Wine Tours

Take a Fall Wine Tour in Napa Valley

Fall Wine Tour in Napa Valley

Although, Napa Valley is known for being one of the primary providers of wine in the country little is known about how beautiful it is, particularly, in the fall. As with all plant life, when fall comes you are introduced to a breathtaking array of colors, vivid and entrancing. Seeing symmetrical rows of lush green offset by comforting yellows and brazen reds will be nothing short of a feast for the eyes. Knowing that there are juicy ripe grapes hanging just below the foliage makes the sight all the more tantalizing. Grapes are harvested in the northern hemisphere from early September to early November and from the middle of February to the middle of March in the southern hemisphere. So, going in the fall is the perfect time to truly experience the beauty of the wine valley and the harvesting of the grapes.

Fall Wine Tour in Napa Valley

Wine connoisseurs and those who simply love the je ne sais quoi of tasting wine will be happy to know that there are extensive tours given of the entire Napa Valley. Driving through the valley on your own is always a great idea but if you truly want to have an experience, all the while traveling in style, you will want to try the Napa Valley Wine Tours. You will be gliding in luxury as you are escorted by the Napa Valley Wine Train.

Napa Valley Wine Train

The Napa Valley Wine Train was built in 1915 but newer cars have been added through the years as a means of remaining technologically modern. It is a steel train that has retained its classical look while providing modern amenities. The Wine Train covers a thirty-six mile round trip from Napa to St. Helena.

Winery Tours

There are six winery tours available, each with their own specific packages; Quattro Vino, The Castle Winery, Raymond Winery, Grgich Hill Winery, Ambassador Winery, and Evening Winery.

Quattro Vino

Quattro Vinos is the newest tour and is a four stop journey with food and wine. You will be given a six hour Rail Tour of Napa Valley, tastings at 4 wineries, and a 4-course meal. The starting price is $309 per person.

The Castle Winery

The Castle Winery offers exploration of the Castello di Amorosa. The castle has only been open for ten years but it took nearly twelve years to build. The castle was built to mimic a 13th century Tuscan castle and to provide some of that medieval world charm. The package includes a multiple course gourmet lunch accompanied by the introductory wine, a 1.5 hour ride on their vintage train, as well as, an exclusive tour and tasting at Castello di Amorsa. Pricing starts at $266 per person.

Raymond Winery

With a Raymond Winery Tour you will leave early and explore the vineyards on foot before boarding the train for lunch. You are given a multiple course gourmet lunch, the welcome taste of wine (which is the introductory compliment), a 1.5 hour travel on train, and a tour and tasting of Raymond Vineyards. Pricing starts at $206 per person.

Grgich Hills Winery

Grgich Hills is the longest winery trip and provides a historical tour of its founder and the history of becoming a part of Napa Valley. With Grgich Hills you get the multiple course gourmet lunch, welcome taste of wine, 2 hour travel on their vintage train, and an intimate tour and tasting at the estate. Pricing starts at $206 per person.

Ambassador Winery

The Ambassador Winery Tour is a tour of the majority of the valley as well as two wineries. You will get the multiple course lunch accompanied with the welcome taste of wine. You will travel aboard the vintage train for 1.5 hours and be given tours and tastings at Charles Krug Winery and Raymond Vineyards. Pricing starts at $266 per person.

Evening Winery

If you enjoyed Grgich Hills Winery in the day then you will love it at night. The Evening Winery simply covers an after hours tour with limited grouping. The package includes a multiple course gourmet dinner and welcome taste of wine. The vintage train trip will be 2 hours and an after hours tour and tasting of the Grgich Hills Estate.

Make your escape to this beautiful valley, seemingly, stuck in time and experience some of the finest wine produced. Trips are offered year round so feel free to book yourself a destination for any time.

Wine Auctions

Most Expensive Wine Ever Sold

Most Expensive Wine Ever Sold

A recent study has shown that fine wine is great for investment purposes and this is proven by the fact that it has not only survived many recessions but also over the past 13 years it has defeated a benchmark shares index.

The following are the eight most expensive bottles of wine ever sold, which are far too valuable to open and enjoy a glass of the same.

1. Screaming Eagle Cabernet 1992

Technically six-litre bottles, also known as an Imperial, of Screaming Eagle Cabernet 1992 should be at the top of the list. It fetched £301, 441 ($500,000) during the Napa Valley Wine Auction (2000), but this was for charity.

2. Romanee-Conti DRC 1990

1996 saw eight bottles of Romanee-Conti DRC 1990 go for £16, 948 ($28, 112) during the Sotheby’s auction in London. One of the main factors that make this wine so expensive is due to the very low yield of the soil in the area of France where it is produced. Other factors are at least three Pinot Noir grape vines go into one singular bottle, and the average age of vines used is 53 years. Saying this, 450 cases can be created from just one singular Pinot Noir harvest.

3. Penfolds Grange Hermitage 1951

Known as Australia’s most expensive wine, the Penfolds Grange Hermitage 1951 sold for £23, 194 ($38,420) in May 2004. An interesting fact about this wine is that there are only 20 additional bottles left in the world today.

4. Massandra 1775

Known as the most expensive sherry in the world, the Massandra 1775 went for £26, 203 ($43,500) during the Sotherby’s auction in London (2001).

5. Chateau d’Yquem 1787

Chateau d’Yquem 1787 has been labeled the most expensive white wine. Traditionally, white wines tend to fetch less money than red; however, this rare white wine made £60, 237 ($100,000) in 2006. The collector remained anonymous; all we know is that he/she was American.  Here is more information about this sale

6. Chateau Mouton Rothschild 1945

A jeroboam (four times larger than an ordinary bottle (70cl)) of this wine, which is considered as one of the greatest vintages in the last century, made £69 040 ($114,614). This was sold during a Christie’s auction in London (1997), and the bidder remained anonymous.

7. Cheval Blanc 1947

The Cheval Blanc 1947 Merlot is one of the very few vintages that received Class A status in the Classification of Saint-Emilion wine. Three-litres of this Merlot brought in £81, 395 ($135,125) during the Vinfolio auction in San Francisco (2006).

8. Chateau Lafite 1787

In 1985, Malcolm Forbes bided £94, 258 ($156,450) for a Chateau Lafite 1787 and won. It is said that the bottle came from the late President Thomas Jefferson’s cellar and this can be proven by the fact that the initials ‘ThJ’ are etched in the glass. However, how authentic this wine is an ongoing debate, with many experts in the industry still disputing this topic.