Wine Country? Yes please.
Located north of San Francisco, California, Napa Valley is most widely known as the hub of the US wine industry – rivaling Italy, France and Spain. Home to over 400 wineries, Napa sees as many as five million visitors a year. Top grape varieties include Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Merlot, Zinfandel, and other popular varieties.
The weather in Napa makes it a tourist destination year round. With its Mediterranean climate, Napa tends to be warmer than any of its surrounding areas. Speaking from experience, we were bundled up in San Fran then I was comfortable in a dress in Napa.
How to visit Napa:
There are unlimited ways to see Napa. We did a day trip from San Fran, but I’ve also heard a full-on Napa trip is equally as fulfilling as our San Fran/Yosemite/Napa vacay. You can visit the wineries privately or on an organized tour. You could visit via bus, limo, bike, etc. The options seem endless!
Most popular wineries:
According to this 2012 vote of ‘best of San Fran’ the Frank Family Vineyards were named the top winery and Platypus Tours was named the best wine tour company. I haven’t been, but I’m on board. Here’s another list of the top ten wineries in Napa.
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