V. Sattui Winery was our favourite winery in Napa Valley during this trip. They are a family-owned winery with exceptional award-winning wines. The experience at this winery is great as it has tours, tastings, and a picnic area.
We booked ahead for a 1pm tour and met everyone up by the fountain area right by the entrance.
Meeting up for the Tour
Once we got a quick intro, we moved to a different room at the winery to understand the history of how the winery started.
The room had visuals back in the day just to give you an idea of how they ran their business back then.
Afterwards, we moved into the back where we got to see the vineyard. We learned how and what varieties of grapes they grow on the property.
We could go into the vines to pick out some grapes to try. Yum.
They were delicious and sweet. A fun experience to try it fresh from the vines before they get processed.
Next, we move into the processing room where Rob explained the differing methods of creating white and red wine.
At the end of the tour, we were given vouchers to go for a wine tasting in the main tasting room.
Let’s Get Tasting
The tasting room was busy. I would suggest taking your time appreciating each wine to get the best experience. With your voucher from the tour, you can present it to the staff to begin your tasting of 5 wines.
Gamay rouge, a sweeter rose, for those who enjoy sweet wines but not overly sweet. It smells like strawberries and hints of cherry.
Dancing Egg Riesling
Dancing Egg Riesling is awesome because it has such a fun label! Again, for those who enjoy sweeter white wines. It was refreshing with smells and tastes of summer stone fruit and nice acidity.
Old Vines Quaglia Zinfandel
Old Vines Quaglia Zinfandel was jammy, fruity of dark berries/plums, a hint of earthiness, nicely balanced and smoother finish.
Mount Veeder Cabernet Sauvignon
Mount Veeder Cabernet Sauvignon is something we will be holding on to age. It’s bold and has aromas of dark fruit, plums, aged cherry, vanilla. Looking forward to keeping it and tasting it again after a few years.
Build Your Own Picnic
The best thing about V. Sattui is that there is a deli and cheese counter to create your own picnic. They have everything you need for the picnic. Even plates and cutlery.
Once you have everything, you can head outside and find yourself a picnic table to set up.
There are lots of spots, so don’t worry about over crowding. Worse case scenario, you can make new friends.
Turkey- Fontina Sandwich
This has house-roasted turkey, arugula, apples, fontina, and chile aioli in this cheesy bun. Really good!
This also has fresh manchego cheese, and caramelized onion. Simple, yet so delicious.
Turkey Bacon Panini
This is the Turkey Bacon Panini with house-roasted turkey, avocado, bacon, caramelized onion, and the V. Sattui smoky mustard. It pairs well with the Chardonnay or Pinot Noir.
This has potatoes, mayo, dill pickles, bell peppers and celery for added crunch. Best paired with a Sauvignon blanc.
Not your regular caprese but it has tomatoes, mozzarella and pesto. The tomatoes were sweet, mozzarella was creamy and that pesto was fresh tasting.
We had a great time and the tour is definitely worth it as it comes with the wine tasting. We spent extra time here creating our own picnic and eating outside in their picnic area. Highly recommended.
1111 White Ln, St Helena, CA