The results are in from our informal poll of favorite Napa Valley tasting rooms for the year 2007. We launched this poll on January 1st of 2007 on our main site, winecountrygetaways.com. We set up a survey for each of our 28 wine trails that cover nine regions of California. For the Napa Valley, we have seven trails listing 40 of Napa Valley and Carneros tasting rooms. There are over 200 “brick and mortar” wineries in the Napa Valley, so our survey represents only about 20% of the Napa Valley wineries. These wineries reflect the ones that tourists are most likely to visit. The idea of the survey is that visitors to winecountrygetaways.com would return to the Web site following their visit and then vote their favorite tasting room of their wine country getaway.
To be clear, this is a very unscientific poll, but nevertheless here are the results. The tasting room with the overall highest number of votes was Domain Carneros. Domain Carneros is on our Carneros wine trail. They garnered 38 votes, five more than runner up Domaine Chandon. How interesting that the top two tasting rooms produce sparkling wines. Third place overall went to Robert Mondavi Winery.
Our hope is that in 2008 more visitors will be aware of our informal poll and choose to cast their vote for their favorite tasting room. We have set up the poll so that a person can only vote once during the year. It is not totally foolproof but we hope everyone is honest. We doubt there is a tasting room manager out there that would go out of their way to vote repeatedly for their winery. If you would like to view the complete results, you can visit this page: Napa Valley Survey Results 2007