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Palmaz Vineyards, Napa

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Palmaz Vineyards is a Californian winery in the Napa Valley, primarily dedicated to Cabernet Sauvignon production. The estate is located on what was once the Cedar Knoll Vineyard Company, a pre prohibition winery, founded in 1881 by Henry Hagen, one of the pioneers of wine production in the Napa Valley. After prohibition the winery fell into a dilapidated state and the winery was abandoned. The Hagen House and the vineyards have since been restored after they were bought by Amalia and Julio Palmaz in 1997. The family operated winery and vineyards cultivate some 55 acres using sustainable farming practices, devote to Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Riesling, Muscat along with smaller plantings of Merlot, Malbec, Cabernet Franc and Petite Verdot.Palmaz Vineyards is noted for having the largest wine cave in the Napa Valley, totaling 100,000 square feet. Palmaz Vineyards' winemaking and aging takes place within the living rock of Mount George, in a multi-leveled series of tunnels and domes. The height of the wine cave is equivalent to an 18-storey building, providing the vertical range needed for true gravity-flow winemaking. Thus, the wine is not subjected to the violent agitation of pumping, which can change the wine’s intra-molecular structure. This gentle treatment allows finer nuances of flavor to develop naturally.The fermentation dome is the world’s largest underground reinforced structure. It is 72’ in diameter and 54’ high. Temperature stays constant at 60 degrees and humidity at 75%, the perfect atmosphere for aging wine. The cave houses its own water treatment plant built to comply with strict conservation guidelines.
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  • A friend recommended we visit here on our latest trip to Napa. Wouldn't tell me much but just said "you have to go". I was skeptical, thinking " I've been to tons of Napa wineries, love a lot of them,...  more »
  • WOW...a vineyard tour like no other! Great staff! Great your guide Jordan! But the vineyard, "behind the scenes" is amazing!! Well worth the trip to this vineyard, take the full two hour tour....  more »
  • Did the private tour and had an awesome time. Definitely a unique experience...The history of the winery is very cool, the 'cave' (by cave, I mean underground, technological wonderland) was really int...  more »
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  • I highly suggest that you make an appointment here to taste what they have managed to bottle. I doubt that you will believe my words, but allow your palate to be your truthsayer. Not only will you be surprised and shocked by their wines that you so fortunately get to taste, but you will be glad and relieved that you took my advice because their wine is beyond wonderful and it will alter your perceptions of wine. The people of Palmaz make you feel welcome instantly and you can feel the family atmosphere that is cultivated and nourished at Palmaz. I always look forward to our visits (plural) and I am always somewhat saddened when I have to leave. This is a special family who utilizes their many talents to bring you wines that change how you view and perceive wine altogether. You will fall in love with this family and their wines.
  • I used to deliver wine here. I remember the owner coming outside herself and greeting me. Such friendly people, although I have still never tried their wine!
  • Jordan is incredibly knowledgeable and his passion for the winery is infectious! A great visit for our group of 12! Thanks Palmaz.
  • Amazing views and the winery has a great story even better wine...
  • Amazing high tech vineyard which provides a nice contrast to other more conventional wineries in the area. Food pairings are first class.

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To explore North America's largest wine-growing region and remain close to fine dining and shopping, consider staying at a bed and breakfast located in downtown Napa. Many centrally located inns offer spacious rooms with fireplaces, free Wi-Fi, and on-site swimming pools. If you don't mind splurging, consider staying at one of the wine valley's lavishly furnished villas, many of which feature private lakes and access to a network of scenic hiking trails. You can also go all out at a luxury resort located in a picturesque vineyard setting.
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