Everyone knows that Napa Valley is home to some of the world’s finest, largest and best-known wineries, but sometimes it’s the hidden gems that stand out the most. Since not every winery features a tasting room, it may be difficult to discover these lesser known, but equally exquisite, wines. Below are some of our Tasting Room recommendations where you can sample wines that you may not be able to find anywhere else. Enjoy!
Hope and Grace Winery and Tasting Rooms
6540 Washington Street, Yountville, CA 94599
Derived from a dream over a decade ago to a thriving artisan winery and Yountville tasting room in Napa Valley. Hope & Grace began its journey as a winery in 2001 with a small production of Pinot Noir from the Santa Lucia Highlands. Today we are a modest producer of 3,000 cases annually; focusing on limited production, single vineyard, 100% varietal Pinot Noirs, Cabernet Sauvignons, Malbec, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay & Dry Riesling.
Visit website www.hopeandgracewines.com
Orin Swift Cellars
1245 Main St., Napa, CA 94559
“The history of Orin Swift Cellars dates back to 1995 when on a lark, David Swift Phinney took a friend up on an offer and went to Florence, Italy to spend a semester “studying”. During that time, he was introduced to wine, how it was made, and got hooked. A few more years of university led to graduation and eventually a job at Robert Mondavi Winery in 1997 as a temporary harvest worker. Deciding that if he was going to work this hard, it would eventually have to be for himself, so in 1998 he founded Orin Swift Cellars; Orin is his father’s middle name and Swift is his mother’s maiden name. With two tons of zinfandel and not much else, he spent the next decade making wine for others as well as himself and grew the company into a multinational brand that now includes 300 acres of vineyards in the Southwest of France. This international ambition has led to projects in Spain, Italy, Corsica, Argentina and other locations around the globe.”
Visit website www.orinswift.com
Taste at Oxbow
708 First St, Napa, CA 94559
Featuring the wines of the Waterstone Winery, along with gourmet food and a boutique shop, Taste at Oxbow is a complete wine tasting salon in downtown Napa. Waterstone Winery was founded in 2000, and produces balanced wines that are expressions of both the grape and lands from which it comes.
Visit website www.tasteatoxbow.com
1248 1st Street, Napa, CA 94559
Ceja Vineyards is a chic wine tasting salon, lounge and art gallery. Sample award-winning wines by flight, glass or bottle and indulge in artisan cheeses and gourmet food items while viewing original artwork by local artists. Listen to the tunes of groovy salsa and Latin funk as you unwind in a luxurious leather sofa for the most complete sensory experience in Napa Valley.
Visit website www.cejavineyards.com
Uncorked at Oxbow
605 First St., Napa, CA, 94559
Uncorked at Oxbow isn’t your traditional stuffy tasting room. Offering food, wine, art, music and education, Uncorked at Oxbow is about having a fun wine experience in a historic setting. The tasting room features the award-winning Ahnfeldt Wines and Carducci Wines and is the only licensed, bonded and refrigerated barrel-tasting room in Napa, offering barrel tastings and blending sessions on premises.
Visit website www.uncorked-at-oxbow.com
1313 Main St, Napa, CA, 94559
1313 Main is a bold and different wine destination in downtown Napa. With an intimate and sophisticated wine bar and lounge, 1313 Main features over 1,300 rotating labels of fine wines offered by the taste, glass, flight or bottle. Visitors will get to experience fine wine, artisan food and craft beers in a chic, urban ambiance.
Visit website www.1313main.com
John Anthony Vineyards
1440 First St, Napa, CA 94559
The John Anthony Vineyards Tasting Room and Wine Shop focuses on quality and craftsmanship and features wines from the Oak Knoll District, Carneros and Coombsville regions. Located in downtown Napa, John Anthony Vineyards has redefined the traditional Napa Valley experience with the introduction of custom vineyards tours, late night tastings, private wine tastings and special events.
Visit website www.johnanthonyvineyards.com
7l4 First St, Napa, CA, 94559
Mason Cellars is a family-owned and operated vineyard that is known for their world-class Sauvignon Blanc. Enjoy a complimentary tasting of the Sauvignon Blanc or any other of the Mason Cellars wines in a cozy, country atmosphere. Casual and inviting, Mason Cellars Tasting Room features custom art by local artists and Mason Mercantile – a unique shop featuring specialty home goods.
Visit website www.masoncellars.com