At the base of Howell Mountain

At the base of Howell Mountain

Believe it or not, there are some hidden wineries in the Napa Valley. It is hard to escape the crowds when visiting the Napa Valley, especially on weekends. Napa’s hidden wineries are sure to be less touristy. Some of these wineries are open by appointment only but don’t let that discourage you. They love to have visitors and will make you feel at home.  For more traveling advice consult the Napa Valley Wine Country Planning Guide.

Our Choice of Hidden Wineries in the Napa Valley

• Amizetta Winery – Cabernet Specialist, beautiful vistas
• Buehler Vineyards – Great views, family winery since 1976
• Hendry Ranch Wines – One of the best education wine tours in Napa
• Kelly Fleming Wines – Amazing caves and Cabernet. Very quiet
• Nichelini Winery – Oldest continuous family winery in Napa Valley. Bocce
• Round Pond Winery – Terrace setting with wine and food tasting, olive oil
• Somerston – Experience an all-terrain vineyard tour in the mountains
• Smith-Madrone – The Smith Brothers, a throwback in time on Spring Mountain
• Tres Sabores – Certified organic vineyards, Julie Johnson makes great Zinfandel

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Amizetta Winery

Combine a visit to Buehler Vineyard with Amizetta Winery. It is only about another mile along this same road. Watch for the signs. Amizetta is another beautiful family-owned winery. The emphasis at Amizetta is Cabernet Sauvignon made is small lots. The owners are Spencer and Amizetta Clark but two of their sons, Perry and Edward, are taking the helm at the winery. They are making the wine and leading tours and tasting. Be sure to call ahead for your appointment. Make a day of it with your picnic lunch and visit both Amizetta and Buehler.

Tasting room open by appointment only, 707-963-1460
E-mail:, Amizetta

Buehler Vineyards

You won’t find too many visitors at Buehler because the winery is open by appointment only and the winery’s location is at the base of Howell Mountain, some six miles in from the Silverado Trail. Don’t let this stop you from visiting, the views are breathtaking, and the wines are a great value. The winery has 55 acres of hillside vineyards planted with Cabernet Sauvignon and Zinfandel. The Cab and the Zin are priced very reasonably and taste twice as good as many Napa wines at twice the price.

Tasting room open by appointment only, 707-963-2155
E-mail:, Buehler

Chappellet Winery

Chappellet winery is one of those wonderfully hidden wineries and a secret place that remains an undiscovered treasure in the Napa Valley. The location is off the beaten path on the eastern mountains of the Napa Valley and opens by appointment only, so visitors tend not to flock to the Chappellet Winery. Chappellet is located near Hennessey Lake on Highway 128 about three miles east of the Silverado Trail. The views are fantastic. Chappellet is best known for its Cabernet Sauvignon grown on the estate hillside vineyard known as Pritchard Hill. If you would like to visit Chappellet, call the winery or visit their Web site to reserve a scheduled tour spot.

The tasting room is by appointment only Mon. – Fri. by reservation at 10:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m., and on Sat. and Sun. by reservation at 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m., 1-800-494-6379 ex. 4270.
E-mail:, Chappellet


Hendry Ranch Wines

Hendry Ranch is is a classic family-owned small winery, a throwback to another era. Owner George Hendry and his nephew operate this small winery. The winery is open only by appointment, but George Hendry loves to have visitors come and taste his delicious wines. The vineyards in small plots, each a microclimate. Each plot grows whatever grape George concludes will do best in this area of his vineyards. The results are delicious wines. To get to the Hendry winery, take the Redwood Road exit off Highway 29. On Redwood Road, go to the left when the road splits (about one mile). Continue another 1.5 miles. Watch on the right for the tiny Hendry sign at 3104 Redwood Road. You will need to call several days before your trip to make an appointment to visit this beautiful winery.

Tasting open by appointment only. (707) 226-8320
e-mail:, Hendry

Kelly Fleming Wines

Heading up the Silverado Trail, Kelly Fleming Wines is near Calistoga. After passing Dunaweal Lane on the left, look for the next right turn at Pickett Road. Drive to the very end of the road and look for the Kelly Fleming signs. The address is 2339 Pickett Road. This winery is by appointment only, so call in advance. No drop-ins. We like the caves here because they are exposed rock, and water vapor is pumped in for the correct humidity. It gives the caves a mystical look. The two red wines are beauties, and both are over the $100 mark. Becky George is the winemaker, and Celia Welch is the consulting winemaker.

Tasting Room is open by appointment.
Phone: (707) 963-0717 Kelly Fleming

Nichelini Winery

Nichelini is the oldest, continuously-run family winery in the Napa Valley. The winery is at the top of Sage Canyon Road on Highway 128. It is a small operation with an annual production of 1800 cases. The winery has reasonably-priced wines and is best known for its Zinfandel wines. Some of the Zinfandel comes from vines planted in 1928. Behind the tasting room and down in a patio is a picnic area and Bocce court. To get to Nichelini head to the Silverado Trail and take the Conn Dam/Lake Berryessa turnoff. At the Y stay to the right and take Highway 128 five miles to Nichelini.

Tasting Room is open Friday, Saturday, and Sunday 11 to 5 pm and by appointment Monday to Thursday
Phone: (707) 942-6849 Nichelini Family Winery

Round Pond Estate

Round Pond Winery. I do not believe that any other winery in the Napa Valley offers as wine experiences and activities for the wine country visitors. This includes an olive oil tasting as well. Round Pond has a full-time chef and a full-time gardener for its vegetable garden. Round Pond serves up the best in wine and food pairing all year long. As the season changes, so do the food menus. To get to Round Pond from Highway 29 in the Napa Valley take 128 East/Lake Berryessa/Rutherford Rd. Follow Rutherford Rd for 1.2 miles; Round Pond driveway will be on your left-hand side. See the Round Pond Website for more specifics.

Special tours and tasting are by appointment
Phone: 888-302-2575. Round Pond

Smith-Madrone Winery

It all started in 1971 when the Smith Brothers purchased land on Spring Mountain to begin their incredible story of making wine in the Napa Valley. You won’t find a fancy tasting room or barrel room, or any merchandise for sale. The only thing you will find is just pure, honest, old-fashioned conversation and a passion for making good wine. Yes, Smith-Madrone represents the good old days of the Napa Valley. Visitors are welcome at Smith-Madrone but call ahead to make sure someone is there to show you around. It is a beautiful ride up Spring Mountain and even more appealing to experience this style of the Napa Valley

Tasting Room is open by appointment Monday to Saturday, 707 963 2283, Smith-Madrone

Somerston Estate Winery

Are you interested in an all-terrain vineyard tour with breathtaking views? You can do this at Somerston Estate. You will be guided by one of their wine specialists, in an open-air all-terrain passenger vehicle, through Somerston’s extensive vineyard property.  Following the tour you will enjoy a tasting of limited production estate wines paired with a selection of artisan cheeses. The cost is $75 per person and is arranged by appointment.  Somerston is located just about a mile and a half from Nichelini.

Tours are by appointment only
Phone: 707-967-8414, email:

Tres Sabores

Julie Johnson is the owner and winemaker of this secret and hidden winery near the base of the Mayacamus Mountains. You will need to call ahead to make an appointment and chances are Julie will lead you on a vineyard tour and have you taste her wonderful wines. Julie’s Cabernet and Zinfandel vineyards are certified organic. You will see bat and owl houses, cover plants, and other sustainable farming practices. This a great trip out to the ranch and something you will not soon forget.

The tasting room is open by appointment only, 707-967-8027
E-mail:, Tres Sabores

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