While visiting Rudy’s family over the Holidays, we decided to spend one of our days in Napa. I had never been and always wanted to go. You know when you hear about a place or person and you create this image in your mind of how it’s going to be? Well, I had my idea of what Napa was going to be like, but it was so much more!
Since Napa was only 2 1/2 hours from Rudy’s parents, we decided to drive in that morning and stay the night. We hoped that by going on a Sunday, we would avoid a lot of the weekend crowds.
We arrived in Napa around 11AM and started our day at Silverado Vineyards. Since it was earlier in the morning, we were their first guest and received great one on one customer service.
Once we finished the delicious wines at Silverado, we were off to our next stop. If you know me, you know I LOVE anything bubbly. Luckily, our server at Silverado told us about Mumm, who is known for their Sparkling Wine.
Rudy isn’t a big sparkling wine drinker, so we purchase one flight to ‘share’. I use share lightly because Rudy maybe had 1 sip out of the four glasses. The wine was amazing, the views were breathtaking and I was in heaven!
I have to be honest, I was so excited about this stop that I forgot to take any pictures except this one on the way out.
After we left Mumm, we ventured over to Opus One Winery. Now, Mumm was my favorite because it was sparkling but from a wine perspective, Opus One was the best.
This stop came highly recommended by our friends and after enjoying the wine, the estate and the views, I understand why. Unlike other wineries, Opus One only makes one wine every harvest. Their goal is to produce one extraordinary wine each year.
Once inside, you are greeted by a host, who takes your name and other information. You are then escorted to the tasting room. Here you can purchase your one glass of wine, if you choose. Now, the one glass is $45 per person, but I promise it is worth it.
Once we purchased our glass, we went up to their atrium and took in the views while sipping on their 2011 vintage.
After we finished lunch, we ventured on to Castellio di Amorosa. Although the winery just open in 2007, the castle was built to look like it was from the 12th Century.
To be completely honest, I enjoyed touring the castle more than I enjoyed the wine. We had avoided huge crowds until we got here. There were so many people, that we had to wait 30-45 minutes just to get a glass of wine. It was a little annoying on how crowded it was but the castle was amazing.
This was one of the storage rooms that we passed while going down to the tasting room.
Our final stop for the day was Robert Mondavi Winery. By this time, we were almost maxed out on wine. You can only drink so much wine in one day but thought we would stop to at least take in the views. It was the perfect way to end our day in Napa.
Thanks for stopping by this morning and Happy Monday!