Everyone who comes from out of town always asks me where to wine taste in Napa. But Napa is not the only wine tasting place close to San Francisco. I also love Healdsburg (read my Top 10 Healdsburg Tasting Rooms blog post here) and Sonoma (read my Top 10 Sonoma Wineries list here). Moreover, I adore The Russian River Valley (read my Russian River Valley Top 10 list here) and many more. So be sure to check out both Napa & Sonoma during your upcoming wine country visit. If you do head to Napa though, here is a list of my favorite St. Helena Wineries, and here is my Napa Valley Top 10 list. Read more below!
Top 10 St. Helena Wineries
Ovid Napa Valley
Ovid Napa Valley may be the toughest winery on this list to get into. That’s because they only see a small number of visitors per day and prioritize mailing list customers. However, if you can snag an appointment, you will not regret it. The building is spectacular, designed by my favorite architect Howard Backen, and the tasting experience is just as impressive. Ovid produces four red wines: their flagship Ovid, a Cabernet Sauvignon, Hexameter a Cabernet Franc, Loc. Cit, and an estate Syrah. 9558, 255 Long Ranch Rd, St Helena, CA 94574
The spectacular view of Napa Valley from Ovid Winery
The interior of the incredible tasting room
Charles Krug dates back to 1861 when it was founded by Charles Krug, a Prussian immigrant, teacher, revolutionary, and visionary. After his death, the winery was held in proprietorship through Prohibition. Subsequently, Italian immigrants (and parents to Peter Sr. and Robert) Cesare and Rosa Mondavi purchased the winery in 1943 and rebuilt it to accommodate modern winemaking.
The tasting room which was remodeled a few years ago and is incredible!
One of the many St. Helena Wineries I just recently had the privilege to visit is Alpha Omega. Established in 2006, Alpha Omega offers handcrafted wines that blend the Old World with the New World. Founded by proprietors Michelle and Robin Baggett, it is unlike your typical Napa Valley winery. Firstly, Cobin Baggett possesses a proclivity for cowboy boots, cowboy hats, and big, Western belt buckles. Secondly, Michelle Baggett, originally from Georgia, is just that—a fabulous hostess with that lovely southern hospitality. This down-to-earth, approachable, and talented couple relocated from San Luis Obispo to Napa Valley in 2006 to found Alpha Omega. 1155 Mee Ln, St Helena, CA 94574
The interior of the tasting room with picturesque views of the vineyards and the stunning water feature guests can enjoy while visiting Alpha Omega
The fire pit was my favorite spot to relax during my first visit here. It’s hard to leave because of the beautiful vineyard and Highway 29 views and amazing wines that keep coming and coming. This team is incredible when it comes to hospitality!
Me and my most amazing hosts, Alpha Omega Owners Robin and Michelle Baggett, during their Winter 2018 Alpha Omega Winery pickup party that I attended. This was quite a party so I hope to go back again because it was such a blast.
Alpha Omega Winery did a toy drive at their pickup party where members donated toys to the children impacted by the recent Campfire Fire in Northern California. Certainly, what a lovely way for the winery and their members to help those impacted by the horrible wildfire!
Views from one of the private tasting rooms
The Alpha Omega Winery VIP Tasting Building that I toured and tasted in with proprietors Michelle and Robin is spectacular. It is super luxe yet also comfortable and feels homey. Therefore, I suggest you do a tasting here if you visit Alpha Omega.
Joseph Phelps Vineyard
Another incredible must-see among the St. Helena Wineries is Joseph Phelps. This is one of the most historic wineries in Napa Valley. It was founded by Joseph Phelps and is now run by his four children. After a recent renovation, Joseph Phelps Winery & Tasting Experiences is beyond stunning. With some of the most beautiful vineyard views on this list, Joseph Phelps will delight you with stunning scenery, amazing wines, rich history, and lovely tasting experiences to be enjoyed. In sum, I can’t get enough! 200 Taplin Rd, St Helena, CA 94574
For a guided, hands-on guest experience paired with delicious biodynamic wines, Raymond Vineyards is a must-see. Raymond Vineyards not only offers guests delicious wines, but they also have various tasting experiences, such as Winemaker For A Day. I’ve done it and it was a lot of fun. See a full list of the wine tasting experiences available at Raymond Vineyards here. It certainly belongs on my list of top St. Helena Wineries! 849 Zinfandel Ln, St Helena, CA 94574
Most Cabernet Sauvignon drinkers have heard of Duckhorn Vineyards or their sister brands, Decor, Paraduxx, and Goldeneye. Duckhorn is another staple in St. Helena that I suggest all Cabernet Sauvignon drinkers visit. The tasting experience here is lovely. I suggest the food & wine pairing. Certainly, wine is always better with some cheese and nibbles. You really can’t go wrong with whatever tasting you pick! 1000 Lodi Ln, St Helena, CA 94574
The fabulous cheese & wine tasting experience I enjoyed and recommend you try!
Ehlers is one of the many St. Helena Wineries that I’ve had the pleasure of visiting a few times. Most recently, I enjoyed their breakfast tasting experience, which pairs their wines with Bouchon Bakeries pastries. What a fun way to start the day! Ehlers has a tasting room that feels like an old barn. Moreover, their wines are spectacular. They actually made me adore Merlot so I suggest you check out Ehlers Estate when planning a visit to St. Helena. Read more about Breakfast at Ehlers Estate on the blog here. 3222 Ehlers Ln, St Helena, CA 94574
Orin Swift Cellars
Orin Swift is a tasting room located in downtown St. Helena and it’s great. They have a huge assortment of wines and the setting is very cool, modern, and sleek. 1325 Main St, St Helena, CA 94574