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Del Dotto Caves

Historic Winery and Tasting Room
1055 Atlas Peak Road
Napa, CA 94558

707-963-2134

http://www.yelp.com/biz/del-dotto-caves-winery-and-tasting-room-napa

http://www.deldottovineyards.com/Visit-Us.aspx

Yelp is my best friend whenever I travel.  I’ve found so many cool and unique places through Yelp.  So before my recent trip to Napa, I yelped a few wineries.  This one had really good reviews and it looked like a different kind of wine tour, so I was sold!  It’s $50 for the winetasting tour (led by candlelight) and reservations are required.  Check the Del Dotto website for the tour times.  Each tour is limited to 12 people.

 

The winery is a small one — they only produce 14K cases a year.  Since the winery is small, wines can only be purchased either at the winery or online.  According to our guide, the wines sell out every year. The winetasting is an interesting one, since they let you taste the wine straight from the barrel.  They also explain how different barrels/woods affect the taste of the wine.  If you like the wine that you tasted, you can order it.  Once the wine is ready to be bottled, the winery will then ship the wine to you.  Really cool experience, not to mention really great wine — would definitely recommend it if you’re ever in Napa.

 

The historic winery/cave

 

Brief history on the caves

 

Glass in hand – ready for the winetasting!

 

Barrel demo – French Oak

 

The caves – which is more like underground tunnels.  All lit by candles.