Winery Recommendations

Oct 15, 2021

Here’s a complete list of all the wineries, restaurants and wine bars I recommend in each wine country region that I’ve visited! Enjoy! And keep checking back as I add more!

Before you book your winery trip, check my other blog post: 10 things you should know before visiting Wine Country

Napa

Wineries:


Opus One Winery

Why I love it: Outstanding Wine and so much history! They only make one wine, hence the name, but it is all they need! Founded by the legends Robert Mondavi and Rothschild family, it is definitely a site to see! 

Clif Family

Why I love it: The wine, the food, the property! This winery has it all! From the family that brought you Clif bars, definitely don't miss out on their food and wine pairing opportunities! You can also rent bikes and ride around their stunning property. 
Quintessa

Why I love it: The wine is outstanding! They have stunning little glass private rooms up in the mountains with unbeatable views! 


Napa Cellars

Why I love it: Chill hang out vibes! Love the picnic tables and yard games vibes. This is a great place to relax in the middle of the vines and enjoy their delicious wines. 


Joseph Phelps

Why I love it: outstanding wine and views! 


Del Dotto

Why I love it: They offer barrel tastings! They also do not skimp on the pours! 


Alpha Omega

Why I love it: outstanding wines and views


Pride Mountain

Why I love it: outstanding views. This is a pretty cool spot because half of the property is in Napa and half in Sonoma! And amazing wines. 


Spring Mountain

Why I love it: Absolutely stunning views and wines! Loved tasting in the old historic home. 


Chimney Rock

Why I love it: Some of my favorite wines in the valley and outstanding hospitality. 


Clos du Vol

Why I love it: the views, the wine and the hospitality! Also an historic winery as they won the 2nd Judgement of Paris. 


Inglenook

Why I love it: The historic building and rich history! Outstanding Wines. 


Walt Wines

Why I love it: Beautiful Pinot Noir! Huge fan of their wine and chocolate pairing option. 


Chandon

Why I love it: This sparkling house has a stunning property perfect for a picnic! 


Domaine Carneros

Why I love it: This winery owned by Champagne Taittinger, makes outstanding sparkling wines and beautiful property! 


Far Niente

Why I love it: The property feels like you've stepped into a fairy tale! Incredible whites and reds and of course their dessert wine, Dolce! 


Sterling Vineyards

Why I love it: This is a fun spot to visit! Gondola ride, grape stomping! 


Robert Mondavi

Why I love it: VERY historic! Founded by the grandfather of Napa, Mr. Robert Mondavi! Definitely, recommend their wine 101 tasting. 


Mayo Family

Why I love it: the cutest little family winery. And bonus: they're open much later than majority of the wineries in Napa, if you want to squeeze in one more before you end the day! 


Duck Horn

Why I love it: You have got to try their Merlot! And I love this property! 


Paraduxx

Why I love it: Stunning property and wines! 


Schramsberg

Why I love it: Legendary sparkling house. Definitely do the cave tour! 


Stags Leap Wine Cellars

Why I love it: Legendary winery and outstanding wines. Its pretty magical to see the historical bottle from the Judgement of Paris of 1976.


Silver Oak

Why I love it: Really beautiful wines


Hall

Why I love it: Highly recommend that Cabernet experience. Outstanding wines and and beautiful art sculpture along the property. 


Whitehall Lane

Why I love it: Beautiful wines and property! 


Black Stallion

Why I love it: Great wines and a great spot to do a walk in as well! 


Cakebread Cellars

Why I love it: Beautiful Chardonnays!


Elizabeth Spencer

Why I love it: Such a cute little spot on the corner and great wine! Little gem! 


Theorem

Why I love it: Some of the best views in the whole valley and beautiful wines


Turnbull

Why I love it: Very beautiful Cabernets! 


Louis Martini

Why I love it: Highly recommend their small bites tastings and beautiful wines! 

Pestoni Family Winery

Why I love it: Such a cute family owned spot with great wines. Can walk in to this spot as well. 

 

Tasting rooms:
Mark Herold

Why I love it: really beautiful wines and conveniently located close to downtown Napa. 


