We stumbled on this hidden winery after visiting Noah’s Winery which is very close by. The Elyse Winery is on Hoffman Lane on the west side of Highway 29 as you near Yountville. If you are traveling north from Napa, you will probably miss Hoffman Lane. That’s a good thing because it is a dangerous left turn to get to Hoffman and Elyse on the west side of Highway 29. For safety sake, we encourage visitors to forget the left turn and instead exit a mile ahead at the first Yountville exit. Turn under the freeway and get back on Highway 29 going south. The winery is open by appointment only which we did not know on our visit. When we drove up, we found two other couples in the tasting room. Our hostess explained that if she is around, which is just about daily, the tasting room is open to visitors. The tasting room is a tiny, unassuming cottage dressed up with beautiful blooming wisteria.
We tasted several wines and were very much impressed by the quality of the wines. For a tiny, hidden winery, their wines are equal to the “big boys” of Napa. We fell in love with the 2002 Napa Syrah. We also enjoyed the unusual 2004 Nero Misto, a blend of Italian red varietals. The wines are not inexpensive but we think priced very fairly when considering the quality of these wines. Our visit was quite fruitful and we enjoyed the homey and friendly atmosphere of this tasting room. We will go again.
The Good: Family owned, no tasting fee, really good wines.
The Bad: We did not notice a picnic area, open by appointment.
It is best to call ahead to book an appointment. (707) 944-2900