Are you traveling to Napa Valley? With hundreds of wineries to choose from, how do you choose the best? Check out my list of the best wineries to visit in Napa Valley!
With literally hundreds of wineries in Napa Valley, which ones do you choose to visit? From the ten or so wineries that we visited on our recent trip to Napa Valley, I included four of the best Napa Valley wineries. As a bonus I’ve included an additional winery in Sonoma Valley which is just a short drive from Napa Valley. The wineries I included in this list are in no particular order. They are all exceptional wineries that must not be missed. I judged the wineries not just on their wine, but also the people, scenery and history. I love wine, but we also love fun people, beautiful scenery and rich history.
(1) Round Pond
After attending an olive oil tour and tasting at their olive mill, we headed across the street to Round Pond‘s winery for an Estate Tasting on the terrace. I had high expectations for Round Pond because I heard great things about their wine tastings. Our actual experience exceeded all expectations. After touring the gardens and meeting their winemaker, Muiris Griffin, we headed to the terrace for a beautiful tasting.
Round Pond is a Rutherford farm and winery with 362 acres of vineyards, 5 acres of biodynamic gardens, 12 acres of olive orchards and one of only two olive mills in the region. The property is gorgeous and the tasting room and terrace is one of the most beautiful in the valley. Driving up the palm tree lined driveway, you know that you are visiting a special place.
One thing that I noticed about Round Pond was that everyone was so friendly. The winery is one of those places where you get the feeling that everyone loves their job. I felt a real sense of family at Round Pond. One of the owners was dining on the terrace with her family and stopped to welcome us to the winery. Everyone is welcoming, kind and personable which really helps make the entire experience top-notch. Not only were the location and grounds beautiful, but the wine is quite exceptional as well.
One of the highlights of my trip to Napa Valley was tasting wine from an actual barrel and meeting a wine maker. It was my first time doing both and it was such an awesome experience. More wine, please!
Sit back, relax and enjoy some of the best wines that Rutherford Valley has to offer. Don’t miss Round Pond Estate on your next trip to Napa Valley!
(2) Frog’s Leap
Frog’s Leap is another one of my favorite wineries in Napa Valley. It is located in Rutherford, only a short drive from Round Pond. We opted for a garden tasting and were able to casually sip our wine while walking around the property. With Adirondack chairs scattered throughout the property and a beautiful garden to stroll through, Frog’s Leap is a great place to sit back and enjoy the beautiful scenery and great wine.
Frog’s Leap is well known for the advancement of organic grape growing and dry farming. They have been farming organically since 1988 and strongly believe that their growing practices lead to higher quality wine. After a visit, you can clearly see that they take pride in their farming practices. By tasting a few sips of their Cabernet Sauvignon, Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot, and others, you can taste the high quality of the grapes grown on their property.
Frog’s Leap is one of those places where you can truly kick back, relax and enjoy the day. Our time at Frog’s Leap was some of our most relaxing time spent in Napa Valley. Sip some wine, walk around their gardens and learn all about the winery!
(3) Chase Cellars
As a small winery located in St Helena, Chase Cellars is a quiet and charming place nestled in a beautiful location. Head over to Chase Cellars and spend the afternoon tasting wine made from the grapes grown right in front of your tasting table. Chase Cellars has been growing grapes for over 100 years and you can still see the older grape wines producing exceptional grapes. Chase Cellars has amazing Zinfandel that should not be missed.
Make an appointment for a tasting at Chase Cellars to taste some exceptional wine and learn all about Hayne Vineyards and their highly rated Zinfandel!
(4) Mumm Napa
Do you love sparkling wine? If so, I’m sure that you have tried Mumm Napa wine or at least seen it readily available in wine shops. Mumm Napa is a large scale, well-known winery with exceptional grapes and even better wine. I love Mumm Napa because you can almost always just stop in for a visit and grab a seat on the patio overlooking the vineyards. Take a tour, taste some wine and visit the fine art photography gallery located on the property. Mumm Napa also has a nice gift shop to browse while you continue to sip your wine.
Grab a seat on the patio, relax a little and enjoy the beautiful scenery at Mumm Napa located in the heart of Napa Valley!
Even though Scribe is actually located in Sonoma Valley, it is only a short drive from Napa Valley and is a winery that should not be missed. Make an appointment and you will be treated to a beautiful tasting at a picnic table located at the top of a hill overlooking the valley. They provide a few treats to snack on while you enjoy your wine. The people at Scribe are really fun people to talk to. We learned so much about the history of the land and how the current owners decided to purchase the property. The hacienda, or historical home, located on the property is currently undergoing renovations. I am sure it will be an amazing historical place once the renovations are complete.
Scribe was one of my personal favorites during my visit to Napa and Sonoma Valley. It is a unique winery with beautiful views, interesting people and the best wine. I highly recommend that you add it to you list of must-visit wineries. Try all the wines, but my personal favorites are the Riesling and Estate Chardonnay.
Round Pond: Beautiful gardens, friendly people and a beautiful tasting room and terrace. Make an appointment for both the Estate wine tasting and olive oil mill tour and tasting for the full experience.
Frog’s Leap: Relaxed inexpensive garden tasting. Stroll around the property admiring the breathtaking vineyard views. Don’t miss a tour of their organic gardens. For a more formal tasting, book a signature seated tasting.
Chase Cellars: Relaxed and intimate tastings in a beautiful outdoor setting. Make a reservation to learn about the history of the Hayne vineyard and sample some of the best Zinfandel in the valley.
Mumm Napa: Beautiful and casual patio tasting. Take a tour of the winery and browse the fine art photography gallery. One of the most beautiful locations in the valley. Walk-in at your leisure or make a reservations for a terrace tasting to sample a selection of the limited production sparkling wines.
Scribe: Located a short distance from Napa Valley. Fun, relaxed and youthful vibe. Great selection of wines. Make an appointment before you visit.
Whether you chose to visit one winery or all of the wineries on this list, make sure to enjoy the beautiful views, decadent wine and wonderful people in Napa Valley!
Disclosure: I was not compensated in any way to write this post. I researched and visited all of these wineries on my own. I did receive a free tasting at Round Pond. All opinions are my own.