Napa Carneros

The wineries are within a 30 minute drive of central Napa Valley.

Recommended Wineries

Bouchaine Vineyards
Address1075 Buchli Station Road, Napa
Tasting RoomOpen 10:30-4 daily.
Production28,000 cases of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.
WinemakerMichael Richmond
OwnerGerret and Tatiana Copeland
Comments104 acres owned. Established in 1981.
PoP coverageBouchaine Vineyards
Cuvaison Estate Wines
Address1221 Duhig Road, Napa
Tasting RoomOpen daily 10-5.
Production64,000 cases
WinemakerSteve Rogstad
OwnerThomas Schmidheiny
Comments570 acres owned. Serious commitment to Pinot Noir in recent years and quality has leaped upward.
Etude Wines
Address1250 Cuttings Wharf Road, Napa
Tasting RoomOpen daily.
Production20,000 cases
WinemakerJon Priest
OwnerFosters Wine Estates
CommentsFormerly owned by Tony Soter (established in 1981) who brought this label to national prominence. Soter has left for Oregon, but still consults.
PoP coverageEtude Wines
Road 31 Wine Co
AddressCaves and winery in the Stags Leap District of Napa
Tasting RoomBy appointment.
WinemakerKent Fortner
OwnerKent Fortner
Comments A single Pinot Noir produced from vineyards in the southern Napa Valley.
PoP coverageRoad 31 Wine Co.
Address1500 Los Carneros Ave., Napa
Tasting RoomBy appointment.
Production60,000 cases
WinemakerJerome Chery
OwnerRichard Ward
PoP coverageSaintsbury
ZD Wines
Address8383 Silverado Trail, Napa
Tasting RoomOpen daily 10:00-4:30
ProductionPinot Noir, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon
WinemakerChris Pisani
Ownerde Leuze family
CommentsFounded in 1969.
PoP coverageZD Wines

Recommended Lodging

Andaz Napa
Address1450 First St., Napa 94559
CommentsLocated in revitalized "West End" of Napa near restaurants, tastings rooms and wineries. Modern, 141 guestrooms and suites.
Address6526 Yount St., Yountville
CommentsEco-friendly minimalistic hotel cooled and heated with geothermal wells, solar panels supply electricity. Many materials in the 62 rooms are from salvaged or recycled materials yet it has the feel of a first-rate hotel. Spa. Expensive. Walk across the street to Thomas Keller's Bouchon Restaurant.
Carneros Inn
Address4048 Sonoma Hwy, Napa
CommentsNewer deluxe accommodations; the only hotel located in Carneros.
Napa River Inn
Address500 Main St., Napa
CommentsThe only locally owned luxury boutique hotel in historic downtown Napa. 2.5 riverfront acres in the Historic Napa Mill along side the Napa River. Several restaurants in the Historic Napa Mill including Angele, Celadon, The Napa General Store and Sweetie Pies Bakery. A short walk away from 18 wine tasting rooms in downtown Napa. Pets ok. $229 and up.
Poetry Inn
Address6380 Silverado Trail, Napa
Comments3 rooms on 85 picturesque acres. Absolute privacy. The French Laundry's Thomas Keller will personally cook for guests.
Rancho Caymus Inn
Address1140 Rutherford Rd., Rutherford, CA
Tasting RoomFlora Springs The Room
Comments26-suite Spanish hacienda styled inn. All amenities. Owners also own Flora Springs Vineyards and Toad Hollow Cellars and Flora Springs The Room is a short drive from the inn. $149 and up.
The Cottages of Napa Valley
Address1012 Darms Lane, Napa
CommentsVillage of upscale cottages originally built in the 1930s as a motor court and reopened in 2005. 500-600-square foot cottages that are something out of architectural magazine.
Villagio Inn & Spa
Address6481 Washington St, Yountville
CommentsIdeal location within walking distance to many superb Yountville restaurants. Only a 20 minute drive to Napa Carneros.
Westin Verasa Hotel
Address1314 McKinstry, Napa
CommentsMinutes from downtown Napa, the Wine Train, and Oxbow Public Market. 180 suites and rooms, 24-hour gym, saltwater outdoor pool and hot tub and bocce courts. Ideal for conferences and weddings. La Toque restaurant and an intimate cafe, Bank Cafe and Bar. $289 and up. Pet friendly.

