Sure, you can hire a car and explore those out-of-the-way wineries along the backroads. But why spend half your day on the road when there are so many excellent tasting rooms within an easy walk? Here are a few of the most accessible urban wineries and tasting rooms you can get to on foot, depending on the town you’re in.
Uncorked at Oxbow – The lively, eclectic vibe of the Oxbow Public Market is the backdrop for tastings of Ahnfeldt & Carducci wines, often with live music.
Capp Heritage – Just a few doors down is this old-world-style tasting room, where you can sample Capp Heritage small production wines at the historical Noyes Mansion bar.
Mark Herrold Wines – This is another Oxbow neighbor, a colorful and funky tasting bar featuring great Cabernets and other varietals.
Back Room Wines – This is a great one-stop shop if you’d like to taste a variety of different labels.
Bounty Hunter – Another fantastic spot for sampling a wide range of labels. This place offers more than 400 top-shelf wines, with 40 wines poured by the glass. Great barbecue, too!
Atelier by JCB – An over-the top tasting experience in a flamboyant venue that also sells jewelry, candles, perfumes, and merchandise by Baccarat.
Priest Ranch – Taste its current releases with an artisanal cheese or chocolate pairing.
Stewart Cellars – A gorgeous stone complex featuring the Tasting Hall and NOMAD Heritage Library with a beautiful courtyard for lingering.
Jessup Cellars – The Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet, and Pinot Noir you’ll taste here are available only at the tasting room, in select restaurants, and online.
Yao Family Wines – This winery is owned by Yao Ming, the famed basketball player. In addition to the main tasting area, there are three private tasting rooms and a smaller outdoor patio area. Wine club members also have exclusive access to a private club lounge.
Orin Swift Cellars – This venue, right in the center of St. Helena’s shopping mecca, offers meticulously crafted wines of many varietals – perhaps the only thing more gorgeous than the wines are the labels.
Velo Vino, the Clif Family Tasting Room – Velo Vino combines a love of wines with a love of cycling. Clif Family also produces an extensive line of condiments and other foods. Its back patio is often the site for live music and the Bruschetteria, its own food truck.
Olabisi Wines – This charming tasting room is just off the main drag of Lincoln Avenue and features limited production of Cabernet, Pinot Noir, Petite Sirah, and Chardonnay.
August Briggs Winery – A wide rotating selection is served at this intimate tasting room right on Lincoln Avenue – several full-bodied reds as well as Chardonnays, Pinot Blanc, and Rosé.
Tank Garage Winery – Right on the main highway of 128, this fun and funky spot is a former 1930s-era gas station and pours “one-off,” uniquely crafted wines.
Want a longer list of wineries and tasting rooms? Check here.