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Napa Valley: Award-Winning Wines from a Diverse Appellation

Thursday, April 24th, 2014

Within the Napa Valley appellation, there are 16 sub-appellations. This means, there are 16 different legally defined and protected geographical locations where grapes are grown and crafted into amazing Napa Valley wines. Some sub-appellations are more well-known than others but all are dedicated to creating wines that truly represent the distinct area of Napa Valley where they come from. In this first part of a three part series, Napa Wine Tours introduces you to the first group of Napa Valley sub-appellations.

Calistoga District

Eisele Vineyard is the Heart of Araujo Estate Wines Located in the Calistoga AVA

Eisele Vineyard is the Heart of Araujo Estate Wines Located in the Calistoga AVA

Famous for relaxing hot springs, massages, and mud baths, the Calistoga sub-appellation located on the northern tip of Napa Valley is home to well-known wineries such as Chateau Montelena Winery, Clos Pegase Winery, Frank Family Vineyards, and Schramsberg Vineyards.

Oakville District

The Thriving Vineyards of Groth Vineyards & Winery Located in the Oakville AVA

The Thriving Vineyards of Groth Vineyards & Winery Located in the Oakville AVA

The wineries in the Oakville sub-appellation are known for their critically acclaimed, award-winning Cabernet Sauvignons. Reserve at tour of the cave and winery with a tasting at Miner Family Vineyards, book a private appointment at Gamble Family Vineyards, or stop by Plumpjack Winery for a walk-in tasting.

Rutherford District

HALL Rutherford Wines in the Making in the Rutherford AVA

HALL Rutherford Wines in the Making in the Rutherford AVA

This sub-appellation is approximately 6 square miles and at its widest point, 2 miles wide. The vineyards receive more sun than some of the other sub-appellations and are refreshed by cool evenings. Although Rutherford produces award-winning Cabernet Sauvignon, winemakers and growers also produce almost 20 other varietals including Cabernet Franc, Chardonnay, and Merlot. Visit the historic Beaulieu Vineyard, taste estate Cabernet Sauvignon and Sauvignon Blanc at St. Supery Vineyards & Winery, or choose from a variety of private experiences at Peju Province Winery.

Spring Mountain District

Spring Mountain District

Spring Mountain District

The excellence to be found in the Spring Mountain sub-appellation comes from a collective of family-owned and operated wineries mostly creating Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Visitors to Pride Mountain Vineyards will find, along with Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Syrah, Viognier, and Chardonnay. At Robert Keenan Winery, guests will taste current releases from this winery with 47 wines from the last nine vintages earning 90 to 97 points by internationally renowned wine critic, Robert Parker Jr.

Stags Leap District

Regusci Winery in Stags Leap District

Regusci Winery in Stags Leap District

The historic Stags Leap sub-appellation also produces superb Cabernet Sauvignon. The variety of wineries to be found vary from family-owned wineries to internationally renowned wineries. Visit the family-owned Baldacci Family Vineyards, appreciate outstanding wine and the Cape Dutch architecture style of Chimney Rock Winery, or sip on a current release from Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars, the infamous winery that seized the winning title in the 176 Paris Wine Tasting.

Make sure to check back next week for part 2 in our blog series focusing on bringing you the diverse, unique, remarkable parts that combine to create the incredible Napa Valley. And remember to contact Napa Wine Tours for your next adventure in Napa Valley.

January Events in Napa Valley

Thursday, January 9th, 2014

The cold and rain of Winter alternates with the warmth of sunny days during January in Napa Valley. Anytime is a great time to visit this world renowned Wine Country. And Napa Valley wineries continue to provide a variety of special events to experience Napa Valley wines.

Morning in the Winery

Winter in the Vineyard at Trefethen Family Vineyards

Winter in the Vineyard at Trefethen Family Vineyards

On Saturday, January 11th Napa Valley Vintners presents an educational and unforgettable morning event at your choice of one of five wineries. Visitors will learn “what it takes for a grape to go from a vine to a bottle of Napa Valley wine” and how each winery uses sustainable practices. Reservations are not necessary and the event takes place from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Participating wineries are Trefethen Family Vineyards, Domaine Chandon, St. Supery Estate Vineyards & Winery, Peju Province Winery, and Chateau Montelena Winery.

