We took a trolly tour of Napa. The trolly visited 4 winerys and the driver was a great narrator.
He had a lot to say about the area. The cost of homes in the area are insanely expensive. One area of Napa is Yountville. A mobile home already on a lot costs 500k with a $1,300 rent for spot per month. A nice restaurant in the same area has a 6 month waiting list and average $400 for lunch and $900 for dinner plus $1000 for a "good" bottle of wine. Obviously we will not be having dinner here and are very glad that lunch was included on the tour.
We learned that almost all harvest is by hand. Very little can be automated except crushing and separating seeds.
Hey, how about a couple of jokes from our driver, Leif.
"To the right you see grape vines that seem to sparkle and those are where we get Sparkling wine. Okay, actually, they are shiny reflectors to scare birds".
"As you can see the next field has boxes at the base of the vines. Of course, we get Box wines from here. Actually the boxes on the base to stop bugs from damaging the new bases before they are strong enough to recover."
They were corny jokes but we all laughed.
This is what we see in almost every field. Acres of grapes waiting for the perfect time to be harvested. We were able to try them and they are very sweet.
The 1st winery was the Pestoni family winery.
They had some very nice wines to try.
2nd. white hall winery, tour and lunch. The tour was interesting and we were able to see a lot of the process and equipment.
The last photo is of the figs growing near the tasting area. The lunch was very nice.
3rd. Cosentino Winery
4th. Andretti winery was our last stop. Yes, that Mario Andretti. We missed him by one week and he was signing autographs.
We had a lot of fun and learned more about wine and how it is grown.
We are a couple who have started on a new adventure...