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Best Winery for Non Wine Enthusiast

Chesapeake, Virginia
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Best Winery for Non Wine Enthusiast

I am looking for wineries I can visit that have a great tour. I also would love to visit some for great scenery. I'm not a big wine enthusiast.

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1. Re: Best Winery for Non Wine Enthusiast

There are so many beautiful winery properties, some historic, some known for their art & architecture, and some for their gardens. Here is a list of a few for you to consider, and other posters will likely add their favorites too:

Beringer

Inglenook

Chateau Montelena

Trefethen

Quixote

Mondavi

Spring Mountain

Whetstone

Opus One

Clos Pegase

Sterling

Castello di Amorosa

Darioush

Rombauer

Palisades

Chimney Rock

Swanson

Jericho Canyon

... and so many more!

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2. Re: Best Winery for Non Wine Enthusiast

The non drinkers in the family enjoyed Castello (novelty of the castle) and Sterling (novelty of the cable car and the valley views). I know you asked about discounts before - we found an online coupon for Sterling.

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3. Re: Best Winery for Non Wine Enthusiast

You could also book a reservation at Round Pond - they have a winery and also an olive oil mill. Book the tour of the olive oil mill, the olive oil tasting (its more like a light lunch), while still being at a winery.

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4. Re: Best Winery for Non Wine Enthusiast

Most definitely, Castello di Amorosa: www.castellodiamorosa.com

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5. Re: Best Winery for Non Wine Enthusiast

I would go with Sterling. The tram ride is really fun and views are gorgeous up there. Where did you find the online coupon? :).

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6. Re: Best Winery for Non Wine Enthusiast

syrahgirl -

On my phone while waiting in line!

Sterling $5 coupon

…winecountry.com/wineries/…

St. Helena...
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7. Re: Best Winery for Non Wine Enthusiast

Here are all the 2014 coupons in one place:

napatouristguide.com/napa-on-a-budget.html

It's always a good idea to search Google on the day-of your visit, in case the winery has posted a special, as Chinita415 did.

Chesapeake, Virginia
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8. Re: Best Winery for Non Wine Enthusiast

I have already made reservations for the tour at castello di amorosa. Thinking about doing sterlings too. But I booked pride mountain does that have better views,scenery then sterlings. Any other suggestions.

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9. Re: Best Winery for Non Wine Enthusiast

I am also a non wine enthusiast heading there in 2 weeks and this post is perfect for mel. Thanks! :)

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10. Re: Best Winery for Non Wine Enthusiast

"I booked pride mountain does that have better views,scenery then sterlings."

Pride has better wine (IMHO)! The view from atop Pride Mountain is spectacular and because it is by appointment only, you won't stand in lines and be amongst the crowds as you would at Sterling.

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