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Wine Tastings with an educational emphasis

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Wine Tastings with an educational emphasis

We will be in Napa Valley the first week in Sept. We are looking for winery tours that not only encompass wine tasting, but also tours on the growing, harvesting and wine making process. We'd like our visits to be a little more in depth than just the tasting part. Any ideas?

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1. Re: Wine Tastings with an educational emphasis

Winery tours by definition focus on the grape growing and winemaking process. Most tours include wine tasting. Many wineries also offer tasting rooms where you can taste their wines without going on a tour. Some also offer very elaborate tasting experiences that are more like a tasting seminar.

Robert Mondavi Winery's Signature Tour is often recommended as one of the best technical tours and is especially good for first time visitors to the Napa Valley. Also, a tour of a sparkling wine producer such as Mumm or Chandon will complement the Mondavi tour.

If you want a more in-depth tour of a vineyard, I've heard good things about the Somerston Off-Road Vineyard Experience. I haven't done it yet since it's so new and am waiting for Spring to venture up there.

http://somerstonwineco.com/Visit

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2. Re: Wine Tastings with an educational emphasis

Thanks. The Somerston Off-Road Experience looks like it may do the trick.

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3. Re: Wine Tastings with an educational emphasis

Since you are planning to go during Harvest, there may be special events that have the focus you want. For example, in Sonoma they offer a "boot camp" that puts you in the thick of the harvest process right at the crush pad. You should check out some of the wine country event calendars for your time frame and see what's available.

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4. Re: Wine Tastings with an educational emphasis

Also, one of the best sources for these types of questions is the Napa Valley Vintners Association - http://www.napavintners.com - they can provide a list of places that might focus more on that type of tour.

There are several types too and depends on what level you want to be involved and/or if it is private or more group oriented. Hard to beat meeting directly with a winemaker or proprietor one-on-one though.

Good luck!

James

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