Howell Mountain and Rutherford



This tour begins in the heart of the Napa Valley where you can try wines from the famous Rutherford Bench. Then you’ll make your way up Howell Mountain, part of the Vaca Range that lines the eastern side of the Napa Valley. Please be sure to make advanced reservations.

Cakebread Cellars Pic

The first stop is Cakebread Cellars, where you can try some of their renowned Chardonnay. They offer a range of tastings, including a wine and food pairing. Cakebread has an active employee Green Team. When they had to pull out an old vineyard block, they became one of the first wineries to start making biochar. Turning old vines into biochar eliminates greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions caused by the traditional method of burning vineyard waste and creates a nutrient-rich organic material that sequesters or stores carbon and can be applied in the vineyards to enhance the health of the soil. Cakebread is certified both Napa Green Land and Napa Green Winery.

Frogs Leap

Next it’s a quick hop northeast to Frog’s Leap. You’ll know you’ve arrived when you see the red barn with the giant metal frog leaping across the roofline. Frog’s Leap was one of the first LEED-certified (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) wineries and you can enjoy Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Zinfandel, Merlot and estate Cabernet Sauvignon while overlooking their gardens, orchards and grapevines. All are certified organic and Napa Green Land – a testimony to Frog’s Leap’s investment in biodiversity. You can’t see it but there’s also geothermal energy being produced beneath your feet. Frog’s Leap practices dry farming (no irrigation) in the vineyards, aiming to think like a vine and implement conscientious practices that complement what’s happening in nature.

Cade Estate

Next head up the hillside to CADE Estate Winery, where you can try high-elevation Cabernet Sauvignon paired with stunning panoramic valley views. The motto at CADE is Think Green, Drink Green and the philosophy is to make luxury wine in harmony with the environment. CADE is a Napa Green Certified Winery, the winery building is certified LEED-Gold and the estate vineyards are certified organic. While visiting this striking, modern estate you may see the solar array producing renewable energy, but you won’t see the recycled blue jeans used to help insulate the building.

Please note: In order to protect the health and safety of all guests as we continue to be vigilant about the spread of COVID-19 all wineries will be reservation-only for the time being. It is essential to make appointments in advance and also review each winery’s posted policies and procedures before you arrive. Don’t forget your classiest wine tasting masks for entering and exiting the winery.