Napa Valley Wine Tours are very popular with more than 5 million tourists visiting Napa Valley each year. There are many Napa wineries to visit. This is America’s premier wine producing region as well as being recognized as one of the major wine regions of the world.
In addition to tasting the wines of Napa, people go to this California region to enjoy its equally renowned gourmet restaurants and a multitude of other activities including
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Located an hour’s drive north of San Francisco,
there are more than 200 Napa Valley wineries producing wines amongst the breathtaking scenery. The valley is only 30 miles long and ranges from 1 to 5 miles wide.
Highway 29 is the main road running through all the Napa Valley towns. This highway takes you right past some of the area’s most famous Napa Valley wineries and restaurants. It’s a beautiful drive; but it can be crowded, especially on weekends during the summer or early fall.
The Silverado Trail is another main road running parallel to Highway 29, but further to the east. There’s less traffic on the Silverado Trail because this route does not go through the towns of the Napa Valley. There are many Napa wineries along this route as well and you will find that traffic moves faster.
Be sure to make a stop in the town of Napa, the commercial center of the Napa Valley and home to many wineries. Napa's Carneros region (known for Sparkling Wines, Pinot Noir, and Chardonnay) is also included in this section.
Be sure to stop in Yountville during your Napa Valley Wine Tour. Yountville is known as home to a number of world class restaurants including The French Laundry, Bouchon, and Bistro Jeanty. You can also enjoy interesting shops in downtown Yountville including those found at Vintage 1870, the shopping center is this photo. Don't forget the wonderful Napa wineries scattered around the area.
Oakville is famous for the fabulous Cabernet Sauvignon produced in the area and for the historic Oakville Grocery Store. This famous landmark is a great place to purchase picnic supplies as you enjoy a Napa Valley wine tour.
The wineries of Rutherford are known for their wonderful Cabernet Sauvignon. The town of Rutherford is not really a destination, but you want to make sure you visit some of the wonderful California wineries scattered around Hwy. 29, the Silverado Trail, and all the crossroads during your Napa Valley wine tour.
In addition to fantastic wineries, St. Helena is the place to go in Napa for shopping. There are many unique upscale shops in downtown St. Helena. The St. Helena Premier Outlets is located a few miles north of downtown.
In addition to Napa wine tasting, people travel to this laid-back community to relax and unwind in the mineral waters, mud baths, and jacuzzis that Calistoga is famous for.
We have been wine tasting in Napa many times and hope you will let us share our experiences with you. Click on the towns above to explore Napa Valley and begin planning your Napa Wine Tour. We have lists of Napa wineries, Napa Valley winery maps, as well as recommendations for Napa restaurants, wine country lodging, and wine country bed and breakfasts.
Auberge Du Soleil is the best restaurant in Napa Valley with a view. Make reservations to dine on the outdoor patio overlooking the vineyard covered hills and orange groves. Enjoy great food and a great view.
Enjoy Italian and Country French cuisine at Bistro Don Giovanni. This is a local's favorite with excellent food at prices that are reasonable for Napa. Make reservations to dine outside or on the small patio by the fireplace.
This French bistro is located in downtown Yountville in the heart of the Napa Valley. When you walk into the restaurant, you feel at home. The atmosphere is casual and intimate. The yellow walls, soft French music, and blazing fire in the fireplace create a feeling of warmth and intimacy. And. . . the food is great.
Brannans Grill is cozy restaurant located in downtown Calistoga. Enjoy casual dining, live jazz music, and great food. A huge 19th century handcrafted bar, tall ceilings with redwood beams, and skylights all create a the spacious ambiance of an elegant hunting lodge.
This romantic restaurant is located right on Highway 29 in St. Helena. A popular Napa restaurant, Tra Vigne, has a lovely Tuscan atmosphere. You can dine indoors, on the beaufiul patios, or even arrange for a candlelight dinner in the vineyard. The Italian cuisine is delightful and the service is outstanding. This restaurant is a great place to dine during your Napa Valley wine tour.