Wine Country Quick Getaways Domaine Chandon and Robert Mondavi
This getaway takes about 70 minutes driving time from San Francisco or Oakland. On this tour, you will visit two outstanding and famous wineries. At Domaine Chandon you will visit one of world’s premiere producers of sparkling wine. At the Robert Mondavi Winery you will visit the most renowned winery in Napa Valley and all of California. Each of these wineries has an outstanding tour. Be sure to call ahead for availability if you wish to tour. For more information view our Napa Valley Wine Country Map.
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Directions from the San Francisco – Oakland Bay Bridge
• Head out on Highway 80 towards Sacramento
• A few miles after crossing the Carquinez Bridge take Highway 37 to Napa.
• Travel about 2.5 miles.
• Turn right on Sonoma Blvd, which is Highway 29 North (It’s a hard right turn).
• After about 7 miles, Highway 29 becomes 3 lanes.
• Stay to the left continuing on Highway 29 toward Sonoma/Calistoga.
• Stay on Highway 29 North and in Yountville, take the Yountville Exit.
• Go west and look for the Domain Chandon the right after the railroad tracks
There are no picnic tables at either of these wineries. However, Domain Chandon has a restaurant serving lunch. For reservations call (800) 736-2892 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
In the early 1970s the great French Champagne house of Moet & Chandon made a decision to start making sparkling wine in California. They chose the Carneros and Mount Veeder regions of the Napa Valley as the ideal climate and soil to produce fine sparking wines made in the French tradition. The name of Domain Chandon was established and the winery produced its first vintage in 1976. Today Domain Chandon is world famous for its quality of fine California sparkling wine. The sparkling wines are not the only attraction to this famous and historic winery. The landscaped grounds and the architecture are spectacular. We recommend taking the tour which is very informative and worth the time. Domaine Chandon is the only winery in the Napa Valley that has a restaurant. The Etoile is a Michelin Star restaurant.
Tasting room is open daily 10 am to 6, (707) 944-8844.
Robert Mondavi Winery
From Domaine Chandon, get back on Highway 29 and head north for about 4 miles. As you enter Oakville, watch for the signs to the entrance to Robert Mondavi on the left.
The influence of Robert Mondavi, and his winery, have been instrumental in establishing worldwide attention to Napa Valley wines. The winery is perhaps the most visited and certainly one of the most recognized wineries in the world. The winery was established in 1966 when Robert Mondavi spit with his brother Peter from the Charles Krug Winery. Robert Mondavi’s vision was to use innovative winemaking techniques to create wines of high quality and distinction. Because of his success and leadership, many consider Robert Mondavi to be the father of California wine. A visit to this winery will give you a better feel and understanding of the Napa Valley. If you are interested in a tour, call ahead to check on availability. The Robert Mondavi winery is located about one mile north of the town of Oakville on the west side of the highway.
Tasting room open daily, 10:30 am to 5, (888)766-6328 ext. 2000