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Napa Valley Vineyard

Napa Valley [1], in the Bay Area in California, is the main wine growing region of the United States of America and one of the major wine regions of the world. It is also known for its gourmet restaurants, cafes, and spa-treatment centers.

Cities and towns

From north to south the main locales are:


Napa Valley, a world famous wine area, is one of the most popular tourist attractions in California. More than five million visitors come each year, often overcrowding the roadways on summer weekends. Peak times are the summer months and the harvest "crush" during September and October. Napa Valley is home to more than two hundred wineries. With wine as a focus, great dining naturally emerged to complement it. The Culinary Institute of America at Greystone in St. Helena supplies a steady stream of well-trained chefs, supplementing the already prestigious chefs drawn by Napa Valley's reputation and locale.

Get in

By plane

The nearest international airports are in San Francisco, Oakland, San Jose, and Sacramento. San Francisco iss the largest airport of the group presented. Here, a traveller arriving at San Francisco Airport can easily rent a car or reserve a limo to take them to Napa Valley.The trip is about an hour and a half long over the Golden Gate Bridge to scenic Route 1.

By car

From San Francisco:

Highway 101 North over the Golden Gate Bridge, to Highway 37;
Highway 37 East towards Vallejo/Napa, to Highway 121;
Highway 121 North towards Napa to Highway 29 North.

Use Highway 29 or Silverado Trail to see the valley. They run north-south along the valley.

  • Wine country bus or limousine tours are available from San Francisco or from Napa Valley towns.
  • Napa can be reached by shuttle providers in San Francisco.

Get around

  • Bike riding is a popular activity in the valley, and great way to see the scenery it has to offer. Napa Valley Bike Tours

There are also opportunities to cycle in the vineyards.Guided Bike Tours

  • Walking is also enjoyed by the locals, in one of many parks, trails, and paths on expensive property. If you want to see the historical sites of Napa Valley, you alwas have the option of taking a guided walking tour. Walking Tours in Napa Valley
  • Napa County Transportation Planning Agency (NCTPA), Phone: +1 707 259-8631, [2]. Bus transportation throughout the Valley and within towns. Locals and tourists lacking their own vehicle may also enjoy waiting hours at a time for a bus, which more often than not will include a stop and break for another bus. Visitors who plan to use the public transit system should factor in about half day for travel within the valley.

Car Renting

Hertz Local Edition - Napa - - 686 Soscol Av., Napa, CA - (707) 265-7575.

Budget Rent-A-Car - Napa - 476 Soscol Avenue, Napa, CA - (707) 224-7846.

Enterprise Rent-A-Car - - 230 Soscol Av, Napa, CA - (707) 253-8000

Limo Service

Napa Valley Limousine Services is a professional, full-service transportation and security provider based in the heart of the beautiful Napa Valley wine country. Accept no substitutions - we know the Napa Valley like no one else. Call (707) 258-0689


Attractions to See

Lincoln Theater 100 California Drive Yountville CA 94599 Phone: (707) 944-9900

Napa Valley Museum 55 Presidents Circle Yountville CA 94599 Phone: (707) 944-0500

River Rock Casino 3250 Hwy. 128 East Geyserville CA 95441 Phone: (707) 857-1205

Vintner's Golf Club 7901 Solano Avenue Yountville CA 94599 Phone: (707) 944-1992

Nappa Valley Wine Train Ride in restored 1917 Pullman cars up and down the valley and enjoy the spectacular Napa scenery, service, wine and cuisine. Various packages are available, including special holiday, murder mystery and jazz concert trains.

The Spa at Silverado The largest private resort spa in Napa Valley.

Nappa Valley Bike Tours There's no better way to experience Northern California's Wine Country than from the seat of a bicycle! We've been sharing the Napa & Sonoma Valleys with outdoors-loving travelers for more than 20 years. So, whether you're seeking one of our all-inclusive Vacation Packages or just want to round out your itinerary with one of our single-day Bike Tours, Napa Valley Bike Tours promises to be your best resource for biking in the wine country.


