Resident Picks: Our Favorite Wineries in Napa Valley Right Now
San Francisco is a prime travel destination for many, but those of us who live in this beautiful city can appreciate getting away every once in a while. And what’s better than escaping to wine country for a quick weekend getaway? Napa Valley is home to more wineries than you could possibly visit in a single trip but, lucky for you, our residents have rounded up their favorite must-visit wineries for the ultimate wine-filled retreat.
Founded in 1895, the historic Larkmead estate is one of the oldest family-owned wineries in Napa Valley. Since 1992, Cam and Kate Solari have owned and operated the property’s 110 acres—transforming the historic vineyard into a truly world-renowned wine estate. The vineyards have a unique nature, with soil characteristic of the hillside rather than a valley, making for pleasantly unique wines. If you have the opportunity, we recommend purchasing a bottle of one of Larkmead’s reserve wines to save for a special occasion.
Nickel & Nickel Winery
Situated on 42 acres originally settled as farmland in the 1880s, Nickel & Nickel Winery has a quaint, homey feel to its grounds. The homes and barns on the land have been restored within the past two decades to offer a warm and cozy greeting to each guest. Schedule a guided tour of the farmstead and winery and/or a private tasting during your visit. The “Private Terroir Tasting” is our personal favorite—featuring eight 100-percent varietal, single-vineyard Cabernet Sauvignons paired with artisanal cheese and charcuterie.
Stags’ Leap Winery
Named one of the top five most romantic winery destinations by Sonoma Magazine, Stags’ Leap Winery is a hidden gem in the Napa Valley. For more than 125 years, Stags’ Leap Winery has served up an elite estate experience to its guests. During your visit, enjoy a 90-minute tour and tasting experience as you stroll the grounds and admire the well-kept architecture of the Manor House. Reservations are required, so be sure to plan ahead.
Silver Oak Winery
In contrast to some of our other favorites, Silver Oak Winery is relatively new. This modern winery has been producing sought-after wines since the late-1960s. Today, the winery is committed to sustainability—farming more than 400 acres of wines in Napa and Alexander Valleys. All of their estate vineyards are certified under California’s Sustainable Winegrowing program. We recommend a private tasting or a wine and food tasting tour for a truly remarkable wine experience.