Visiting Napa vineyards
Soon, the best vineyards in Napa will have completed their harvests. Some of them use machines, while others harvest the grapes by hand. The best vineyards of Napa Valley match different varieties of grape to their particular soil and microclimate to create some of the best wines in the world. There are roughly 400 wineries in Napa Valley. In the coolest parts of the valley, Napa vineyards grow Pinot Noir and Merlot grapes. Cabernet Sauvignon grapes grow everywhere, but they yield better wines in some areas than in others. The winemakers taste the grapes during the ripening process to make sure they harvest them when they’re ripe but don’t contain too much sugar.
The best vineyards in Napa have tasting rooms where the best of their wines can be tried for a fee. Bigger vineyards schedule tours, and you can usually get an appointment to tour the smaller ones. At these you have a much better chance of talking to the owner, or at least someone who does some of the work there. The best time to visit is this time of year or in the spring.
One of the best vineyards in Napa is 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. Cave tastings are $65, but one tasting fee can be waived by joining their wine club or making a $100 purchase. Join their wine club and order a bottle today.