Heron House

Why I love it: This spot is a gem! If you're into tasting the top vineyard sites in Napa like To Kalon, this is the spot!


RH Wine Vault

Why I love it: Such a beautiful spot to enjoy a flight of wine in a magical cabana. 

Restaurants:
Oxbow Market

Why I love it: Such a great market with lots of great options. 


Model Bakery

Why I love it: Great spot for a breakfast sandwich and a coffee! 


Willis Wine Bar

Why I love it: The food is amazing! Highly recommend the Filet Mignon Sliders!

Compline Wine Bar

Why I love it: Such a gem of a spot!! Such an incredible wine list and conveintantly located downtown. 


Press Napa Valley

Why I love it: legendary spot, definitely taste the bacon flight! 


Brasswood

Why I love it: You have to taste the burrata toast!! 


Auberge

Why I love it: A Michelin star spot, and a super affordable and delicious breakfast!! 


Oakville Grocery

Why I love it: I never miss this spot when I visit Napa! Some of the best sandwiches around! Also like hack, pick them up in the morning and bring a cooler to have lunch on the go. 


Hotels:
Napa Suites

Check out my blog post about Napa Suites!


River Terrace Inn

Drivers:
@winedrivernapasonoma


Sonoma

Wineries:
Flowers

Why I love it: Definitely get the small bites with their incredible Pinot Noirs and Chardonnay. 

Copain

Why I love it: Really beautiful wines and stunning property.


J Vineyards

Why I love it: One of my absolutely FAVORITES! Incredible sparkling wines, food pairings and female winemaker! 


Macrostie

Why I love it: Another female winemaker and incredible Pinot Noirs, Chardonnays and views! 


Ferrari Carnero

Why I love it: Beautiful property and delicious wine! 


Coppola

Why I love it: Movie memorabilia, yummy wines and cool property, plus a pool! 


Rodney Strong

Why I love it: I love checking out the production facility! 


Simi Vineyards

Why I love it: Beautiful property and wines!

 

Hotels:

El Dorado


Santa Barbara

Wineries:
Pence

Why I love it: Beautiful wines and property, love sipping on their outdoor areas


Presqu’ile

Why I love it: Love love their wines!!!! And the views! 


Labarge

Why I love it: Beautiful winery and you must try their Albarino! 


Piazza

Why I love it: oh so many reasons! Female winemaker and boss babe Gretchen. So many unique varieties and wines and beautiful property. 


Holus Bolus

Why I love it: Visit their tasting room in downtown Los Olivos. Master of Wine Amy Christine and her husband Peter do it all! These are wines to nerd out over! 


Carhartt

Why I love it: From the Carhartt family, Chase Carhartt is making absolutely incredible wines! 


Folded Hills

Why I love it: From the Busch family. Not only do they have great wines, you must try their Grenache, they have wild animals like zebras and camels and of course Clydesdales. 


Jaffurs

Why I love it: This urban winery is super fun to visit and delicious Syrah! 


Sanford

Why I love it: Beautiful property and beautiful wines! 


Melville

Why I love it: Great Pinot Noir! 


McKinney

Why I love it: This adorable small family spot, is making some killer wines! 


Dragonette

Why I love it: Hands down some of the best wines I ever had. The Rita's Crown Chardonnay is what dreams are made of! 

Coquelicot

Why I love it: Super fun tasting room in Los Olivos and loved their rose! 


Liquid Farm

Why I love it: The tasting room is gorgeous and the wines are to die for! 


Grassini

Why I love it: absolutely stunning property and beautiful wines! 


Lumen

Why I love it: made by first female wine maker in Santa Barbara, Lane Tanner making absolutely killer wines. 


Restaurants:
Bells Los Alamos

Why I love it: Michelin star, and on Mondays it's only $50 and half off bottles!! 


First and Oak 

Why I love it: located in beautiful Solvang. I love a great Prix Fixe meal! Sooo yummy and incredible wine list! 


Pico Los Alamos

Why I love it: rated by Wine Enthusiast's for top wine restaurants and delicious food! 

