One is the Robert Mondavi Winery. There is a lot of hoopla around this winery, but it is really worth visiting. For the wine, the history, and the winery. It’s probably one of the most well-known wineries in the Valley. A beautiful Spanish-mission style building (although none of the missions were this grand), they offer a variety of tours, depending on the season.
Mondavi’s tours range from a basic production tour that lasts 75 minutes, that gives you a look at the entire process, from vineyard to lab to winery. We must say though, we don’t think there is anything “basic” about this tour. It is exceptional, especially for a first-time visitor to the Napa Valley. We love their Fume Blanc, and of course, the chardonnay is exceptional. Sample their reserve wines by the glass—they are a special treat. There’s a tasting fee, and reservations are recommended, particularly during the high season.
If you live in the Napa Valley near Oakville, going on a food shopping binge means going to the Oakville Grocery. If you’re a visitor? It means the same thing.
This store, on the National Register of Historic Places, sells wine, cheeses ( pure heaven), fresh fruits, specialty sandwiches (heaven, part 2), and fresh baked goods. (These are beyond heaven.) There are enough artisanal and gourmet items to please anyone. Seriously, if you can’t find something you love here, there is something wrong!
Stop at Oakville and go for a picnic. You will be quite happy with the world in general.