Calistoga is a justly famous part of Napa Valley, but that doesn’t mean that all of its wineries take an equal turn in the spotlight. Places like Chateau Montelena, Frank Family, and Clos Pegase are well known and well worth a visit, but just off the beaten path are other wineries deserving your attention. For a first time visitor, this is our list of the must try wineries in Calistoga.
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TIP: When To Visit Calistoga Vinaries
Everyone wants to come to Calistoga or Napa in Summer, but Summer brings crowds that will remind you of Christmas at Costco. Unless you like standing in lines, fighting for a spot at the tasting bar, and sky-high hotel rates, avoid Summer.
The best time to visit Calistoga is Fall, meaning Sept to October. This is “crush” time when they harvest the grapes. You want to see a winery in action, you come in Fall. November is also nice because the weather is still good but the crowds and rates have dropped. The second best time is Spring when the mustard plants are all in bloom. This is a “gotta see it believe it”, but everywhere you look you’ll see brilliant bright mustard plants with eye-popping color! It’s like you stepped into an HD Plasma TV and someone turned the colors on full blast! There will be no grapes on the vines, but you hardly notice
if you want discounts on hotels, prefer to avoid the most tourists and don’t mind potentially rainy days, visit during the off-season between December and March. To skip traffic, even during summer and fall, plan your trip for a weekdays.
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Calistoga, Ca wine tour from Sacramento, Ca by Limo Service Sacramento is your opportunity to taste the award-winning wines with utmost comfort. During the wine tour, you will visit the best wineries that make world-class wines. Some of the renowned wineries in the Napa Valley are listed below. Reserve limo online or Call 916 221 0462 today and get ready to have an unforgettable Calistoga limo wine tour experience Today!
Commonly referred to as the heart of Napa Valley, Calistoga offers world-class wine tastings at a variety of different wineries. From powerhouse wineries to boutique small producers and family-owned estates, Calistoga wine tastings showcase the terroir and wine making technique that has caused such a buzz. Use this guide to craft your Calistoga wine tasting tour during your next trip to Napa Valley.
Tucked away at the north end of Napa Valley, just outside of Sonoma County, you’ll find the tranquil and relaxing town of Calistoga. Known for mud baths and mineral water, Calistoga is also home to an impressive collection of wineries. If you’re visiting Calistoga for your first time then you’re in for a treat, because it produces some of the region’s most complex wines.
Canard Vineyards (1016 Dunaweal Ln Calistoga, CA 94515) Canard has been growing grapes for others and making their own bold, easy-drinking wines for almost 30 years. While these coveted bottles are now fully allocated, you can still sign up for their shipments and attend private tastings. They’re also well known for their events, family-style hospitality, outdoor cooking, and nice balance of earthiness and elegance.
Venge Vineyards (4708 Silverado Trl. Calistoga, CA 94515) Venge is hidden just off of the Silverado Trail and winemaker and owner Kirk Venge has become famous for his winemaking abilities and ever-present smile. They’re stable of wines is impressive, and they’re known for their smoky and spicy Syrah, delicately-made but massive Cabernet Sauvignons, juicy red blends, and refreshing whites. Call ahead for an appointment and be sure you plan enough time to relax and enjoy the views from the patio at the vineyard tasting home.
A more personal tasting than most wineries. They sit you at a table and serve you at the table. A new glass for each wine and a thorough explanation of the wine.
More important is that the wines are very nice. You are not rushed and the people (Bradley) are informative and welcoming.
Amici Cellars (3130 Old Lawley Toll Rd Calistoga, CA 94515) Amici Cellars is the perfect compliment to a visit to Jericho Canyon as it’s just a bit further north and has an array of well-made wines at varying prices. Aptly named by the group of good friends that started the winery, Amici is a welcoming, unassuming spot and their small production wines can be found at select locations around the country. The outdoor setting has a spectacular view of the Palisades.
Larkmead Vineyards is situated on the valley floor in a location that isn’t far from Highway 29 and other wineries but somehow feels as though you’re on a vineyard in the middle of nowhere. The tranquil vibes and modern farmhouse architecture find a sweet balance between stylish luxury and homey charm, and the wines here are tasty from the get-go but also worth collecting.
Bennett Lane Winery 3340 CA-128 Calistoga, CA 94515
The staff at Bennett Lane Winery eschew the hard sell because they know their wines speak for themselves. The result is a laid-back, friendly tasting experience featuring some of their 36 90+ point wines from top tasting authorities. $20/person for the tasting.
Chateau Montelena (1429 Tubbs Ln Calistoga, CA 94515)
From the moment you see the massive ivy-covered façade of Chateau Montelena, you know you’re in for a rich and romantic wine tasting experience. Stroll through the Chinese Garden and snap a picture of the sparkling sunlight on Jade Lake. Insider tip: No reservation is needed for Current Release Tastings, but groups larger than ten are encouraged to call ahead. Tasting $25 fee is fairly reasonable, and there’s no hard sell but the fee it can be waived if you spent $100 with respect to purchasing bottles or joining their wine club. The staff at the wine tastings are very knowledgeable not only about Montelena’s wines but also about other wineries as well.
In addition to Montelena’s being famous for having bested French white wines in a 1976 wine judging in Paris, the beautiful Chinese gardens are worth a visit. When I stopped by, there didn’t seem to be any restrictions on who could access the gardens, so they’re a welcome way to entertain designated drivers or non-drinkers in your party, or to walk off the buzz after you’re done tasting. Definitely a recommended destination for anyone seeking to increase their knowledge of California wines.
Castello di Amorosa (4045 St. Helena Hwy Calistoga, CA)
Castello Di Amorosa, which is defined as “castle of love,” was built in 1994 with inspiration deriving from the 13th century, Italian-Tuscan style.With a 121,000 square foot castle that includes a chapel, great hall and open-air terrace, Castello di Amorosa is truly a sight to behold. Consider joining the Wine Club as the castle hosts seasonal Wine Club events for their members, like the Midsummer Medieval Festival which includes displays of archery, falconry, and swordplay. Insider tip: Children enjoy the tour as much as adults and get their own tasting of the winery’s grape juice.
You have to pay $25 dollars just to walk around the grounds even if you don’t drink wine, this Beautiful place you will fell in love with the property the moment you walk in, huge gates, exceptional exterior, and interior. The wine tasting fee with chocolates is 40$ and you get access to the entire castle. You can taste 6 wine and also get a small box of chocolates.
If you are a Wine virgin and no idea about wine taste or what goes best with which wine? Stuff at the bar actually will explain you about the pairing, what chocolate goes with which wine or what is a desert wine. You may be totally impressed with the whole experience.
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