With literally hundreds of wineries in Napa Valley to choose from, planning a wine tasting trip can feel overwhelming. While it’s nice to enjoy a classic wine tasting experience at some of the more well-known estates, here are a few unique wineries that will lend your tastings a fun and memorable twist.
Wine, Wine, and Rock n’ Roll
Cliff Lede Vineyards is a 60-acre estate with each vineyard block named after some of the founder’s favorite rock songs and albums like “My Generation” and “Dark Side of the Moon,” designating an entire area of the vineyard to “Rock Blocks.” It also features a 25,000 square-foot cave system etched into a hillside overlooking the vineyards.
Wine Paired with Adventure
Some people like to pair their wine with fine meats and cheeses, others prefer their merlot with a side of off-roading. Sitting on top of Mt. Veeder, The Hess Collection Vineyard pairs wine tasting with the option to take in the stunning panoramic mountain views onboard a high-performance ATV tour in a true test of your ability to not spill.
Sips in the Sky
Sterling Vineyards knows how to help you make an entrance. Glide up to the vineyard on the only aerial tram in Napa Valley. Then once your wine is in hand, breeze through the Mediterranean-style winery and behold the expansive valley views from the overlooks and elevated walkways as you take wine tasting to new heights.
Never Look a Wine Horse in the Mouth
What’s better than wine tasting? Wine tasting with horses! Tamber Bey Vineyards at Sundance Ranch combines the owners’ love of wine and horses in a spectacular equestrian setting. Enjoy a casual outdoor tasting in the barn courtyard, visit the horses, and soak up the pastoral beauty of Napa Valley.
Winemaker for a Day
Make your dreams of becoming a vintner come temporarily true at St. Supery. This winery invites you to create your own original blend, complimentary with the purchase of any St. Supery tasting flight. Winemakers will guide you through how to perfect your custom blend, which you can then bottle and take home.
Sip for a Cause
Amici Cellars welcomes visitors to enjoy wine that helps uplift the local community. The winery offers a private outdoor tasting experience, with 100 percent of tasting fees benefitting the Napa Valley Community COVID-19 Relief Fund, managed by the Napa Valley Community Foundation. We’ll certainly drink to that!
Private and Perfect
Twilight at Trefethen is the ultimate experience in private wine tasting where you will have the entire estate to yourself for a personal tour followed by a seated tasting. Perfect for a special occasion or simply relaxing in a fully private setting, a dedicated team handles everything so all you have to do is you enjoy the breathtaking views and delicious wines.
Fairy Tales Can Come True
Far Niente feels like going wine tasting inside of a fable. From the twinkle lights to the curated gardens to the hidden caves, everything about this estate equals timeless magic. With an ideal outdoor set up within a picture-perfect setting, all winery experiences are private and require reservations for a seating.
No matter where you go for a unique wine tasting experience, uncork and unwind at RiverPointe Napa Valley. Located just minutes from downtown Napa, its cottage-style accommodations feature full kitchens and private balconies, perfect for alfresco dining with a glass of wine in hand.
This article was published on 03/12/2021. As state and local health guidelines continue to change, please confirm hours of operation with local businesses.