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Summer Grape Escapes: Top 5 Wineries in Napa

Napa Valley is the gem of California’s wine country, with over 600 wineries dotted among rolling green hills, secluded redwood groves, and acres of lush vineyards. Make the most of summertime in California by renting a luxury car, cruising through the valley, and stopping off at the best Wineries in Napa for tastings and vineyard tours.


O’Brien Estate

 

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This family-owned wine estate is known for its artisanal, handcrafted wines and holistic wine-making ethos. O’Brien wines are sold exclusively from O’Brien Wine Estate cellars, making them excellent, unique gifts for wine lovers. Each bottle captures the character of the O’Brien vineyards and the terroir of Napa Valley. The winery takes a minimalist summer approach to wine-making, with only estate-grown grapes used for each vintage and wine aged in small French oak barrels. Although their philosophy is one of simplicity and their emphasis on exceptional quality, O’Brien estate offers a large range of wines, including Chardonnay, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, their own Bordeaux Blend, and Sauvignon Blanc. Wine tasting is an immersive, sensory experience; walk through the vineyards, get a guided tour of the winery, and an intimate seated tasting outdoors. Summer is the perfect time to enjoy a glass of chilled O’Brien Chardonnay beside the vineyards in Napa wine country.

www.obrienestate.com


Heitz Cellar

 

Nestled deep in the heart of Napa Valley, Heitz Cellar boasts an impressive history reaching back to 1890, when the first vines were planted on the mountainous terrain. The winery has been in the hands of the Heitz family since 1961, and it has flourished under their ownership. The winery is dedicated to sustainable and organic farming, and it is well-known for its Gringnolino, a delightful, light-bodied wine with garnet hues and wild berry flavors. Enjoy Heitz’s “little strawberry” wine when you visit Heitz Cellar in St. Helena for a wine tasting. The cellar is open daily from 11:00 to 16:30, and you can look forward to an experience full of history, hospitality, and exceptional wines.

www.heitzcellar.com


Etude Wines

 

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Passionate about the craft of wine-making, Etude focuses on inspired grape growing, eco-friendly farming practices, and carefully matched soils and varietals for creating their exceptional wines. Etude Wines specialize in Pinot Noir and Cabernet Sauvignon, and they also have a limited production of several other varietals such as Chardonnay, Pinot Blanc, and several unique red and white blends. The wine estate has one of the best Napa Wine Tasting Rooms in the region with a revamped tasting bar, reserve tasting room for exclusive seated tastings, study table, and patio area for enjoying Etude wines outdoors. The staff are welcoming, friendly, and knowledgeable, and they will educate you and guide you through the tastings with great attention to detail. Etude would love to share their wines with you, so plan a visit in summer and check out their superb tasting rooms and warm Californian hospitality.

www.etudewines.com


Inglenook Vineyards

 

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Established in 1871, Inglenook vineyard is one of the oldest wineries in Napa, and its historical legacy is rich and impressive – just like its wines! The winery produces their Rubicon wine (Cabernet Sauvignon & Petit Verdot), Blancaneaux (35% Marsanne, 34% Rousanne, & 31% Viogner), Zinfandel, Syrah, and Cabernet Sauvingon, so you’ll be spoiled for choice when it comes to tasting! Treat yourself to the exclusive Inglenook experience when you visit the winery, which includes a tour of the old Chateau, the vineyards, and Infinity caves, and finally a private seated tasting of cellar wines paired with artisanal cheeses from the region. The tasting experience is incredibly popular in summer, so we recommend booking well in advance to avoid disappointment. If you’d prefer a more casual tasting experience, you can sip wine over lunch at the winery’s Parisian-style bistro.

www.inglenook.com


Beaulieu Vineyard

 

If you’re visiting California soon and looking for great Napa Wine Tasting Rooms, you should definitely take a trip to Beaulieu Vineyard. The honey-colored stonework of the winery and cellar buildings is covered with green ivy, giving the estate a feeling of refined grandeur. On your visit you can taste Beaulieu’s signature wines, including Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, and various blends, that are only available from the estate. Enjoy these excellent Napa Valley wines at Beaulieu’s Maestro Tasting Room, a sophisticated and modern space for learning about the estate’s wines and sampling them.

http://www.bvwines.com/


There are many more wineries in Napa to discover on your trip, more hidden gems you may pass as you drive your rental car through the vineyards and along the coast. Summer in California is pure bliss, especially when you have some great Napa Valley wines to enjoy on your vacation.

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