Napa Valley Wineries | She & Him Adventures

Welcome to another She & Him Adventures! Two weeks ago my boyfriend (Ricky), my brother, my sister-in-law, and I went wine tasting for Ricky's birthday. We visisted a few of the wineries in Napa Valley. Surprisingly, it was Ricky's and mine first time going wine tasting in Napa, even though our hometown is only 45 minutes away. It was the perfect day, we tasted some delicious wine, and even came back with a few bottles. I took a bunch of picture to share with you all, I hope you enjoy! 
The first winery we visited was the Chateau Montelena winery. Chateau Montelena was established in 1882 and it is a must visit for wine lovers. It's such a beautiful winery, the surrounding area is one of the most peaceful in the Napa Valley. Chateau Montelena is a stone castle carved into a hillside overlooking a Chinese garden, a lake and the vineyards reach out to the base of Mt. St. Helena (as seen above). 
This castle is just everything! 
Now on to the wine tasting! Chateau Montelena tasting menu consisted of five wines. The five wines we got to taste were: 

Riesling, Potter Valley, 2016 Retail $27.00
Chardonnay, Napa Valley, 2014 Retail $ 58.00
Zinfandel, Napa Valley, 2014 Retail $ 39.00
Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley Retail $58.00
Cabernet Sauvignon, Montelene Estate, 2013 Retail $160.00

I was immediately sold on the Riesling. It was my first time trying a Riesling and it was incredible. I was amazed at how easy it was to drink. It has a rich peach and apple aroma, and high tones of rose. This wine offers juicy layers of apricot and white peach flavors. After tasting it I seriously wanted more. I don't want to get too into the rest of the wines we tasted but all their wines were delicious! 
The wine tasting experience at Chateau Montelena was amazing! We loved our host Ian! I loved that he wasn't too formal. Instead, he was very laid back but very smart and informative. He was also a great sport and answered all our questions. We also loved that were allowed as much time as we pleased to taste the wine.
And as expected, the tasting room was beautiful and classy. 
After the wine tasting Ricky and I ended up picking up three bottles of the Riesling, two of the 2016 and one of the 2014. Since we were spending over $100 they waive the tasting free which was originally $30.
P.S the photo above are not our bottles.
After all the wine tasting and shopping, I highly recommend doing what we did and stroll around the winery. There's so much to see here, from the geese in the water, to the ducks hopping on the grass. It's beautiful!
Overall, I'd give my experience a solid A. Chateau Montelena is an excellent place! We came here for our first wine tasting experience and it exceeded our expectation! The views are unreal and the staff was more than friendly. Thank you Ian! I cant wait to come back.

After Chateau Montelena we headed over to the historic Sutter Home Winery for some free wine tasting!
Sutter Home Winery is located on Highway 29 in the heart of beautiful Napa Valley. Founded in 1874, Sutter Home has been telling a rich story through its award-winning wines, and has proudly been a part of the Trinchero Family since 1948. 

The tasting room offers complimentary tasting until 5pm and you can go without reservation which is nice. Out of their list of wines, you can pick to taste 5. The wines I tasted were:

Bubbly Pink Moscato. A pretty pink bubbly wine with sweet creamy melon, mango, and honey flavors. 
Sangria. A California style Spanish sangria, bursting with juicy berry and citrus flavors with just a hint of spice. 
Red Moscato. A bold moscato balanced with berry and rich cherry flavors. 

I loved the Sangria so much that I tried it again twice! They pour a pretty generous amount of wine and the staff were really nice. We ended up leaving the tasting room with 4 mini bottles of their Sangria. 
After tasting their wine we decided to check out the actual real Sutter Home. 
The area was so beautiful around the house and the house itself was a dream! So perfect! You know I had to take a picture in front of the house. 
Overall, Sutter home was a solid B-. Who doesn't love free wine? The grounds were beautiful but there wasn't much to do, so it was a quick in and out trip.

Lastly, we visited the famous Castello di Amorosa.
Castello di Amorosa is a 13th century Tuscan style castle winery offering guided tours of the castle and tastings of Italian-inspired wines. On their website it say, please be advised that on weekends and holidays between the hours of 12:30pm and 5:00pm Castello di Amorosa can become extremely busy. And it's so true! The parking alone took forever. I felt like I was at a concert parking lot but after some waiting we finally got to go inside this highly popular winery. 
I spy me!
The first place we visited inside the castle was the Great Hall. I wish I took more pictures, however, it was really dark inside but the paintings on the walls were beautiful!
Like I mentioned above it was really dark inside the castle and there were so many people and kids I didn't even bother taking pictures.

During our wine tasting, Ricky and I tasted a total of 10 different wines.

White/ Rosé:
Gewurztraminer (Dry)
Gioia
Dolcino
Red Wines:
Il Rubino
Cabernet Sauvignon
Sweet Wines:
Moscato
Simpatica
La Fantasia
Gewurztraminer (Late Harvest)
Grape Juice

Our favorite wine was La Fantasia, we actually ended up buying a bottle. 
After the wine tasting, we check out some of the Barrel Rooms which had tons and tons of barrels and bottles. 
Lastly, before leaving we explore the surrounding area and check out the courtyard. 
Overall, Castello di Amorosa is a stunning winery. We really enjoyed ourselves but it was a bit too busy for our liking. I'm not sure if we'll ever return to this specific winery maybe during a less busy time but the heat and the amount of people was just too much! But don't get me wrong it was beautiful. 

Well that's the end of our adventure at the Napa Valley Wineries. Thank you for reading this very long post and I hope you enjoyed all of the photographs.

Until next time!

What's your opinion?

  1. The pictures were amazing!! I honestly know nothing about wine and I'm going to Napa in the next two months so I think I know what I'm going to look out for. 👀 Loving this! 🙌🏼

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    1. Thank you! I'm not a huge wine drinker and I was kind of lost going to the wineries but luckily I had my brother and my sister-in-law there and they really helped us too but I'm glad this post helped.

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  2. Napa looks so pretty! Im glad you had fun even though it was so hot over there.

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    1. It is! I'm really looking forward to going again. I heard some of the wineries have events during Halloween, so that sounds cool!

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