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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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.
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