Robert Mondavi Winery#9 in Best Things To Do in Napa Valley
The Robert Mondavi Winery's art collection and calendar of musical performances are a strong indicator of its heavyweight status among California vineyards and wineries. You've even probably spotted the name "Robert Mondavi" on the shelf of your local grocery store. This Oakville winery was one of the first major Napa Valley producers to cater to visitors with a tourist experience. Guests receive a 90-minute explanation of how a large-scale, technologically advanced winery functions.
Recent visitors raved about the delectable cuisine and, of course, the wine, which were perfectly paired. But many said the success of their experience depended solely on their tour guide. Some had wonderful tour guides and in turn wonderful experiences, other said their tour guides were below par, which contributed to a lesser experience.
The winery is open to visitors every day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The winery offers a variety of tours and events like a summer concert series that range in price, starting at $20 per person. Make an online reservation and learn more about possible tours at the winery's website.
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#1 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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