Napa Valley, California, is best known for its hundreds of world-class wineries, and few destinations offer a more romantic landscape. The beautiful rolling hills of this region create a laid-back atmosphere allowing travelers to sit back, enjoy a glass of wine, and unwind. There are also dozens of great hiking trails to explore and discover the beauty of the area’s natural landscape. After a refreshing morning hike, you should head to one of our favorite vineyards in the area, the Dutch Henry Winery. You’ll have the chance to learn more about their unique wine-making process and taste a variety of their vino.
With more than 400 wineries in Napa Valley, it can be tough to decide which ones to visit. As you begin planning your trip, be sure to request your copy of our complimentary Vacation Guide! You’ll find plenty of local insight into the best wineries as well as places to dine, drink, and shop!
The Dutch Henry Winery was established in 1992, but after being open for only seven years, the vineyard received the prestigious title of Top Five Wineries to visit in Napa Valley from the Wall Street Journal. A family opened operation, this vineyard is known for creating smaller batches of handcrafted wines. The most common varietals produced by the Chafen family are Bordeaux style wines along with Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Pinot Noir, and Petite Sirah.
The Dutch Henry Winery includes several vineyards growing different varietals, each area organically farmed. Owner Scott Chafen also had the brilliant idea to have a wine cave built. During your visit, you can see the cave where the winemaking process happens. This unique idea has helped the family save energy by naturally cooling the wine and keeping the barrels out of the blazing California sun all year long. In addition to their many wine offerings, the Chafen family also produces its very own extra virgin olive that you can purchase during your visit.
Of course, the main reason you’ll want to check out the Dutch Henry Winery is to take the wines. The grounds are beautiful and should be exploring, but nothing is more refreshing that a crisp glass of white wine in the summer or a cozy glass of red for the chillier months. When you plan a visit to the property, you have several wine tasting options. Two choices allow you to spend time in the tasting room and sip on four or five different types of wine currently being produced. If you’re feeling a bit more adventurous, you can opt for the Cave Tour tasting, which guides guests through the wine cave and provides five wines to sample.
During your trip to Napa Valley, the Churchill Manor is one of the best places to stay because of the many luxurious amenities and comfortable accommodations. The timeless elegance of our property evokes feelings of grandeur as the mansion was built in 1890 and features the same classic architecture from the time period.
Enjoy a stay in the Stags Leap room, which was the original master suite of the mansion. In this room, you can enjoy a large, second-story room with a king-size bed, wood fireplace, and a two-person pedestal soaking tub.