Make a visit to St. Helena this year

Napa Valley’s main street

St. Helena wineries

St. Helena is proud to call itself “Napa Valley’s main street.” This small town is one of the centers of the wine industry, and has bed and breakfasts, theaters and a restaurant so popular that reservations have to be made 60 days in advance.

If you’re planning to visit St. Helena (and why not?) look for Yelp reviews of the town’s wineries and schedule tours of the best. Look for places with at least 20 reviews and at least four stars. There’s no reason to confine yourself to the town limits — get out into the Napa Valley countryside and explore the little hills and subvalleys that shape the multitude of microclimates for which this part of California is famous. A great deal can be found within a five to ten mile radius of the town.

Sixteen different AVAs are recognized within the valley. The St. Helena AVA gets less cool air and ocean fog than the southern parts of the valley. Its soil ranges from gravel-clay soils on its southern and western borders to volcanic soils in the north and east. Deep, ripe Cabernet Sauvignons, Cabernet Francs and Merlots with jammy flavors and blackcurrant aromas all come from St. Helena wineries.

A winery near St. Helena

Some of the best California wines come from Anderson’s Conn Valley Vineyards in Napa Valley. Just a 10-minute drive from downtown St. Helena, Anderson’s Conn Valley Vineyards produces world-class wines at affordable prices. The vineyard is a 40-acre estate just south of Howell Mountain.

Try a bottle today.


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