Napa Valley, considered to be one of the finest wine regions on earth is situated in the Napa County of California, USA. Production of wine in the region dates back to the 19th century, although production of premium wines began only in the 1960s. The combination of the geology and geography specific to the region along with the mild Mediterranean climate have made it favorable for growing wine grapes of a very high quality.
Some of the best wineries in the Napa Valley area are highlighted here as well as the best hotels for those who happened to be visiting the region blessed with salubrious climate and great natural beauty.
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Joseph Phelps Vineyards: A family-owned winery of great repute, Joseph Phelps Vineyards create world class high end wines. Their flagship brand Insignia is an exquisite blend of selected red Bordeaux varietals. Other brands include Cabernet Sauvignon, Sauvignon Blanc, Syrah, Viognier, and Eisrébe.
Bravante Vineyards: These vineyards create premium, Howell Mountain wines, paying special consideration to the delicate Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes, hand-picked and tenderly pressed. Production is deliberately kept limited, to ensure highest levels of quality.
Domaine Carneros: Situated in the Carneros Appellation, this vineyard produces premium sparkling wine as well as Pinot Noir from their own vineyards in Carneros.
Artesa Vineyards & Winery: This well-known Carneros winery produces small, super premium lots of wines, such as Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.
Silverado Vineyards: Situated near Yountville, Silverado Vineyards creates estate as well as Single Vineyard Merlot, Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon, as also Chardonnay and their flagship SOLO Cabernet.
All these wineries welcome visitors for their various events. For all those who are planning to visit the vineyards of Napa Valley, here is a list of hotels for a comfortable stay:
Marriott Napa Valley Hotel & Spa: Located a little away from Highway 29 in the Napa Valley, this famous hotel has a scenic setting and is surrounded by several vineyards. It is within easy reach of Oakland, San Francisco and Sacramento airports.
Best Western Premier Ivy Hotel Napa Valley: Situated in the wine growing region of Napa, this reputable hotel is surrounded by several wineries.
Hotel Courtyard Fairfield Napa Valley Area – Fairfield: Conveniently located at 1350 Holiday Lane, Napa this famous hotel is at the heart of the shopping district of the town.
All these hotels provide excellent accommodation and cuisine along with providing easy access to a visit to any winery in the Napa Valley.