Intimate Wine Tours Suggests:

NAPA VALLEY WINERIES

CHATEAU MONTELENA WINERY

A magnificent stonewalled castle nestled deep into beautiful hills located in the very north appellation of the Napa Valley in the town of Calistoga. In 1976, at the Intercontinental hotel in Paris, Chateau Montelena's Chardonnay won a blind taste test over the French white burgundies. Obviously, this stunned the world and French wine culture, signifying the Napa Valley as a preeminent worldwide wine growing region. Wines: Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Estate Zinfandel and Potter Valley Riesling. http://www.montelena.com

CASTELLO DI AMOROSA

Medieval 12th century Tuscan-style castle located in the north appellation of the Napa Valley, just south of Calistoga. Fun facts include: 121,000 sq. ft. castle/winery, 5 defensive towers with battlements, 1,000 pound hand-hewn doors from Italy, 107 rooms (95 devoted to wine making,) 8 levels (4 levels underground and 4 above,) 500 year old mantle fireplace, watch tower, torture chamber, deep well, church and several secret passage ways. Wines: Chardonnay, Pinot Bianco,Il Passito, Sangiovese, Merlot, La Castellana (Super Tuscan Blend,) Il Barone and a Late Harvest Gewurztraminer. http://www.castellodiamorosa.com

ALLORA VINEYARDS

Charming and intimate family owned and operated winery. One hundred percent estate grown varietals; located in a picturesque and breathtaking ambiance. Specializing in Tuscan and Bordeaux style red-blends with a superb body and smooth finish; Allora vineyards is truly a gem within the valley. Wines: Cielo, Tresca, Petite Sirah, Cabernet Franc and Lusso. http://www.alloravineyards.com

FRANK FAMILY VINEYARDS AND WINERY

Friendly environment with entertaining tasting room hosts. Experience a taste of the old world Napa Valley style at this award winning winery that has received accolades from the Wall Street Journal to the New York Times. Wines: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Signature Brut, Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel and Winston Hill red wine. http://www.frankfamilyvineyards.com

CHARLES KRUG WINERY

Owned and operated by Peter Mondavi Sr. and his two sons. Expressing innovative marketing, viticulture and enological advancements covering a period of six decades. When Cesare Mondavi passed away in 1959, Rosa became the President, naming her sons Robert the General Manager and Peter the Vice President. Robert moved south to Oakville in 1966 and Peter became the owner and operator. Wines: Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Rose, Pinot Noir, Zinfandel, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. http://www.charleskrug.com

HONIG VINEYARD AND WINERY

Founded in 1964 by Louis Honig. A 68 acre property located deep in the heart of the Napa Valley; within the Rutherford viticulture wine growing region. Luxurious garden ambiance; perfect for refreshing outdoor tastings surrounded by plush shaded trees. Wines: Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Bartolucci Vineyard Cabernet and a Late Harvest. http://www.honigwine.com

RUTHERFORD HILL WINERY

Founded in 1972, Rutherford Hill is located high above the Napa Valley; along the eastern foothills of the Silverado Trail. Specializing in Merlot as their flag ship wine; Rutherford Hill's soil and climate resembles the Pomerol region, which is the renowned Merlot growing region of Bordeaux. Beautiful views and ambiance for an exquisite picnic lunch. Wines: Chardonnay, Rose, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Petit Verdot, Sangiovese, Syrah, Winemaker's blend and Port. http://www.rutherfordhill.com

STELTZNER VINEYARDS AND WINERY

Exciting, friendly and exceptionally classed wines located in the Northern Stags Leap district of the Napa Valley, where the parlance is, "Cab is King!" Established in 1965 by Richard Steltzner; one of the influential and instrumental innovators of the Napa Valley. Picturesque grounds surrounded by majestic hills and a 710 foot underground storage cave. Wines: Syrah, Claret, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Cabernet Franc, Sangiovese and Estate Pinotage. http://www.steltzner.com

FLEURY ESTATE WINERY

With its elegantly rustic feel, Fleury Estate Winery offers its guests an unusually intimate wine-tasting experience. "Every tasting done at this winery is in a private salon setting among the barrels," explains Brian and Claudia Fleury. Fleury Estate Winery now owns 50 acres spanning three vineyards in three appellations and at three elevations: Rutherford, St. Helena and Howell Mountain. We allow the grapes to take center stage in every barrel, bottle and glass of our wines, says Brian and Claudia, and their boutique winery reflects that approach. http://www.fleurywinery.com

These wineries are only a microcosm of the various appellations from our recommendation list. It is our pleasure to drive you to any winery on your itinerary.