Best Tasting rooms and wine bars in downtown Napa
Driving from winery to winery in the Napa Valley is not for everyone. A relaxing alternative is to spend an afternoon at one or more of the tasting collectives or wine bars in downtown Napa. The main advantage is you don’t have to drive and you one can taste wines from boutique wineries. Most of the wines featured at these establishments are wines that are not commonly found anywhere else, even in fine wine shops. While there are many tasting rooms in the town of Napa, we have singled out these tasting rooms as our favorite stops.
For many winemakers, the collectives and wine bars provide the opportunity to showcase their wines. Many of the new the breed of winemakers do not have a winemaking facility nor do they have a wine tasting room. Instead, they opt to rent space at an existing winery to make their wine.
Our list of the best tasting rooms in downtown Napa
• Vintners Collective – Housed in oldest stone building in Napa
• The Bounty Hunter – Great wine bar, terrific restaurant
• Gustavo Wines – Boutique Winery at the Oxbow Center
• JaM Cellars – Vinyl records play as you sip wine
• Stonehedge Winery – Good variety of affordable wines
Dining and Lodging Recommendations
The Vintner’s Collective is housed in the oldest stone building in Napa. The building was badly damaged in the Napa earthquake, but we are happy to say that full reconstruction of the historic building is completed. The current tasting fees are $10 per person (3 wines) to $30 (for six wines) at the bar. The Vintner’s Collective also offers a private sit-down tastings for $65 – $95 per person, including cheese and charcuterie. Private tastings are appointment only. Wine club members enjoy various benefits, including complimentary tasting at the bar.
Open daily, 11 am to 7 pm (excluding Easter, Christmas Eve/Day & New Year’s Eve/Day)
1245 Main St. Phone: (707) 255-7150
The Bounty Hunter
The Bounty Hunter – Wine Bar
This is a very cool wine bar and a terrific casual restaurant. The wine wall is one of a kind. Wine bottles are lined along the brick wall with the top shelf featuring each size of wine bottle. You can taste wines by the glass as well as purchase wine to take home. The food menu is a delight.
Open daily 11 am to late evenings
First and Main Streets, Phone: (707) 226-3976
Bounty Hunter and Wine Bar
Gustavo Wines was founded in 1996 by Gustavo Brambila. Gustavo wines is a boutique winery producing small amounts of Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, and Pinot Noir. The tasting room is located across from Oxbow Public Market. Gustavo Wines also always a barrel tasting with Gustavo by appointment located nearby in Napa.
Tasting room open Monday to Saturday, 12 to 6
1021 McKinstry Street, Phone: (707) 257-6796
One of the new breed of late night tasting rooms in downtown Napa. The folks that run this jumping tasting room are Michelle and John Truchard. John’s father and mother own the famous Truchard Vineyards in Carneros. JaM Cellars has live music in the late nights on weekends, but the big draw besides the wine is the art and the fantastic turntable music system. Enjoy Butter Chardonnay or other JaM specialty wines while the tasting room spins vinyl records.
Open daily 10 am to 10 pm, Sunday to Wednesday and Midnight Thursday to Saturday
1460 First Street, Napa, Phone: (707) 265-7577
This is family owned winery with vineyards in the St. Helena region. The winery has been producing wines since 1992. They make three distinct profiles of wines. The wine bargain hunter to the connoisseur of fine wines should find something appealing here at their Napa tasting room.
Tasting room open Wednesday – Saturday, 11 am to 7
1004 Clinton Street, Phone: (707) 257-7400 ext. 106
Additional Napa Valley Wine Routes to enjoy
- Boutique Wineries on Highway 29 – small and fascinating
- Best Silverado Wineries – less traffic and fewer crowds
- Calistoga Wine Route – northern end of the Valley
- Hidden wineries of the Napa Valley – get away from the crowds
- Historic Napa Valley Wineries – these made the Napa Valley
- Wine and Art Wine Route – wineries with art collections
Tips for your Napa Valley Wine Tour
- 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.
- Are you wondering about how to taste wine? Wine Tasting Techniques
- 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.
- Some ideas for which wineries to visit.
- 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.
- We list premium lodging and budget lodging.
- 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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