Only one hour away from San Francisco, this small slice of heaven is home to some of life's greatest indulgences- food, wine, relaxation and more! Napa Valley is internationally known for its beautiful vineyards and high quality and high value wines. Many love to tour the scenic private vineyards and taste the delicious wines each vineyard has to offer. However, when researching Napa Valley, I was immediately overwhelmed by all of the vineyards in the area and could not decide which to pick from. I noticed that most of the vineyards in Napa Valley had great reviews and many were known for either their award winning wines, scenic castles and caves or artisanal cheeses. After much deliberation, I decided on the below vineyards and I could not be more happy!
Vineyards I Visited:
V. Sattui: If you prefer to pick out your own bottle of wine and some meats and cheeses, V. Sattui is definitely the winery for you! We skipped the wine tasting here and instead went to the on site market and picked out a bottle of wine and a few cheeses and meats to picnic. The gorgeous views and delicious wine is a must when visiting Napa and can also be a cheaper option than the tasting.
Castello Di Amorosa: Located in Calistoga, this medieval- style Tuscan Castle winery boasts World- Class wine tastings and tours. Sharing the same owner as V. Sattui, this vineyard is a must visit. Not only is it on the cheaper side of the wineries in Napa Valley, but it is also nestled in the rolling hills of Calistoga, with some really beautiful views. We were able to taste 6 different wines of our choosing and also tour the grand castle. This was a great deal as some of the vineyards in Napa did not allow visitors to tour their grounds.
Chateau Montelena: Known for its World- Class Chardonnay, this winery has some of the most beautiful grounds in the Napa Valley. This French- Inspired chateau is a must visit when exploring Napa Valley.
Other Vineyards On My Bucket List:
Traveler Tip: Be sure to reserve your wine tasting experience in advance, as many of the vineyards fill up quickly.
Places to Eat:
Gotts Roadside- Although this place is well known for its burgers and shakes, I would recommend the Ahi Tacos. With a few locations in Napa Valley and San Francisco, Gotts Roadside is a definite must-try while visiting California.
Model Bakery- Famous for their English Muffins, the Model Bakery is worth a try for anyone who wants to check out the hype behind their famous English Muffins. Were they fresh? Yes. Would I try again? Probably not.
Oxbox Public Market- Located in Downtown Napa, this market is a great option for lunch as it features different food vendors, local produce & more.
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