Wine Tasting Itinerary: Two Sides of Carneros: Napa & Sonoma

American Canyon is the southern-most city in Napa County and is a wonderful spot to stay when visiting Napa or Sonoma Wine Country. Stay at one of the three hotels that boast spacious rooms, top-notch service, meeting space and a luxurious spa.

Then, let your wine tasting experience begin! Get in your car and within a few minutes of driving along Highway 29 you'll start to see the beautiful vineyards of Napa Valley. A hop skip and a jump away is the Carneros Appellation, located at the crossroads of two major wine regions, Napa and Sonoma Valley. This wine appellation is is home  to Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Sparkling wine and where you will spend the day wine tasting in this itinerary!

Acacia Vineyard, 2750 Las Amigas Road, Napa, CA 94558, (707) 226-9991

  • $15 Per Couple - Tasting Flight - 2 for 1 with Mobile App
  • 10 AM - Allow One Hour
  • See the entire San Francisco Bay Area from Acacia. They celebrate "Locavore Lifestyle" which is the support of family-owned and small businesses producing fresh artisanal products, like themselves. They make several single vineyard Pinot Noirs. Single Vineyard means that every grape in the bottle came from one small plot of land, thus, you can point to exactly where the grapes grew.
  • Reservations: Required
  • Directions to Next Stop: (Allow 18 minutes for travel) R on Las Amigas Rd. for .3 mi., R on Duhig Rd. for 2.2 mi., L on CA 12/121 for 5.8 mi., stay left to remain on CA 121 for 1.1 mi., L on Arnold Drive (at 4 way flashing light) for .6 mi., Turn R on Wagner Rd, (sign for Gloria Ferrer on your R)

Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards, 23555 Arnold Drive, Sonoma, CA 95476, (707) 996-7256

  • $20 Per Couple - A Glass of Sparkling on the Patio
  • 11:15 AM - Allow One Hour
  • Reservation: Not Required
  • One of the most impressive views in Carneros. Take advantage of the patio to soak of up some rays of sunshine and fabulous bubbles. Take a moment in their Spanish hacienda to shop. Always something fun in stock! Gloria and Jose Ferrer came to Carneros to plant vineyards when it was mostly prime cattle and sheep grazing areas in 1980.
  • Directions to Next Stop: (Allow 8 minutes for travel) L on Arnold Rd for .6 mi., Turn R on CA 121/Freemont Dr. for 2.7 mi., Fremont Diner is on your L

Fremont Diner, 2698 Fremont Drive, Sonoma, CA 95476, (707) 938-7370
  • 12:30 PM Lunch
  • There is no place more loved by locals than the Fremont Diner. Chicken & waffles, biscuits & Gravy, or a burger with sweet potato fries and hog spice are the amazing fare. Soak up some of the alcohol before you go back to wine tasting.
  • Reservations: Not Required
  • Directions to Next Stop: (Allow 5 minutes for travel) L onto CA 12/121 for 4.2 mi., R on Duhig Rd. Cuvaison Estate is on your L

Cuvaison Estate Wines - Carneros, 1221 Duhig Road, Napa, CA 94559

  • $40 Per Couple - Standard Tasting
  • 2 PM - Allow One Hour
  • The all solar and Napa Green certified tasting room is a light filled space surrounded by waves of vineyards and stunning architecture. The winemaker says that they consider themselves "farmers first". They are concerned with the health of the land, which in the end produces better quality grapes and wine!
  • Reservations: Required
  • Directions to Next Stop: Cross the street to Domaine Carneros

Domaine Carneros by Taittinger, 1240 Duhig Road, Napa, CA 94559, (707) 257-0101
  • $60 Per Couple, Grande Tasting of Sparkling Wine and Pinot Noir
  • 3:15 PM - Allow One Hour
  • Located in the heart of Carneros, Domaine Carneros is the California expression of the famous founder, Champagne Taittinger, established in 1987.  From the patio of this gorgeous chateau you will have one of the most breathtaking views. Take a photo midway up the steps to the front door. You can get the entire chateau in the background.
  • Reservations: Suggested, as it gets very busy in the afternoon.

Dinner Suggestions:

  • Casual:  All Spice Restaurant, (707) 645-0814, American Canyon, CA (Indian Cuisine)
  • Casual: Napa Valley Bistro, (707) 666-2383, Napa, CA
  • Make Reservations for: Torc Napa, (707) 252-3292, Napa, CA

Lodging Suggestions:

  • Value: Holiday Inn Express & Suites, 5001 Main St., American Canyon, CA (888) 866-6970
    A hot buffet breakfast awaits you each morning. Go out for a day of wine tasting and then retire for a moment or two in front of the fireplace in the common area. Or take a dip in the heated pool or hot tub for some fun and relaxation. This hotel also has fitness center open daily.
  • Value: Fairfield Inn & Suites, 3800 Broadway St., American Canyon, CA (707) 643-3800
    Enjoy all the comforts of home at this hotel boasting 80 guestrooms with kitchenettes, and sitting area. Amenities include a deluxe complimentary hot breakfast, laundry service and the BBQ grill on the pool deck is available for guest use.
  • Hotel/Resort: DoubleTree Hotel by Hilton & Spa, 3600 Broadway St., American Canyon, CA
    (888) 798-3777
    Stay in an ultra modern hotel with a heated pool, gardens, fitness room and a peaceful duck pond. Be sure and schedule an appointment at the Spa Gaia. If you are visiting on the weekend, check for live music in the bar.