brary, underground dining alcoves and floor-to-ceiling glass walls that open to sweeping vineyard and bay views. 28700 Arnold Dr., Sonoma, 707.721.8700. RAVENSWOOD WINERYCL00391 Acclaimed for its Zinfandels and other big, bold red varietals, the winery’s motto—um Vinum Flaccidum (“No Wimpy Wines”)—characterizes its approach to winemaking. Picnic tables on-site. Tours daily at 10:30 am and by appointment. 18701 Gehricke Rd., Sonoma 707.933.2332. RAYMOND VINEYARDSCL004152 In the heart of the Napa Valley, nestled between Rutherford and St. Helena, Raymond Vineyards is one of the early pioneering producers in the valley. A visit to the 90-acre estate is to return to Napa’s roots, surrounded by the beauty of two mountain ranges amid vineyards planted to Napa’s classic varietals. A host of unique experiences await, from barrel tastings to food and wine pairings to the Theater of Nature—an excursion into the bounty of nature and an education on organic and biodynamic farming. 849 Zinfandel Way, St. Helena, 707.963.3141. ROBERT MONDAVI WINERYCL003914 At the winery founded by the man who put Napa Valley on the map, a full selection of Mondavi wines is available for tasting in the Le Marche room, while the To Kalon room pours reserves and limited-production wines. Reservations strongly recommended. 7801 St. Helena Hwy., Oakville, 888.766.6328.
RODNEY STRONG VINEYARDSCL003915 Depending on the season, a tour of this estate might include pruning vines, sugar-testing grapes, or tasting from the barrel. Wines include Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and old-vine Zinfandel. Picnic areas offer lovely views. 11455 Old Redwood Hwy., Healdsburg 800.678.4763. ROMBAUER VINEYARDSCL003916 Founder Koerner Rombauer’s greataunt was Irma Rombauer, author of "The Joy of Cooking." This small-production winery produces ultra-premium Chardonnays, Cabernet Sauvignons, Zinfandels, and Merlots. Tastings by appointment. 3522 Silverado Trail N., St. Helena 800.622.2206. ROUND POND ESTATE WINERYCL003918 Beyond vineyards, the Napa Valley is also renowned for its many olive groves, producing some of the best olive oil in the world. This winery joins a fabulous olive mill and features a stunning wine tasting room with dramatic views that complement the world-class cabernet sauvignons and sauvignon blancs. An educational 90-minute mill tour and tasting is available, which includes a sample of the delicate Meyer lemon blend. 875 Rutherford Rd., Rutherford, 707.302.2575. SCHUG CARNEROS ESTATE WINERYCL0039140 This winery’s Pinot Noir is internationally acclaimed. The picnic tables situated behind its German-style post-and-beam chalet offer great views of the valley. 602 Bonneau Rd., Sonoma, 707.939.9363. WHERE GUEST B OOK