Welcome to today’s Napa Valley where “Cab is King” and modern day royalty pursue their passion projects.
California’s viticulture heritage lies at the confluence of legacy and innovation. This is where the Old World rediscovered its creativity and founded a new wine culture that has quite literally “taken root” across the globe. Over 150 years later, tech giants, politicians and Hollywood moguls have invested billions to create a new cadre of Napa Valley wineries.
But don’t worry- despite all the fresh-blood and modern capital, our heritage is still very much intact, you just need to know exactly where to look. That’s where we shine... or shall we say "Spark"!
- Professional guiding
- 100% Private experience
- Luxury transportation
- Flexible departure time
During our day together, we’ll go beyond the commodified big names and take you to what we believe to be the best wineries in Napa. We peel back the gimmicky labels to rediscover the history and authentic Napa Valley. We’ll reveal the foundations of our rich history, and then introduce you to all that is new and innovative in California’s wine scene.
Your Spark Experience includes:
Our first stop will be to a property you’ve probably never heard of before--- unless you’re in the industry. This place flies under the radar of the tourist scene, but they are the “real-deal.” This esteemed winemaker is where professional buyers and collectors go to get their pedigreed big bold reds. Their classically structured cabernets are some of the most venerated in the business, frequently achieving near perfect scores in Wine Spectator. Their portfolio also includes several delicious whites, enough to please every palate.
Rich in history, this Napa Valley winery was founded in the 1880s. The founder is featured above the tasting bar--- in HER fabulous hat and bustle! This woman was WELL ahead of her time. Her legacy of tenacity and grit held strong through Prohibition and tremendous changes in American culture. In 1976, it was among the best wineries selected to represent California in the Judgement of Paris blind taste test. ---Remember the movie Bottleshock, where those brash young Americans thoroughly p*ssed off the French? Well, Napa Valley wineries proved their chops and California re-emerged onto the international wine map.
Our personal host will connect the dots to help us understand exactly what makes Napa so special in terms of history, culture & terroir. We’ll learn how to actually taste and appreciate fine wines with a unique side by side pairing technique. This fun, no pressure approach is all about enjoyment. Now is the perfect opportunity to ask anything you’ve ever wanted to know about wine… before your wits start to get a little fuzzy!
Our next stop will fast-forward us to modern Napa Valley, where its all about warm hospitality and expanding the senses. As we turn the corner onto the palm tree lined drive, we enter California lifestyle at its best.
This gorgeous family owned vineyard showcases inviting contemporary architecture, organic produce and state of the art production facilities. We’ll look around the property and explore the modern process and science of winemaking, before sitting-back to soak up more liquid sunshine.
Weather permitting, you’ll continue your wine tasting journey with boutique vintages and craft olive oil on the gracious patio surrounded by stunning panoramic views of the Napa Valley. Our in-house chef treats you to a family-style spread of local delicacies, including meats, cheeses and produce harvested that morning from the organic garden below. Afterward, you may take a quiet stroll in the garden to smell the fragrant herbs as they warm in the afternoon sun.
Depending on the time (this is a relaxed, leisurely day after all), we may stop for more photos or gourmet shopping at the local market hall or Culinary Academy. You’ll probably want to bring home a taste of the best Napa Valley wineries to share with those who weren’t lucky enough to be a part of your entourage. ;)
Remember to bring your dark glasses. If you aren’t a celebrity already, you may feel like one in your luxury chauffeured vehicle. Marvel in the gorgeous scenery, as we trace the Mayacamas Mountain and return home, relaxed and re-connected, having enjoyed a truly special day!
By state law, Napa wineries, Wine tasting and Napa Valley Wine Tours are limited to guests 21 years and older. If you’d like to include minor children, please contact us. We’ll happily customize an experience just for your family!
Please note, properties are subject to change without advance notice. We partner with private working production facilities and real farms, so its possible certain experiences may be unavailable for reasons outside our control. Rest assured, in the incredibly rare instance that we cannot deliver the exact experience described on your preferred date, every effort will be made to offer you the best possible experience with a reasonable substitution. Our goal is always to show you a fantastic time and memories that will last a lifetime!