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The Best Calistoga Wineries You May Never Have Heard of

Unexpected finds in the northernmost parts of Napa Valley 

Jericho Canyon Vineyard

Jericho Canyon Vineyard 

 

Calistoga is a justly famous part of Napa Valley, but that doesn't mean that all of its wineries take an equal turn in the spotlight. Places like Chateau Montelena, Frank Family, and Clos Pegase are well known and well worth a visit, but just off the beaten path are other wineries deserving your attention. Here are five:

Canard Vineyards has been growing grapes for others and making their own bold, easy-drinking wines for almost 30 years. While these coveted bottles are now fully allocated, you can still sign up for their shipments and attend private tastings. They’re also well known for their events, family-style hospitality, outdoor cooking, and nice balance of earthiness and elegance.

Venge Vineyards is hidden just off of the Silverado Trail and winemaker and owner Kirk Venge has become famous for his winemaking abilities and ever-present smile. Their stable of wines is impressive, and they’re known for their smokey and spicy Syrah, delicately-made but massive Cabernet Sauvignons, juicy red blends, and refreshing whites. Call ahead for an appointment and be sure you plan enough time to relax and enjoy the views from the patio at the vineyard tasting home.

Jericho Canyon Vineyard requires driving north beyond the town of Calistoga and then down a winding dirt road. But it’s well worth the trek, as this farm-style winery is squeezed between two steep canyon walls in one of the most geographically beautiful locations in Napa Valley. The winery is known for their vineyards, caves, views, and towering Cabernet Sauvignons.

Amici Cellars is the perfect compliment to a visit to Jericho Canyon as it’s just a bit further north and has an array of well made wines at varying prices. Aptly named by the group of good friends that started the winery, Amici is a welcoming, unassuming spot and their small production wines can be found at select locations around the country.

Larkmead Vineyards is situated on the valley floor in a location that isn’t far from Highway 29 and other wineries, but somehow feels as though you’re on a vineyard in the middle of nowhere. The tranquil vibes and modern farmhouse architecture find a sweet balance between stylish luxury and homey charm, and the wines here are tasty from the get-go but also worth collecting.

 

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