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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#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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