Beringer Vineyards, St. Helena

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#3 of 55 in Wineries in St. Helena
Napa Valley's oldest continuously operating winery, Beringer Vineyards was established in 1873. Now on a World Heritage site, the winery burst onto the world scene in 1939, when Hollywood stars Clark Cable and Carole Lombard visited. The first of California's wineries open to the public after Prohibition, the winery continues to draw wine enthusiasts from around the globe. Join the winery's daily "legacy" tour for a look at traditional methods of winemaking. Visitors must be over 21 to take the tour, which includes tastings from barrels as well as bottles. To visit Beringer Vineyards and other attractions in St. Helena, use our St. Helena road trip planning tool .
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  • We arrived at Beringer early in the morning and went to the old tasting room. The attendants there did not care too much they were more interested in talking among them then actually giving us attenti...  more »
  • The loading ringers emigrated from Mainz to the United States. The stately former residence is therefore not by chance somehow German looks. Wines are excellent to be ringers and the cellar tour is cool and interesting. Although the basement is not overpowering. But just the fact that it is the oldest operating Winery in Napa Valley, it makes the good choice.
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  • Beringer is a beautiful castle and offers a great shop. Was disappointed we couldn't sit and overlook the Vinyard hence the 4 stars. Great wine!  more »
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  • By far the best picnic place in Napa – they offer fresh sandwiches in the interior garden, together with a taste of their Cabernet. Not just our opinion, but also LA Times, who recently named it one of the Best 10 places to have a picnic in the West - No. 1 is Grand Canyon, and No. 3 is Maroon Bells. That is a select company. Absolutely recommended. From a historical part, In 1934, Beringer it was the first California winery to offer public tours and wine tasting following Prohibition.
  • Love coming back to this place - not only great wine (especially like their signature cab sav and also their sauternes) but also a nice garden and a "German-like" house to hangout around. Friendly staff. Worth a visit both on hot summer and gloomy winter days..
  • If I could give this place more than five stars I would, especially because of Gisele. I stopped here and was able to take a food and wine pairing tour and tasting without an appointment (this is one of the only places that will do that, but if you have more than 8 people reservations are required, and if it's a weekend, reservations are recommended). I learned so much about wine in general and food pairings, and the wine is delicious of course! It was about 100 degrees when I was there, so we spent most of our time inside, but still got to see some of the vineyards/grounds outside as well. Gisele was extremely knowledgeable and accommodating. She went above and beyond to make my experience great! I cannot imagine having a better experience anywhere else. Highly, highly recommend this place!
  • We stopped by for a late afternoon tasting at the Old Winery Tasting Room. While the grounds were very beautiful and the staff was helpful and knowledgeable, I was not so much impressed with the tasting itself. For $25 we were allowed to try only three wines. Most other wineries allow 4-5. The wine was good but for $25 dollars, I would expect more than just a few sips of wine.
  • Certainly one of the nicer wineries to visit in and around Napa Valley. It was recommended to us as one of the Top 5 to visit and as far as we're concerned, it was the only one worth visiting. To us, Beringer Vineyards offered what you expect from a winery and vineyard. Views, wine, and peace and quiet. Other major vineyards have become quite touristy (we were amazed how many wineries have bar/wine tasting areas without views of the vineyards). Bringer offers views of grand buildings, gardens and some of their smaller vineyards. The wine was fantastic and not unreasonably priced for a Napa Valley wine tasting.

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Because St. Helena is nestled in upscale wine country, most people who visit have no intention of roughing it. As such, the city sports a number of luxurious hotels. Several boast restaurants, hot tubs, and swimming pools; however, keep in mind that those with extensive grounds tend to be farther away from the main street. Budget-conscious travelers can find some more basic motels (looking farther out of town is a good way to save a few dollars). However, those staying on the outskirts should be aware that parking--particularly during high season--can be challenging in the city.
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