The best Napa Valley wineries to visit

November 14, 2014, 2:00 PM UTC
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By Megan Krigbaum, Food & Wine, with research by Stephanie Zhang

The best Napa Valley wineries to visit feature a tasting room in a cave, artisanal cheese pairings, on-site sommeliers and more.

Beaulieu Vineyard

One of the oldest producers in the valley, BV offers tours of the original winery building, which dates back to 1885. These are followed by barrel samples of Cabernet and a stop in the new Heritage Room, which chronicles the history of wine in Napa.

Black Stallion

Visitors can assess leaf shape and cluster size and otherwise analyze 17 grape varieties in the demonstration vineyard here. Try the Syrah and Cabernet with flatbreads in the tasting room ($20).

Buehler Vineyards

The nicely understated Cabs at this family-owned vineyard are some of the valley's best values. Plus, private tours and tastings are hosted by the Buehler family.

Cade Estate

The views of the valley floor are glorious from this super-sustainable, LEED Gold–certified winery, located on Howell Mountain. Guests can taste Cade's superb Sauvignon Blanc in its chic outdoor living room.

Domaine Chandon

Chandon is one of the few Napa Valley wineries permitted to have a restaurant, the excellent Étoile. For the tasting lounge, chef Perry Hoffman created dishes to go with Chandon sparkling wines.

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