St. Helena wineries offer a wide range to explore, from big to boutique. Some are among the oldest in the valley. This is where the wine industry began in the late 1800s, and you’ll get a little history along with your wine tastings and tours.
St. Helena is the largest town in northern Napa Valley, and it is charming. It's also an ideal place to start your day of wine tours, winding your way south through the valley.
2000 Main Street, St. Helena, California 94515 * 707-963-7115 * www.beringer.com
Beringer is the oldest continually operating winery in Napa Valley. It's visitor-friendly, too. Whether you want a quick tour of the wine cellars or simply sit a while on the expansive porch and sip, while taking in the gorgeously landscaped grounds, you'll want to add Beringer winery to your must-do list.
1445 St. Helena Hwy., St. Helena, CA 94574 * 707-963-2134
Don't miss the cave tours and tastings at Del Dotto. Beautiful, opulent and friendly, it's an experience you won't forget. Family-owned, this winery offers small-production wines aged in an 1885 wine cave. And it is spectacular. Luxuriously lined with Italian marble, the cave has a cathedral feel; lit by elegant chandeliers.
1000 Lodi Lane, St. Helena, CA * 707-963-7108 * www.duckhorn.com
Duckhorn has an elegant country estate look and feel. You'll think you wandered onto a private property when you come upon the traditional-style house surrounded by its gorgeous gardens. Wine tastings here are a little pricey, but the pours are generous. One of the best features is the expansive wrap-around porch where you can relax and enjoy the views.
677 S. St. Helena Hwy., St. Helena, CA * 707-967-8032 * www.florasprings.com
Go off the beaten path and explore this small, yet exquisite winery. You have a rich variety of tours and tastings to choose, which may include a leisurely tasting on the sun-dappled courtyard, a walk into the vineyards, or a guided tour into the hillside caves and sampling of the crisp sauvignon blanc or a bold cabernet.
3022 St. Helena Hwy., St. Helena, CA 94574 * 707-963-9694 * freemarkabbey.com
Winemaking got its start here in 1886 by California's first female winery owner, Josephine Tychson. Today, Freemark Abbey offers tours of its century-old cellar and nearby vineyard. The tasting room has charm of its own -- a wood-beamed ceiling, fireplace and live piano music on the weekends.
1000 Main Street, St. Helena, CA 94574 * 707-963-7777 * merryvale.com
The tasting room at this family-owned winery has a warm, welcoming feel. You have a few tasting options to choose from, including a flight of current release wines. Or if you want step up your experience, choose the wine & cheese tasting or a library tasting of selected handcrafted wines. Merryvale owns vineyards in other appellations as well, and is best known for Profile (a cabernet blend) and Silhoutte Chardonnay.
1902 Madrona Avenue, St. Helena, CA 94574 * 707-963-0134 * spottswoode.com
True Cab lovers won't want to miss family-run Spottswoode. Make a reservation to explore this beautiful historic estate surrounded by gorgeous gardens. You'll see the organic vineyards and stone cellars before sitting down for a tasting of the much-acclaimed, estate-grown Cabernet Sauvignon wines.
1111 White Lane, St. Helena, CA * 707-963-7774 * www.vsattui.com
Warm hospitality awaits you at the beautiful V. Sattui Winery. Come for a tasting of stellar wines and stay for a picnic on the lawn. Picnickers can choose freshly made deli sandwiches, pastas, salads and artisan cheeses to go with that bottle of chardonnay or zin. This is one of the most relaxed, sit-a-spell wineries you'll find.