At Beau Wine Tours, we listen to you to design custom wine tour and tasting experiences for everyone. Starting from the southern Carneros region and headed north, these are but a few of our guests most sought after Napa Valley winery tours.
1345 Henry Road, Napa, CA 94559
Celebrating 25 years, the Artesa Winery is well known for its remarkable Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The cool Carneros region in Southern Napa Valley is well suited to these grape varieties, and Artesa and has embodied the inherent beauty of the region as well as the wines. The winery has a hill top panoramic view that can stretch all the way to San Francisco on clear days. Designed by renowned Barcelona architect Domingo Triay, it was conceived to blend seamlessly with the surrounding landscape. With a history dating back to 1551, Spanish wine making family Codorníu Raventós started this American winery in 1991, and renamed it Artesa in 1997 with a focus on handcrafted Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Cabernet Sauvignon.
Winemaker Ana Diogo Draper focuses her experience of over twenty years by utilizing small block vineyards and labor-intensive viticulture practices. Under her direction, the small and intense grape clusters yield rich yet distinctly Carneros style wines. Ana uses traditional and modern techniques in a state of the art winery, which was built into the hilltop to take advantage of natural cooling, and gravity flow production methods. To help accent the three hundred and sixty degree view, Napa artist Gordon Huether has been the artist in residence since 1997, creating large glass and sculpture installations that accentuate the beauty at Artesa.
8711 Silverado Trail, St. Helena, CA 94574
Rutherford is in the middle of the Napa Valley and features another one of our favorite wineries, Conn Creek. Bill and Kathy Collins purchased their first 54 acres of Zinfandel in 1968, when “Napa Valley was a close-knit community. Whether you wanted to borrow a tractor or just needed some advice, people were always happy to help.” Robert Parker would say of their Cabernet “testament to what heights California Cabernet Sauvignon can achieve.” And now they offer a one-of-a-kind Barrel Blending Experience in which participants engage in a guided wine barrel tasting of Cabernet Sauvignon from nearly all of the 16 sub appellations of the Napa Valley before getting to play winemaker for the day and create their own wine. It is a wonderful opportunity to appreciate the art, skill, and fun that goes into crafting world class Bordeaux style wines.
1400 Schramsberg Road, Calistoga, St. Helena, CA 94515
Near the northern end of the Napa Valley, rests a winery that has a different wine focus than most in Napa, sparkling wine. Schramsberg Vineyards is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, but has a history dating back over 150 years. In 1862, Jacob Schram founds Schramsberg, and in less than two decades has dug the Napa Valley’s first hillside caves and planted over thirty thousand vines. The wines themselves have a remarkable history, as the Blanc de Blancs was used for President Nixon’s 1972 “Toast to Peace” with China’s Premier Zhou Enlai.
The Davies family has been maintaining the heritage at Schramsberg for fifty years now, and Hugh Davies was named winemaker and general manager in 2005, but has been living and breathing the winery since he first walked the vineyards as a toddler. He produces the J. Schram in dedication to the original founder, and epitomizes the philosophy to create a wine in which no effort has been spared and no care has been omitted. The caves are an unforgettable venue for wine tasting and especially tours. Comprising over 34,000 square feet, the consistently and naturally cool environment contains nearly 3,000,000 bottles at any time!
We can take you to these very special places. Our passionate and experienced wine tour guides know how to help you create and unforgettable Napa Valley wine tasting experience. In the meantime, learn more about the incredible history at Schramsberg below.