Old Wineries in Napa Valley – 100 years old or more

Napa Valley 100 year old wineries

The spectacular Inglenook Chateau 1887

When you plan your wine country vacation to the Napa Valley, we suggest that you visit at least one of the Napa Valley’s 100-year-old wineries. The Napa Valley is a treasure of wine history and one way to discover the Napa Valley past is by visiting one of these wineries. These wineries have wonderful stories to tell visitors. Take yourself back in time with a visit to one of these remarkable wineries.

Visit a few of these 100 year old wineries

• Beaulieu Vineyards –Founded in 1900
• Beringer – Famous Rhine House completed in 1884
• Charles Krug – Founded in 1861 by Charles Krug, owned by Peter Mondavi
• Chateau Montelena – Established in 1882 by Alfred Tubbs.
• Inglenook – Chateau dates back to 1879
• Nichelini – Founded in 1890. The same family owns it today
• Schramsberg – Founded in 1862, present owners purchased winery in 1968
• Trefethen Family Vineyards – Winery built in 1886, Trefethen begins in 1968

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Beaulieu Vineyards

Beaulieu was founded in 1900 by Frenchman George de Latour. George de Latour and its renowned winemaker Andre Tchelistcheff were responsible for producing some of the world’s most exceptional wines. Strangely, in the 1960’s, the George de Latour heirs sold the winery to the giant Hublein Corporation. The winery quickly went from quality to jug wine status. Fast forward today, and the winery is now a part of the Treasury Wine Estates. The tasting room has many terrific photos of the history of the winery.

Beaulieu Vineyards is in the town of Rutherford on the east side of Highway 29.

Tasting room open daily, 10am to 5pm
(707) 967-5200
Beaulieu Vineyards


Beringer Vineyards

Beringer Vineyards began in 1897 and is also part of Treasury Wine Estates. The tour is one of the best and shows off the caves dug out over 100 years ago.

Tasting room is open daily, 10am to 5pm
(707) 963-8989 ext.2222, Beringer Vineyards

 


Charles Krug Winery

The Charles Krug winery dates back to 1861. Many years later, the winery came into the hands of Ceasar Mondavi. Yes, Ceasar was the father of great, late Robert Mondavi. Robert later, in a family tiff, left the Krug operation and opened his winery in St. Helena.  Peter Mondavi eventually ran the Charles Krug winery. It is now Peter’s siblings that have taken the winery to another level. They have restored much of the original winery into a tourist delight.

Tasting Room open daily 10:30am to 5:00pm (707) 967-2229; Charles Krug


Chateau Montelena

Chateau Montelena began in 1882. Jim Barrett purchased the old winery in 1970 and quickly brought fame and fortune to Chateau Montelena.
The 1973 Chateau Montelena Chardonnay was judged first above all of the French White Burgundies in the famous 1976 Judgement of Paris. The Barrett Family continue to run the winery,

Tasting Room open daily 10am to 4pm
(707) 942-5105, email: customer-service@montelena.com, Chateau Montelena


Inglenook Estate

The Inglenook Chateau is the most beautiful structure in the entire Napa Valley. Completed in 1887, it remains one of the most visible landmarks in the Napa wine country. In 1964 the winery was sold to the Allied Grape Growers. Like Beaulieu, the wines went from quality to jug wine. In 1975 Francis Ford Coppola purchased the winery, and today the history of the winery is alive and well. The wine, once again, top quality.

Tasting room open daily, 10am to 5pm
(707) 968-1100, email: Submit email through their Web site, Inglenook Estate


Nichelini Winery

The Nichelini Family has had 121 consecutive harvests and is the oldest continuous family-owned winery in the Napa Valley. This is a small-production winery, only 4000 cases per year. The winery is off the beaten path, some 15 minutes from the valley floor atop Sage Canyon Drive. If you head up there be sure to pack a picnic lunch.

Tasting Room is open on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 11am to 5 pm and by appointment Monday to Thursday Nichelini


Schramsberg Vineyards

When you visit Schramsberg,  a tour is a must. You will learn the history of this beautiful winery and to understand how Schramsberg makes sparkling wine. The history of Schramsberg goes back to when German immigrant Jacob Schram founded the winery in 1862. The original caves are in use and part of the spectacular tour. Call far ahead to book your tour and tasting.

Tasting and Tours seven days a week, by appointment only.
Phone:
(707) 942-2414, e-mail: info1@schramsberg.comSchramsberg


Trefethen Family Vineyards

The original winery built in 1886 was known as Eshcol and continued to make wines until 1940. At that time the winery closed and it was not until 1968 that the Trefethen Family purchased the winery and brought it back to life. The oringal winery facility is still used today. The lower portion is used to age wine and houses the estate tasting room. This is the closest winery to the town of Napa and is an easy one to visit. The winery is located at 1160 Oak Knoll Ave. Trefethen

Tasting Room is open daily 10am to 4:30pm. (866) 895-7696 Trefethen


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Tips for your Napa Valley travels

  • You are encouraged to have a designated driver. Consider hiring a limousine or van service.
  • First time to a winery in Napa? Find out what happens in a typical tasting room.
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  • Almost wineries in the Napa Valley charge a tasting fee. Expect to pay $10 or more to taste. Two people can always elect to share a tasting.
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  • Plan a picnic lunch. This ’s greatest pleasures.
  • If you cannot picnic, enjoy a delicious lunch at one of Napa Valley’s many fine restaurants.
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  • Pace yourself and make a day of wine tasting. Don’t forget your camera.
  • Visiting three wineries in one day is enough to you keep you busy and content with the slow and easy pace of wine country.
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