The Silverado Trail

The silverado trail in Napa Valley California

On the east side of Napa Valley is the famed Silverado Trail with over 35 wineries open to visitors. Here are nine wineries within 5 miles of each other in the southern end of the “trail” just north of the city of Napa. We suggest you pick out four or five stops and concentrate on tasting the rich, lushly textured Cabernet Sauvignon and other Bordeaux varietals. Tasting fees here are steep averaging over $25 per person. (Some wineries let two people share one tasting.)

You will also find that most of these wineries offer a range of tasting “experiences”. It’s helpful to do some research on our site first to see what they offer. Once you find a nice mix of tasting options, make sure you book a reservation with the winery.

Stag’s Leap wine cellars is one of the most iconic in the Napa area. This winery produced one of the famous “Judgement in Paris” wines. This was the starting point for the acceptance of California wine quality.

Pine Ridge is just across from Stag’s Leap. They offer some amazing tasting experiences. We love the cave tour and tasting. The cost is $50 per person and reservations must be made in advance.

Clos Du Val offers a few tasting options. You can taste outdoors in their vineyard Cabana or sign up for a reserve tasting. Both options last about an hour and you try either 4 or 5 wines. The reserve tasting is done with a winery employee guiding you through the wines.

You should enjoy the beauty of the landscape while you tour through these vineyards. Rolling fields of grape vines stretch out to the horizon on one side while the mountains rise up to the east. It is these natural features that lead to such amazing Cabernet Sauvignon grapes.

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