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Q: Where to park in Napa Valley (Oakville/Rutherford, Yountville) ( Answered 4 out of 5 stars,   1 Comment )
Subject: Where to park in Napa Valley (Oakville/Rutherford, Yountville)
Category: Arts and Entertainment > Restaurants and City Guides
Asked by: christys-ga
List Price: $5.00
Posted: 02 Jul 2006 00:32 PDT
Expires: 01 Aug 2006 00:32 PDT
Question ID: 742758
What is the parking situation in Napa Valley?  Specifically, I'm
looking for information along Highway 29 (St. Helena Highway) in
Oakville, Rutherford, and Yountville.  I'd like to drive up there for
some wine tasting, and I don't know where I'd park.  I need
information on parking structures and pricing.

Request for Question Clarification by czh-ga on 02 Jul 2006 17:14 PDT
Hi christys-ga,

My preliminary searching shows that parking at some of the wineries in
peak season can be a major hassle. When do you plan to go and do you
have specific wineries you're planning to visit? What kind of
information are you looking for? Your question is very general.

~ czh ~

Clarification of Question by christys-ga on 02 Jul 2006 18:40 PDT
Specifically, I'd like to go to the following wineries:

St. Supery

I'm planning to go this weekend (July 8th).  I'll be driving up there
with friends, so I need to know if there are parking structures, if
there's parking for each individual winery, etc.
Subject: Re: Where to park in Napa Valley (Oakville/Rutherford, Yountville)
Answered By: czh-ga on 03 Jul 2006 14:56 PDT
Rated:4 out of 5 stars
Hello christys-ga,

I got seduced by your question and spent much more time researching
your question than the price you?ve set would justify. As I did the
research I found myself wanting to go back and try some new wineries.

It sounds like you haven?t done a winery tour before. In a nutshell,
if you go on a weekend in the summer you will encounter very heavy
traffic. It will be hot. It will be crowded. It will be expensive. It
will also be fun and enjoyable if you go with a relaxed attitude and a
flexible approach.

I?ve collected a lot of information for you to help you map out your
trip. I suggest that you at least review the website for each of the
wineries you plan to visit to get an overview of their approach,
confirm their address and the times they?re open and the fees they
charge. I also suggest that you review the maps and general tourist
guides that I?ve found to help you get familiar with the area and to
help you set your expectations for what is possible.

Traffic is likely to be very heavy and require patience. Parking is
provided for the customers at every winery. You may want to check
their websites to review what facilities and activities they offer.
Visiting five wineries in one day on a summer weekend may be too
ambitious. Take a look at the reviews and comments I?ve found for the
various wineries and make your own judgment about what is realistic.
There are hundreds of wineries so you have lots of options. I?ve
organized the information about general Napa resources and information
about each of the wineries you?ve name.

I hope you have a great time on your Napa outing.


~ czh ~

Interactive map of Napa Valley wineries.

Napa Valley Winery Road Map

Tasting Rooms for Wine, Or a Cup of Education

Napa Valley California
Driving Tips

Napa Winery Shuttle

Secrets of Wine Country
Weather, Traffic & When to Visit

Napa Valley Winery Day Trip

As soon as we left Yountville and took the road to all the wineries,
it was then that the weekend traffic made itself felt (and seen) as it
was nearly a 2-lane highway all the way to Calistoga except for some
doubling of lanes in the center of towns like Oakville.

Four to five wineries may be possible to squeeze in a day trip if
unlike us, you will not spend so much time taking photographs of the
beauty all around. Better yet, plan an overnight stay in Napa and make
it a two-day sojourn--our game plan for our next visit.

Message Board -- Wineries to Visit - Napa Valley

Napa is undergoing an unprecedented City-wide remodeling, stimulated
by the Napa River Flood Project . There are major bridge projects,
millions of yards of soil being moved, floodwalls to build - and the
private sector is in action, too, with nearly a quarter-billion
dollars of projects underway or starting soon. This web page is all
about keeping you informed and stress-free while this "extreme
makeover" continues.

