Napa, California is known by many throughout the country and even the entire world as one of the greatest regions for wine tasting. Napa is home to some of the most famous wineries in the entire country such as Beaulieu Vineyard. While these wineries are famous for good reason, there are also less known wineries in the region that deserve the same spotlight.
Beaulieu Vineyard is one of the most recognizable wineries in the entire country. The vineyard is not only known for its wine, but history lovers will enjoy their visit here as well. As one of the oldest producers of wine in the region, Beaulieu has been at work since the late 1800’s. They do offer tours of their original winery building which is sure to impress. After that, and after heavy sampling of wine (they specialize Cabernet), move on to their “Heritage Room”, a room which shows the history of wine in the valley.
The Cade Estate is another place wine lovers must stop at in their trip through Napa Valley. Here, you can enjoy wine with a view. Being located on Howell Mountain, allows guests to enjoy their wine outside while admiring the scene around them.
The wineries discussed above are talked about for a reason: they are among the best wineries in Napa. However, while on any trip it is important to branch away for at least a while from the busy places all the tourists go to, in order to enjoy a relaxing trip. That is exactly what you can get from Cliff Lede Vineyards. This winery is off the beaten path, making it more relaxing and intimate, and also less crowded. The winery features an early 1900’s style building, a sculpture garden, and an art gallery. Their signature wine is Poetry Cabernet Sauvignon. Also, Cliff Lede is an ideal location to end your day as there is a luxury inn (The Poetry Inn) where you can spend your evening and night in the comfort of a pool, a message, or of course, a bottle of wine. Wake up the next morning feeling refreshed and then enjoy a luxury breakfast (included in your stay) before continuing on your journey through the famous Napa Valley.
With so many unique wineries, Napa Valley has something for everyone. History lovers can enjoy Beaulieu Vineyard, while people who simply like to relax and take in a view with their wine will love the Cade Estate. No matter where you go, however, remember to occasionally take a break from the famous wineries and enjoy the well kept secrets of the valley.