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5 Off-The-Beaten-Path Napa Valley Wineries

Updated on January 25, 2012

You want to visit Napa. You want to go wine tasting. But what you don’t want is to spend your time with all of the other tourists that are visiting Napa. So, what do you do? The off-the-beaten-path wineries and vineyards on this list provide great opportunities for enjoying wine in a great Napa setting without the tour bus visitors on your heels. Each vineyard on this list of five offers you a chance to try a different type of wine in a unique and wonderful setting.

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Bialla Vineyards:
Atlas Peak Rd, Napa, CA 94558, USA

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This stunning boutique winery sits 1700 feet above Napa Valley and affords visitors one of the loveliest views of any part of this area.

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Fontanella Family Winery:
1721 Partrick Rd, Napa, CA 94558, USA

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This is one of the newest vineyards in the area, which is part of the reason that it’s off-the-beaten-path.

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Jericho Canyon Vineyard:
3322 Old Lawley Toll Rd, Calistoga, CA 94515, USA

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This is a beautiful vineyard that only produces a very small amount of wine each year.

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Kuleto Estate:
2470 Sage Canyon Rd, St Helena, CA 94574, USA

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This 700+ acre winery looks over lakes, small Napa towns and beautiful scenic hills.

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Terra Valentine:
3787 Spring Mountain Rd, St Helena, CA 94574, USA

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Like many of the other off-the-beaten-path wineries, this one is open by appointment only.

Here are the five vineyards:

Bialla Vineyards

Atlas Peak Road, Napa CA 94558

This stunning boutique winery sits 1700 feet above Napa Valley and affords visitors one of the loveliest views of any part of this area. The wine that it is known for is a French oak-barreled Cabernet made from hand de-stemmed grapes. You’ll pay the price for the luxury of this winery but it’s definitely well worth it for the amazing taste and great experience of a trip here.

Fontanella Family Winery

1721 Partrick Road, Napa CA 94558

This is one of the newest vineyards in the area, which is part of the reason that it’s off-the-beaten-path. People haven’t found out the secret of this spot, yet. The wine has a bit of history to it, though, having already won some awards. You have a few options here because they produce Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Zinfandel. One of the fun features of this by-appointment-only tour is that you get to enter the cellar and taste wine straight from the barrel.

Jericho Canyon Vineyard

3322 Old Lawley Toll Road, Calistoga CA 94515

This is a beautiful vineyard that only produces a very small amount of wine each year. That means that the wine that comes from here is really special limited edition wine that’s a pleasure to try. They are known for their cabernet sauvignon although they also do blends, like a cabernet sauvignon mixed with a little bit of merlot. This is an eco-friendly vineyard that uses sustainable farming practices and is green certified. It’s open by appointment only. You can learn more about this vineyard from their blog.

Kuleto Estate

2470 Sage Canyon Road, St. Helena CA 94574

This is another amazing off-the-beaten-path winery that is enjoyable as much for its view of the surroundings as for the great wine that is produced here. The 700+ acre winery looks over lakes, small Napa towns and beautiful scenic hills. Make a reservation because it’s open by appointment only. Your reservation will include a bottle of wine, a tour of the grounds and a tasting for two.

Terra Valentine

3787 Spring Mountain Road, St. Helena CA 94574

Most of the vineyards that you visited are enjoyed for their grounds (and of course their wine). This one has nice grounds (and great wine) but the standout feature here is the architecture. Specifically, you’ll get to check out a home that looks like a castle, made from native stone and decorated with gorgeous stained glass windows. It’s like a religious experienced. Like many of the other off-the-beaten-path wineries, this one is open by appointment only.

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    gogogo 

    6 years ago

    I have never been to Napa, but your three Hubs make it interesting, I am thinking of going this year.

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