Top 10 Lists, Wineries

Top 10 Places to See in the Wine Country

1 SONOMA
This charming town, nestled in the Valley of the Moon is filled with high end restaurants, small hotels and shops. The town also features a State Historic Park with a mission building and structures from the early to mid 1800s.

2 CLOS PEGASE
Housed in an award winning Postmodern structure, this wonderful winery offers free tours and features an extensive collection of modern art. The wine is memorable too.

3 OPUS ONE
Legendary winemaker Robert Mondavi and Barron Philippe de Rothchild have put their skills together to produce Bourdeaux-style reds in their state- of the-art facilities, modeled after the Chataeu Mouton Rothchild winery in France.

4 DOMAINE CHANDON
Lovely gardens, a fine restaurant, and sweeping views compliment the sparkling, champagne-style wines of the Moet Hennesey showcase. The winery produces 5000 cases per year.

5 V SATTUI
Extensive gardeans and a gourmet deli make this the ideal place along the main Napa Valley road to stop for a picnic. Also on offer are wine tastings.

6 STERLING VINEYARD
These whitewashed buildings perched on top of a mountain can be seen for miles. They also have an amazing tram ride.

7 BERINGER VINEYARDS
The oldest Napa Valley winery established in 1876, and the most beautiful. Tours include a visit to the wine tunnels, which Chinese laborers carved out of volcanic stone.

8 HESS COLLECTION
The tours here are a pleasure, including not only winemaking facilities but also the owners private art gallery of contemporary European and American artists.

9 OLD FAITHFUL GEYSER
One of the three known geysers in the world that erupt with near perfect regularity every 40 minutes,  it spews boiling water 60 feet in the air.

10 NAPA VALLEY WINE TRAIN
Leaving from Napa Valley and arriving in St. Helena you can avoid traffic and partake of a gourmet meal complimented by local wines. The trip takes 3 hours in total and the train features a 1915 Pullman dining car.