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Welcome to the world-famous Napa Valley.

There are more than 400 wineries in Napa Valley. How does one decide on which wineries are the best ones to visit. Everybody has a list, so who do you trust. Janelle and I have been visiting the Napa Valley for a very long time. From the late 1960s to the present, we have entered many a tasting room in the Valley. Most are good but some are better than others. We really like these wineries and we think you will too.

Our favorite wineries in the Napa Valley

WineryWhat we likeMore Information
Buehler VineyardsFamily-owned, hiddenNapa’s Hidden Wineries
Ballentine VineyardsRefreshing family winery in St. HelenaBoutique Napa Valley Wineries
Casa NuestraQuint, small, low keySilverado Wine Route
Clos du ValCabernet SauvignonSilverado Wine Route
Conn Creek WineryOwned by St. MichelleConn Creek on the Silverado Trail
Corison WinesLegendary winemaker, Cathy CorisonNapa’s Hidden Wineries
Domaine ChandonSparkling wine, beautiful gardensChampagne & Sparkling Wine Trail
Duckhorn VineyardsLovely setting, indoor & outdoor tastingSilverado Wine Route
Dutch Henry WineryOrganic, wine caveDutch Henry Winery
Ehlers EstateBiodynamic, historic tasting roomEhlers Estate Winery
Elyse Wine CellarsAway from crowds, smallElyse Winery
Flora Springs Winery & VineyardsTwo tasting rms, visit the one on Zin LaneFlora Springs Winery – Since 1978 and a Ghost Winery
Folie a DeuxYou can picnic herePlan Now for Thanksgiving Weekend in the Napa Valley
Fontenella Family WineryOff on Mount Veeder, excitingFontanella Winery is Thinking Outside The Box
Frank Family VineyardsOld favorite in the ValleyFrank Family Winery
Freemark Abbey WineryRecently revamped, new owners, very oldBarrel Tasting at Freemark Abbey
Frog's Leap WinerySustainable, great wines, tourFrog’s Leap Winery – A “Green” Winery
Goosecross CellarsNew owners, hiddenJulie at Goosecross Cellars
Grgich Hills EstateFamous Mike Ggrich, great wineryGrgich Hills and Robert Mondavi 2013 Blessing of the Grapes
Groth Vineyards & WineryNew facility, very grand
Hagafen CellarsMaking Kosher wines, lovely spotSilverado Wine Route
Hall WineryArt every where, tasting room is fantasticHall Winery in St. Helena
Heitz Wine CellarsOne of Napa's historic wineriesFamous Napa Valley Wineries
HendryBest comprehensive tourNapa’s Hidden Wineries
Honig CellarsSustainable winery, tucked awayHonig Vineyards & Winery — Sustainable Practices
InglenookHistoric Chateau, Francis Ford CoppolaFamous Napa Valley Wineries
Judd's Hill WineryFirst winery on Silverado to south, funJudd’s Hill Winery is a good place to start your wine tour
Kelham VineyardsFamily-run, off the beaten pathKelham Vineyards
Ladera VineyardsGhost winery on Howell MountainLadera Winery on Howell Mountain
Laird Family EstatesLargest family vineyard ownerLaird Family Estate Winery
Louis M. Martini WineryHistoric, new visitor centerThe Louis M. Martini Winery in St. Helena
Luna VineyardsPinot Grigio, Sangiovese are topsLuna Vineyards on the Silverado Trail
Madrigal VineyardsLatino owned winery, CabernetMadrigal Vineyards is Under the Radar
Markham VineyardsRotating art exhibits, Merlot iPhone Art at Markham Vineyards
Merryvale Napa ValleyThe Cask Room, Antigua wineMerryvale Tasting Room
Monticello VineyardsReplica of Monticello, elegant CabsMonticello and Corley Family Wines
Mumm NapaSparkling wine, Ansel Adams photosChampagne & Sparkling Wine Trail
Nichelini WineryOldest family-run winery in ValleyNapa Valley’s 100 Year Old Wineries
Peju Province WineryFamily-owned, cozy tasting roomBoutique Napa Valley Wineries
Pina Napa ValleyVineyard managers turn to making winePina Napa Valley All Cabernet
Pine Ridge WineryPicnic spot, hillside vinesSilverado Wine Route
Pope Valley WineryFar above the Valley, great discoveryPope Valley Winery – Above the Napa Valley
Provenance VineyardsA fixture on Highway 29Provenance Vineyards
QuintessaDramatic cellars, high-end winesThe Quintessa Experience
Raymond Vineyard and CellarNew owners, eclectic tasting roomWhy you should visit Raymond Vineyards
Robert Mondavi WineryRobert Mondavi, the Father of Napa ValleyFamous Napa Valley Wineries
Robert Sinskey VineyardsLeader of Biodynamic farming, cheery winesSilverado Wine Route
Rombauer VineyardsChardonnay and now Zinfandel Rombauer – the innovator
Round Pond EstateGreat terrace for tasting, vineyard views, foodNapa’s Hidden Wineries
RustRidge WineryIn Chiles Valley, lodgingRustridge Winery, Chiles Valley Appellation
Rutherford Hill WineryExcellent picnic area, views of the ValleySilverado Wine Route
Salvestrin WineryLots of love at this family winerySalvestrin Winery – A True Family-Owned Winery
SchramsbergHistoric winery, caves, sparkling wineChampagne & Sparkling Wine Trail
Sequoia GroveRedwood trees surround tasting room, CabernetBoutique Napa Valley Wineries
Silver Oak CellarsFamous for Cabernet SauvignonSilver Oak Winery in the Napa Valley
Smith-Madrone VineyardSmith Brothers on Spring Mountain are amazingNapa’s Hidden Wineries
St. Supery Vineyards & WineryFun winery, educationalBoutique Napa Valley Wineries
TrincheroRemodeled wonder in St. HelanaTrinchero Napa Valley Set to Open New Tasting Room
Whitehall LaneDelicious Sauvignon Blanc, family ownedBoutique Napa Valley Wineries

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