Hey guys! I just got back from a trip up to the beautiful and world-famous Northern California Wine Country. I was out with a client and worked with a dear friend and acquaintance as we represented the buyer for a beautiful and stunning piece of property! There are wonderful listings and extraordinary Sonoma Valley real estate opportunities and I was blown away by some of the the area. While I was there, I was able to explore and was pleasantly reminded about how real estate is much more than just a house, its a community and the ambiance and culture of your area – that makes a home.
It is hard to select the five most famous wineries in Napa and Sonoma Valley. There are wine lovers who prefer smaller wineries that offer more exclusive service to let them enjoy every variety of the wine at their own pace. Others want a livelier ambiance like a vast garden, souvenir shops, art galleries, and restaurants. Whatever their choices may be, they can surely find it in Napa Valley.
Here are my top five favorite wineries in Northern California Wine Country (in no particular order because I love them all!)
1)V. Sattui Winery. Located in St Helena, this winery is open from 9-5 during winter and 9-6 on summer. It is open seven days a week and open to the public without an appointment. Here, your taste buds will be treated to 80 different varieties of wines and champagnes and your eyes will feast on the winery’s fusion of old and sophisticated charms which include its picnic grounds, aged oak barrels, and mouth-watering dishes.
2)Chateau Montelena. Located in Calistoga, this winery carved history in 1976 when its 1973 Chateau Montelena Chardonnay won the highly-coveted “Paris Tasting” beating France’s best white Burgundies. Even today, this chardonnay is the main crowd drawer for the winery. However, the visitors will also fall in love with its old world stone chateau, unique Chinese-inspired garden with lake, and its intimate greeting room.
3)Beringer Vineyards. Located in the heart of Napa Valley, this winery was established by German brothers who migrated to the U.S in 1875. In 1885, they planted the famous “Tunnel of Trees” which adorns Highways 29 up to now. The buildings and their lush surroundings transport the visitors back in time. Touring the winery will surely provide a magical experience for everyone.
4)Inglenook Winery. Built by a wine connoisseur in 1879 in Rutherford, Napa, it is known for making wines in smaller quantities. It became more famous after Francis Ford Coppola acquired the winery in 1975. Since then, the American director spends a huge amount of time, effort, and money to restore the winery back to its original splendor. I have to say, the views here were absolutely stunning!!
5)Luna Vineyards. This is one of the most recent wineries built in Napa. It was launched in 1995 in a small estate vineyard near downtown Napa and Silverado Resort. The ambiance feels more like a bar than a regular winery, which makes it click to newer wine aficionados.