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Palmaz Vineyards, Napa
(4.9/5 based on 85+ reviews on the web)
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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  • We visited Palmaz with a group for a private tour and reserve tasting that was arranged by my friend. I must admit I was not familiar with this Vineyard but it is absolutely beautiful up on a high hil...  more »
  • We cannot say enough about our visit to Palmaz on our last trip to Napa. It appears that Palmaz is the only true 100% gravity-flow winery in Napa, and it is also one of the oldest. Our tour guide was ...  more »
  • Overpriced tour. Nice facility, well laid out, high tech but wines are over priced. Drinkable but nothing special. Would not go back. Lots of better wines for one third the prices, like Kennifeck Ranc...  more »
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  • Amazing wines, fantastic tour and good service (along with some bites to eat), make this a must stop place for any Napa trip.
  • We arrived an hour early for our reservation and were happily greeted nevertheless, enjoying a beautiful tour and tasting with Jordan. The history of Palmaz and mixture of high-tech and traditional techniques used to create their wine are not to be missed.
  • Amazing high tech vineyard which provides a nice contrast to other more conventional wineries in the area. Food pairings are first class.
  • This is one of the most unique wineries, with amazing wines. Our host was very knowledgeable, and provided us with a good deal of history surrounding the property. The science, and innovation behind this family's wine is cutting edge. I would recommend this tour to anyone seeking a personalized experience with a state of the art winery, and wines that stand out as amazing.
  • Favourite winery in Napa.