New Winery Experiences Available
Because Life is about the Journey
Anyone who enjoys wine knows there’s so much more than what’s in the nose and on the palate. A wine you remember is usually due to the fond memories made while partaking. Wine, when consumed properly, is not just a beverage but a lifestyle – a reminder to appreciate where you are, who you’re with and take the time to savor good quality food along with it.
Gone are the days of visiting as many wineries as possible. Today’s wineries are focused on providing opportunities to linger and experience the wine country lifestyle with other like-minded individuals who, after tasting wine and breaking bread, often become new-found friends.
New winery experiences here in Napa Valley include taking part in harvest activities, ATV tours throught the vineyards with panoramic views as well as amazing food and wine pairings. Once the experience is finished, the visit doesn’t have to come to an end. Most wineries also have comfortable lounging areas, art exhibits and outdoor activities like cornhole, bocce and horseshoes to enjoy at your leisure. With a little planning, the possibilities for amazing winery experiences in the Napa Valley are endless!
Signorello Estate has opened a temporary tasting space and introduced a new Estate Experience at the Silverado Trail estate property. The experience begins with a vineyard tour and an overview of Signorello Estate’s history. Following the tour, guests are welcomed into the Estate Room for semi-private tastings for up to eight guests which features four wines paired with small bites. Signorello Estate also offers Savor Signorello, a five-course lunch at Meadowood Napa Valley, paired with Signorello wines. The semi-private lunch may be reserved for two to eight guests and is offered daily at noon, year-round, in the indoor/outdoor Madrone Room. Reservations for the Estate Room are only accepted over the phone, and prior reservations are required. For reservations, call (707) 255-5990.
Amici Cellars offers a Grapes to Glass harvest experience featuring an opportunity to explore Napa’s historic vineyards while tasting site-specific wines. The half-day immersion experience features tours and tastings from Napa’s Beckstoffer Heritage Missouri Hopper and To Kalon Vineyards, as well as a visit to Amici Cellars’ Calistoga winery where lunch is paired with estate wines.
Sterling offers its popular Platinum Pairing Experience, the first to be created by new Executive Chef Spencer Wolff. Each course features a reserve level wine paired with small bites in a tasting led by a wine educator. $75 includes transport to Sterling in the winery’s hillside tram, and is available Thursday to Sunday with reservations required. A variety of additional tasting and culinary experiences are also available. Go to www.sterlingvineyards.com for reservations or more information.
Stag's Leap Wine Cellars
The Cellarius Kitchen Experience at Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars showcases dishes that complement and contrast the unique flavors and aromas of the wine by winery Chef Travis Westrope. This experience is offered Monday through Thursday from noon to 2:30 p.m. through December 2018. Advance reservations required.
Whitehall Lane Winery
The Whitehall Lane Winery Estate Vineyard Tour & Tasting offers views of the Mayacamas Mountain Range and Rutherford Appellation AVA on a guided tour through the 25-acre estate vineyard. Guests will see first-hand the different cycles of the estate vines, how a grape cluster grows on the vines, and the process it goes through to become wine. The experience concludes with a tour in the estate Barrel Room where guests learn about the aging process, the final stage before bottling.
The Hess Collection
The Hess Collection’s Vineyard Excursions begin with a guided ATV vineyard ride through the historic Mont La Salle vineyard, exploring a range of Napa Green sustainable practices. Guests will learn different trellising practices, spacing and viticulture approaches to mountain farming, followed by a three-course lunch incorporating items from the winery’s culinary gardens, or an estate wine presentation paired with artisan cheeses served with seasonal fruits and nuts, complemented by current release Mount Veeder wines. Offered through fall.