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8 of the best kept secrets in Napa!

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Psst! Whether you think you've seen it all or you're new to wine and want to kick off your wine-tasting experiences by delving into Napa’s best kept secrets, allow us to pull back the curtain and show you a side that is definitely worth exploring! Grab your vino and start planning your next trip to these incredible wineries.

1. Blankiet Estate

Blankiet Estate is nestled on the western foothills of the Mayacamas Mountain Range above the beautiful little town of Yountville. The vineyard, named Paradise Hills, is planted on one of the most acclaimed viticultural areas of the Napa Valley of California. The Estate was created in 1996 by Claude & Katherine Blankiet with the single vision of producing wines in the tradition of the great Bordeaux First Growth. An incredible, high-end experience awaits as you walk through the vineyards, tour through the production facility, followed by a first-class tasting in their magnificent tasting room surrounded by beautiful artwork.

2. Round Pond - Sunset Lounge 

At Round Pond they have designed a host of wonderful and unique experiences - at the winery, olive mill and in the garden. Start your weekend off right by joining the gracious hosts at Round Pond Friday evenings from April through October for their Sunset Lounge on the terrace. From 6:00 to 8:00 PM each Friday night, enjoy their wines by the bottle or glass while taking in the sunset from their beautiful terrace that overlooks Napa Valley.

3. Raymond - Red Room

A visit to Raymond Vineyards is sure to please wine country travelers as it offers a myriad of unique tasting experiences in the most memorable locations. The ultimate Napa Valley escape from the hustle of the world outside. Not a tasting room, The Red Room is a “by appointment only” lounge, where you can enjoy bottle service, from a Sparkling Rosé, to a variety of Cabernet. While here, you can relax and enjoy the art of conversation, play cards, or maybe shoot a game of pool in the adjacent game room.


4. Failla 

Failla (pronounced FAY-LA) is another hidden gem on Napa’s Silverado Trail. An old hunting lodge turned winery, Failla maintains its rustic ambiance while capturing the essence of its beautiful grounds. Sit outside at their tasting table surrounded by redwood trees, or taste inside their 15,000 square foot cave after a walking tour along the property. Side note - they go against the Napa grain of producing Cabernet Sauvignon. This is a Pinot Noir house - and a magnificent one at that!


5. Vineyard 7&8

All we can say is, WOW. The ambiance, views, wines and experience...does it have to end?
The winery is named in recognition of proprietor Launny Steffens' life and background in the world of finance. An appreciation for numerics and keen interest in numerology lead to 7 & 8 - "Seven" being a number of luck in western culture, while "Eight" follows the meanings of prosperity and happiness in eastern culture.

6. Swanson Vineyards

With the intimacy of an at-home dinner party, Swanson’s Salon offers three seated tastings daily for up to eight guests. Lead by a skilled salonnière (keeper of the Salon), the tasting experience is interwoven with storytelling, wine insights and conviviality, celebrating the many ways to enjoy wines accompanied by some of the world’s best chocolates, caviar and cheeses.

7. The Hess Collection Winery

The Hess Collection was founded by Swiss entrepreneur Donald Hess, who first purchased vineyards on Mount Veeder in 1978. Donald Hess began collecting art in 1966. Today, The Hess Collection houses less than a quarter of a collection that is shown in museums worldwide. The winery first opened to the public in 1989. It since has earned international recognition for its wine, culinary and visitor programs, and provides free public access to Donald Hess’ extensive private contemporary Art Museum.

8. William Hill Estate Winery

To experience William Hill is to discover another side of Napa Valley. A place where extraordinary vineyards are tucked away along the serene Silverado Trail. A place where you can still discover an incredible wine for the first time. Stop at the Oakville Grocery on Highway 29, pick up a picnic lunch and head to William Hill. Relax under an umbrella while soaking in the breathtaking views of Napa Valley.


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