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Postconference Tour: Napa Valley

Rubicon Estate

The Wine Tour has added a second bus and registrations are being accepted. Please note that the first and second SIOP wine tour buses will be on a different vineyard schedule, but will be meeting together for lunch at St. Helena. 


To register, click here.

Sunday, April 13

We are trying many new things this year.  In addition to moving to the new 3-day format, we are also sponsoring our first postconference tour of the Napa Valley.  If you don’t want to rent a car, and want enjoy your wine without worrying about transportation, this is definitely the way to go.  We have created a customized tour for SIOP members to sample the best of the Napa Valley.  Our luxury motorcoach will pick you up at the hotel at 9:00 a.m. and will tickle your taste buds by taking you directly to our first tour and tasting at Domaine Carneros.  Domaine Carneros occupies a 138-acre estate dominated by a classic château inspired by Champagne Taittinger's historic Château de la Marquetterie in France.  The chateau at Domaine Carneros is considered one of the most beautiful wineries in North America.  Carved into the hillside beneath the winery, Domaine Carneros's cellars produce sparkling wines reminiscent of the Taittinger style and use only grapes grown locally in the Carneros wine district.   This morning you will be invited to taste these sparkling wines as well as learn more about how they are produced.


Next, we will visit Silverado   Vineyards located in the Stags Leap District.  The Stags Leap District is one of the smallest, yet most renowned, wine growing regions in Napa Valley.  This winery is situated on a knoll above the Silverado Trail and will provide a beautiful view of the Napa Valley. After all that wine drinking you will be ready for lunch and there is no better place in Napa
to spend your lunch time then in St. Helena.  We will provide you with a listing of various restaurants in the area (click here for list) to suit all tastes and budgets and you will have 1.5 hours to have lunch and explore this charming town.  Then it will be on to your final winery for the day, Rubicon Estate, Francis Ford Coppola’s stunning, historic estate where we will sample some of the best wines among the Niebaum-Coppola properties.  You can also explore the chateau and see some of the movie memorabilia that is on display upstairs. Finally, your coach will return you to the hotel by 5:00 p.m.  Cost for the tour is $160.00 per person. The tour departs from the upper Taylor Street entrance of the hotel.

Domaine Carneros


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