Napa Valley: wine haven for chic city folk. If you’d like to retreat to the middle of nowhere with nothing to do but drink wine (and watch grapes shrivel), do so at the Vineyards in Napa. Yes, it’s in the middle of nowhere. But you’ll somehow feel connected to the city world since this is where they all come to escape.
When in Napa, some may say there isn’t much to do, (and I would completely agree). However, if you are making a trip to this gorgeous land of Vineyards, and you’re prepared to do nothing but drink wine, make sure you are visiting the best of their 500+ vineyard options along the valley. When I visited Napa with my mom, our family friend Dale (Napa local) gave us the grand tour of the very best Vineyards to visit.
Image a modern wood and glass cave carved into the mountain. That is the enticing yet haunting entrance of Chappellet Vineyard if you manage to successfully find the entrance without getting lost along the winding road. Come inside, and you can marvel at (and photograph) the thousands of wine barrels and massive tall ceilings prior to your wine tasting.
When I sat down for the tasting, I sat next to a film acquisition executive and her husband the lawyer from Los Angeles. (Told you, same damn people in Napa as in LA). We sat at an intimate table with a total of 10 people, and had quiet conversation while tasting our wine. (More like chugging each glass because I couldn’t keep up with the new pours.)
After too many glasses, I turned to leave and noticed a huge vacant wooden desk at the entrance. I learned it was the desk of the founder, Donn Chappellet, who had passed away. They keep his desk exactly as it was at the front of the room where he used to work… don’t stand too close! I walked out of the Vineyard to see adorable goats around the corner, thousands of stunning trees, and forks in the road that made it impossible to leave.
Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars
Another epic Vineyard in Napa, this one is sure to impress. The wine tasting is outside in the front of the building, allowing you to look over their entire Vineyard while you enjoy some of the best wine you have ever tasted. The staff explains each and every wine before you taste it and somehow every bottle is their favorite. They have this one wine called Jesus’s Juice because… well… it’s that good.
Stag’s Leap is completely stunning, it’s everything you would imagine Napa to be. Make sure you call ahead of time and ask for a seat along the side of the Vineyard for optimal picture taking!
This Vineyard is absolutely breathtaking and no photo can capture it’s insane beauty. So serious, visit this place sometime! When you arrive, you will see a massive water fountain with even more massive steps you need to walk up to get to the entrance.
You know that scene in the Incredibles movie when that Superhero guy visits that one lady who makes his super-suit? Remember how outrageous her house was? They most definitely modeled that house after this Vineyard. You will literally feel like you’re visiting the most mysterious billionaire’s house in the world. If Batman had a Vineyard, this would be it. This is definitely one of the best Vineyards in Napa Valley.
Are you motivated to visit Napa yet? Here are those three Vineyards you need to visit for quick reference:
- Chappellet Vineyard
- Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars
- Artesa Vineyard (the best!)
If you’ve been to an epic vineyard that isn’t one of these three, (I know there are hundreds more that are just as incredible), let me know! I would love to add it to my list for my next grape shrivel + rolling rills trip to Napa.
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