Napa Valley is known for its wineries and internationally-acclaimed wines, making it one of the most well-known wine regions in the world. It is also home to delicious food and exciting outdoor adventures which everyone will definitely enjoy. Napa Valley is comprised of six towns – namely Napa, Yountville, Calistoga, St. Helena, Rutherford, and Oakville. Each of these towns boasts their own unique specialties.
Throughout the years, Napa Valley has become a very popular tourist destination. This all started when a local winery’s chardonnay won over nine others at the prestigious Judgment of Paris in 1976. Because it bested other popular wine regions such as France, people flocked to the area to see what makes Napa Valley wine so special. From then on, different wineries with their own crafted wines have emerged and flourished.
Before you go on your trip to Napa Valley, there are important things that you need to consider and plan for:
When visiting Napa Valley, you have the option to go around on your own or you could take advantage of a private guided tour to learn more about the region. For transportation, you could book a town car, limousine, or even a bus if you are travelling with a large group. You can also visit famous and historic wineries via the Napa Valley Wine Trolley or the Napa Valley Wine Train. After the train or trolley ride, its drop-off point is the downtown area where the Oxbow Public Market is within walking distance where you can buy souvenirs and locally-made olive oils. If you are looking for a much more exciting experience, try a hot air balloon ride early in the morning to witness the fantastic view of the valley and the vineyards.
Winery visits are a must when visiting Napa Valley. Fantesca Estate & Winery is one of the must-visit wineries which offers limited production, one-of-a-kind wines crafted by the famous winemaker, Heidi P. Barrett. Fantesca’s 10-acre vineyard planted with the best grapes and olive trees and the breathtaking Spring Mountain can be viewed at its private deck. You also have a chance to see the cave where wines are aged and proceed to wine tasting at the private wine tasting salon. Schedule an appointment now to fully experience this fantastic wine tour at Fantesca!