A Day in Napa Series: #3
Napa Valley is a wine lover's dream come true, filled with an abundance of amazing places to visit. The best part is the variety to be found. From bustling wineries filled with new people to meet, to more intimate and relaxing choices, Napa really has it all. Part three of this series is moving on to the Stag's Leap District and Carneros Region. The Stag's Leap District is known for their amazing Cabernet Sauvignon wines and there are so many choices of incredible places to go there. The Carneros Region is know for their Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Sparkling wines. Both areas are places that you should make sure to get to before leaving Napa Valley!
Silverado Vineyards is an excellent choice to start any day in Napa Valley. The views from the terrace are unparalleled as you sit, sipping on wine, and soaking it all in. There is something so magical about seeing the valley from a bird's eye view with a glass of amazing wine in hand. Another magical thing about Silverado, for all Disney lovers out there, is that it was actually established by Walt Disney's daughter, Diane Disney Miller, and her husband. When you visit, you will notice the different Disney memorabilia hanging throughout, which just makes the visit all the more fun. Silverado Vineyards is located off of Silverado Trail in the Stag's Leap District. The different tours and tastings range from $50-$75 and you should make reservations ahead of time.
Did you know that different areas in Napa Valley specialize in different types of wines?
Pine Ridge Vineyards
Pine Ridge Vineyards is an excellent place to visit in Napa Valley and their wines are stellar, especially the Cabernet Sauvignon. Surrounded by beautiful rolling vineyards and a lovely little garden, it is the perfect way to spend a sunny California day. Pine Ridge is located just a few minutes away from Silverado Vineyards, also in the Stag's Leap District, off of Silverado Trail. The Estate Tasting is $40 and no reservation is required for small groups. Their tour, however, is amazing. It is $50 and starts in the vineyards, continues on to the wine caves where you sample from the barrel, and ends with a seated tasting and cheese pairing. Some of the best things about tours are barrel tastings and food pairings, so this place truly has it all. A reservation is required for the tour.
Do you choose wineries to visit based on price or experience?
Lunch today is at BurgerFi, located in downtown Napa. Their burgers and milkshakes are absolutely mouth watering, and not to be missed! You can eat outside, right on the river, and take in the view of downtown Napa. The prices are great and if you choose, you can take a stroll around the quaint little downtown and check out the various shops, before heading onto your last destination of the day.
Domaine Carneros, one of the most beautiful buildings I have seen in Napa, is the last stop, located down in the Carneros Region. Their hours are from 10-5:30, making it one of the wineries open the longest, and so a good choice for the end of the day. The building is a French style chateau, sitting amongst vineyards, rolling hills, and a lake. The building and grounds are truly spectacular and this is simply a stunning place to visit. Domaine Carneros and the Carneros area are known for their sparkling wines. Their daily tours are $40 and you should make a reservation. Their tastings start at $30, and you can order food pairings and sit on their patio, taking in the beauty surrounding you, as you unwind from the day.