Napa County, once the producer of many different crops, is known today for its wine industry. In 1976 the region rose to the first rank of wine-producing areas when entries from local wineries Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars and Chateau Montelena won the “Judgment of Paris” in a storied global competition in France.
Founded in 1875, Beringer Vineyards claims the title of “the oldest continuously operating winery in the Napa Valley,” and is thus listed under both the National Register of Historical Places and as a California Historical Landmark. Beringer was the first California winery to offer public tours after Prohibition’s repeal.
Sonoma Valley. Known as the birthplace of the California wine industry, the Sonoma valley is home to some of the earliest vineyards and wineries in the state. Sonoma is a word of the Miwok, Pomo, and Wintun indigenous peoples that is thought to translate to Valley of the Moon.
Sonoma Plaza. is the central plaza in the former town of Sonoma, California. The town of Sonoma is centered around this plaza, the largest in California. Many historical buildings surround the square, including the Mission San Francisco Solano, Captain Salvador Vallejo’s Casa Grande, the Presidio of Sonoma, and the Blue Wing Inn.
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The Napa and Sonoma wine country is an intricate patchwork of appellations that span three counties that showcase more than 400 wineries with distinctive contemporary and historical architectural styles, breathtaking panoramas, world-class restaurants, and gourmet food stores.

The Mediterranean climate in the region provides exceptional growing conditions for several grape varieties, as well as olive oil, lavender, and farm-to-table herbs featured in the many restaurants.

The region is also home to several resorts, spas, with horseback riding, hiking trails, and tourist attractions all within easy access.

Napa Valley

Napa Valley is one of the leading travel destinations in the world. Breathtaking views attract the eye at every turn. Winery visits range from large, world famous labels to small, intimate, family-run wineries where the person behind the counter is often the winemaker. Whether you are wine tasting, dining at renowned restaurants, pampering yourself with a mud bath in Calistoga, or just enjoying a relaxing stay, Napa Valley is your bit of heaven on earth.

Sonoma Valley

The historic town of Sonoma is the birthplace of California. Sonoma Plaza was designed by General Mariano Vallejo when this was Mexico. The 1823 Mission de Solano, the Bear Flag Revolt Memorial from 1846, the 1909 Swiss hotel, Vallejo’s Military Barracks, and other historic sites face the plaza.

Architectural styles represented in the valley include Neo-classic, Gothic, Bordeaux, Greco-Roman and Cape Dutch. Some wineries boast magnificent structures worth a visit for even people who do not drink wine.

In addition to wineries, the shopping offers variety: boutiques, lavender purveyors, spas, specialty wine and cheese shops, jewelry stores, gourmet food provisioners and restaurants, olive oil suppliers, and kitchenware stores, plus art studios and galleries.

Primary grape varieties grown in the region

Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Zinfandel, Malbec, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc, Syrah, Trampanillo, Muscat, Sangiovese, and late harvest varieties.

Our Favorite Wineries

Generally speaking, we judge “favorite wineries” by many criteria. First, they produce good California wines. Second, the facility is pleasant. Third, the folks at the winery are nice to us.
  • Castillo Di Amoroso
  • Darioush
  • Duckhorn
  • Far Niente
  • Joseph Phelps
  • Pine Ridge
  • Silver Oak
The list changes as our tastes and perceptions, as well as the wineries and wines, change.

Our Favorite Restaurants

“When you acknowledge, as you must, that there is no such thing as perfect food, only the idea of it, then the real purpose of striving toward perfection becomes clear: to make people happy, that is what cooking is all about.” ~ Thomas Keller
  • Auberge Du Soleil
  • Bistro Don Giovanni
  • Bistro Jeanty
  • Bottega
  • Bouchon
  • French Laundry
  • Tra Vigne
It goes without saying that this list is highly subjective and subject to change any time.

Napa Sub-Appellations & Varietals

Napa Sub-Appellations Primary Grape
  • Stag’s Leap
  • Cab
  • Merlot
  • Howell Mountain
  • Cab
  • Syrah
  • Zin
  • Trempanillo
  • Spring Mountain
  • Merlot
  • Sauvignon Blanc
  • Calistoga
  • Cab
  • Cab Franc
  • Carneros
  • Chardonnay
  • Pinot Noir
  • Merlot
  • Diamond Mountain
  • Cab
  • Cab Franc
  • Merlot

Sonoma Sub-Appellations & Varietals

Sonoma Sub-Appellations Primary Grape
  • Dry Creek Valley
  • Zin
  • Cab
  • Alexander Valley
  • Zin
  • Cab
  • Russian River Valley
  • Zin
  • Cab
  • Chalk Hill
  • Zin
  • Pinot
  • Noir
  • Cazadero
  • Pinot
  • Chad
  • Sonoma Coast
  • Pinot
  • Chad