A California Winery Dream Vacation

My ideal of a vacation has to do more than just lounging around feeling good. A vacation should truly titillate all my senses. Fresh breeze on my skin, warm Sun overhead and myriad sensations on my every centimeter of my palate. What better way to achieve all of these than a vacation exploring California wineries? Fancy visiting some, or all of these wineries; Napa Valley, Santa Barbara, Paso Robles, Temecula, Mendocino, Sonoma, Santa Ynez, Monterey, San Luis Obispo and Marin County!

I finally used up my two week vacation exploring the Mendocino, CA winery and the Napa Valley, CA winery. I’ll catch up with the list later!

My trip to tranquil and romantic Mendocino was peaceful. This wine country is truly beautiful, the gourmet food is to die for and the lodging is exquisite. It’s easy to visit wineries in this area. Just follow Highway 128 that winds through the Yorkville Highlands and the Anderson Valley.

I picnicked at Boonville and visited the Navarro and Greenwood Ridge wineries. A walk in the Navarro River Redwoods State Park along the Navarro River is the stuff perfect memories are made of.

Sleepy little Hopland, the hub of this wine country, is all of three blocks long and boasts of six tasting rooms, two gourmet restaurants, and the historic 1890 Hopland Inn within that tiny stretch. Surrounded by several valleys that grow a wide range of grape varietals, the area is dotted with secret little vineyards in the Senal Valley, Redwood Valley, and Potter Valley among several others.

Napa Valley is home to some of the very best Chardonnays, Cabernets and Merlots you ever tasted. The best way to travel to Napa wineries is by the Napa Valley Wine Train! This nine-car train goes all the way from Napa to St Helena, passing through several exquisite wineries where you can stop for a taste. I booked a lunch ride on this historic railroad and I enjoyed the breathtaking scenery, and the spectacular food onboard paired with, of course, homegrown Napa wines!

I visited several Napa and Sonoma wineries including Roche, Viansa, Sebastiani, and Buena Vista (the oldest winery in California still in operation).

I stayed at the Bardessono hotel in downtown Yountville, a complete planet-friendly ‘green’ hotel with 62 luxurious guest rooms and private in-room spa services. Another great experience to add to my growing list.

There are so many California (CA) winery options, which should you pick? You know what they say, there’s a wine for every palate? We all know that California Chardonnay, Cabernet and Merlot are still by far the most popular varietal wines produced in CA wineries. That’s not all. Winegrowers and vintners continue to cater to the growing thirst for diverse varietals. An amazing 48 varietals are now available, notably Grenache, Gewurztraminer, Muscat/Moscato, Petite Sirah, Pinot Gris/Grigio, Pinot Noir, Riesling, Sangiovese, Syrah, Tempranillo, Viognier.

My vacation finally ended. Two weeks full of long, sunny, warm days and cool evenings spent tasting an expressive range of subtly flavored wines at historic CA wineries. Walking through endless vineyards of beautiful multi-colored grapes begging to be plucked. Driving through beautiful rolling hillsides and small valleys and long wine trails along blue seascapes – it doesn’t get better than this, does it?

Boonville, CA

This link lists some information about the town

Navarro Winery
5601 Hwy 128 · Philo, CA

Greenwood Ridge Winery
5501 Highway 128 Philo, California 95466

Hopland, CA

Another link with lots of information

Hopland Inn
13401 S Highway 101 Hopland, CA 95449

Roche Winery
122 West Spain St. Sonoma, CA

Viansa Winery
25200 Arnold Drive Sonoma, CA

Sebastiani Winery
389 Fourth Street East Sonoma, CA 95476

Buena Vista Carneros Winery
18000 Old Winery Road Sonoma, CA 95476

Yountville, CA

Official Site

6526 Yount Street Yountville, CA 94599

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