O'Brien Estate#1 in Best Things To Do in Napa Valley
From planting to bottling, the entire wine-making process occurs on this relatively small plot of land (comprising 40 acres of vineyards, a winery and the owner's home). And by all accounts, the end result is a hit with visitors. Consider a wine tour at O'Brien Estate if you're looking for a relaxed, intimate atmosphere with personalized service.
Recent visitors raved about the tour guides, who share interesting and educational facts about the winery, but also give plenty of alone time to kick back, relax and savor the wine experience. Expect stunning views of Oak Knoll Appellation, plus a welcome glass of wine upon your arrival.
O'Brien Estate asks that you leave underage family members behind to preserve the tranquil adult atmosphere the estate has cultivated. Most visitors appreciate this statute. Travelers also appreciate O'Brien Estate's proximity; it's a convenient 5-mile drive north of downtown Napa. Tours and tastings are offered daily at 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. Together, they last about an hour and half and require a reservation. The experience costs $40 per person. For more information and to make a reservation, check out the winery's website.
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#2 Frog's Leap Winery
Owner and winemaker, John Williams, started as a dairy farmer in New York, but fell in love with winemaking and opened his own winery in 1981, known as Frog's Leap Winery. This country farm meets vineyard is the perfect place to enjoy great wine and company without the stuffiness sometimes found at wineries. Plus, Frog's Leap farms organically, so you're making healthy choices by the drinking wine – right?
Some say this winery offers the most relaxed and enjoyable tour-tasting in Napa Valley. Tour guides lead you through the fruit and vegetable gardens, the fermentation room, barrel room and the gorgeous farmhouse. Recent guests love leisurely savoring their wine while gazing at the gardens and Mayacamas Mountains from rocking chairs on the farmhouse porch. Guests also said that the occasional run-in with the jovial winemaker John Williams is always a treat.
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