Small yet mighty are two words you could use to describe Judd’s Hill Winery in Napa Valley. This family-owned business has been around since the 1970s and for the last 40-plus years has stayed true to family goals and values. Its small production (only 3,000 cases per year) allows the vintners to produce high-quality, fruit-driven varietals that linger on the palate, are food-friendly, and certified Napa Valley Green to boot. Where is this little gem of a winery and why should you visit? (Hint: You can make your own microcrush blend. #winegoals) Keep reading for all of the details and download our Vacation Guide for even more things to do and see while you’re here!
Let’s start with the good stuff! As you plan your Napa Valley getaway, go ahead and make reservations for a tasting at Judd’s Hill Winery. You’ll spend about an hour sipping on five different wines from a selection of 10 small production and library wines. The menu changes often, so you may want to plan your return trip before you leave the tasting table! Tastings are $35 per person. The fee is waived if you purchase two bottles or more.
If you’re interested in blending your own wine, you’ll want to sign up for one of their on-site blending seminars or get their DIY tips and practice at home! Or sign up for a wine and food seminar to learn how to pair incredible wine with delicious food for an enhanced experience.
It’s going to be difficult to narrow it down to just one thing, so we’ll give you an overview of the best this winery has to offer!
There are many stories that contribute to the history of Judd’s Hill Winery. This family-owned operation began in the 1970s when wine enthusiasts Bunny and Art Finkelstein turned their Los Angeles home into a winery. Their son, Judd, his wife Holly (and their children) now lead the charge for their small Napa Valley operation, but each has an important role in the mission, daily operations, and legacy of the brand.
The winemaker, Eric Lyman provides another layer to the story. Eric is known for experimenting with nontraditional techniques in order to create interesting fine wines that are always made by hand. Still, he carries out the Judd’s Hill vision to let the fruit guide the winemaking process and to make the wines as naturally as possible.
The result? Delicious, award-winning Judd’s Hill wine.
White Wines – Try their Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, and Rose and you’ll taste notes of everything from lime and green apple to passion fruit and white peach.
Reds – Their Merlots, Cabernet Sauvignons and Meritages use grapes from various local vineyards to sample wines with a rich taste and fruity undertones.
Reserves – Judd’s Hill Reserve wines include everything from lush Chardonnays to big fruity Syrahs.
If you’re looking for additional options, take a look at (and taste) their Sweet Reds, and their large format wines. All of the above are available online so you don’t need to worry about transporting bottles back home if you don’t want to.
Are you an aspiring vintner? Head to Judd’s Hill Winery where you can fulfill your winemaking dreams with Judds’ Hill Microcrush! The beauty of their process is you can be as involved as you’d like. Provide your own grapes or allow them to source grapes for you. Meet with the winemakers and help with the blending process. Create a custom label or use one of their designs. If you don’t have time to wait for the finished product to go from grape to bottle, you can easily select from their premium varietals to blend and have custom-bottled under your name.
It’s worth noting that great care goes into every bottle of wine at Judd’s Hill Winery, starting with the soil where the grape vines are planted. As a designated Napa Valley Green Winery, Judd’s Hill employs a drainage system that’s environmentally efficient, an aggressive recycling program, composting, and solar lighting.
When you visit Napa Valley, you don’t wait to stay in a “typical” hotel. Our historic bed and breakfast allows you to experience the luxury and pampering you deserve, as well as modern amenities and a convenient location. With Judd’s Hill Winery just 10 minutes away from Churchill Manor, we make it easy for you to visit. All of our luxurious rooms named after Napa Valley AVAs. And since one of the many AVAs Judd’s Hill sources grapes from is Howell Mountain. Our very own Howell Mountain room at Churchill Manor is one you should experience for yourself. This third-floor room has an antique queen carved wood bed, a gas fireplace, and a tumbled marble bathroom with 2-person shower.