 

Hotels:
Sky View
O’Cairns Inn (Lompoc)

Drivers:
Destination drivers
SB Wine Tours

Willamette


Wineries:
Domaine Serene

Why I love it: Outstanding wines and property


Sokkel Blosser

Why I love it: loved their production tour and wines! 

Temecula

Wineries:
Leoness

Why I love it: love the white Merlot, and the duck fat fries! 


Weins Cellars

Why I love it: They have a fun blending class! 


Hart Winery

Why I love it: yummy wines! 


Falkner Winery

Why I love it: Loved the food pairings and the set up! 


Robert Renzoni

Why I love it: delicious Sangiovese and there's a secret passageway! Oh and the pizza!


Europa Village

Why I love it: super cool spot with a literal tour of Europe! 


Doffo

Why I love it: My favorite spot in Temecula. The best wines in my opinion! You must try the Syrah and the Zinfandel! Plus they do wine dinners! 


Bottaia

Why I love it: They have a pool in the middle of the vineyards! Its a fun escape! Plus you can get wine and cocktails served right to you poolside! 


Mount Palomar

Why I love it: Really cool spot with one of the only Solera Systems in the country! 


Akash

Why I love it: This place is modern and trendy, great for the IG content. 


Peltzer

Why I love it: adorable, cozy spot with lot of photo opps. 

 

Hotels:
South Coast Winery
Vine House Bed and Breakfast
Europa Village


Paso Robles

Wineries:
Daou Vineyards

Why I love it: The wines and the views! 


Chateau Margene

Why I love it: adorable family owned spot with great wines! 


Cass Winery

Why I love it: Soo many reasons! Fantastic wines, stunning property, super fun hospitality, and wine dinners! 


Onx Wines

Why I love it: beautiful property and lots of little oasis spots for outdoor sipping. 


Adaleida

Why I love it: Beautiful winery and delicious wines! 


Tablas Creek

Why I love it: I love the wine here! 

Tasting rooms
Seven Oxen

Why I love it: the wines are great! 

Hotels:
Geneseo

Why I love it: One of my absolute favorite places to stay at Cass Winery in the middle of the vines with breakfast served to your room.

Restaurants
Fish Gaucho
Wine dinner at Cass

Malibu

Wineries:
AJA Vineyards

Why I love it: Family owned spot with incredible views and amazing wines! You can see the bachelor mansion from the top of the vineyards. 

Michigan

Wineries:
Rove Estate

Why I love it: This winery proves quality wine can come from Michigan! Beautiful Rieslings. 


Mari Vineyards

Why I love it: beatiful property and great spot to sip! 

Valle de Guadalupe

Check out my blog post on my Mexico Wine Country Experience

Wineries:
LA Cetto

Why I love it: One of the largest wineries in Mexico, great spot to visit! 


Casa de Doña Lupe

Why I love it: This place has it all! Massages, liquor, wine, pizza, hot sauce... So fun! 

 

Ojai

Wineries:
Majestic Oak

Why I love it: adorable family spot with great wines!


Topa Mountain

Why I love it: great wine and great views! 

Lodi

Wineries:
Acquiesce Winery

Why I love it: This place only makes premium white wines and they do it well! 


Peltier Winery

Why I love it: Female, boss babe winemaker and amazing wines! 


Lorenza Real Rose

Why I love it: Mom and daughter team making outstanding old vine rose or cinsault! 


Onesta Wines
McCay Cellars
Klinker Brick Winery
LangeTwins Family Winery
Mettler Family Vineyards

Why I love it: Great wines and beautiful property! 


Turley Wine Cellars
Sandlands Wine
Michael David Winery

Why I love it: porch pounder wines and really amazing property! Must try the pizzas and the pie! Great spot to hang out for hours. 


Harney Lane Winery
Fields Family Wines
Bokisch Vineyards

Why I love it: female winemaker and amazing Spanish wines. Beautiful property! 

 

Restaurants
Guontonios wood fired
Pietros

Hotels
Wine and Roses

 

Thanks for checking out my guide! I'll keep adding to it as I visit more places! Hope you find this useful! 

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