Visitors flock to Napa Valley for its fine wine, world-class cuisine, and gorgeous rolling vineyards—but most visitors never discover the region’s rich history! Many wineries and vineyards have been around in one form or another since the 1800s or early 1900s, and Dynamic Wine Tours loves to highlight tours and tastings that connect the past with the present. Below are just a few of the stops we recommend for the history buff’s perfect Napa Valley wine tour package:
1429 Tubbs Lane
Calistoga, CA 94515
No historic Napa Valley wine tour package would be complete without a stop at Chateau Montelena. Originally built in 1888, the stone building still serves as winery and tasting room today. Of course, it’s best known for helping Napa become a world-renowned producer when one of the winery’s Chardonnays beat out French wines in an international competition in 1976. Now recognized on the National Register of Historic Places, Chateau Montelena carries on its tradition of excellence, beauty, and wonderful wine. Don’t miss the winery tour to get the in-depth story on the history of this world-famous estate!
3222 Ehlers Lane
St. Helena, CA 94574
History buffs simply must make Ehlers Estate a part of their next Napa Valley wine tour package! Bernard Ehlers and his wife founded the Bale Mill Winery in a stone barn built in 1886, and continued to run it into the 1920s. Today this same structure is still central to the estate vineyards acquired and cultivated by current owners Jean and Sylviane Leducq. Today, Ehlers Estate wines are a blend of Old and New World charm. The winery’s production is so exclusive, reservations are required. Be sure to opt for an early tasting paired with Bouchon breakfast pastries—what better way to start the day?
Clos Du Val
5330 Silverado Trail
Napa, CA 94558
“The stories of great wineries aren’t written over a few vintages—they are written over decades and generations,” says Clos du Val President, Steve Tamburelli. The winery, established in 1972, recently renewed their focus on the famous Stags Leap District of Napa, cutting back on production of their famous Cabernet to make sure their product showcased only the finest fruit from their vineyards. Clos du Val is a taste of history for any Napa Valley wine tour package.
Trefethen Family Vineyards
1160 Oak Knoll Avenue
Napa, CA 94558
For a great start to your Napa Valley wine experience, discover the rich culture and winemaking know-how developed over generations at Trefethen Family Vineyards’ Historic Winery tour. Sip Cabernet Sauvignon and other varietals while you learn about the nationally-registered wooden winery, the only one to have survived in Napa since the 1800s! This fully updated facility is still owned by the Trefethen family, whose motto is “One Family, One Estate, One Passion.”
For history buffs and wine-lovers alike, Napa Valley is a great destination. If these wineries sound like places you’d like to experience for yourself, call us on (707) 252-2300 or get in touch with us on our website here today to build the best Napa Valley wine tour.