Planning your next trip to Wine Country? There are so many wineries you could visit, so how on Earth are you supposed to choose which ones? There are many things you will probably take in to consideration, such as location, indoor or outdoor tasting area, and prices. Before you take too much time researching every winery in Napa Valley, let me help you by showing what I believe are the top 3 wineries in Napa Valley. 1. Chateau Montelena
If growing up as a kid, living in a caste was your fairytale, then visiting this winery is a must! This gorgeous stone chateau was built in the 19th century, and it is still in pristine condition. It gives off a medieval, gothic vibe, which is something all wine lovers should experience! Montelena is known for their delicious Chardonnay, Cabernet, and Zin. Their current tasting fee is $25 dollars, and they also offer multiple tour experiences. I have visited this winery multiple times and it is still my absolute favorite! To learn more about this winery click here!
2. Domaine Carneros
Modeled after a chateau in France, Domaine Carneros offers both a very educational atmosphere as well as a more relaxed, easy-going atmosphere. Whichever experience you are looking to have, this winery will not disappoint. Their vineyards are top of the line, and the tasting room inside of the Chateau is very welcoming and comfortable. Their primary focus is on their sparkling wines, however, they also make more traditional wines to accommodate everyone. They are very proud of their Pinot Noir. The majority of their fruit comes right from their vineyards. Their basic tasting fee is $30, however it is well worth every penny. You can find more information about Domaine Carneros here.
3. Shafer Winery
More modern than the previous two, Shafer winery gives off a very homey, comfortable feel while sitting on their amazing outdoor tasting space with gorgeous views of the Napa Valley. They are known for their Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon, which is almost impossible to purchase unless you take a tasting tour and try a few of their other signature wines. Their tasting fees are on the more expensive side of $75, however it is highly worth the visit. If you are looking for a peaceful, outdoor place to spend a few hours of your day, I highly recommend Shafer. Click here to learn more about Shafer!