Tasting rooms and wine bars in downtown Napa
Driving from winery to winery along the Napa Valley is not for
everyone. A relaxing alternative is to spend an afternoon at one or more of
the tasting collectives or wine bars in downtown Napa. The main advantage is
you don’t have to drive and you one can taste wines from boutique wineries.
Most of the wines featured at these establishments are wines that are not commonly
found anywhere else, even in fine wine shops.
For many winemakers, the collectives and wine bars provide the
opportunity to showcase their wines. Many of the new the breed
of winemakers do not have a winemaking facility nor do they have
a wine tasting room. Instead, they opt to rent space at an existing
winery to make their wine.
The best tasting rooms in downtown Napa
• Vintners Collective – Housed
in oldest stone buidling in Napa
• The Bounty Hunter – Very
cool wine bar, terrific restaurant
• Wineries of Napa Valley – Six
boutique Napa wineries represented
• Gustavo Thrace – Boutique Winery at the Oxbow Center
• Ceja Vineyards – Carneros
winery, Mexican heritage
• Stonehedge Winery – Good variety of affordable wines
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Top Tasting Rooms - Wine Collectives - Wine Bars | Downtown Napa
The Vintner’s Collective is
housed in the oldest stone building in Napa. The Collective features
18 different winemakers. Currently, the visitor has two tasting
choices. For $15 four pre-selected wines are poured. For $25, seven
pre-selected wines are poured. You can visit the Vintner’s
Collective website to find out what wines have been selected for
the tasting and special events.
Open Wednesday to Monday, 11 am to 6
1245 Main St. Phone: (707)
Hunter – Wine Bar
This is very cool wine bar and a terrific casual restaurant. The wine wall is
one of a kind. Wine bottles are lined along the brick wall with the top shelf
featuring each size of wine bottle. You can taste wines by the glass as well
as purchase wine to take home. The food menu is a delight.
Open daily 11 am to late evenings
First and Main Streets, Phone: (707) 226-3976
Wineries of Napa Valley
This collective is located next to the
Visitor Center in the Napa Town Center. This tasting room represents
six small and family-owned wineries. The tasting of $5.00 will
provide visitors a tasting of five wines. There is an outdoor seating
area and even wirelesss access for those who would like to sip
wine and surf the web. On Saturday evenings, there are special
tastings that include appetizers to accompany the wine.
Tasting room hours vary. Check the web site for exact times.
Napa Town Center, Phone (707) 253-9450
Wineries of Napa Valley
GustavoThrace was founded in 1996 by partners Gustavo Brambila
and Thrace Bromberger. This is a boutique winery producing small
amounts of Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot
Noir, and Petite Sirah. Now located at the new Oxbow Center.
Tasting room open Monday to Saturday, 10 am to 5
Phone: (707) 257-6796
This Mexican family owned winery has been making headlines for its wines. The Ceja family has a tasting room in
the Carneros but the downtown Napa tasting room offers daily hours and chance to taste some very exquisite wines.
Tasting room open daily, 11 am to 6
1248 First Street, Phone: (707) 226-6445
This is family owned winery with vineyards in the St. Helena region. The winery
has been producing wines since 1992. They produced three distinct profiles
of wines. The wine bargain hunter to the connoisseur of fine wines should
find something appealing here at their Napa tasting room.
Tasting room open Wednesday - Saturday, 11 am to 7
1004 Clinton Street, Phone: (707) 257-7400 ext. 106