8700 Conn Creek Rd., Rutherford
Caymus is a family operation (the Wagners are in their third generation of winemaking on the property, where they've been making wine since 1972) and the family history and values that tie the vineyard together are elegantly woven through their tasting experience. In addition to trying their excellent Cabs and Zinfandels, you’ll hear about the family's history in the region. Photo: m anima
Frog’s Leap Winery
8815 Conn Creek Rd., Rutherford
With all of the luxe experiences Napa has to offer, it can be easy to forget that the wineries are, at heart, agricultural ventures: Frog's Leap really feels like a farm, in the best possible way. The winery is housed in cavernous old barn, and the farmhouse has a big, wide porch for tastings (which are by appointment only). If you're lucky, you might even catch winemaker John Williams and his scruffy companion, Abbie, driving around the property in Williams' vintage Chevy.
1991 St. Helena Hwy, Rutherford
Inglenook is one of two wineries owned by the Coppola family, and it's sort of a must-see for any Napa itinerary worth its snuff. The gorgeous, historic chateau is far and away one of the grandest buildings in the valley, and the wine (winemaker Phillip Bascuales was trained at Château Margaux) is worthy of the estate.
Staglin Family Vineyard
1570 Bella Oaks Ln., Rutherford
If you're a child of the '90s, you'll recognize this house and some of the roads as Hallie's Dad's house from the The Parent Trap. Nostalgia aside, this estate offers beautiful grounds and exceptional wines. The Staglin Family are also well known philanthropists—since opening the vineyard, they've raised and donated more than $800 million for mental health research.
1271 Manley Ln., Rutherford
Swanson vineyards has an excellent selection of wines, but we'd be lying if we said we weren't really going there for Swanson Sip Shoppe. Designed by family member Alexis Swanson Traina, the bold décor (the entire space is wallpapered with wide red stripes) is a breath of fresh air in a sea of Tuscan-hued tasting rooms. Alexis has a great eye, so you can expect the chocolates, foodstuffs, and other gifts, like her hilarious customizable wine bottle labels, to be some of the best.
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