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Guide to Oakville Wineries
When visiting Oakville, you will notice there are a number of wineries worth visiting. Depending on the types of wines that interest you, you may discover that some wineries are more appealing to you than others. Miner Family Vineyards-This vineyard was established by Dave and Emily Miner in 1998. The vineyard is located in the eastern portion of Napa Valley. You will find this vineyard located just off Silverado Trail. The vineyard here is planted with Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Cabernet Franc and Chardonnay.
PlumpJack Winery-The PlumpJack Winery was established in the 1990s as part of an investment group. The area that comprises this vineyard was founded originally in 1881; however. During the 1970s it was known as Villa Mount Eden. The majority of the vineyards here are planted in Cabernet Sauvignon. Silver Oak Winery-For many years, Silver Oak Winery has been known for its excellent Cabernet Sauvignon.
In recent years, the winery has also acquire an additional 100 acres located somewhat north of Stags Leap. Rudd Winery-Although this winery is somewhat new, especially in comparison the large number of wineries that have been established for many years in the region, the Cabernet Sauvignon blends that are produced from Rudd Winery have already received acclaim. The winery was established in 1996 by Leslie Rudd. Groth Vineyards-Established by Dennis and Judy Groth in 1982, this winery has developed exceptional Cabernet Sauvignon in the more than two decades it has been established. In addition to their fine Cabernet Sauvignon, Groth Vineyards also produces Merlot, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. Opus One-The ‘ultra-premium’ category was invented by Opus One. The winery was established in 1979 by the well known Modavi and Rothschild families. Since that time Opus One has become one of the most well known wineries in this region. They use a blend of both modern as well as traditional farming methods that has obviously produced excellent results. Screaming Eagle Winery-If you are looking for a truly exceptional wine, you will likely find it at Screaming Eagle.
This winery produces some of the most difficult to acquire wine in California. Accordingly, it is also some of the most expensive. The winery is located on Silverado Trail. Kelham Vineyards-Off Dwyer Road in western Oakville is Kelham Vineyards. If you are in the area, it is certainly worth a visit; however, you should be aware that the wine is actually made in Shadow Brook winery, located in St. Helena. Dalla Valle Vineyard-This vineyard was established in 1982 by Gustav and Naoko Dalla Valle. Like many of the wines from this region, these wines are extremely difficult to acquire. Heitz Wine Cellars-Located on Taplin Road, off Highway 29, is Heitz Wine Cellars. The original owners have since passed the winery on to their children.
This is one of the most interesting as well as outstanding wineries in the region. Robert Mondavi Winery-This one is certainly a must see. The winery was established in 1966 following a feud with Mondavi’s brother, Peter. Far Niente-You will find Far Niente Winery just off Oakville Grade. This historic property was closed for 25 years; however, today it is open for tastings. Make sure you make an appointment in advance; however. Cosentino Winery-This winery will certainly delight your senses with its stunning beauty and wonderful wines. It is situated north of the Yountville AVA. More than 30 different types of wine are produced by Cosentino, so it is well worth a visit. Franciscan Oakville Estate-Although this winery was originally established in 1972; it went bankrupt.
Three yeas later the property was purchased and eventually renovated by Raymond Duncan and Justin Meyer. The Peter Eckes Company purchased the property in 1978. Paradigm Winery-Over the last several years, this winery has gained an extensive following. Only the best thirty percent of the grapes from their personal estate are vinified. As a result, this winery is home to an exceptional Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. Nickel & Nickel-You will find this winery on the east side of Highway 29. Established by the owners of Far Niente in 1997, today Nickel & Nickel is one of the premier wineries in the region. Cardinale Estate-North of the Yountville Mounts you will find Cardinale Estates. This winery is home to superb red blends that are produced using grapes from Howell Mountain, Mount Veeder and Oakville.
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