Top Napa Valley wineries

If there’s one thing about Napa Valley, it’s that you're never far away from a top vineyard – speaking of which, here are a few with tasting rooms and Napa Valley wineries to try to visit during your holiday to the Napa Valley. Why not appoint a skipper and make a day of it?

1. Alpha Omega, Napa Valley’s newest boutique winery, not only has a tasting room, but a picnic area too. It’s open daily and offers guided tours of its historic vineyards and cellars. Specialising in mixing Old World and New World wines, Alpha Omega prides itself on concocting carefully balanced red and white wines. Good Napa Valley boutique wineries are still in short supply - so put this one high on your list.

2. Burgess Cellars on Deer Park Road also offer a tour and tasting experience but it’s by appointment only so make sure you book in advance. This is the one to visit if you’re a big fan of reds, particularly Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah varieties.

3. Bouchaine Vineyards in the south of Napa Valley hotels, near San Francisco, offer tours and wine tasting and its 104 acres are steeped in history. Its resident winemakers, husband and wife Gerret and Tatiana Copeland, have dedicated their lives to the pursuit of the perfect Pinot Noir and Chardonnay varieties of red and white wine. But they attribute the success they have enjoyed to their superb location along the Garretto Hills – the grapes growing where the land naturally rises and falls.

4. August Briggs Winery does a great tour and tasting session at its family-owned estate in Napa Valley. It's run by a husband and wife team: Joe, who has 25 years of wine-making experience under his belt, and Sally Briggs. The winery produces 16 different wines, ranging from Pinot Noir to Cabernet Sauvignon.

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