Napa Valley located about 50 miles northeast of San Francisco is known for its world class Cabernet Sauvignon and Bordeaux varietal wines. It is also home to three of the largest sparkling wine producers owned by French Champagne Houses Moet et Chandon, Taittinger and Mumm.
Sparkling wines are produced with the méthode champenoise and the Charmat method for low cost wines. In Champagne, the cuvée blend will rarely have less than 30 wines and sometimes as many as 60 that are taken from grapes spanning 4 to 6 years of vintages. The wine spends a minimum of 15 months on the lees for non-vintage and minimum 3 years for vintage Champagne and 7 years for premium cuvées. In California, cuvees are typically derived from around 20 wines taken from 1 to 2 years worth of vintages. Californian producers tend to follow European standards in terms of sugar levels.
The California wine industry came about thanks to the California Gold Rush and the completion of the transcontinental railway and the Napa Wine Train is a highlight of the region. You can experience that same initial rush of delight passengers did in 1864 during a gastronomic dinner, seated in an elegant 1952 Pullman full dome restored railcar with mahogany paneling, etched glass partitions, and plush armchairs, which evokes the spirit of luxury. 36 miles of spectacular wine country landscape.
With more than 375 wineries open for tastings the decision of where to go can be daunting. We will organize one or more days visiting and tasting exceptional sparkling and still wines at some of the best wineries and vineyards in Napa Valley. We will tailor-make an itinerary according to your tastes and budget with your preferred combination of famous brand and artisanal winemakers.
Famous Sparkling Wine Brand Tour