The 14 Best Wineries in Napa, According to Wine Experts

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The Faust Haus, St. Helena, Napa Valley

Oenophiles have been making the pilgrimage to Napa Valley since the 1970s. Encompassing the city of Napa, as well as quaint towns like Rutherford, Yountville, St. Helena, and Calistoga, this epicurean hot spot has gained even more notoriety in recent years as accomplished winemakers and luxury hotels continue to move in.

Despite the influx of buzzy things to see and do — including dining at Michelin-starred restaurants and riding a scenic train by Napa’s verdant vineyards — the biggest draw continues to be the wine. And it’s not just about going to the store and picking up a bottle. The whole reason people visit Napa Valley is to savor redwhite, and rosé at spectacular wineries, many set on massive vineyards, where the grapes go from vine to glass on the premises (or nearby). But with more than 400 wineries in Napa Valley, the options are almost dizzying. That’s why we’ve consulted with experts, including tastemakers in wine country, to narrow it down to the 14 best wineries in Napa for a tasting. (Just be sure to book in advance as most of our picks require reservations.)

Faust Wines, Coombsville

“The newly unveiled Faust Haus, a Napa Valley tasting room in St. Helena, is a luscious, black-velvet dreamscape at 2867 St. Helena Highway,” Celine Bossart, a sommelier and wine writer, recently reported on T+L. “The historic hilltop home is whimsical in its starkness, unabashedly Gothic and freshly coated in a shade of inky black paint that only a certain kind of house can pull off.” The venue alone is worth the visit, but the wine is just as enticing. In true Napa fashion, Faust’s cabernet sauvignon packs a punch, but don’t let the merlot-haters in “Sideways” keep you from trying The Lure merlot, which is just as intriguing as the cab sauv and the winery’s approachable syrah. Bossart says of the winery on the southern edge of Napa Valley in Coombsville, “Faust Haus is one of Napa’s warmest, most welcoming, and visually striking places to taste wine.”