Napa Valley Wineries: Napa Valley Winery Guide
Calistoga Golden Haven Hot Springs Spa and Resort is in the heart of the Napa Valley Wine Country. About 20 wineries are within a ten-minute drive from Calistoga, and if that is not enough, there are nearly 200 wineries in the Napa Valley, all within an hour drive of Golden Haven. Our Calistoga spa and resort makes the perfect base for a Napa Valley wine tasting tour.
Your choice of Napa Valley wineries is virtually endless, ranging from boutique family businesses with extremely small production to much larger wineries with names that you will probably immediately recognize. Virtually all offer tasting of current releases. Keep in mind that most wineries charge a fee for wine tasting. Many wineries, however, will deduct this fee from the price of a bottle of wine, if you want to purchase one. Prices for the wine tasting in the Napa Valley varies, but are generally in the $5.00 to $10.00 range.
Many Napa Valley wineries offer fascinating tours, where you can learn all about the wine making process while you gaze upon row after symmetrical row of vines. Each winery has a different look and feel, from the grandiose to the down home. And of course, each winery has its specialties – you may be able try Zinfandels to your heart's delight at one place, and only Chardonnays and Cabernets somewhere else. Even if you don't partake in the grape yourself, you will definitely want to visit at least a couple of wineries during your stay in the wine country. Almost all the wineries have charming gift shops where you can pick up unique Napa Valley wine country items for your friends back home.
You can take several days to tour wineries in just the Calistoga area, or you can just spend a few hours – it’s entirely up to you. Just know that some offer tours – which you are not required to take – and you should of course allow for more time if you’re touring. Give each winery at least a half an hour, to sample some things on the tasting list and take in the view.