Beringer’s Long, Rich History is Featured in Tours, Tastings and Events
Beringer might be one of the oldest and iconic working wineries in Napa Valley, but its dedication to keeping up with the times, and even ahead of the curve, is what continues to attract new and recurring visitors to its St. Helena estate.
With renovations, new private tastings and events added to the calendar, Beringer wants to offer something for every level of wine enthusiast.
Steeped in History
Beringer winery has been offering tours of its facilities and grounds for 82 years; it was the first to offer public tours in Napa Valley. Its walking tours offer visitors a peek into the contributions of the Beringer family to winemaking and to the history of the area. 2016 will marked its 140th harvest.
The property is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and many visitors come to the winery because of its historic designation. Visitors can revel in many of the renovations aimed at preserving the Rhine House’s character and attributes, such as original stained-glass windows, authentic Ansel Adams photographs and wood craftsmanship in the details of the old home.
In 1971, the Beringer family sold the winery. Treasury Wine Estates took over Beringer in 2007 and maintains ownership of Beringer to this day. The Beringer family may no longer own the winery but maintains an active role in winemaking through Mark Beringer, the great-great grandson of founder Jacob Beringer.
For those new to wine, visitors can meander through the estate’s manicured gardens, demonstration vineyard and historic grounds before stepping up to the bar inside the historic Rhine House for a traditional flight of Beringer wines.
Those with a bent for history will enjoy learning about the original home, built in 1883, while a knowledgeable staff member provides details about the wine they are tasting.
Visitors who want a more in-depth look into Beringer’s history can take the Legacy Cave Tour. It is a 30-minute guide through the old winery and historic tunnels, and includes tastes of three wines.
For a little more in-depth look into the winemaking process and the art of wine and food pairing, visitors can book an hour-long Taste of Beringer tour. A guide will walk visitors through the Beringer property and demonstration vineyard, then lead a wine and food pairing inside the Rhine House family kitchen. The wine includes reserve wines paired with seasonal bites prepared by Beringer’s own chefs.
Private Wine Experiences
Those who want more intimacy in their wine tasting experience can reserve an experience in one of Beringer’s newly renovated private rooms upstairs in the Rhine House.
To taste the finest Beringer has to offer, try the Private Reserve Vertical Tasting. At $125 per person ($100 for wine club members), visitors are greeted by a personal host and led through a flight of four vintages of Beringer’s flagship Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon. The host discusses the difference in the wines experienced through vintage and time in bottle.
For a journey into some of the most renowned vineyards in Napa Valley, visitors can try the Beringer Vineyard Exploration Tasting. For $70 per person ($48 for club members), a senior staff member will take visitors through the story of the Private Reserve program. While visitors taste three of Beringer’s single-vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, the host explains the terroir and sub-appellations of Napa Valley. This is an opportunity to sample highly allocated small lot wines.