Napa Valley’s reputation as one of the finest wine growing regions in the world is due in large part to the farming families who have made this valley their home. Today, 95% of Napa Valley’s wineries are family owned, with multiple generations playing a big role in both winemaking and the management of their family business. Ask your winery host about the history of the property, and you’re sure to learn about not only the winery, but also the roots of the origins of Napa Valley itself.

wine glass next to plates of chocolates

Baldacci Family Vineyards

6236 Silverado Trail
Napa, CA 94558

Located in the Stags Leap District AVA, Baldacci Family Vineyards has been a family-owned winery in the Napa Valley for over 25 years, founded by Thomas and Brenda Baldacci in 1998. Today, their son Michael Baldacci serves as winemaker of the family’s sustainably farmed vineyard and winery. Because so many Napa Valley wineries are family-owned, you will often discover local products featured in their tastings, choosing to support other small businesses in the region.

Book: Wine & Chocolate Tasting ($65/person) which includes locally-sourced, decadent chocolates alongside Baldacci’s most popular bottlings.

vineyards with sunset in background

Clos du Val

5330 Silverado Trail
Napa, CA 94558

Napa Valley began asserting itself as fine wine region in the late 1960s and early 1970s with influence from European winemakers, like founding Clos du Val winemaker Bernard Portet and founders John and Henrietta Goelet. Honoring this heritage, Clos du Val is known for their elegant blended wines, grown on the estate. Olav Goelet, third-generation owner and managing director says, “We prize the freshness of a blended wine, exuding power and structure, yet soft and subtle around the edges.”

Book: A Taste of Clos du Val ($40/person).

Offered Monday through Thursday, this option illuminates the history and future of Napa Valley.

Couple tasting wine outside<br />

Groth Vineyards & Winery

Address: 750 Oakville Cross Rd
Napa, CA 94558

Many of the most prized wines come from the tiny growing region of Oakville in the heart of Napa Valley. More than 40 years ago, Dennis Groth saw this region’s potential and in 2024, his daughter Stephanie Groth, who spent much of her childhood among the winery’s vineyards, celebrates the winery’s 40th vintage as the winery’s top executive.

BookA Taste of Groth ($50/person) featuring the winery’s Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, and Cabernet Sauvignon.

Or splurge on a vineyard ATV tour ($125/person) to get up-close-and-personal with some of the most famous vineyard soil in the world.

table setup with chairs, plates and wine

Gentleman Farmer Wines

1564 1st St
Napa, CA 94559

It doesn’t take generations of farming experience for families to have an impact on Napa Valley. One of the newest experiences in Napa Valley combines the wines Napa is famous for with exceptional hospitality in a one-of-a-kind experience. Owned by husbands Joey Wolosz and Jeff Durham, Gentleman Farmer Wines offers a fresh take on wine tasting just steps away from some of the best accommodations in downtown Napa.

Book: Breakfast of Champions ($150/person). Start with a short jog or mindful mediation with Joey and Jeff before enjoying their remarkable food, wine and hospitality. A splurge you never knew you needed.

Cliff Lede Wooden tables and chairs on patio

Cliff Lede Vineyards

1473 Yountville Cross Road
Yountville, CA 94599
707.944. 8642

Take Yountville Cross Road and keep an eye out for the huge Canadian flag to make your way to the eponymous winery of Canadian entrepreneur Cliff Lede (pronounced ‘lady’). Founder Cliff Lede, and now his son Jason, have been refining this site since 2002. Music fans will dig the names of the ‘Rock Block’ vineyards, so named for Lede’s love of Classic Rock and the highly sought after vineyard soils.

Book: Bar Tasting ($50/person). Get into the convivial spirit and fresh vibes of Cliff Lede Vineyards by joining other fans at the winery’s tasting bar. Find your new favorite wine and probably make a new friend or two.

tasting room door with wine barrel in front

Regusci Winery

5584 Silverado Trail
Napa, CA 94558

Regusci is one of the oldest farming ranches in Napa Valley with five generations having made their impact on this region. Once a cattle ranch, the winery is now a delightful look back at Napa Valley’s history. But you won’t find these wines on shelves in your favorite city. They are only available through the winery or wine club.

Book: Estate Tasting ($45/person). Take in the view while hearing about the remarkable history of the winery and tasting the winery’s most famous wines.

large tree in the middle of vineyards

Trefethen Family Vineyards

1160 Oak Knoll Avenue
Napa, California 94558

For the past 50 years, the Trefethen family has sought to protect the quality of winegrowing in Napa Valley. Today, the third generation leads by example implementing some of the most impactful sustainability practices. The winery was recently awarded Sustainable Winegrowing Leadership Award for their work in three tenets of sustainability: environmental, economic, and social equity.

Book: Go deeper into what sustainability means for Napa Valley wineries with the 90-minute Vineyard Tour & Tasting ($75/person).

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Essentials: Visiting a Napa Valley Winery Any Time of Year

  • Plan in advance. Map the distances between winery visit appointments.
  • Make a reservation. We highly encourage making a reservation. That said, many wineries and tasting rooms accept walk ins, especially during the week. Best practice is to call prior to arriving at a location.
  • Tell the winery host what you like. Out for something specific? Tell your winery host so they can customize your experience.
  • Limit to 1-2 a day. Develop connections with the wineries you love by spending more time with them.
  • Consider a driver. There are a number of transportation companies that can take the stress of driving out of the equation. Click here to view our recommendations.
  • Make a lunch plan. Napa Valley is full of delicious lunch spots with many frequented by local owners and winemakers, so say hi to your neighbors at the table next to you. See our full list of restaurant recommendations here.