
Odette Estate Winery
One of my co workers had suggested I visit Cade Winery while in Napa and I was all excited to visit after researching online. However, after running late for a few wineries we were a bit farther south of Napa then I’d originally thought I should be and we opted to head to their “sister” winery Odette as it was closer! Let me tell you, delicious wine across the board.
Of course I have “caviar” taste and my favorite wines was/is the 2012 Odette Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Magnum that cost $216 per bottle. Let me tell you. WELL WORTH IT! At Odette they were nice enough to pour tasting for Cade as well which was rather tasty as well.
While at the Baldacci Family Vineyards our host Elizabeth suggested we stop by Domaine Carneros as in her opinion it had the best overall experience with view, tasting, and food. I was not disappointed. As you can see from my picture it was quite massive and the place at packed at 3:30p and people where still coming to enjoy before it closed at 4pm.
If you are heading to Napa Valley you should stop by these places. You can also check out VisitNapaValley.com or SanFrancisco.travel to find other amazing wineries in the Napa and in the surrounding areas like Sonoma and Helena.
Have you ever been to Napa? What’s your favorite place?