Vineyard to Glass Tour at St. Supery Estate Vineyards & Winery

St. Supery Estate Room

St. Supery Estate Room

This tour is currently offered four days a week – Monday, Thursday, Friday, and Sunday – at 10:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. Guests begin their experience in the St. Supery Estate Room with a tasting of estate Sauvignon Blanc. Then, guests are taken to the vineyard. The experience continues with a barrel tasting and more tastes of St. Supery estate wines. Reservations are required.

Winter Wander Walk Around Tasting at Beringer Vineyards

Beringer Vineyards Rhine House

Beringer Vineyards Rhine House

Bundle up and head to the historic Beringer Vineyards on January 18th or 19th. For both days, visitors are invited to wander between four stations at the winery for small bites paired with Beringer wines.

Beaulieu Vineyard Prohibition Party

Beaulieu Vineyard Prohibition Party

Beaulieu Vineyard Prohibition Party

Buy your tickets now for Saturday, January 25th and spend the afternoon in the spirit of a 1920’s speakeasy. From 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. guests will enjoy live music, entertainment (craps table, roulette wheel, & more), and Beaulieu Vineyard wines. Guest are encouraged to come dressed in 1920’s attire and will be invited to have their picture taken with George de LaTour’s 1925 Cadillac Imperial or a 1922 Model T Huckster.

Barrel Tasting Party at V Sattui Winery

V Sattui Barrel Tasting Party

V Sattui Barrel Tasting Party

Choose from over 60 newly released, award winning, and high scoring V Sattui wines to taste. Delightfully paired with these wines are specially prepared passed appetizers and three food stations. Live music will be provided by the Sharp 5 Jazz Band. This annual event, on Saturday, January 25th from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., consistently sells out so make sure to purchase your tickets soon!

Contact Napa Wine Tours for your private, chauffeured transportation and savor a visit to Napa Valley!

Celebrating 4th of July, 2013 in Napa Valley

Thursday, June 6th, 2013

July, 1776 was an exciting time for the Thirteen Colonies. History documents in a letter from John Adams to his wife, Abigail, that future generations would celebrate the separation of the colonies from Great Britain “with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations…forever more.”

Americans have continued the traditional celebration. Our celebrations still include parades and “illuminations.” Barbecues and picnics have replaced bonfires. Carnivals and fairs spring up across the nation. And festive decorations appear in American homes and businesses.

For those considering a long weekend in Napa Valley, Napa Wine Tours recommends joining in on these celebrations.

Napa County Fair and Fireworks in Calistoga

A Memory from the Parade in Calistoga

Downtown Calistoga located north of Napa Valley hosts a day of fun on Thursday, July 4th. The parade begins at 11 a.m. Visitors are invited to continue the celebration at the fairgrounds for games and later, fireworks.

Louis M. Martini 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular
Reserve your tickets for this annual family event also scheduled for Thursday, July 4th. From 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m., guests will enjoy live entertainment, Napa Valley cuisine paired with Louis M. Martini wines, and an incredible fireworks show.

Color Guard at Sunrise Rotary’s Napa 4th of July Parade

Napa 4th of July Parade
The Sunrise Rotary’s dedicated Parade Committee presents their Napa 4th of July Parade at 10 a.m. in downtown Napa. This year’s theme is Napa Celebrates Americana.

This holiday is the perfect time to visit some of Napa Valley’s historic wineries.

Looking for accommodations? Stay in one of Napa Valley’s historic hotels including Napa River Inn and Silverado Resort & Spa.

Contact Napa Wine Tours for your private, chauffeured transportation during this special holiday or anytime throughout the year.

Napa Valley Historic Wineries

Thursday, December 27th, 2012

Persistence. Dedication. Hope. Just a few of the characteristics needed to create and sustain historic wineries in Napa Valley. Napa Wine Tours has selected a few Napa Valley historic wineries to share. Each with their own unique stories.

Becoming a historic winery in Napa Valley was not easy. In the 1890’s vines were destroyed by the almost microscopic insect related to aphids, phylloxera. In 1920, Prohibition banned the production, sale, and transportation of liquids containing alcohol. Then, in 1929, the stock market crashed and the Great Depression began. In the late 1980’s through the 1990’s, phylloxera hit Napa Valley again with devastating effects. These are just a few of the obstacles these historic wineries have confronted and defeated.

