he winery sits ontop of a hill, right at the napa/sonoma carneros region border. The building, architecture, and scenery are simply breathetaking. If you arive early enough in the morning, you can take a tour, where they walk you around the production facility downstairs. The wines are pretty pricey, but they are pretty darn good. A lot of the wines are estate grown pinots and chards, but they do source some amazing Cabs from upper valley. They are a very busy winery, but they are very attentive to each customer.
The vineyard is quite incredible and impressive. We tasted 9 different wines in their cave which was filled with millions of dollars worth of marble statues.
The cave was nice and cool and the aroma of the wines in the barrels hit you as soon as you entered. There was Italian music being pumped into the cave which helped set the mood for the tasting.
Afterwards we wandered around their property and enjoyed quite the view from their patio area.
Superb, handcrafted small-lot Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay define Melanson Vineyards wines. Produced from fruit grown on our 10.5 acre estate, the wines express both the power and fineness associated with grapes from high elevation vineyards. A blend of old-world techniques melded with modern technology and careful farming characterize our winemaking practices.
Dillon Vineyards is a small vineyard, located in the Yountville Appellation, south of the town of Yountville on the floor of the Napa Valley. This unique location has an exceptionally delicate micro climate for growing Chardonnay grapes.
Napa Valley's Dolce Winery is the only winery in North America that is solely devoted to producing a single, late harvest wine. It is one of the few wineries in the world willing to make such a commitment, sharing a common philosophy with the great Sauternes producers of Bordeaux. Dolce cellar is located within the caves of its sister winery, Far Niente, in California's Napa Valley. Visitors to the winery are welcomed with a hosted tour, followed by a tasting of current and library vintages. By its nature, Dolce is a rare wine that cannot be produced every year. Dolce is made when a natural, beneficial mold called botrytis cinerea attacks the grapes on the vine, while evaporating the water content and concentrating the sugars, acids and flavors. The inaugural 1985 vintage yielded only six barrels, and production grew to nine barrels in 1986. The 1987 vintage was not fine enough to be bottled and 1988 was so warm that no botrytis formed and the grapes were never harvested. The 1989 vintage was the first commercial release of Dolce and it was introduced to the market in 1992. Visits are by appointment, only.
A California "First Growth" estate featuring two wines, a Bordeaux-style Harlan Estate Proprietary Red Wine, and a second wine, The Maiden. Prepare to pay well for a bottle of the Harlan Estate Proprietary Red Wine. Robert Parker has given the Proprietary Red perfect scores in 1994, 1997, 2001, and 2002.
Huge Bear Wines are a celebration of the rich viticulture heritage and the rugged, individualistic spirit that embodies California, and more specifically, Sonoma County. The winery blends the finest grapes from Sonoma County’s premier wine growing regions, including mountainside grapes from Knights Valley. These Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc bottling are produced in very small quantities (less than 500 cases) and offer consumers an intense, yet balanced, full and fleshy style that showcases a distinct sense of place.
Bayard Fox has made his reputation as a true “Rhone Ranger” producing Syrah, Grenache, Viognier, Roussane and Rose from hand selected vineyard locations throughout California.
The building that now houses Napa Wine Company is actually a culmination of two historic winery properties. In 1877 the first Brun & Chaix Nouveau Médoc Winery was built in Oakville, it was the 9th bonded winery in California. The oldest building was a tiny cellar; 20 by 34 feet. In 1880 the building was expanded to 160 by 34 feet and another building 40 by 45 feet was built nearby. The property passed through various hands in the 20th century. Eventually the properties were expanded to support large-scale production of generic wines, starting with the Betsy Ross wine brand in the 1940s. In 1977 the two buildings were united, and later in the 1980s, production was expanded further still to support the growing Inglenook brand. In 1993, the winery was purchased by the Pelissa family who converted the former Inglenook facility from a mass production winery into a state-of-the-art custom crush facility. In 1997, three of the top ten Wine Spectator best wines of the year were produced at Napa Wine Company. The following year, The tasting room on the property was opened to the public.
The winery is located in the middle of the valley, not too far off of Highway 29, but just enough away from the beaten path to allow you to enjoy the beauty of the wine country. The property features a beautiful bulding modeled after Jefferson's Monticello and has picnic tables to taste outside. The tasting room was not overly crowded like others we have visited. When you visit, ask for Robin Williams. She is an incredible hostess! She makes you feel welcome and made our visit special They offer a nice selection of reds and whites. The best wines are priced under $40 a bottle, which is bargain for quality wine in the Napa Valley. Monticello is definitely worth a visit.