Recommended Restaurants

Address3900 D Bel Aire Plaza, Napa
CommentsOwner Gene Tartaglia and master sommelier Emmanuel Kemiji source reds (think Syrah and Zinfandel) from small wineries in California that pair well with the upscale Memphis-style barbecue chef Stephen Barber turns out. Unbelievably good. One of the few barbecue joints in the country with Riedel glassware and $250 wines.
Address6525 Washington St., Yountville
CommentsRegional Italian from chef Michael Chiarello.
Bounty Hunter Wine Bar
Address975 First St., Napa
CommentsRare wines, provisions, BBQ.
Address1040 Main St., Napa
CommentsLunch weekdays, Dinner daily except Sunday. Located in the Napa Mill. Highly regarded. Same ownership as Coles Chop House. Seasonal Eurasian cuisine.
Cole's Chop House
Address1122 Main St. Napa
CommentsA terrific steakhouse with exceptional wine list.
Address4048 Sonoma Hwy, Napa
CommentsOwned by Plumpjack company who have restaurants in San Francisco. Local food and wine. Sophisticated dining in the Carneros Inn.
La Toque
Address1314 McKinstry St, Napa (just north of Oxbow Public Market).
CommentsNoted chef Ken Frank has moved his restaurant from Rutherford to downtown Napa, in the new Westin Verasa. The restaurant is more upscale than its previous digs and entirely modern in decor. Wine remains central. The French influenced seasonal menu is accompanied by some 550 labels on the wine list and a diverse and changing selection of wines by the glass.
Address4048 Sonoma Hwy, Napa
CommentsGourmet deli with sandwiches, picnic supplies in the Carneros Inn.
Address610 Main St., Napa
CommentsLocated in downtown Napa's revitalized riverfront area. Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto's newest outpost. Plenty of local wines, imported sakes, and beers like Morimoto's own Soba Ale, from Oregon's Rogue Brewery.
Address1425 First Street, Napa
CommentsItalian restaurant in downtown Napa featuring a daily changing menu driven by local and seasonal ingredients. The specialties of Sicily, Campania, CAlabria, Basilicata and Puglia are featured. Wood baked authentic pizza Napoletana, house-made salumi and fresh pasta made in house daily. L&D, open late on weekends for drinks and pizza.
Address1339 Pearl St, Napa
CommentsL&D Tues-Sun. Northern wine country cuisine.
Restaurante Ca' Momi
AddressOxbow Public Market, Napa
CommentsAuthentic certified Vera Pizza Napolitna (VPN) Association, traditional Italian pastries, and menu of traditional Italian cuisine prepared to strict adherence to traditional Italian recipes and methods. Open for lunch and dinner. Enoteca next door is an Italian wine bar with small bites and opens at 7:30 in morning for cappuccino and baked pastries. Outside dining. Owned by three Italians.
The Boonfly Café
Address4048 Sonoma Hwy, Napa
CommentsCasual, wine-country cuisine in The Carneros Inn.
Ubuntu Yoga Studio & Restaurant
Address1140 Main St, Napa
CommentsHaute vegetarian restaurant and yoga studio. Wines offered are from practitioners of biodynamics and sustainable farming. 25 wines-by-the-glass. Annex next door offers handcrafted wines, foods and gifts.

Recommended Wine Stores

Back Room Wines
AddressFirst & Main Streets, Downtown Napa
CommentsExtensive collection of California wines including many cult wines. Wine Bar also. Tasting events.

Picnic Supplies

Dean & Deluca
Address607 South St. Helena Hwy, St. Helena
Oakville Grocery
Address7856 St. Helena Highway, St. Helena
Oxbow Public Market
Address610 First St., Napa
CommentsFatted calf charcuterie, Model Bakery, Kanaloa Seafood, Oxbow Public Wine Merchant etc. 25 specialty vendors, artisan food purveyors, and produce from local farms.

Wine Country Tours

We Drive Your Car Service
CommentsReserve a driver on-line, by phone, via-email or through iPhone or Android app. downloads. Cost is $30 an hour. The drivers are also wine tour guides that are knowledgeable about wine country.

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