ELEVEN "OFF-THE-BEATEN-PATH" WINERIES TO VISIT IN NAPA VALLEY

Here at We Drive Your Car Napa Valley, you can book a designated driver to drive you in your own vehicle on a personal wine tour through Napa Valley, California! There are wonderful things that you can see and do out here in Napa Valley, including affordable napa valley wine tours. If you’re looking for an intimate, off-the-grid winery experience and the best way to tour napa valley, then look no further – the best napa valley wine tours are abound. The valley is full of small production, family-owned, boutique-style wineries, and they’re rich with history and family traditions. Ninety-five percent of the wineries in Napa Valley are family-owned and sixty-seven percent produce fewer than five thousand cases of wine annually. Here are some fine examples:

  1. Found in St. Helena, Crocker & Starr Winery produces a very small production of wines from their historic organic vineyards that they have been farming in since the 1870’s. Don’t hesitate to try out their amazing Al Fresco tasting experience; it includes vineyard views with cheese and charcuterie.
  2. Keenan Winery is the perfect destination if you want to experience what Napa Valley used to be like. Delicious, award-winning wines, down-home hospitality, and spectacular vistas. This gorgeous spot is located on Spring Mountain, above the charming town of St. Helena (a great spot to pick up a picnic to enjoy overlooking the vineyards with a couple of bottles of Keenan Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve and Summer Blend, after your tasting). The view of Napa Valley is stunning from the balcony and tasting room. But best of all, is the tasting room staff: warm, friendly, informative, and full of lots of excellent insights into the wines, Napa Valley and what’s the latest. Be sure to make a reservation, as they like to give you full attention when you’re there. Refreshingly, only one set of guests at a time will be there, generally, so you will probably have the tasting room all to yourself. Delightful!
  3. A newly opened winery, Chateau Lane Winery is hidden deep within the Coombsville District. They feature a beautiful outdoor terrace with spectacular vineyard views. You can take a horseback ride through their vineyards prior to your tasting or try the cigar and wine pairing!
  4. Baldacci Family Vineyards is in the heart of Stags Leap Appellation on Silverado Trail right outside of Yountville. You can taste your way through their delicious wines while visiting their beautiful tasting room and terrace. Book your tour now to see the caves and learn how the family makes their amazing wines!
  5. Ceja Vineyards create consistently delicious wines, ones that are especially delicious with food. Blends are very interesting, and both of their Vino de Casas are strong recommendations. Those, alongside the Cejas’ welcoming personality, make your wine-tasting experiences all the worthwhile.
  6. Visiting Tres Sabores Winery is a rare treat. Their wines, combined with experience and people, are to die for! Smaller wineries have marvelous opportunities to vary the standard tasting, and give greater insight into their particular take on wines. Touring them will take you to their tiny but charming cave with a discussion of the process, and a tasting next to the estate vines, with a visit from their sheep.
  7. IIf you want absolutely exquisite wines, that recently have been winning all the awards, at a winery that has yet to fully caught the attention of the wine tasting public (think Apple in the early years) then this is your place. Fortunati Vineyards wines are as tasty as the best cult wines, but still flying under the radar—so the prices are a steal for what you’re getting. The tasting experience is a relaxing, elegant; sit down education with a charming host. We say it’s a must do!
  8. Ancien Wines creates sensational wines, and their Pinot Noir is a significant highlight. When taking a tour with them, one of their members will help pick some grapes, drop them into ziplock bags, and use them to guide you through their wine making process. If you’re planning to work in a winery, this tour will be the first step towards making your dream become a part of reality!
  9. Clif Family Winery touts a seasonal, Italian-inspired menu that goes down nice and smoothly with a glass of made-for-summer Rosé of grenache. All the ingredients for the menu – including salads, porchetta, rotisserie chicken, and side – are all sourced from the Clif Family’s own certified organic farm and other local purveyors. All-in-all, they’re a strong recommendation!
  10. Moone Tsai Wines at Brasswood Napa Valley is a one-stop shop for small-batch wines, food, shopping, and events. You can schedule an appointment to taste through Moon Tsai Wines, a very limited-production projected headed by renowned wine maker Philippe Melka, then settle in for a five-course lunch (for one-hundred twenty-five dollars) at the Braswood Bar + Kitchen. The food portions of the experience may kick off with a glass of Chardonnay and a plat of mouthwatering, made-to-order mozzarella before meandering into the reds and savory fare such as nice and warm Brussels sprouts salad, herb-infused pappardelle with short rib sugo, and a juicy rib-eye slider topped with Cambozola cheese. We recommend that you finish it all off with a rich butterscotch panna cotta and some rosemary cookies for dessert!
  11. If you’re looking for romance, then book V.G.S. Chateau Potelle’s Lunch Above the Clouds (for two-hundred dollars). You’ll meet at the winery’s mountain vineyard and, after a short-but-steep hike through the vines, you’ll reach Cloud 9, a nice and cozy mountain top table shaded beneath a gazebo. Having worked up a good appetite, you’ll leisurely enjoy a five-course lunch prepared by chef Ken Frank (of Michelin-starred La Toque) and designed to pair with V.G.S. wines. The seasonal menu changes often, but your lunch will kick off with Rosé and a starter (think smoked salmon rillettes), followed by a glass of some pineapple-rich Sauvignon Blanc and possibly some of the chef’s famous chopped salad, made of roughly fifteen ingredients. As you head into the red wines, the main course might bring some grilled lamb or a slow-roasted shaved pork loin. We recommend that you finish that with an artistic cheese plate and dessert.

While you’re enjoying the tour, you may want to think a bit about the history of Napa Valley. Here’s some food for thought:

Established back in 1881, Napa Valley was California’s very first American Viticulture Area (A.V.A.). The history of making wines in Napa Valley began in 1838, when George Calvert Yount, the founder of the town of Yountville, planted the first commercial vineyards in the valley. Napa Valley is one of the most renowned wine making regions on Earth, but it’s also one of the smallest. The valley floor spans across five miles at its widest point and thirty miles at its longest point. Additionally, Napa Valley produces only four percent of California’s wines and just .04 percent of Earth’s total wine. Thirty-six wineries in Napa Valley are certified Napa Green and dozens more are on their way to earning certification. Four-point-five million cases of wine are produced annually by Napa Green Wineries. Cabernet Sauvignon is “king” in Napa Valley and accounts for forty percent of the overall Napa Valley wine grape harvest each year.

If you want to fully enjoy the wines along the way, then leave the driving to your Napa Designated driver – WeDriveYourCarNapaValley.com. You’ll be in the best of hands, and we can even help you map out your destinations, so you get the best napa valley wine tour packages. We’re thrilled to be your driver in Napa – your Napa Wine Tour Driver or to craft the best private wine tours in Napa with you! If your wish for affordable Napa Wine Tours, cheap sonoma wine tours, or cheap Napa Valley Wine Tours, we can accommodate you with a wine country driver to fit your budget. The best way to travel around Napa Valley and undoubtedly, the best way to tour Napa Valley wineries is with your Napa/Sonoma Wine Tasting Driver – the team at We Drive Your Car Napa Valley.

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Contact Info

Tel: 1-800-985-4596

Mob: 707 227 5334

E: Gino@wdycnv.com

Address

2711 Soscol Ave 

Napa CA 94558

Contact Info

Tel: 1-800-985-4596

Mob: 707 227 5334

E: Gino@wdycnv.com

Address

2711 Soscol Ave

Napa CA 94558

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