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Napa Valley Wineries

Napa Welcome Center, 600 Main StNapaCalifornia 94559
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Napa Valley Wineries

Not far from Sonoma and its wineries, you'll find the famous Napa Valley and its world-renowned winemakers. Considered one of the top viticulture areas in America, the region is synonymous with fine wine. Winemaking in the valley dates back to the 1800's, and several of those pioneering wineries still operate today. Easily accessible from Sonoma, wine lovers will want to tour this glorious region in detail. Wake up early and explore Napa Valley's gorgeous wine country, and enjoy bottled souvenirs in the comfort of our relaxing and luxurious accommodations.

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Hours -

Pick up the El Pueblo Inn is between 9:30am-10:30am
Drop off is between 4:00pm-5:00pm

Prices -

$125 per person

Events -

Wine tasting and tours

Activities

  • Wine Tasting Tours
  • Wine Tasting Events
  • Bike Riding Tours
  • Tours for non-wine drinkers

The Judgment of Paris

It was the event that brought California to the forefront of the international wine scene. It all started when Steven Spurrier of Britain organized a wine tasting in Paris, France for May 24, 1976. Spurrier had a passion for wine and served as a wine merchant for French wines, since they were considered the world’s best at the time.
Well-reputed sommelier judges in the wine tasting compared both French and Californian wines in a blind taste test, now called The Judgment of Paris. The primary wines were top-quality Chardonnays, Bordeaux red wine, and Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon wine. Wines from Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars and Clos Du Val Winery of the Stags Leap District of Napa Valley received high scores.
The Paris Wine Tasting of 1976 is significant because all the California wines were preferred. This proved that grapes grown in California, and specifically the soils in the Napa Valley region, could produce superior wines.

Tour Napa Valley We recommend contacting CAL Adventures for Napa Valley Tours

By bus, limo, van, on foot, or bike, knowledgeable guides will take you through Napa Valley’s wineries, historical sites, and awesome scenic beauty. The Palisades, Mount Saint Helen, and Old Faithful are only a few of the grand sites you’ll see. Tours for teetotalers are also available. For more information, visit Caladventures.com.

FAQs

  • When is the best time to visit wineries?


    Summer might seem like the best time to visit Napa Valley, but do so only if you like crowds. A better time is fall, specifically September and October. Not only will you find cooler temperatures, but it’s also crush time, when grapes are harvested and readied for production. Spring is also a good time, as crowds are smaller and rates for accommodations and other attractions are cheaper.
  • Where should I go wine tasting? What are the different sub-appellations or grape growing regions in Napa Valley?


    Within the Napa Valley, there are several different micro-regions called appellations. Each is just different enough from its neighbor to produce distinguishing characteristics to the grapes grown there. These areas are also designated American Viticulture Areas, or AVAs.
    • Stags Leap District AVA -

      Principal varieties & characteristics of this AVA are Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Sangiovese. These are distinguished by lush, velvety textures and fine perfumed cherry and red berry flavors, supported by soft tannins. Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc can also be found here and come from round and ripe, especially Sauvignon Blanc, yet retain excellent citrus and apple flavors.
    • Wild Horse Valley AVA -

      Principal varieties & characteristics are Cabernet Sauvignon and Sangiovese. These feature bright berry and cherry fruit, and more acidity than wines from the Stags Leap District. This AVA’s Chardonnay is crisp, floral, and aromatic, with distinctive pear-mineral flavors and bright acidity.
    • Yountville -

      Principal varieties & characteristics are Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Yountville favors Cabernet and Merlot with ripe, violet aromas and rich, but supple flavors and firm tannins.
    • Rutherford AVA -

      Principal varieties & characteristics in the Rujerford AVA are Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Zinfandel. They are quite intense with cherry and mineral, almost earthy aromas. Flavors are full, ripe, and notably currant with firm, but supple tannins for extended aging.
    • Mount Veeder AVA -

      Principal varieties & characteristics are Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Zinfandel. The low yields in this appellation give red wines a firm, tannic structure with strong earth-berry aromas and rich, but powerful flavors. The Chardonnay features minerally, appley, even citrus flavors with good acidity. Ageability is also a hallmark of Mt. Veeder wines.

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