Ditch Your Car and Wine Taste On Foot in Downtown Napa

By Dana Rebmann

Spending the day wine tasting without spending the day in your car is a good thing. And the concept seems to be catching on. You can sip and stroll through many popular destinations likeCarmel-by-the-Sea,nearbyCarmel Valley,and even Northern CaliforniaGold Country. Now, with more than20 wine tasting rooms,you can add Downtown Napa to the list. From well- known labels to boutique batches, there’s a little bit of everything, all within walking distance.

Vintner’s Collective

The oldest stone building in Napa is also home to the first tasting room to open its doors in Downtown Napa. Both the building and the wineVintner’s Collectivepours makes it unique. Specializing in small-production, terroir-driven wines, chances are Vintner's Collective will introduce you to more than one wine you’d never heard of before walking into their festive tasting room.1245 Main Street

1313 Main

Contemporary and comfortable,1313 Mainis different from most tasting rooms because it’s open late. Doors don’t close until 1 am Thursday through Saturday. On Tuesday, Wednesday and Sunday, closing time is 10 pm. Regular events include Winemaker Wednesdays, when you can meet and taste the work of local winemakers, and Friday’s Bubbles and Beats that focuses on Champagne and Sparkling Wines.1313 Main, just like the name.

John Anthony

John Anthony Tasting Room and Lounge

This sleek tasting room is located on First Street next to theAndazhotel. Open Sunday through Wednesday from 10 am to 10 pm and Thursday through Saturday from 10 am to midnight,John Anthonyis also scoring points with the late night crowd. If you’re the organized type, check out thelounge floor mapand reserve a table ahead of time.1440 First Street

Napa General Store

If you need to do a little shopping along with tasting, be sure to stop atNapa General Store. Located on the Riverfront in the Napa Mill, this big open space offers a tasting area featuring a rotating selection of small, artisan wineries, along with a store stocked with a little bit of everything and a café with outdoor seating overlooking the river.540 Main Street

Vintage Sweet Shoppe

If you got a sweet tooth, nearbyVintage Sweet Shoppemight intrigue you. The space is small, but the tasting area shares space with a candy store that has perfected the art of coveringwine bottles in chocolate.530 Main Street

Mason Cellars

Mason Cellars Oxbow Tasting Room

Just steps away fromOxbow Public Market, bright, airy, and almost country-feelingMason Cellarsoffers complimentary tastings. Art is valued here. The wine labels are colorful and bright and the tasting room features local artists’ painting and other goods.714 First Street

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