California’s Napa Valley is considered by wine lovers to be one of the finest grape producing regions in the world with some of the best vineyard tours. Unique and picturesque, the area is home to some of the world’s foremost wineries, and no visit to Napa Valley would be complete without at least one tour of the area’s wine vineyards, where the vines and production process are on full display.
Quintessa is one of the more unique wineries in the area, comprised by organic, biodiverse vineyards. Rife with creativity, Quintessa has been winning over wine lovers since 1989, producing Bordeaux and Sauvignon Blanc wines of the highest quality. Tours include tastings paired with local cheese, as well as a glimpse into the production process at Quintessa. The best time to tour the winery is in the morning when the crowd is thin, giving you the time you need to take in all that Quintessa has to offer.
Rutherford Hill Winery is one of the largest wineries in the area, and their tours are no less than astounding. Patrons can expect a tour of their marvelous wine cave, which include tastings and a history of the winery. Surrounded by shady groves, Rutherford Hill is located in one of the most beautiful areas in Napa, and is surely worth a visit.
One of Napa’s oldest vineyards, Joseph Phelps Winery is a must-see for those in the area. Producing some of the best Rhone and Bordeaux-style wines in Napa, Joseph Phelps’ tours and tastings are run with precision. Coupled with the fact that the winery features breathtaking views of Spring Valley, it becomes clear that a trip to Napa would be remiss without visiting this stunning vineyard. For those looking to splurge, a bottle of the 2003 Insignia ($165) will surely serve as one of the highlights of any wine lover’s year.