Peter Mondavi Sr. & Charles Krug

Charles Krug Winery
Charles Krug immigrated from Prussia to the United States. In 1861 he established the first commercial winery. His determination, hard work, and creative thinking inspired others and by 1889, more than 140 wineries were founded. After his death in 1892 the winery became the property of James Moffitt until 1943 when Moffitt sold Charles Krug Winery to Cesare Mondavi. Today, Charles Krug Winery continues to thrive under Peter Mondavi and his family.

Beringer Vineyards Rhine House & Jacob Beringer

Beringer Vineyards
Jacob Beringer left his home in Germany and arrived in New York in 1868. The lure of California and Napa Valley captured more than his attention and in 1875 he and his brother purchased the land where they would plant their first vineyard. Beringer Vineyards was founded in 1876. Since 2001 Beringer has been designated as a historic district and is in the National Register for Historic Places. Today Beringer offers a variety of tours of their extensive, historic grounds along with tastings of their impeccable wines.

Josephine Tychson, Ted Edwards, & Freemark Abbey

Freemark Abbey
The first woman on record to own a winery in Napa was Josephine Tychson. In 1886, Freemark Abbey’s first name was Tychson Cellars. In 1894, Josephine Tychson sold the winery to her foreman who in turn sold it in 1898 to Antonio Forni. Tychson Cellars became Lombarda Cellars. Once Prohibition began, Lombarda Cellars was forced to close for 20 years. Then, in 1939, three business partners purchased the winery and combined their names to create the name, “Freemark Abbey.” In 1968, seven partners purchased the winery and hired talented winemakers who would become well-known for their outstanding talents. Today the Freemark Abbey winemaking team, led by Director of Winemaking Ted Edwards since 1985, continues to create perfectly balanced, unforgettable wines.

Beaulieu Vineyard Entrance

Beaulieu Vineyard
The secret to the remarkable success of Beaulieu Vineyard was its founder, Georges de Latour. After purchasing the first 4 acres that would found Beaulieu Vineyard in 1900, Georges de Latour imported rootstock from Europe that was resistant to the devastating phylloxera. He also began selling wine to the Catholic church to be used during religious ceremonies. The combination of these two key acts allowed Beaulieu to continue to operate and thrive even during Prohibition. After Prohibition was repealed, George de Latour traveled to France where he found the perfect winemaker who would become a mentor to other highly regarded winemakers, some of which would go on to establish their own wineries. Today, Beaulieu Vineyard continues to create highly acclaimed wines.

Francis Ford Coppola, Gustave Niebaum, & Inglenook

In 1879 Gustave Neibaum founded Inglenook. Within 10 years the name “Inglenook” was synonymous with critically acclaimed wines nationally and internationally. After his death in 1908, his wife, Susan, continued to run the winery and Inglenook made it through Prohibition by selling grapes to Beaulieu Vineyards. A few years after Prohibition was repealed, in 1933, Susan passed away leaving Inglenook to her grand-niece and grand-nephew. By the 1940’s, Susan’s grand-nephew, John Daniel Jr., had restored the Inglenook name as a producer of some of the best wines being made in Napa Valley. In 1964, John Daniel was forced to make a painful decision due to finances and kept the mansion but sold the winery. Within 5 years the Inglenook name became associated with inexpensive jug wine and its reputation was damaged. Then, in 1975, Francis Ford Coppola purchased the mansion and the surrounding vineyard. Since then he has worked to purchase the original vineyards and bring winemaking back to the Inglenook chateau. With the purchase of the Inglenook name in April 2011 he is determined to restore Inglenook’s reputation as a producer of some of the best Napa Valley wines.

There are more successful historic wineries to be found in Napa Valley still producing outstanding Napa Valley wines. Contact Napa Wine Tours to reserve an unforgettable wine tour in Napa Valley.

The Rutherford Passport Weekend

Monday, April 19th, 2010

Beaulieu Vineyard

Napa Valley’s Rutherford Appellation is known for its historic and newer wineries creating world-class wines. On May 1st & 2nd, 2010 visitors to Napa can take part in the Rutherford Passport Weekend. This year special tastings will be offered – some right out of the barrel and tank! You’ll meet winemakers and taste foods perfectly paired with unforgettable wines while enjoying live entertainment.

Francis Ford Coppola's Rubicon Estate

Participating wineries include the historic Beaulieu Vineyard (BV), Francis Ford Coppola’s Rubicon Estate, Rutherford Hill Winery, and many more.

