Exploring the vineyards of Napa Valley
Wine may have begun as a thirst-quencher, but it has long since become an art form, in which soil, sun, wind and rain are balanced against different varieties of grape. With so many different wines grown just in the Napa-Sonoma area, figuring out which are the best vineyards in Napa mostly depends on what sort of wine you’re thinking of.
There are about 400 wineries in Napa Valley. The best vineyards in Napa have tasting rooms where wines can be tried for a reasonable fee, paired with gourmet dishes. Bigger vineyards have scheduled tours — smaller ones can usually be toured by appointment. When you visit a smaller vineyard, chances are the person you’re talking to is an owner and worker.
The best time to visit is fall or spring, so as to avoid the crowds. (Yes, the vineyards can get crowded with tourists. They’re that popular.) In the fall, you get to see the harvest — the downside of this is that you might be in the way.
One of the best vineyards in Napa near St. Helena
Anderson’s Conn Valley Vineyards in Napa Valley, a 10-minute drive from downtown St. Helena, is one of the best vineyards in the Napa Valley area, best known for their Cabernet Sauvignon and Bordeaux blends. Their Pinot Noir, Saivignon Blanc and non-malolactic Chardonnay also have a cult following.
Anderson’s Conn Valley Vineyards produces world-class wines at affordable prices. The vineyard is a 40-acre estate just south of Howell Mountain, and has been owned and operated by the Anderson family since 1983. Anderson’s wines are sold online and in five locations in Napa Valley, and many other locations nationwide. Try a bottle today.