Schramsberg Vineyards#3 in Best Things To Do in Napa Valley
In "The Silverado Squatters," Robert Louis Stevenson describes Schramsberg's founder Jacob Schram's "serious gusto" to produce incredible vintages that America and indeed the world had yet to taste. More than 150 years later, Schram's winery is still producing delectable wines, according to recent visitors. Tours led by friendly guides detail the property's history, the beautiful rows of vines and particularly, the winery caverns. Carved in the 19th-century, these caverns hold approximately 2.5 million bottles of precious wine.
Recent visitors said the winery tour is interesting — especially the historic caves — and worth the extra money. But many advise travelers to book their tour far in advance, as there are a limited number of spots and they tend to fill up fast. And, of course, many rave about the sparkling wine, the vineyard's specialty.
Located in Calistoga, California, Schramsberg Vineyards offers six tours daily between 9:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. The tour, which usually takes about an hour and 15 minutes costs $60 per adult (visitors younger than 21 and pets are not allowed). For more information, check out the vineyard'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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