Napa Carneros

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

Recommended Wineries

Bouchaine Vineyards
Tasting RoomOpen 10:30-4 daily.
Production28,000 cases
WinemakerChris Kajani
OwnerGerret and Tatiana Copeland
Comments104 acres owned. Established in 1981. Estate and vineyard-designated Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, along with Pinot Meunier, Pinot Blanc, Riesling, Pinot Gris, and late harvest Chardonnay.
PoP coverageBouchaine Vineyards
Cuvaison Estate Wines
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
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 Jon Priest has carried on admirably. I am a big fan of recent vintages of Etude Pinot Noir.
PoP coverageEtude Wines

Recommended Lodging

Andaz Napa
CommentsLocated in revitalized "West End" of Napa near restaurants, tastings rooms and wineries. Modern, 141 guestrooms and suites.
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
CommentsNewer deluxe accommodations; the only hotel located in Carneros.
Napa River Inn
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
Comments3 rooms on 85 picturesque acres. Absolute privacy. The French Laundry's Thomas Keller will personally cook for guests.
Rancho Caymus Inn
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
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
CommentsIdeal location within walking distance to many superb Yountville restaurants. Only a 20 minute drive to Napa Carneros.
Westin Verasa Hotel
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

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.
CommentsRegional Italian from chef Michael Chiarello.
Bounty Hunter Wine Bar
CommentsRare wines, provisions, BBQ.
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
CommentsA terrific steakhouse with exceptional wine list.
CommentsOwned by Plumpjack company who have restaurants in San Francisco. Local food and wine. Sophisticated dining in the Carneros Inn.
La Toque
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.
CommentsGourmet deli with sandwiches, picnic supplies in the Carneros Inn.
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.
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.
CommentsL&D Tues-Sun. Northern wine country cuisine.
Restaurante Ca' Momi
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 Cafe
CommentsCasual, wine-country cuisine in The Carneros Inn.

Recommended Wine Stores

Back Room Wines
CommentsExtensive collection of California wines including many cult wines. Wine Bar also. Tasting events.

Picnic Supplies

Dean & Deluca
Oakville Grocery
Oxbow Public Market
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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