Sutter Home Winery 277 St. Helena Hwy. S., 1 mi. S of town, (800) 967-4663, (707) 963-3104. Tasting daily 10-5; self-guided garden tour.
When Bob Trinchero--son of Mario, who bought the winery in 1947--introduced the world to a fruity, pink-colored White Zinfandel in 1971, it took the country by storm. That inexpensive signature version is still available, but the winery now also produces some premium Chardonnays and Cabernets. Today Sutter Home is the fourth-largest winery in the U.S., as well as the second-largest family-owned winery and second-oldest winery in Napa Valley. The tasting room is inside a barn that housed the original winery, and the winery’s showcase 1884 Victorian home is used now for private lodging. Highlights of the surrounding garden--inspired by the renowned Butchart Gardens in Victoria, B.C.--include a rose garden with more than 150 varieties and a garden of dwarf Japanese maples. Darling 2-ounce bottles of wine make great souvenirs, and who wouldn’t want a t-shirt in a reusable water bottle? Especially noteworthy nowadays is that this is one of the few wineries that offers free tasting!
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