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Yountville Wineries Off The Beaten Path

Guests to the Napa Valley have in all probability heard of Yountville. Some call it the “Heart of Napa Valley,” and it’s house to 2 of California wine nation’s most well-known dining locations. Each Bouchon Bistro (and a stand-alone Bouchon Bakery in the event you need a fast breakfast pastry or macaron!) and the world-famous French Laundry are based mostly in the tiny, picturesque town, alongside boutique buying, an impressive art walk, and of course, some implausible wine tasting opportunities!

Under, you’ll discover just some of our favourite places to style wine in and around Yountville.

Paraduxx

7257 Silverado Tr

Napa CA 94558

(866) 367-9945

Paraduxx is a part of the lauded Duckhorn household of wineries, however plays a singular position in their general portfolio. The Duckhorns based Paraduxx to permit their winemakers to experiment outdoors their well-known Bordeaux varieties with blends that stand amongst a few of the easiest wine blends made anyplace. As we speak, winemaker Don LaBorde has both mountain-grown and valley-floor fruit to work with, including varieties like Merlot, Zinfandel, and Petite Sirah. These are grown from 39 acres in the Rector Creek Vineyard in Yountville, in addition to the Stout Winery on well-known Howell Mountain. Each purple and white blends can be found, as well as a seasonal Rosé that sells out quick.

Guests to Paraduxx are in for a wine tasting treat. Benefit from the courtyard and the VIP stylings of the tasting salon, or name forward for a extra distinctive expertise. (Group tastings of 5 visitors or extra can be organized by advance appointment.) The “Enhanced” wine tasting consists of both current release and library wine choices, not to point out a stunning winery view. Personal tastings can be organized, with pourings from restricted choices and a cheese and charcuterie pairing. There’s additionally the “Blend Experience” for friends who have all the time needed to aim their own winemaking challenge, but who don’t need to miss a wine and cheese pairing! For the last word wine tasting, attempt the “Day of Duckhorn,” which features a tour of both the Paraduxx winery and the Rector Creek Vineyard, the place your get together will take pleasure in a “Private Blend Experience” and tasting. Then, chill out over a picnic lunch with a glass of your favorite wine before arriving at Duckhorn winery for a personal tour and a tasting tailored to your palate.

Casa Piena

1185 State Ln

Yountville CA 94599

(707) 628-7600

Casa Piena was founded by the Policy’s, whose love of wine and hospitality has its unlikely roots in Ohio. Carmen Policy grew up in Youngstown, the place his Italian-American neighborhood held winemaking as central to both household and group. He cites this as a source of his ambitions: while these wines made throughout basements in his hometown have been an expression of affection, they “were also shared between families as a sign of generosity, and of course with a little bit of healthy competitive spirit.” Carmen took his aptitude for competition to trial regulation; he additionally turned concerned with the administration and enlargement of a number of skilled sports activities franchises.

But after a profession spanning 25 years, he and his spouse Gail needed to attempt something new. With palates refined over years of having fun with Napa Valley’s greatest and most refined wines, the Policy’s determination to spend money on their very own wine property, a parcel on the valley flooring of Yountville. Their 14 acres supply soil variation and a microclimate formed by the natural features of Yountville round them (together with beautiful views of two mountain ranges and the Stags Leap Palisades).

The Coverage Winery is now planted to four rigorously chosen clones of Cabernet Sauvignon—chosen by well-known winemaker Thomas Rivers Brown and tended by completed vineyard manager Jim Barbour. Brown relies on the fruit rigorously cultivated by Barbour, and both keep the significance of sustainable practices in producing world-class grapes. From the vineyard, Brown takes a minimalist strategy to permit the distinctive character of terroir and classic to guide the ultimate product. The current release is a 2014 Casa Piena Cabernet Sauvignon, grown from their estate winery, with a nostril of “star anise, cassis, cedar bark, and pipe tobacco,” and a palate that includes “cranberry compote, cardamom, sage oil, blackberry reduction, and worn leather.” Guests to Casa Piena can sit up for a personal, highly-sought after wine tasting experience (by appointment only) that features tasting, as well as an summary of the winery’s historical past and winemaking philosophy.

