Ever since I graduated from college, one of my bucket list items for being an adult in the Bay Area has been to go wine tasting in Napa Valley.
I finally had the chance to do that recently and it was such a great trip.
I definitely have to do it again!
We took a girls trip up to Napa to celebrate a friend’s birthday. I was a little nervous going into it because we started our morning bright and early at 8 a.m. I was mostly nervous because 1) I’m not a morning person…AT ALL and 2) I was up late partying the night away the day before so I barely got any sleep. We rented a shuttle bus for the ride from San Francisco to Napa so luckily I was able to take a power nap before we arrived at the first winery. I was also able to take some great photos during our ride to Wine Country.
We visited two wineries on our trip and our first stop was Castello di Amorosa, a gorgeous 13th century styled Tuscan castle and winery.
Amazing views of the castle when you first arrive
There were also beautiful flowers that surrounded the walkway leading up to the castle entrance
I fell in love with the architecture of the castle and was excited to find out we would be able to go on a self-guided tour. We were able to roam through two floors of the castle and I made sure to take lots of photos along the way.
Views from the second floor of the castle
Views of the courtyard from the second floor
It was such a beautiful day out and I couldn’t let the trip go by without posing and showing off my OOTD. I bought this dress and hat ages ago from Forever 21 but hadn’t found the right opportunity to wear them. I was very excited when I found out I would be going on this Napa trip because I think this outfit is perfect for a day of wine tasting.
Dress: Fit & Flare Dress from Forever 21
Views from the courtyard
After touring the castle it was time for the main event – wine tasting! I purchased the wine and chocolate taste pairing so I was presented with three chocolates to go with some of the wines we tasted. I’ll have to admit, I was slightly more excited about eating the chocolates than I was about tasting the wine.
The chocolates were so cute that I almost didn’t want to eat them
We ended up tasting about five wines and I fell in love with a sparkling sweet wine, 2014 La Fantasia, that I ended up purchasing a bottle of. I have a huge sweet tooth and typically prefer lighter white wines and this was right up my alley.
On our way out of Castello di Amorosa we were surprised by some animal friends!
Off to stop number two – Sterling Vineyards! Sterling Vineyards also provided a self-guided tour and is the only winery in Napa Valley that provides stunning views via an aerial tram.
I’m afraid of heights so when we first got on the tram I was very anxious, but it was well worth it because the view was AMAZING and allowed for lots of great pictures.
As soon as we got off the aerial tram we were greeted with our first tasting and a complimentary wine glass that we were able to take home at the end of the day.
We were able to taste 6-8 wines and the tastings were set up throughout the winery so we were able to explore at the same time.
Wine barrels that were stored in one of the rooms
They had art exhibits from the Sterling Art Collection including original pieces by Picasso, Chagall, and Renior
Having a little too much fun at the end of the tour
We ended the tour with our final tastings in one of the Tasting Rooms. We were really hungry at that point so we paired our wine tastings with a cheese plate. After our tour and tastings at Sterling Vineyards we stopped by V. Sattui Winery for lunch. I had a really tasty salmon sandwich and pesto pasta. At this point we were tired and wined out so we didn’t taste any of the wines here and made our ways back home after lunch.
Overall, it was an amazing trip and I can’t wait to go back!
Have you ever been to Napa Valley? How was your experience? Where were your favorite wineries to visit? I’d love to read what you share in the comments below.
Thanks for reading!