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Just what does it take for a grape to become wine that lives up to Napa Valley’s reputation for quality? Follow the story below to understand the life cycle of the grape from vine to wine.

Winter Pruning Winter Pruning

More wine grape varieties grow in Napa Valley than in any other region of comparable size in California. As a result, our winter pruning season takes place over an extended period of time. Pruning is a highly skilled vineyard practice. The purpose is to guide the vine in certain directions and for particular purposes. In Napa Valley, much of this work is done by vineyard workers who are year-round employees. Here’s one example of the precision with which winter pruning decisions in Napa Valley are made: some vintners may prune their Merlot vines a full two weeks later [...]

The Napa Valley is home to more than 500 wineries and countless wine experiences. So we have gathered some of our more unique tours and experiences that you won’t want to miss. Ride through the valley on a vintage railcar, explore deep into a 107 room castle, sip bubbles with caviar or explore modern art paired perfectly with wines.

Unless otherwise stated, reservations are required for these unique experiences.

Cave Tour & Barrel Tasting at Rutherford Hill
Explore the property and go deep into the caves to sample wines along the way and end with a tasting right out of the barrel.

Rutherford Hill Winery

Wine & Art Exploration Tour at HALL Wines
Taste through HALL wines and tour the property that [...]

Of all the towns that dot the Napa Valley, Calistoga has the most laid-back vibe. It’s at the northernmost end of the valley, the farthest from the hustle of the Bay Area. It’s got a wealth of good food and wine, so there’s no need to travel far. But probably the biggest reason for the town’s reputation for relaxation is the centuries-old geothermal activity that makes it the valley’s spa headquarters.The native Wappo people were the first to discover this area’s natural hot springs and use them for healing. They called the place Nilektsonoma (“Chicken Hawk Place”) and built several villages here before the Mexican government divided it into rancheros in the mid-1800s. Soon after that, entrepreneur-publisher Samuel Brannan purchased more than 2,000 acres and built a hot springs resort around Mt. Lincoln on the site of what is now Indian Springs Resort. It’s been a spa destination ever since, [...]

FROM THE NAPA RIVER WETLANDS TO CALISTOGA’S HOT SPRINGS

Beginning in historic Vallejo’s Ferry Terminal (thus linking with the greater Bay Area), the Vine Trail will continue north for 47 miles, through the world-renowned vineyards and towns of Napa Valley, to its northern gateway in Calistoga at the Oat Hill Mine Trail (Hwy29/ Silverado Trail) at the foot of Mount St. Helena.

 

10 SECTIONS

The Napa Valley is world-famous, above all, for its vineyards and their appellations. To reflect this unique sense of place, we have organized the Vine Trail route into 10 SECTIONS:, each named for the city or vineyard AVA (American Viticultural Area) the trail passes through. From north to south, these are: Calistoga, St. Helena, Rutherford, Oakville, Yountville, Oak Knoll District, City of Napa, Vista Carneros, American Canyon, and Vallejo. The 47-mile Vine Trail route has been mapped and its ten sections are in various [...]

Although Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay are the most widely planted, the Napa Valley holds many surprises for wine lovers looking for varieties off the beaten path. From Albarino to Zinfandel, more than three dozen different wine grape varieties flourish in the Napa Valley. Below is a description of those that are the most widely planted:

Cabernet Sauvignon

Cabernet SauvignonCabernet Sauvignon is the acknowledged king of red grapes in Napa Valley, accounting for 40% of our total production and 55% of our crop value. This vine is grown throughout Napa Valley and achieves a variety of expression depending on its vineyard site. Its flavors display a wide variety of black fruits, including currant, cherry and plum, and often show notes of spice from oak aging.

On the palate these wines can be dense and powerful in youth but age gracefully. When young they are best matched with robust red meat dishes [...]

In southern Sonoma County, guests are enchanted by the lush, rolling hills and acres of vineyards. This area often benefits from cool breezes from the nearby Pacific coast and from San Pablo Bay. Cent

Source: Southern Sonoma County Tour Itinerary | Sonoma County (Official Site)

Take a tour of eastern Sonoma County, winding your way along two-lane country roads. Enjoy pastoral views of vineyards and valleys as you discover the delights of the Sonoma Valley, a bountiful sectio

Source: Eastern Sonoma County Tour Itinerary | Sonoma County (Official Site)

Take the guesswork out of wine and food pairing at Sonoma County wineries that offer gourmet bites with flights of wine.It’s more than just cheese plates these days—much, much more—although the local

Source: Top Wineries with Wine and Food Pairings | Sonoma County (Official Site)

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