Charles Krug winery was founded in 1861, making it the first in Napa Valley. Closed during Prohibition, the winery reopened after Cesare Mondavi bought it in 1943. Today, it's owned and operated by the Peter Mondavi family who have a wine legacy of their own.
The Charles Krug tasting room is part of the legacy. Dating back to 1872, the Redwood Cellar was the first-of-its-kind tasting room in Napa Valley.
The Redwood Cellar, along with the 1881 Carriage House, have recently been beautifully renovated and are on the National Register of Historic Places.
Wine aficionados and history buffs alike will want to tour these fascinating landmarks. You'll get a peek into the valley's winemaking past as you sample the wines. Charles Krug offers one of the most exhaustive wine lists in the valley, but is best known for its cabernet sauvignon.
Two tasting options are available: Estate Tasting of limited releases for $45. Better yet, take the tour and tasting for $75 -- you'll hear about Napa wine pioneer Charles Krug's beginnings plus new innovations and explore the Redwood Cellar.
Once home to the Krug's family horses, the Carriage House was lovingly renovated and now boasts a second-story called the Great Room. Redwood planks from the winery's original wine tanks were carefully salvaged and repurposed into the cathedral ceiling. Truly spectacular, it's a beautiful venue for weddings, receptions and other special events.
2800 Main Street, St. Helena, California 94574 * 707-967-2200 * www.charleskrug.com
Open daily 10:30am - 5pm. The winery is closed for some holidays. Check the winery's website for the latest schedule.