Wineries You Shouldn’t Miss on Your Napa Valley Wine Tour
Ah, Napa Valley. The words alone conjure up images of verdant fields dotted by oak trees, warm weather, and vineyards as far as the eye can see. It’s no wonder then that private Napa wine tours from San Francisco are so popular. Spending the day with a guide who’s an expert in wines is a fabulous way to discover exciting new wineries and flavors you never knew possible. With so many spectacular estates in Napa, deciding which ones you should visit may seem overwhelming. Thankfully, the enthusiasts at Bin 415 know precisely which wineries you should sample on your own Napa private tour. Here are a few of our favorites with one stop in Sonoma.
Based on a Burgundian grand cru model, Donum Estate has made it their raison d’être to produce the finest chardonnay and pinot noir wines in the world, achieving astounding success in the process. Not only is their wine world-famous for its complexity, but the vineyard itself doubles as a sculpture garden that features dozens of masterworks by renowned artists dotting the 200-acre estate.
Founded in 1981, this legendary Carneros winery has been producing award-winning chardonnays and pinot noirs ever since. The vineyard is particularly sublime, and it provides an idyllic backdrop to the wine tasting experience whether you’re seated in the English garden or in the cellar overlooking the vineyards. United by their love of Burgundy, David Graves and Richard Ward apply an old-world approach to winemaking that has made a lasting impression on wineries throughout the region.
Since 1989 at the foothill of Howell Mountain, this winery has been producing esteemed cabernet blends that are prized by collectors for their elegance and rich profile. First developed by wine pioneer Delia Viader—one of Napa Valley’s first female winemakers— Viader’s signature release is a blend of cabernet sauvignon and cabernet franc. It’s a wine that is both approachable young and worthy of aging.
Fantesca Estate & Winery
If you want to taste the product of “The Queen of Napa,” you better visit Fantesca Estate & Winery. Heidi Barrett, Fantesca’s renowned winemaker, has a resume which includes five 100- point scores (including Screaming Eagle) from major wine critics—a testament to her exceptional stewardship over several different wineries throughout her distinguished career. With a true Burgundian style Montrachet like chardonnay, and big yet elegant mountain Cabernets, Fantesca is one winery you won’t want to miss.
James Cole Winery
Nestled on Silverado Trail in the Napa Valley, James and Colleen Harder have been producing some of the most exciting Napa wines for 20 years. They take a committed approach to ensuring all their wines are properly balanced, and the result is a broad array of varietals that offer something for everyone. Fans of chardonnay will love the toasted coconut and butterscotch accents in the 2017 chardonnay, while red wine enthusiasts will appreciate complexity and beauty of their 2016 Il Mostro.
If you want to explore these excellent wineries—and more—reserve your tour with Bin 415. We offer the best Napa wine tours from San Francisco and are committed to providing you with an unforgettable experience. Call us at (415) 851-5711 today.