We include all wineries whose production is
so small that all or much of their wine is exclusively distributed via a
mailing list. These
wineries are not setup to receive visitors so we have not
highlighted the actual 'tasting
experience', rather we focus on their history, the wine/tasting notes,
information about the winery and where you can find their wines. Our
reviews of mailing list only wineries are exclusively posted on this website.
Addresses are left out of the reviews and phone numbers
may also be left out upon request.
We began research for 'The
Napa Wine Project' in 2006. This
project involves personally tasting at all Napa Valley commercial wine
producers as well as any Napa area businesses providing tasting
experiences, (Collectives, Wine shops, Wine Bars). Two
requirements; we personally visit with a winery representative, and
taste the wines.
To date, we have personally
visited and tasted with 700+ commercial Napa wine producers,
a number of other locations that offer tasting experiences but do not
make their own wine and have been tasting at
Napa wineries several times a week with a number of
international travel breaks built in to our schedule. We expect the
entire initial project to take 10-12 years.
Any wineries that we have not yet visited with out of the 900+ (and
growing!) Napa based commercial wine producers in our database (see
bottom of this page for
will be contacted via phone, email, postal letter (or all three) to request a
Mailing List Wineries
This is a major time intensive process which we continue to do on an
almost daily basis. We subscribe to a number of mailing lists for
individual Napa wineries, we attend trade tastings and educational
events and in addition we revisit a number of wineries for updates. We
have removed and archived nearly 40 reviews based on Napa
wineries/producers no longer making wine commercially.
We want to thank all Napa Wineries who have been so gracious with
providing tasting and winery information. Sometimes the Napa area gets a
bad rap for being overly pretentious and high-class, but in our
experience the vast majority of the wineries (especially the smaller
ones) are not like this at all. Oh, and when we first started this
project we just walked into a tasting room like a normal tourist would
have and made no mention about this project (we have since revisited
100+ walk in wineries in the valley).
Frequently Asked Questions
For additional information please visit our
Frequently Asked Question section (FAQ).
In regards to visits, wineries fall into three categories:
to the Public - simply walk in during normal business hours;
by Appointment - there is a huge range in this category. Some wineries
are setup to take larger
groups and may have tours, some are so small
the tastings may be at their house and they do not
unless you are a serious wine enthusiast. You may taste with a group of
outside of your party or taste with just your party (depends on
- the winery is not open to the public and they typically do not
receive visitors. We leave out
addresses for private wineries
unless they have P.O. boxes.
We clearly label the "private/mailing list wineries" in our reviews. When reviewing
our winery descriptions under our "Quick Info" section (see example to
the right), we note whether the winery is a walk-in, appointment only
or private - if additional visit details are needed,
these will also be provided in this section.
||Winery Lists & Database
There are numerous printed and online Napa winery lists floating around. The best
printed one we have seen to date is the
Preiser Key which is available
for free at
select Napa wineries and in the local Chamber of Commerce offices.
Wines and Vines has the best updated online list of Napa Wineries - as well as
all USA based wineries.
Take a look
and often humorous
A Moveable Thirst, a book by two men who visit 141 open to the public tasting
rooms in Napa Valley.
You can think of our project as "Moveable Thirst on Steroids".
TWCC has good information about the history & ownership of many
Links has about 165 Napa Wineries listed each containing a short description
provided by the actual winery.
It is extremely difficult to come up with an exact number of "wineries" in the
First you have to define what qualifies as a "winery". Visit the
TTB's winery definition page for more information. Consider the following types of
(an actual winery facility - may even be a house/garage winery). One winery may
have multiple bonded locations.
Proprietor - winery/custom crush facility has a bond that allows participating
custom crush clients to have their own "bonded winery" within the main
Crush wineries - these "virtual" wineries do not have their own winery, rather they
rent space from an actual winery. Tastings
may be given at the actual custom crush
winery or at a physical site apart from the custom crush facility (i.e., a collective,
Napa Winery List Notes
We have compiled a spread sheet of
900+ commercial wine producers
(with contact information & other details) in Napa Valley. For our
definition purposes - a "winery" constitutes a physical location with a winery
bond and a "producer" makes wine commercially but does not own their own physical bonded
location. In a general sense on parts of this website, we may use "producer" to
refer to both producers and physical wineries.
Note: many of these listings don't actually operate their own physical
winery and are "virtual" wineries. The extensive list below is based on hours and hours of research and monthly multiple
database includes the top 3 bulleted items in the above list plus a separate
section for collectives. This
lengthy list stays updated by
referencing 30+ already printed & online winery lists including the TTB and
Furthermore, from time to time we physically visit wine shops in Napa county with pen and
paper and jot down any unfamiliar labels. The highlight of this wine shop visiting is always JV
Warehouse in Napa with their huge by Napa standards, ever changing selection! We also visit each one of the
winery websites (if available) - if no website is available we call the winery to make sure they are in business.
We subscribe to a number of wine related sites including some that contain
winery listings. Wine forums and social media are also an excellent resource for new releases and new Napa
wineries. Lastly we attend select public and trade only tastings.
One winery may have several different "labels", especially the larger wineries
and a label may be from a vintner who does not have an actual winery. If one
winery produces multiple labels we do not list each of these labels separately, rather we have
listed their labels under the parent winery listing. All efforts have been made
to list only unique Napa wineries and commercial Napa wine producers. Napa wineries who taste at
area collectives or tasting bars have been listed with their parent collective
as well as having there own listing.
The master winery list below contains
wineries who must make & bottle their wine in Napa County and in addition, must use grapes from
the Napa Appellation for
at least one of their wines. Any winery/producer that sources fruit almost exclusively from
Napa, but makes their wine outside of Napa county is noted in the
database in the "notes" column by this red
# symbol. Of interest to those looking to visit
Napa for tastings, out of 900+ wineries/producers on our list, we
estimate about 40% are walk-in or appointment only and the other 60% are private
and generally do not see visitors.
Napa Winery List
** (Last updated
5/20/13 Major Update - Excel Spreadsheet, 232 KB)
Right click on the link above and choose "Save Target As". To
date, we have identified 900+ unique commercial wine producers in Napa County.
They are all listed in this database.
To the best of our knowledge,
this is the most often updated and most exhaustive list of Napa
commercial wine producers anywhere.
As of June, 2009
according to the TTB (Federal:
Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau) there are 655 permits within Napa County for production, bottling, importation or
distribution of beverage alcohol products and over 6000 permits in the USA -
this means Napa County has slightly more than 10% of the countries'
public information is updated 2x per year and can be
here. Note that a number of Napa wineries have multiple
Also note that Napa County has the most
Type 02 licenses issued for winegrowers of any county in the State
of California. As of June 29, 2009 there are 630 Type 02 licenses given
by the ABC (State:
California Department of Alcoholic
Beverage Control). Reference the
bottom of this PDF file.
For those interested in how many unique physical winery facilities there
are in Napa County - this is the best guess we can come up with at this stage
of our project. Out of the 700+ producers we have visited, we know for sure there are about 350
with unique physical locations (winery) within Napa County where
commercial wine is made as we have personally visited and physically
-- we estimate there to be around 420 physical wineries in total
(including bonded garagiste wineries). Email comments or
corrections about any of this to firstname.lastname@example.org