The wine caves of Napa
One of the pleasures of exploring the wine culture of Napa Valley is the cave tour. Caves have been recognized for centuries as excellent places in which to store and age wine in the barrel. In the 19th century, with the rise of winemaking in California, the same technology that was used to mine for silver in Nevada was used to blast and carve out artificial caves in the rock of the Napa Valley.
During cave tours, you can learn about the wine industry from the people who work in it every day and taste the latest wines and wines from the library. Added to the pleasure of the wine is the visual delight of the cave itself. The wine caves of Napa are no mere warehouses for barrels. Many of them have been carved, decorated and artistically lit by their owners and are watered by underground rivers. Some of them are set up to cater dinners. It will always be cool inside the cave, so bring a coat when going on a cave tour.
Cave tours of a vineyard near St. Helena
Anderson’s Conn Valley Vineyards in Napa Valley, a 10-minute drive from downtown St. Helena, holds tastings in its barrel caves, where current releases and library wines may be sampled and visitors can learn all about the process of making and storing the wine. Cave tastings are $65, but one tasting fee can be waived by joining their wine club or making a $100 purchase. Anderson’s Conn Valley Vineyards produces world-class wines at affordable prices. Try some today.