Discover the hidden gems of Calistoga’s finest wineries with us! Nestled in the charming northern end of Napa Valley, our little spot of paradise boasts breathtaking scenery, unique terroir, and a perfect climate for world-renowned wineries like Clos Pegase, Joseph Cellars, Bennett Lane Winery, Jericho Canyon, Ladera Vineyards, Madrigal Vineyards, Phifer Pavit Wines, Twomey Cellars, and Vincent Arroyo. While the most ‘famous’ spots attract crowds, let us take you on a journey through some of Calistoga’s best-kept secrets.
Situated on the valley floor, Clos Pegase combines artistic elegance with exceptional wines. Founded by Jan Shrem, an avid art collector, the winery boasts a stunning collection of sculptures and paintings that harmoniously blend in with its surrounding vineyard. From their opulent Cabernet Sauvignon (the 2019 alone is worth the trip) to their vibrant Chardonnay, there is a wide range of varietals in their portfolio that capture the essence of the region. Visitors can indulge in tastings in their thoughtfully appointed tasting room or explore the picturesque grounds adorned with captivating art installations.
Just south of Calistoga, tucked along Hwy 29, Joseph Cellars is a must-visit stop that showcases our region’s deep winemaking heritage. With a focus on small-lot production, this wine country original crafts wines that exemplify the unique terroir of the area. Whether it is a velvety Cabernet Sauvignon (of course, they make Cabernet!) or an elegant Sauvignon Blanc, each bottle tells a story of passion and craftsmanship. Their warm and inviting atmosphere, coupled with their commitment to sustainable practices, creates an unforgettable opportunity for wine lovers.
Known for its award-winning Cabernet Sauvignon and red blends, Bennett Lane’s bottles embody the essence of Napa Valley winemaking. Just north of downtown, Bennett Lane Winery is a family-owned and operated establishment that captivates visitors not only with its excellent wines but its genuine hospitality. The rustic yet elegant tasting room offers a cozy retreat where guests can savor the nuanced flavors of their handcrafted wines. If you’re here during the springtime, an outdoor tasting under the wisteria is unforgettable.
Tucked away in a secluded valley, Jericho Canyon Winery embodies the untamed beauty and notable quality that define Calistoga’s secret treasures. Their limited-production wines, such as their Bordeaux-style blends like Cab Franc and Merlot and Napa Valley’s king varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon, reflect the distinctive character of their vineyards. At Jericho Canyon, visitors can enjoy tastings while relishing breathtaking panoramic views of the estate. We recommend a Reserve tasting to get a true sense of place in every sip.
Consistently recognized as one of the premier wineries in Napa Valley, savor the beauty and elegance of Ladera Vineyards, nestled on top of tranquil Howell Mountain. Discover remarkable Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay wines carefully crafted using high-altitude viticulture and expert winemaking techniques. Step into their historic stone building and journey through time, surrounded by breathtaking valley views. Celebrating 25 years, they’ve pulled out their best wines for their can’t-miss Howell Mountain Pinnacle Tasting, complete with their most sought-after Howell Mountain Reserve and ‘S’ Cabernet Sauvignon vintages.
Steeped in history and family tradition, Madrigal Vineyards invites visitors to experience the rich tapestry of Calistoga’s winemaking heritage. This under-the-radar winery produces an array of wines, including their renowned Petite Sirah and Cabernet Sauvignon. With a commitment to sustainable farming and winemaking practices, Madrigal Vineyards creates wines that showcase the unique characteristics of their vineyards. Enjoy an intimate seated offering from their inviting deck or shaded crush pad with expansive views overlooking Calistoga wine country.
Vincent Arroyo Winery, a family-owned operation, is a spot that reflects the true spirit of Calistoga’s winemaking heritage. Like many of the others on this list, they have a keen focus on crafting small-lot wines, including their renowned Petite Sirah and Cabernet Sauvignon. They exemplify the quality and passion that defines our region. Visitors can explore the vineyards and barrel room while tasting their noteworthy wines. The warm and inviting ambiance, coupled with the personal touch of the Arroyo family, creates an intimate experience that leaves a lasting impression.
Forget what you think you know about Napa Valley, let us help you curate a vacation that shows you the best of Calistoga!