Tres Perlas

6711 Washington St

Yountville CA 94599

(707) 944-0889

Tres Perlas is the venture of the Renteria household, whose roots in the Napa Valley start with actual roots—and vines, and berries! Salvador Renteria was a barber in Jalisco, Mexico who emigrated to California together with his wife Luisa in 1962. They began to build probably the most essential vineyard administration corporations in all of Napa Valley, which went on to manage such lauded vineyards as people who go into famous cult wine Screaming Eagle. Their son Oscar continued the family enterprise, however needed more, and obtained it! After forty years of tending other vineyards, the primary Renteria Vineyard was established. What to name the vineyard? Tres Perlas, steered Salvador, after his three granddaughters, Oscar’s youngsters. Now, along with lauded winemaker Kirk Venge, the Renterias produce world-class wine in Napa Valley. One among their vineyards sits between two of California wine nation’s most well-known and successful AVAs, Oakville and Rutherford. This “Renteria 360” consists of 40 acres good for producing Bordeaux varieties, whereas the Renteria Brown Ranch in Carneros is simply beginning to show its promise for extremely expressive Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.

However the Renterias also supply grapes from the historic (and extremely, highly sought after) To Kalon Vineyard, and these make the core of their reserve wine named after Luisa. The “Desde Luisa” is just one of the stellar Cabernet Sauvignons in their portfolio and is accessible solely by allocation. So as to add wines just like the Single Barrel Reserve “The Barber” and “The Bridge” Bordeaux blend (or certainly one of their newer Pinot Noir bottlings), to your personal collection, wine tasters must be a part of their membership record. While Tres Perlas doesn’t supply tastings presently, we’re confident Cabernet lovers will love their bottlings.

Handwritten Wines

6720 Washington St

Yountville CA 94599

(707) 944-8524

What do you consider whenever you hear the word “handwritten?” Founded by long-term pals, Handwritten Wines answered the question with “personal, private, special, touching, and moving.” With the help of winemaker Rob Lloyd, they hope to evoke these qualities with every bottle, in addition to the luxurious expressiveness of Bordeaux varieties as produced over the finest appellations of Napa Valley. While the winery’s portfolio focuses on each mountain and hillside fruit, the vineyard sources grapes from the finest vineyards in such numerous elements of California wine country as Calistoga, Carneros, Stags Leap, and Coombsville, amongst others. Bottlings embrace Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, and even a late harvest dessert wine. As Lloyd says, “I’m signing my name to this. Handwritten is the opportunity to source what a winemaker thinks is the very best.”

However personalised touches evoked by Handwritten Wine’s philosophy extends to extra than simply wine. Wine tasters can anticipate a personal and unique expertise in their go to to the winery’s “Cottage” on Washington Road in Yountville, proper next door to famed sister vineyard Jessup Cellars. Handwritten recommends reservations, however for these excited about an unforgettable, once-in-a-lifetime expertise, a Personal Farmhouse Tour could be scheduled at a 1909 Craftsman Farmhouse. The chef and owner of the property, which sits on a picturesque slope of St. Helena, prepares food produced on her farm specifically created to pair together with your personalised Handwritten tasting. To study extra, take a look at the video under.

Bell Wine Cellars

6200 Washington St

Yountville CA 94599

(707) 944-1673

Bell Wine Cellars is a part of Napa Valley past and current. The vineyard was established in 1991 and located its everlasting house on Washington Road in Yountville seven years later. The vineyard is legendary for bottling the first single-vineyard, single-clone Cabernet Sauvignon in the Napa Valley. In 2002, new buyers reinvigorated the model and allowed for enlargement and an entire host of hospitality experiences. Bell Wine Cellars grapes are grown in distinct regions chosen for the right mix of elevation and soil; the Cabernet is grown on the Rutherford Bench, the Chardonnay and Merlot around the winery estate, and the Syrah at 2,000 ft within the Sierra foothills. This displays founder Anthony Bell’s angle in the direction of terroir: “Wine is grown in the vineyard. We are merely stewards of nature while the wine is in our cellar.”

Bell’s in depth wine portfolio extends beyond these vineyards, nevertheless, and consists of such numerous varieties as Zinfandel, Syrah, Pinot Gris, and Viognier. Wine tasting experiences vary simply as extensively, from the Current Release Tasting with five pours and an non-compulsory cheese plate to much grander affairs. For wine scholars, the Sensory Tasting makes use of a guided blind tasting to assist practice your palate, while the Cabernet Sauvignon Clonal Tasting invites friends to explore Anthony Bell’s in depth single-clone bottlings with cheese pairings. For critical students of wine, the Mixing Seminar permits you to turn into a winemaker for the day. By exploring totally different varieties and clones, friends finally have a chance to make their very own blend of wine. In fact, reservations are required prematurely for many of those experiences, and Bell seems ahead to your visit!

Let Beau Wine Tours take you off the crushed path in Yountville and present you a few of the best wines within the Napa Valley. Contact our reservations staff right here and let us aid you. Take a look at a few of the great eating places in Yountville to discover after a day of wine tastings here, and the place to lay your head in a Yountville lodge here.

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