Clos Du Val - Napa Valley
Open daily 10am - 5pm
The French version of bocce ball at our petanque courts are open to anyone who's game! Bring lunch and enjoy a picnic in our Olive Grove. Ask one of our tasting room staff for a tour of our demonstration vineyard, which is open to the public. See different trellising techniques, find out how to identify Merlot grapes and learn about sustainable farming. Gift Items. Picnic Area Art Exhibits, Children & Pets OK; call ahead for Wine & Vineyard Tours, Food Pairings.
FUN FACT ~ Dusty Bottle Club members have exclusive rights to purchase Clos Du Val's older vintage Cabs and are invited to attend special library tastings throughout the year.
Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir
For some reason, whenever I visit Clos Du Val Winery in the Napa Valley’s fabled Stags Leap District, I am reminded of one of those pristine Swiss hotels situated on a lake. But instead of water there are rose bushes, long rows of vineyards and immaculate landscaping while behind me is the long winery with its ivy-covered walls. The spacious picnic area on perfectly trimmed lawn stretches to one side. It is all part of Clos Du Val’s 38-year tradition of producing classic, estate-style wines of balance, complexity and elegance.
Four decades ago, American businessman John Goelet sent French winemaker Bernard Portet on a mission to find new territory with the potential to produce world-class wines. Two years and five continents later, Portet landed in California. Goelet acquired 150 acres of land and founded Clos Du Val, a “small estate of a small valley,” in 1972. The first vintage of Cabernet Sauvignon in 1972 was one of only six California Cabernets selected for the now-legendary 1976 Paris Tasting.
The wines they are known for today include a selection of Chardonnay, Merlot, Pinot Noir and Cabernet Sauvignon, plus two specialty wines, the Pinot Rosé and an Unoaked Chardonnay. There is also Ariadne, a proprietary blend of Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc. Rich, elegant and intense, it excels in food pairings. All are made from fruit sourced from the area’s premium vineyards, then carefully created by masters.
The scale of the tasting room where you can try these wines is such that when there are just a dozen people inside it does not feel at all empty, and when ten times that number are there it does not feel crowded. Tall glass-fronted wood doors look into the winery itself.
Outdoors, whether in the picnic area out front, or in the intimate Olive Grove to the side, visitors find the winery the perfect spot to enjoy a bottle of Clos Du Val wine, paired with a picnic as simple or as elaborate as they might want. The courts for the French version of bocce ball – pétanque – are open to anyone who’s game. The tasting room staff can furnish a set of boules, and also tell you about the demonstration vineyard out front, which is both fascinating and educational. All in all a visit to this iconic winery on the Silverado Trail is well worth an extended visit.