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The 7 best wine caves in Napa/Sonoma

Published On 07/01/2013 Published On 07/01/2013
Wine barrels lined up in a cave

If you've always avoided wine tastings because you're afraid people will snap photos of you enjoying a nice White Zin OUTSIDE IN A GARDEN, fear not: we've found the seven best wine caves in the Napa area, all of which are fit for an extremely classy and refined caveman.

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Jarvis Winery
This spot calls their tour a "journey into the Earth", and the path at the very least definitely looks like it's going to lead you to a Great Fairy Fountain to help you save Zelda.

HALL Wines

HALL Wines in Rutherford
Hand-built by a Master Mason from Austria, these limestone and brick caves can be rented for private events under their chandelier that's made out of the extremely rare Swarovski tree.

Calistoga Ranch

Calistoga Ranch Wine Cave
Not just what you're pretty sure is the entrance to Valhalla, this is the rentable-for-the-fanciest-party-of-your-life Wine Cave at the Calistoga Ranch. Just an FYI: everything else here is aggressively handsome as well.

Vine Cliff Winery

Vine Cliff Winery
Vine Cliff Winery's caves are normally part of the tour/tasting, but if you're lucky, they can also be the coolest underground dining spot, thanks to occasional events that also sometimes involve giant portable BBQs.

Stag's Leap Wine Cellars

Stag's Leap Wine Cellars
Founded in Napa in 1970, Stag's Leap is one of the older wineries in the Valley, and in their caves you can find not only aging wine, but this Foucault's pendulum swinging in the middle of the "Round Room" in what has to be the most badass clock ever.

Brian Rueb for Del Dotto Vineyards

Del Dotto Vineyards
This historic cave, hand-dug in 1885, was opened to the public in 1999 for wine tastings and, we're assuming, entrance rituals into The Skulls.

Bella Winery

Bella Winery
Way newer than the previous cave, this one was built in 2002 and, somewhat sensibly, is a horseshoe-shaped cave so you can tour without having to go in the out or out the in. Also useful if being chased by supervillains.

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1. Jarvis Winery 2970 Monticello Rd, Napa, CA 94558 (Napa Sonoma)

A Napa winery that does tours and has a SWEET cave, which they'll lead you down into, or, as they call it, their "journey into the Earth".

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2. Hall Rutherford 56 Auberge Rd, Rutherford, CA 94574 (Napa Sonoma)

Trek up to wine country to take in this vino-grower that's got a RIDICULOUS wine cave built by an Austrian Master Mason.

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3. Calistoga Ranch 580 Lommel Rd, Calistoga, CA 94515 (Napa Sonoma)

There are a lot of awesome resorts out there, but not many awesome resorts also have awesome vineyards, and even fewer awesome resorts with awesome vineyards have awesome WINE CAVES.

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4. Vine Cliff Winery 7400 Silverado Trl, Napa, CA 94558 (Napa Sonoma)

Established in 1871, Vine Cliff grows Bordeaux grapes and leads tours through their AWESOME WINE CAVE THAT YOU CAN EAT DINNER IN.

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5. Stag's Leap Wine Cellars 5766 Silverado Trail, Napa, CA 94558 (Napa Sonoma)

Founded in 1970, Stag's Leap is an estate vineyard that does tours and has a wicked wine cave, inside of which you can find the Round Room with a crazy pendulum clock.

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6. Del Dotto Winery & Caves 1055 Atlas Peak Rd, Napa Valley, CA (Napa Sonoma)

A family-owned winery that opened a historic wine cave in 1999 that was originally dug in 1885.

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7. Bella Vineyards and Wine Caves 9711 W Dry Creek Rd, Healdsburg, CA 95448 (Napa Sonoma)

Run by a married couple in Dry Creek Valley, Bella's a winery with a horseshoe-shaped wine cave so that you don't have to get bored when you pass all the same casks on the way out.

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