Cakebread Cellars, Rutherford

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Noted for its Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc wines, Cakebread Cellars offers seven types of tours and wine tastings. Spread throughout 397 hectares (982 acres) of land, the company has 13 vineyard sites and employs quality-improvement techniques, such as nighttime harvesting and oak barrel aging for some of its reserve Chardonnays. The winery also produces Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, and Zinfandel wines. You can pre-register for one of several tours to see an in-depth review of winemaking practices from planting to harvesting to tastings of reserve-label wines or private group-tasting events. Wine and food pairing tours happen twice weekly. Reservations are required for all tours. To visit Cakebread Cellars on your trip to Rutherford, use our Rutherford day trip tool .
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  • Pulled in without a reservation and were paired with a couple happy ladies from Vegas and a SF couple. Una was our person that shared the wonderful wines to us. We first enjoyed Cakebread in the middl...  more »
  • We stopped in for a tasting on day one of a three day first-time adventure to Napa Valley. Without reservations, our wait was a short 10-15 minutes during which time we were able to sample our first p...  more »
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  • We came here for the Reserve tasting. Our guide was a lovely Scottish woman who was very knowledgeable about wine. We had a brief tour of the grounds before moving on to the tasting. We really enjoyed the wines we tasted and we ended up buying a couple of bottles to take home. Cakebread also make delicious olive oil, which was a nice surprise for us. We also bought a bottle of that too.
  • This was a pretty unusual and great wine tasting experience. They took us on a mini-tour of the nearby vineyard where we tasted the wines from the flight, listened to stories about Cakebread itself, its vinyards, and wine making process, and — most impressive of all — picked and tasted the actual Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon grapes straight off the vines (!), as well as cherry tomatoes in a tiny garden next to the vineyard. The wines themselves were no less impressively than the tour, especially the 2014 Merlot, which was unexpected given that Cakebread is generally considered a Chardonnay and other whites shop.
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