Rutherford Hill Winery

Click here for more information and to order your tickets. Contact Napa Wine Tours for your private, chauffeurred transportation for a memorable day of wine tasting and fun!

10 “Must See” Wineries to Visit in Napa Valley

Thursday, March 4th, 2010

Napa Valley is renown for its world-class wines, breath taking panoramic views, and sense of elegance and escape from reality. When planning your next trip to the beautiful Napa Valley, don’t be overwhelmed with the hundreds of winery choices across the county. We’ve selected 10 of the many quality and unique wineries in Napa Valley. Whether it’s the architecture, ambiance, gardens, history, or art that draws you to these wineries, they’re all unique in their own way.

The Kuleto Estate Winery

2470 Sage Canyon Road
St Helena, CA 94574
Phone: (707) 963-4859

This winery estate offers tours by reservation only, however, the formality involved is worth the chance to taste the premium Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Sangiovese, Syrah, and Zinfandel that Kuleto offers as their primary wine selection. Pat Kuleto, owner of the estate, is also responsible for many of the Bay Area’s best restaurants.

The Beaulieu Vineyard

1960 St. Helena Highway
Rutherford, CA 94573
Phone: (707) 967-5200

This vineyard was historically innovative in the wine and vineyard industry; Beaulieu made waves by introducing the oak barrel aging process. Beaulieu is constantly updating their Napa Valley events, always eager to keep wine aficionados interested in both the product, and the process.

The Hess Collection

4411 Redwood Road
Napa, CA 94558-9708
Phone: (707) 255-1144

The Hess Collection Winery stands out amongst other Napa vineyards as an opulent jewel, not only for its superior product, but for its unconventional attraction. Not only can you tour, taste, and enjoy the Hess Estate, but you can also experience the art gallery located on the estate as well.

Domaine Chandon

1 California Dr
Yountville, CA 94599-1426
Phone: (707) 944-2892

Domaine Chandon is known most affluently for its sparkling wines and champagne; a favorite of this writer and many other wine aficionados, are its sparkling Rose variety. Chandon’s restaurant, étoile, is nationally acclaimed and the winner of the Best of Award of Excellence from the Wine Spectator in August 2009, among many other accolades.

Pine Ridge Winery

5901 Silverado Trail
Napa CA 94558
Phone: (707) 253-7500

This Napa Valley winery focuses on Sustainable Farming in order to develop a superior product. The winery offers tours that begin in the vineyard, travels through the wine production facilities and aging caves, and ends a private cellar for a seated wine and cheese pairing.

Joseph Phelps Vineyards

200 Taplin Road
Saint Helena, CA 94574-9544
Phone: (707) 967-9153

Just a bit beyond the usual Napa and Sonoma wine tours, you’ll find the secluded winery and estate of Joseph Phelps, one of the few vineyard owners who still believes in the intimacy involved in the wine making process. Phelps personally oversees and manages the product of his efforts.

Sterling Vineyards

1111 Dunaweal Lane
Calistoga, CA 94515
(800) 726-6136

Sterling Vineyards features the only aerial tram in Napa Valley. Enjoy the unbelievable view from above followed by a tasting and a self-guided tour of the art gallery and the winery.

Clos Pegase

1060 Dunaweal Lane
Calistoga, CA 94515
Phone: (707) 942-4981

This stunning winery combines wine with art and architecture. Clos Pegase offers daily tours and tastings. Purchase cheese in their Visitor’s Center and enjoy a bottle of your favorite Clos Pegase wine in their picnic area shaded by a 300 year old Oak Tree.

The Robert Mondavi Winery

7801 St. Helena Highway
Oakville, CA 94562
Phone: (707) 226-1395

Once you’ve had your fill of secluded California winery estates, and retro-Italian architecture, the Spanish-Mission style Robert Mondavi Winery and Estate awaits. The winery is host to a variety of events such as concerts, art exhibits, and their regular tasting tours.

The Rubicon Winery

1991 Saint Helena Highway
Rutherford, CA 94573
Phone: (707) 963-9099

This estate has its claim to fame by its former name, the Niebaum-Coppola Estate Winery; it was owned by the filmmaker Francis Ford-Coppola. Under Coppola’s high standards and superior technique, the vineyards were reunited, and the chateau that overlooked its expansive valleys for almost two centuries is once again part of its legendary wine making process. Rubicon is diamond in the crown of Napa Valley wineries.