POSTED ON July 25, 2006 | IN Activities, Tasting Rooms | BY joe

You’re here for a convention and have a half-day of free time. You have always wanted to visit the Napa Valley, and this time you are going to do it no matter what happens. Your goal is to bring home at least a four pack of wine and a photo of yourself with the vineyards and mountains of the Napa Valley in the background. So, where do you go in the Napa Valley to sample the best of this fabulous wine country?robert-mondavi-winery.jpg

For a second winery, how about visiting the famous Robert Mondavi Winery? It’s another four miles north on Highway 29 from Domain Chandon. Although Robert Mondavi no longer owns the winery, there is a lot of wine history here and it’s one of the most beautiful spots in the Napa Valley.

Option Two
From the Bay Bridge and Highway 37, you can work your way through the city of Napa and to the Silverado Trail. The Silverado Trail is on the east side of Napa Valley and is much less busy than Highway 29, the main artery of the Valley. Within a short distance on the Silverado Trail, you will pass several small boutique wineries ideal for a quick visit. Robert Sinskey and Pine Ridge Winery are two of our favorites along this route and both wineries have picnic areas. A good deli just before you hit the wineries on Silverado Trail, is the Soda Canyon Store, 4006 Silverado Trail. If you don’t want to picnic, drive back into Napa and have lunch at the Bounty Hunter Wine Bar & Bistro at 975 First St. in Napa.

Click here to get a printable map of suggested wineries to visit in the Napa Valley.