Of all the St Helena wineries, Quintessa provides an especially interesting tour. While some visitors may frown at the idea of required appointments, they should be aware that a Quintessa winery tour is individually tailored according to your requests. This means that there is no traditional cookie-cutter tour at Quintessa, where you will be whisked around too quickly to enjoy the winery. The Quintessa tasting room is the culmination of the tour, where guests relax at a private table for a taste of the wines and a selection of canapés. During a tour, visitors will get a chance to see the vineyards, the winery, and the 17,000-square-foot wine caves that have been carved into the hillside. This state-of-the-art winery was completed in 2002, and it has the capability of storing up to 3,000 bottles of wine.
No other St Helena wineries can claim to blend into the landscape quite as Quintessa does. The Quintessa winery was built directly into the hill, exposing only its graceful, crescent-shaped front. Every detail of the Quintessa tasting room is designed beautifully, from the lighting to the furniture and fireplaces. Visitors are encouraged to wear comfortable shoes, as the Quintessa winery tour does bring guests to the vineyard and through an active winery. For a price of $45 a person, visitors can taste the singular estate wine along with some snacks. Be sure to make an appointment in advance to see this relative newcomer on a tour of the Napa Valley—it's an experience you won't forget, particularly if you bring home some bottles of Quintessa wine from your visit.