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Napa County Vineyards

Updated on March 12, 2015

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The Napa Wine Train is one of the most popular means to enjoy Napa-based wine events.  It is accessible by BART (a commuter train with on site parking) out of Martinez, a town in the next county of Alameda County.
The Napa Wine Train is one of the most popular means to enjoy Napa-based wine events. It is accessible by BART (a commuter train with on site parking) out of Martinez, a town in the next county of Alameda County. | Source

Napa - A Small Wine Town With a Big Draw

Napa is located away from the hubbub of Sacramento or San Francisco, in a quiet country location. Napa has an old town of charming shops, a modern shopping center and a few strip malls. Excellent restaurants line the touristed areas of Napa and the vineyards are the main attraction, with their events and tastings. Thousands of tourists flock to Napa annually for the charity and culinary events that make this region so famous. Celebrity chefs and famed vintners call Napa home.

Originally home to Native people as late as the 1830's, Napa became a part of the new state of California in 1850. Today, a large mix of Native, Latino, and European descendants make up the population residing in the Napa region.

A sample of the food offerings aboard the Wine Train.
A sample of the food offerings aboard the Wine Train. | Source
The view from Silverado is breath taking.
The view from Silverado is breath taking. | Source

Napa Valley Vineyards - A Truncated List

With over 300 vineyards, there may be too many to choose from! Wine tastings and winery events are constant and annual happenings in the area and include the following vineyards (this is a truncated list):

  • Abreu
  • Acacia
  • ADAMVS
  • Ackerman Family
  • Adler Deutsch
  • Ahnfeldt
  • Andretti
  • Anomaly
  • Alpha
  • Amici
  • Amuse
  • Ancien
  • Antica Napa Valley
  • Araujo Estate
  • Ardente
  • Arietta
  • Atalon
  • Aubert
  • Azalea Springs
  • B Cellars
  • Baldacci
  • Ballentine
  • Barbour
  • Barlow
  • Barnett
  • Beaucannon Estate
  • Beringer
  • Benessere
  • Bennett Lane
  • Bevan Cellars
  • Bigvine
  • Robert Mondavi
  • Beringer
  • St. Clement
  • Sterling
  • Artisanal
  • William Hill Estate
  • Louis M. Martini
  • Merryvale


Take the Wine Train and experience a direct rumble into the vineyards!
Take the Wine Train and experience a direct rumble into the vineyards! | Source

The Wine Train

Another enjoyable way to enjoy the Napa wines in one place is to ride the "Wine Train." Napa Valley Wine Train - This is a popular excursion train that departs nearly daily within Napa. Special events include dinners and tours. Those who would like to ride the Bay Area Rapid Transit (commonly referred to as the BART train) from different Bay Area regions - from the South Bay, San Francisco, Berkeley, and Contra Costa county areas - will find it an easy ride to the city of Martinez. From Martinez, the Wine Train can transport the wine enthusiast straight into the heart of Napa. Another way to reach the Wine Train from San Francisco is to take the ferry, which disembarks in Vallejo. In Vallejo, a Wine Train bus escorts travelers to the Wine Train. Because of the popularity of the Wine Train, advance reservations are recommended.

Here are some winery special events the Wine Train hosts:

  • Murder Mystery Club meetings lunch with vintners
  • moonlight rides
  • celebrity winemaker dinners

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A Little Bit of Napa Valley Wine History

It was Charles Krug who is universally acknowledged as the one who was first to begin a commercial enterprise of raising grapes to convert into wine, in the year of 1861. By the 1940s, the Napa Valley Vitners was formed. The NVV banded together to promote and market wines and attempt to put California on the international map, as a player. It wasn't until the 1970s that Napa arrived as an equal to European wine makers.

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