Inglenook Winery is full of history as it was originally owned and operated by a Finnish man named Gustave Niebaum, inherited by his grandnephew, and later on purchased by the famous Francis Coppolla. The estate features a wine tasting room, boutique, visitor center, and bistro that serves food, coffee, and wine. This winery offers a unique experience for just about everyone and quite frankly you could spend an entire day there if you wanted to see it all.
After driving along the extended road entrance with vineyards on either side, you will quickly feel like you’ve actually flown to Europe. We felt like we were moving through different cities including Rome as we walked by the stone pillars, London while we noticed the British inspired street lights and lastly Paris when we were seated for our tasting in the French-inspired tasting room with velvet seats, large chandeliers, and floral vases.
1991 St Helena Highway Rutherford, CA 94573
What you should know:
Plan to spend a good amount of time here at the Inglenook property, as you will likely want some additional time to check out the grounds and the visitor center. The heritage tasting in the salon was delicious. It includes a cheese plate that complements the wines really well. If you want to bring your kids, you can take them to the bistro for a glass of wine and small bites.
Reservations and Tastings/Tours:
$45 for Heritage tasting, includes four wines and a cheese plate. Reservations strongly recommended.
Cabernet Sauvignon Rubicon. Price point is well above my range ($210 retail) but this wine was truly a standout. This has been their premiere wine since 1978. Once I tasted it, I understood why!