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Best Breweries/Wineries/Distilleries in Napa Valley

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This charming wine estate, started by Pat Kuleto over a century back, is famous for its classics like the Cabernet Sauvignion, Sangiovese, Syrah, Zinfadel, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The 761 acres (308 hectares) of pristine wilderness which comprises the estate yields the juiciest of grapes on the mountain slopes. With its different soils and micro-climates, the property offers a unique environment for the grapes. The scenic grounds of the estate also provide a perfect setting for events and parties. A visit to this wine estate is sure to remind you of the Tuscan countryside with its panoramic mountainous backdrop. Tours and tastings are conducted only by appointment.

Lagunitas Brewing Company is a popular brewery located in the neighborhood of Crown in Petaluma. The brewery, although not open for tourists, offers a vibrantly decorated and rustic looking brew pub or also known as the taproom. They also serve some delicious bar snacks like smoked chicken wings, nachos and pretzels to name a few. The bar attracts socially upbeat patrons and is a great place to sip on some fresh beer and enjoy the live sports telecast.

If you want wine made out of your choice of grapes in small quantities—like maybe just a barrel, then Judd's Hill is the place you need to visit. The winery is owned and managed by Finkelstein family on the principle of 'small is beautiful.' They are quite happy to make wines on a made-to-order basis and according to customer specifications. They have a wine club where members have additional benefits and are invited to Judd's Hill events in Napa Valley. A combination of art, heritage, finest grapes and hand crafted wines is what Judd's Hill is all about. Picturesque and sunny, a visit to this winery is a great way to spend a lovely afternoon.

This is considered by many to be the most beautiful 18th-century chateau in North America. The chateau also has one of the most prominent vineyards. Domaine Carneros produces award winning sparking and Pinot Noir wines. You'll feel just like a king in the Louis XV-style salon with gracious service to match. Snuggle up to a warm fire during the cold winter months or enjoy the summer air from the terrace. Check out the in-house store, where you can pick up a number of vintages for friends and family. The tasting tours are offered daily.

Jarvis Winery is an underground winery wherein the whole process of wine making is in a deep cave. The cave is parabolic and circular which enables easy movement and accessibility. The stream and waterfall running through the center of the winery helps in maintaining the humidity of the caves while adding to the beauty of the winery. Unique tastings and tours of the cave winery are scheduled every day. It is better to plan ahead, especially during the season weekends. You get to taste six of the best Jarvis wines and you can buy bottles or cases of the wines that you like at the winery itself. All in all, a unique experience wonderful wines make Jarvis a must-visit winery.

Having grown to great heights of oenological splendor since Spencer Hoopes planted his first 10-acre Oakville vineyard in 1983, Hoopes Vineyard has not only stood the test of time but produces some of the finest Cabernet Sauvignon in the Napa Valley region. Starting out as a supplier of local wineries, Hoopes would eventually start bottling his own estate wines over a decade later and has been doing so ever since. Today the vineyard is jointly managed with his daughter Lindsay, keeping this one-of-a-kind vineyard and wine production operation family-owned and operated into the future. Though Hoopes Vineyard currently bottles wine from a number of varietals, Cabernet Sauvignon remains its true star, worthy of even the most discerning connoisseur's taste buds.

Steltzner Vineyards' commercial inception dates back to 1977, when the owner, Richard Steltzner, established his own family line, with a chaste retention of 3000 cases in the famous Stag's Leap District. Ever since, the vineyard has seen positive developments with a reception hall for visitors, a very Mediterranean laboratory, offices and event rooms. The visitors can also enjoy a bird's eye-view of the green expanse atop the three-story observation clock tower here. The 1998 Sauvignon Blanc is a favorite for sure, as well as the 2003 Merbt.

Although the Paradigm Winery turns out just 5000 cases of wine a year, you can expect the best—the grapes are grown on 52 acres of vineyards, and the varieties of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Zinfandel, and Cabernet Franc mature for a minimum of 20 months in French oak barrels before being sold. This winery, located in the heart of Napa Valley, has been turning out fine wines for many years, and it also supplies fruits to other wineries in the area. All visitors must make an appointment.

Founded in 1989, the 280-acre (113-hectare) land is the largest undeveloped land in the valley. A beautiful location with ideal conditions for wine-growing, Quintessa, with its latest wine-making technology and modern design facilities speaks of perfection. Not disrupting the aesthetics of the region while keeping in mind the environmental sensitivity, Quintessa offers wines that are the finest of the finest with a perfect blend of flavor and texture and taste fabulous with your meal.

For a feel of winemaking history, visit Napa Valley's oldest winery. Founded in 1861, Charles Krug Winery has 800 acres (324 hectares) of prime vineyards spread out across several Napa Valley appellations and produces more than ten varieties of wine. A registered historical landmark, the facility includes the original wine cellar and contains one of the valley's largest collections of rare and aged vintages of Cabernet Sauvignon.

Spread over 120 acres (48.5 hectares) of wine country, the Kendall-Jackson Wine Center is all set to welcome you to its château. The amicable staff provides you with all the information you could possibly want about these spirits. Choose from the various settings where you'd like to sip on your favorite wine—the garden, viticulture exhibit or the walnut grove. For a private tasting or tour, you'll have to fix an appointment before hand. You can also visit the wine tasting room and enjoy some good wine.

Founded in 1973 by former photographer Jack Cakebread, this winery has produced a plethora of award-winning vintages. The winery produces 85,000 cases annually and is best known for its classic rich Rutherford Cabernets, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The entire family is involved with the winery operation, which includes promoting healthy food. The Cakebreads founded the American Harvest Workshop, an annual four-day event that promotes local agriculture and involves chefs, winemakers and farmers. The family also sells organic produce grown on winery grounds when available. Tours and tastings are by prior appointment only.

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