Top 10 Hidden Gems Things to do in Napa, California (CA)

October 14, 2021 Roseanne Arnett

Gold and silver may have been behind the hordes that flocked in the 1800s, but liquid gold - Chardonnays, Cabernet Sauvignons and Pinot Noirs - is behind the modern migration. This dream destination for wine lovers has an abundance of fine restaurants and inns. Horse posts have been replaced by bike racks, and pedal power is a great way to explore.
Restaurants in Napa

1. Jarvis Estate

2970 Monticello Rd, Napa, CA 94558-9615 +1 707-255-5280 [email protected] http://www.jarviswines.com/
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Jarvis Estate

Jarvis Estate is a family owned winery dedicated to crafting a limited quantity of preeminent wines from our sustainably farmed, estate vineyards in the rugged hillside, four miles east of downtown Napa Valley. The Jarvis Estate winemaking facility is entirely contained within 45,000 square feet of cave tunneled into the scenic Vaca Mountains,and is not only a visual masterpiece, but a technical masterpiece as well. Wines are produced only from estate grown grapes and are cave-aged to perfection prior to release. Varietals include: Chardonnay, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Verdot, Tempranillo and a two proprietary Bordeaux blends.

Reviewed By randybH2055JS - Kalamazoo, United States

This is such a cool place to visit. The entire winery is located within the massive network of man-made caves. Once the grapes go in, they never see the light of day until they emerge as bottled wine. You will tour the caves, see where the grapes are crushed, wine fermented, huge oak bariques, barrels, bottling area, tasting rooms, banquet rooms (huge), etc. Even an underground river which provides the proper natural humidity in the caves. Great winery story. You will hear about the "Science Project"...fantastic. Don't miss this one.

2. Reserve Wine Tours - Private Tours

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Reserve Wine Tours - Private Tours

Dan Dolen of Reserve Wine Tours, a wine maker himself, provides custom, private tours of the Napa/Sonoma wine country. Warm and witty and an excellent communicator/educator, let Dan create the ultimate wine country get away for you and yours!!

3. Lonnie's Wine Tours & Transportation

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Lonnie's Wine Tours & Transportation

Tour with a local to enhance your wine and culture experience.Have twenty one years experience in limo service, tour guide, concierge and wine educator in the Northern California Bay Area.Specialize visiting small boutique wineries, who produce small amounts of the finest world class wines.The most fun you will have in the Wine Country!

4. Napa Valley Excursions & Wine Tours

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Napa Valley Excursions & Wine Tours

Napa Valley Excursions & Wine Tours is the premier car service in Napa Valley and Sonoma, providing custom area wine tours in comfort and style. The local, family-owned business offers both private and group tours, and is committed to providing excellent service as you enjoy the best wineries and vineyards the region has to offer.

5. Napa Your Way

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Napa Your Way

Thank you for taking a moment to research Napa Your Way, we are a wine tour company that is owned and operated by Napa natives. We have been hosting wine lovers from all over the world for almost a decade. We specialize in private customized wine tours of the Napa and Sonoma’s world famous wine region. We look forward to working with you to create memories that will last a lifetime. Brad-Napa Your Way

6. Noble Wine Tours

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Noble Wine Tours

Noble Wine Tours offers private wine tours visiting premier wineries in Napa and Sonoma Counties. NWT will build your complete itinerary for your visit to wine country. You will be guided by a first level Sommelier that will educate throughout the day as well as be your personal photographer with photos provided at no additional charge. Leave the stress of planning to a wine country expert.

7. Napa Native Tours

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Napa Native Tours

Napa Native Tours is a premiere provider of Napa & Sonoma wine tasting tours, excursions & experiences. Hosted by a third generation Napa native & local wine enthusiast. I provide hiking tours, bike tours, river tours, brew tours, wine tours and more! All private experiences with authentic locals.

8. Hendry Ranch Wines

3104 Redwood Rd, Napa, CA 94558-9706 +1 707-226-8320 [email protected] http://www.hendrywines.com
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Hendry Ranch Wines

Reviewed By BobandDeb - Santa Rosa, United States

What a treat wine tasting is at Hendry! Four of us had reservations for the 11:00 wine tasting (the earlier tour with George was full). When you enter the house, Tamara greeted us and brought us into a room with two other couples. Sitting at the table, Tamara gave us an informative lesson on the Hendry family, the grapes, and of course, we learned about the six different wines that we tasted. We all learned so much, and it was really interesting, not boring at all! It made us want to come back another time to book a tour. We went to two other wineries after this one, and they didn't even compare to this! The tasting fee is waived with wine purchases - you will want to buy their wine! The ambience of the ranch, and friendliness of the employees was outstanding. Thanks Tamara for a great day!

9. Platypus Wine Tours

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Platypus Wine Tours

$119 Wine Tour (Saturdays $129). Join us on a Platypus small-group wine tour of the Napa Valley, the Sonoma Valley or the Russian River / Healdsburg wine country! You’ll visit three charming, backroads wineries, be served a picnic lunch in a winery setting and learn many interesting tidbits: local history, culture and wine making. Our specialty is intimate, fun and memorable wine tours. This is a social tour for folks who are interested in tasting some of the world’s most celebrated wines, but are not necessarily wine experts. Hotel pick-up is included. Tasting fees not included. Last-minute inquiries are also welcome! We offer private tours as well. Did we mention, fun?! TCP-21230-P

10. Napa Tours and Chauffeur

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Napa Tours and Chauffeur

Providing personal guide services and bespoke wine tours to discerning clients for over 12 years. My name is Tac Fair, owner and operator of Napa Tours and Chauffeur (Napatac) and I understand how valuable vacation time is and that a trip to Wine Country can represent a significant investment of time and money. Why not make sure you get the most out of your adventure by hiring a local expert create a personalized experience tailored to your specific preferences? Unlike most services, I am not merely a driver, I am a Napa Valley local with over 20 years as an entrepreneur in wine and food hospitality which has allowed me to cultivate many unique relationships within the wine industry. I have an extensive knowledge of local history, winemaking and viticultural practices, and also unlike other services, I am your sole point of contact throughout the booking and itinerary creation process as well as the one behind the wheel while we are touring. Whether you are an experienced collector or just starting to explore wine, your input will be the catalyst for a well-researched and unique itinerary. All of my tours are private and itineraries are custom designed to meet the specific tastes of each client. If by chance I am already committed on your desired date, I do have the ability to work with you to create the perfect itinerary, and then arrange for a wine expert colleague to be your host for the day. Please read the reviews below, then take a moment to visit my website to submit a Tour Request. Rest assured that I will exceed your expectations as I have done for so many others over the years! Cheers, Tac

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