There’s nothing quite like a long weekend driving through Napa Valley and wine country. Napa Valley is reputed as America’s finest wine making region. Its climate mirrors the Med, which is one of the best areas in the world for wine making.
You may be surprised to know that Napa Valley is home to nearly 500 wineries. They will host tours, wine tasting and barbecues. If you are planning a trip to this region, we have noted five of the Must-See (and taste) wineries.
1- Schramsberg. They produce sparkling wine comparable to world-renowned brands like Mumm. It was actually railroad workers from China that dug their caves a century ago. Schramsberg boasts a camp in the fall for harvesting wine and another in the spring for blending.
2- Robert Mondavi. This winery originates from 1966. It gets its mention for its dry, quality Sauvignon Fume Blanc. The owner coined this term himself. Mondavi likes to hosts tours, harvest parties and live concerts.
3- Paradise Ridge. Established only as far back as 1991, Paradise Ridge has achieved 9 awards in the past seven years. Quite impressive considering its competition. They bottle and elegant sparkling white and a blush rose. They like to host weddings and business events.
4- Franciscan. The first wine produced by this winery was back in 1975 by Justin Mayer. They bottle limited-production wines and Signatures. Most recognized for it 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon and 2008 Sauvignon Blanc, they were good enough to make the list. They host tours and seminars.
5- Beringer. If this name sounds familiar to you, it is probably that this is Napa Valley’s first winery. They began long before the Prohibition in 1876. Look for their best in the 1989 Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, 2007 Alluvium Red, and the 2008 White Zinfandel. Beringer pretty much pampers its members and hosts a few wine tasting events.