Taste Wine Straight from the Barrel

Come discover the taste of wines straight out of the barrel in Napa Valley! Wineries throughout the valley offer this unique experience so guests have the opportunity to taste what everyone else will be drinking in a few years. Thieve wine deep in a cave, pour off tap or blend your own unique wine right out of the barrel at these wineries:

Conn Creek Winery – Blending Experience
Blend wines that you pour right from the barrel to make the perfect wine for your palate to take home and enjoy.

Raymond Vineyards – Barrel Tasting Cellar
Enjoy different generations and AVAs of Cabernet thieved right from the barrel in the Barrel Cellar.

B Cellars – Oakville Trek
With glass in hand, explore the gardens, stop by the chicken coop and venture off into the wine cave for a sample of their barrel-aging wine on tap. Conclude the experience with a sit down tasting with paired bites.

Brasswood Estate – Sensory + Barrel Tasting
Sample through wines while using all your senses in the “Sensory Room”, the experience is concluded in their wine cave with a barrel tasting.

Joseph Phelps – Barrel Aging Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Taste four Cabernet Sauvignon samples aged in different barrels along with twelve aromas found in barrel-aged wines. The tasting is concluded with a tasting of current releases wines.

Pine Ridge Vineyards – Wine Tasting and Cave Tour
Tour through the vineyards and wine production facilities, then continue into their wine caves for an exclusive barrel sample. Then enjoy a seated wine tasting and cheese pairing in the caves.

Rutherford Hill – Cave Tour and Barrel Tasting
Tour the Rutherford Hill estate tasting wines along the way, adventure deep into their historic wine caves ending with a tasting right out of the barrel.

Inglenook, Andretti Winery and Fantesca also offer barrel tastings during their tours and at Judd’s Hill they offer a wine blending experience with barrel samples.

As editor of the Visit Napa Valley blog, Jennifer brings you the Napa Valley experience with tales of tastes, treats and trips.


  • Reply February 16, 2017


    Kinda missed the make on this one… Del Dotto (at either location) is the hands-down, best barrel experience in the valley.

  • Reply March 1, 2017

    Erika Toni

    A good read, thanks Jennifer for sharing it. I have been hearing a lot about Napa and its wine tastings, but ‘straight from the barrel’ is something new to me. The post covers in short, some popular Napa Valley destinations for wine tastings. But, since I am a wine lover and read a lot about it, would like to share a link which talks exclusively on stunning wineries of Napa. Check it out here- https://tango.tours/20-stunning-wineries-napa-valley/. Would you please tell me whether the places that you mentioned are ideal for novices?

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