There are many other leisure activities in Napa Valley to complement fine dining and wine tours. If you are an early riser, you can take a hot air balloon ride. There is also horseback riding, boating, fishing, gliding, golfing, bicycling and spa treatments.

  • The Napa Valley Wine Train [3] in Napa.
  • Bathe in the hot springs and/or have a mud bath in Calistoga.
  • Bonaventura Balloon Company, Phone 1-800-FLY-NAPA, [4]. Balloon flights from wherever the wind is best in the north valley.
  • Golf There are 10 golf courses located at towns throughout the valley.

Wine Tours and Tastings

Wine Tours and tasting are the main reason why people go to Napa Valley. To see how their favorite wine is made from stem to bottle is often the pasion the drives people to Napa. People may go to Napa valley to taste wines before they invest in them.

Mumm Napa tel. +1 707.967.7700 tel. +1 800.686.6272 8445 Silverado Trail Rutherford, CA 94573

Domaine Chandon 1 California Dr Yountville, CA 94599-1426 Phone: (707) 944-2892

The Robert Mondavi Winery 7801 St. Helena Highway Oakville, CA 94562 Phone: (707) 226-1395

Far Niente Winery Tel: (707) 944-2861 or (800) FN-DOLCE Fax: (707) 944-2312 Email: [email protected] 1350 Acacia Drive PO Box 327 Oakville, CA 94562

Grgich Hills Cellars (707)-944-0290 750 Oakville Cross Rd Oakville, CA 94573 Tours by appoinment only.

Dining Out

The thing about wine, of course, is that it has a synergy with food. They enhance each other. Accordingly, food is elevated here. There are many excellent chefs in this area, and many great dining facilities. One most famous place that must be mentioned is French Laundry, in Yountville. It is very famous, very expensive, and very hard to get a reservation. Reservations open two months in advance, and you must be right on top of it. Try if you must, but there are many other delicious options.

The Valley and its wines beg to be brought on a picnic. It might just be the best way to have lunch. Some wineries cater to picnickers, notably V. Sattui which has a nice picnic area and even a deli, but others don't want picnickers tying up their limited parking. Some encourage picnics, but only by reservation. One establishment built on Napa Valley picnicking is Oakville Grocery in Oakville, famous for its deli and picnic supplies.

If you want to picnic or even tailgate you can stop at the Oakville Grocer. Its located at 7856 Saint Helena Highway, Oakville California (707)-944-8802. There are necessary pantry items such as cheese, crackers and specialty pates. It is open daily but hours vary. Call ahaed for specialty sandwiches, picnic baskets or box lunches.

If it is an excellent lunch that you are looking for, you might want to conbine your tour at Domaine Chandon with a lunch at Etoile at Domaine Chandon. Its open for lunch on Thursday through Monday and it has recieved the best of awards for excellence in 2010.

Bouchon fills like an authentic, upscail,and French bistro. Some of its specialties are pan roasted trout, classic French onion soup and duck foiegras. Reservations are neccessary. It is open daily for lunch and dinner. Entres are 16 to 40 dollars and there is always a list of great specials.


Barrels of wine aging

Most wineries offer tastings and/or tours of their products. The form this takes varies greatly. The largest, most well known wineries such as Mondavi and Beringer are open daily with large hosting facilities, guided tours of the operation and reserve rooms for tasting select, more expensive wines. The many smaller wineries may offer tastings only by appointment, but your tour or tasting may be conducted by the owner. Most vineyards charge a small fee for the tastings, especially at the more popular vineyards, perhaps $5-$10. Winery tours are generally very interesting and informative. Reserve room tastings provide an opportunity to sample expensive wines without having to spend a larger amount for a bottle. Sometimes the tasting fee can be applied to the cost of a bottle purchased.

Popular Large Wineries

Stay safe

Napa Valley enjoys very low crime rates and is generally considered to be a relatively safe part of California. Emergency response (police, fire, and paramedics) can be reached by dialing 911.

Note that California's drunk driving laws are extremely strict.

Get out

Try one of the other Bay Area locations or Yosemite National Park.Create category

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