Monday, May 28, 2007

The Napa Valley's Big Four - Part III, Sterling Vineyards

Sterling Vineyards is located in one of the most stunning buildings in the entire Napa Valley. Located on a knoll overlooking the Valley, visitors access the winery and tasting room by taking an aerial tram. The tram ride, beautiful views, and the building's unique architecture lure hordes of visitors to Sterling. Families flock to Sterling because the tram ride gives young children something fun to do. This means that on a Saturday during the summer or harvest season visitors may wait 15 - 20 minutes to get on the tram.

Once you arrive at the top of the hill, you can take a self-guided tour of the winery, which includes videos that describe the winemaking process, . While the tour is not as informative as many of the guide-lead tours provided at other wineries, you can go at your pace. This works better for groups with children as they may get bored listening to tour guides.

The tasting room contains an array of gift items for sale. The tasting is conducted while you are seated at a table, which is a nice change from the bars found at most wineries.

A visit to Sterling is more about the tram ride and views, than the winetasting. The winery is often packed, which makes for a less than intimate experience. I only recommend Sterling to families with children and to guests who are not all that interested in wine or who have a special interest in architecture.

If you would like to take a private tour of the Napa Valley that includes Sterling and other beautiful wineries, please call me at (866) 326-4237 (toll free) or e-mail me by clicking here.

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