Napa Valley is an iconic wine region in Northern California known for its dry Mediterranean climate and fertile soil. Its ideal conditions are perfect for growing wine grapes, harvested and produced into award-winning red and white wines, sparkling wines, and blends. Home to over 500 wineries, Napa Valley is also the first Agricultural Preserve in America.
I was lucky to have the chance to visit Napa Valley a few times while living in the Bay Area, each time discovering a new winery and experience. Here I'm rounding up my favorites, and while they're temporarily closed due to COVID-19, you can still enjoy their wines by ordering online with special deals and discounts!
These are my top 5 must-visit wineries in Napa Valley:
Ceja Vineyards is special to me because it's the first winery I visited in Napa! It's owned by a family of first-generation Mexican-American winegrowers and has a small and intimate family feel with super friendly service. The wine tasting at Ceja really encourages you to explore your own interpretation of the wine, which I thought was really interesting!
Current quarantine offers include 15% off when you mix and match 6 or more bottles, and $10 flat rate ground shipping on 6+ bottles. cejavineyards.com
My favorite: Dulce Beso Late Harvest White Wine
Domaine Carneros is the epic Napa winery you've imagined! The huge, gorgeous chateau is surrounded by vineyards and neatly maintained shrubbery of all shapes and sizes. You can't spend time here without feeling classy! Domaine Carneros is known for their sparkling wines, and you can spend time outside on the terrace or inside in the tasting room.
Right now Domaine Carneros is offering $5 shipping on any 6+ bottles sent to the same address. domainecarneros.com$5 shipping on any 6+ bottles to a single address
My favorite: Ultra Brut
Tank Garage Winery
Tank Garage isn't your typical winery, and that's what makes it so great! Opened in 2014 and located in a former mechanic's garage and gas station, the theme carries through with the garage doors and old gas pumps outside (no, they do not work). Tank Garage is located in northern Napa Valley in Calistoga. Here they focus on utilizing various grapes and blends from the region to create their own reimagined wines. The vibe is funky and cool, and the label designs on the bottles are super unique as well!
Tank Garage is offering a few specials, including a Quarantine 6-Pack Kit
My favorite: Too Much to Dream Red Wine
Artesa Estate Vineyards
I was really excited to visit Artesa because it's the U.S. counterpart to Codorníu winery in Barcelona - the oldest producer of cava and one of the oldest wineries in the world. The Raventós Codorníu family has built an empire in Spain, and planted roots in California in 1991. Artesa is known for its pinot noir and chardonnay. The winery is absolutely beautiful inside and out, designed to be a part of the natural landscape, and with hints of inspiration from Barcelona. Artesa was also featured in the movie Wine Country!
Fair warning: All Napa wines are on the expensive side, and Artesa is no exception. They're offering really fun (but pricey) tasting at home kits. Or, you can get 1 cent shipping on any 6+ bottles. Sign up for Artesa's mailing list and get 15% off your first online order! artesawinery.com
My favorite: Albariño - Los Carneros
Castello di Amorosa
Also located in the town of Calistoga, Castello di Amorosa will transport you out of California and into Tuscany! A true castle, it was built over a 14-year period to be as authentic to 13th century Italy as possible. Being there is an experience in itself, but Castello di Amorosa also offers a wide collection of wines and tasting and tour options.
Castello di Amorosa always offers sales on online purchases, and right now you can get 50% off shipping, plus a discount depending on the number of bottles you buy. castellodiamorosa.com
My favorites: Dolcino Gewürztraminer
Of course, there are what feels like a million more wineries to explore in Napa Valley - and there's Sonoma Valley right next door too!
I'm looking forward to the day when we can visit again, but until then, I'll be wine tasting from the comfort of home. Cheers!