Start the day tucked away amidst valley floor vineyards at Trefethen Family Vineyards, one of Napa Valley’s earliest wineries. Start with their Dry Riesling, a limited production variety in the Napa Valley. Opt for the reserve tasting and enjoy the unique red blend wine Dragon’s Tooth. In addition to environmental stewardship, Trefethen Family Vineyards is also committed to being responsible neighbors and enlightened employers, including employing their vineyard workers year round, providing living wages and comprehensive benefits.
Your next stop is Yountville, where you’ll bring a little celebration into your life with sparkling wine at Domaine Chandon. Choose from several different wine flights and soak in the sun on their terrace. This winery is focused on conserving water and energy in the vineyard and the winery, and they recycle all waste materials generated during production.
Just northeast of downtown Yountville in the Stags Leap District you’ll find Cliff Lede Vineyards. The breathtaking estate is comprised of Twin Peaks Vineyard, as well as the prized 20-acre Poetry Vineyard. Grab a glass of Cabernet Sauvignon, and stroll through the back arbor to experience The Dark Side of the Moon (all of the vineyard blocks have rock music-themed names) or check out Backstage for a reserve tasting and exhibit of rare photos and memorabilia of some of the greatest rock musicians of all time. Cliff Lede Vineyards uses cover crops to control erosion and enhance soil fertility, and they’ve left more than 50 acres of land unplanted as natural wildlife habitat.
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