Domaine Chandon
One California Drive
Yountville, CA 94599 
Visitor Center			(707) 944-2280
The Restaurant Toll Free	(800) 736-2892
The Boutique Toll Free	(800) 934-3975
Private Cellar			888-CHANDON (242-6366)
Admin Reception	 	(707) 944-8844

Domaine Chandon

Domaine Chandon Reviews

Once back on the highway and on our way to our next pick, the Beringer
Farm (which happened to be the farthest amongst the three we chose to
visit), the drive was a slow one, with bumper-to-bumper traffic on the
one-lane highway to Calistoga. Since it was past noon, we decided to
just have lunch.

Our next option proceed to town (St. Helena), where on a weekend,
parking was another problem. However, the main street was a treasure
of shops, so finding a parking spot much farther out (nearly out of
the main town) was a blessing, as it afforded us to walk and enjoy
each and every shop on the way.
Domaine Chandon

Rubicon Estate Winery
1991 St. Helena Highway
Rutherford, CA 94573

Until 2006, the Coppolas called their winery "Niebaum-Coppola Winery".
They then moved the Coppola line of wines to another winery in
Geyserville in Sonoma County, and renamed their Rutherford winery
"Rubicon Estate".

Rubicon Estate Winery

Rubicon Estate - formerly Niebaum-Coppola Estate Winery 
1991 St. Helena Hwy., Rutherford, CA 94573
Phone: 1-800-RUBICON or 1-707-968-1100  Fax: 1-707-963-9084
Hours:10am - 5pm daily (open until 6pm Friday and Saturday Memorial
Day through Labor Day)

Visiting: Required Guest Fee of $25.00 includes a tasting of five
Estate wines, access to the Chateau, its exhibits and complimentary
valet parking.

Tours/Tastings: Yes, Reservations are accepted for our special tours
and tastings. Please contact 707-968-1161.

Winery apocalypse
Since Rubicon has taken over operations of the Coppola Winery, what
used to be a pleasurable experience has eroded into a tourist trap.
Tastings are now $25.00 and the crystal stemware once used has been
replaced by cheap glass.

Tasting Room of the Week  --  Niebaum-Coppola Winery 

St. Supéry Vineyards and Winery
8440 St. Helena Hwy., PO Box 38
Rutherford CA 94573 
phone 1.707.963.4507
toll free 1.800.942.0809

Tasting Room of the Week  -- St. Supéry 

St. Supery Vineyards & Winery - Rated # 31 in Napa
User Reviews from the Web

Robert Mondavi Winery 

Air Supply - July 8, 2006
Trademark sounds of a soaring tenor and majestic songs known as Air Supply

Robert Mondavi Winery
"It's a nice winery. Like Bilal says, it's very touristy. I try an
avoid going here during the summer months when all the non-local
people go to Napa."

Cardinale Estate
7600 St. Helena Highway 
Oakville, CA  94562 
(707) 948-2643
Phone: (707) 948-2643
Hours: 10:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., by appointment

Cardinale Winery ? Reviews

Cardinale Estate Winery - Rated # 44 in Napa

Cardinale Winery
"WOW....that is one of the only things to say after tasting the
vertical of wines offered at this incredible spot in Oakville.  You
drive up this little hill and can catch a whole view of the valley
floor.  But this is not the most impressive thing at all.  You do a
tasting of Kendall Jacksons flagship wine.


napa valley wine tasting reviews
napa valley traffic OR parking
search for each winery by name
christys-ga rated this answer:4 out of 5 stars

Subject: Re: Where to park in Napa Valley (Oakville/Rutherford, Yountville)
From: myoarin-ga on 02 Jul 2006 15:50 PDT
Parking doesn't seem to be a problem in that area from my experience. 
This site may help you.  At the left on it, you will find a
description of one parking facility in Napa and can click on it for a

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