Pride Mountain Vineyards, St. Helena
Categories: Wineries & Vineyards, Food & Drink
A strong tradition of Californian winemaking thrives atop Spring Mountain at Pride Mountain Vineyards. These 34 hectares (83 acres) of vineyards straddle the line between Sonoma County and Napa Valley, providing an interesting climate for the grapes and a specific approach to winemaking. This winery has vines dating back to the 19th century, and its winemakers are happy to educate you on the history and process of winemaking. Daily tours include a tasting, tours of the vineyard (weather permitting), and a visit to the winery's caves where around 2,400 barrels are kept. Reservations are required. Put Pride Mountain Vineyards into our St. Helena family vacation planner to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in St. Helena.
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We have been to Napa three times and this is by far our favorite winery. We definitely make time to visit each time. The wine is spectacular, they treat you like family, and their picnic site is relax... read more »
A long drive up Spring Mountain Rd. to reach Pride but well worth it. Beautiful scenery. The views at the top were breathtaking! We had a tour and tasting booked and were well taken care of by Jay. Wi... read more »
We visited several wineries and tasting rooms on our trip, and this one was hands down the best. If you are staying in Napa, it is a bit of a drive - plan for about an hour. But it is WELL worth it. T... read more »
HOLY COW, what a drive. The shirts aren't kidding about surviving the drive to Pride. I had never been here before but a friend suggested it, only she left out the part about the drive. Absolutely gorgeous, winding roads all the way up. Not for the faint of heart or the easily bored, but definitely worth it once you get to the top. We had a lovely tour and tasting in and out of the caves. It was one of the better winery tours I've been on. Our tour guide was awesome, the wines were great, and it was the perfect mix of knowledgeable, casual, and approachable that made it friendly for any newbie or expert alike. The winery is super unique with its placement on the line between Napa and Sonoma, and this is an experience not to be missed. I wish the wine was more affordable though! I'd have loved to go home with a bottle or two, but definitely outside my price range.
Incredible location. Off the beaten track vineyard. The staff was lovely and the tour was also very cool. Recomended to hide away from the crowds. Views are very spectacular.
I crafted a list of 'must visit' wineries before heading to Napa. While eating at Auberge du Soleil (which I also recommend!), a waiter said his all time favorite winery was Pride. Personally, I believe people's reviews more than anything else, so we added it to the list. Pride Mountain is most definitely off the beaten path, but a 100% worth it. We visited 10 (thoroughly researched) wineries and this was by far our favorite. Jay, our amazing tour guide, played a huge role in our love of the experience. What sets this place apart (because most wineries in Napa have the 'view' and [hopefully] great wine), was the fact that this was the only winery visit where we left with a more knowledgable and passionate view on wine making. Walking us through the intricacies of growing your own grape to understanding your tastebuds, if you want to fully appreciate the art of creating wine, visit Pride Mountain (and make sure your tour is with Jay!!!). And just in case you are looking for recommendations for others, may I suggest: - Artesa - Best VIEWS. If you like to take some good pictures like me! Domaine Carneros is nearby and worth the visit as well. - Cliff Lede (ask to see the art gallery!) - awesome place to relax, less busy - Domaine Chandon - a bit on the commercialized side, but my favorite sparkling wines by far.
Pride was AWESOME. Our host and tour guide was Paul Smith, who did a particularly amazing job. The tour of the caves was fun and interesting, and Paul was extremely knowledge about Pride, as well as wine in general. The wine itself was excellent, and the grounds are beautiful.
First time visiting Pride Mountain, AMAZING! From the drive up the mountain to the time at the winery we couldn't have had it any better. This is a progressive tasting by appointment only. It starts in the tasting room and our guide Scott then took us through the tunnels tasting wine along the way. We even tasted wine still in the barrel. It was educational, enjoyable and the wines of course are fantastic. No feel of the cattle calls or pushy sales people looking to get you in the wine club. There was no pressure to buy but they do refund your tasting fee if you purchase wine. This is a must for experienced wine drinkers and novices alike. Thanks Scott for the fabulous experience.
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