Your Experience of the Top Rated Wineries in Napa and Sonoma Starts Here…
Napa and Sonoma are famous for their world-class wineries. So how do you plan a day trip throughout this bountiful region when the harvest leaves you a little spoilt for choice? If you’ve only got a day to visit the area, you don’t have to go far to have a taste of some of the best wine and food in the valley. Check out these top wineries for a perfect day trip. Your pilgrimage can begin and end in just 24 miles.
Start Here – Trefethen Family Vineyards
Deeply entrenched in the rich and fertile soil of the Napa Valley, the Trefethen Family have cultivated their family tradition and journey in winemaking which began on the property in 1886, long before winemaking made history in the area. A visit to Eschol as it was named by the original owner, Scottish sea captain Hamden McIntyre, will take you back to a time when it was almost absurd to be in the business at all. Try their 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon which is a blend of 85% Cabernet, 6% Petit Verdot, 5% Merlot, and 4% Malbec.
Next Stop – The Hess Collection Wines
Approximately 9 miles down the road, is The Hess Collection Winery. Established by the Christian Brothers in 1936, the exquisite estate boasts its world-class Mount Veeder Cabernet Sauvignon. Hess has become a favorite amongst travelers for not only the wine but also the intriguing artwork that can be found both in the onsite gallery as well as on the grounds. Surrounded by beauty and tradition, this place prides itself on providing an exceptional experience for wine and art lovers alike.
Scribe Winery – 14 miles from Hess
As you turn in from the road, the lush grounds of this 19th-century Spanish hacienda, both rustic and charming, awaits you. Seemingly unassuming, it has come a long way from its bootlegging and brothel roots. Frequented by both celebrities and locals, this unpretentious winery has breathed new life into the volcanic soils of the region, producing some of the valley’s most sumptuous pinot and chardonnay varieties. The patio is the place to gratify your taste buds and linger over the offering of menu items curated by the innovative guests of the chef-in-residence program. A truly engaging experience awaits you at Scribe.
Last Stop – Gundlach Bundschu Wine
Only a mile down the road from Scribe, since 1858 The Gundlach-Bundschu family have been instrumental in bringing German and French wines to the Sonoma area. Famous varieties of this vineyard include their Gewurztraminer and Cabernet Sauvignon. Incidentally, Jacob and Eva Gundlach gathered the original rootstocks for their vines on their travels throughout Germany and France. Their namesake lives on in the six-generation family-owned vineyard. The vineyard also hosts eclectic music festivals throughout the year that feature indie, folk and surf rock.
So there you have it! 24 miles of great wine and food to ensure that you have an unforgettable experience in Sonoma and Napa. If you’re planning to stay in the valley, check out the local Cottage Inn & Spa. You’ll be wanting to be a stone’s throw away from your bed after a day of lingering overindulgent food and wine!