Napa Valley has a special place in my heart because that is one of the first trips my husband and I took when we started dating. Eight years later, we came back over the Thanksgiving weekend to enjoy the wineries with family. There are so many great wineries to choose from, but since we were limited on time (typical), we narrowed it down to our top three. Keep in mind that we’ve been here before, so we wanted to try new wineries.
Make sure to map out the wineries you want to visit, so you aren’t driving back and forth. There are lots of tours and transportation options depending on how much you plan on ‘tasting’.
1. Castello di Amorosa
Our first stop was at the castle winery in Callistoga. This was such a unique experience and fun being in a castle learning and sampling wine. Also, it was dog friendly, so Parker had a blast!
Tip- reservations are recommended. Tour + tasting is $40
Tip- the cover photo for this post was taken across the entrance of this winery
2. Mumm Napa
I’m a huge fan of sparkling wine! Plus, they give you a free champagne glass for you to taste along the tour.
Tip– buying a bottle of Mumm Napa at Costco is at least $10 cheaper than at the winery
Tip- most of the tour is done indoors in a facility in case you want to save your tour money for somewhere else
3. Artesa Winery
This was by far the most beautiful out of the three that we visited. We didn’t come in time for the tour, so we opted for the wine tasting.
Tip- by the end of the day, we were worn out from all the tastings, so we bought one tasting ticket per three people. Each ticket comes with five tastings.
Tip- stay for the sunset. It’s worth it!
I hope all you wine enthusiasts out there get a chance to enjoy the beautiful wineries in Napa Valley.