The Vibe: 

Thomas Jefferson had an amazing wine cellar. But he lived in Virginia. If you want to honor his taste for the finer things in life, you can book a ticket for a six hour eastward flight, or you can go to Monticello Vineyards. The founder and owner of this mid sized Napa winery, Jay Corley, admires the aesthetic of our founding father, and has embodied his admiration in the winery and adjacent building located just off the Silverado Trail. As one of the shrinking number of family owned wineries in the Napa Valley, the Corley Family tasting room offers sharp, knowledgeable service that underscores their genuine “it’s all about the grape” sentiment.

Known For: 
The Monticello Estate Chardonnay, Corley Proprietary Red Wine (a Bordeaux style blend), The Montreaux Brut Sparkling wine
Not good for: 
  • Shoppers
  • Pets
  • Kids
Particularly good if you are seeking: 
  • Architecture buffs
  • Medium size groups
  • Fans of recycled wood
  • Small group picnics (larger groups need to make a reservation)
  • An outdoor wedding
  • Tours and reserve tastings (by appointment)