Find your Favorite Napa Valley Wineries
One of the major problems facing the California wine industry and the wine loving public is accessibility. With the hundreds of wineries in the Napa Valley alone, it’s a daunting task to find ones you like. This is one of the goals of Calwineries, and also of other organizations like The Napa Valley Vintners Association (NVV).
The NVV recently launched a new website with a feature that helps you find the Napa Valley wineries that are interesting to you. It’s mainly devoted to finding wineries to tour, so unfortunately has little to do with the wine itself. But it still is a great resource and worthy of attention.
After navigating to the Napa Valley Wineries page, you will be able to search for wineries in three sections, by category, by city or by name.
The “wineries by category” is the most interesting feature, so we should start there. This feature allows you to narrow the winery results based on categories. These include, if the winery is open to the public, if tours are given, if it has a wine club, if it has a picnic area, even if it is dog friendly.
You can see how this would be beneficial if you are traveling to the Napa Valley. You can view your results in the form of a list, or map. The map, pictured below, adds a visual aspect to your results, making them more manageable (its easier to see 100 wineries on a map, then in a list).
The one draw back to this feature is that you cannot narrow you results with multiple factors. For instance, I would like to see a list of wineries that are open to the public, have tastings, have a picnic area and are dog friendly. As it stands, you can only see the wineries in these individual categories.
The next part of the NVV winery finder is wineries by city. These results, like wineries by category, can be viewed in list format of map format. The cities you can search by are; Angwin, Calistoga, Deer Park, Napa, Oakville, Rutherford, St Helena and Yountville.
The last part of this feature is wineries by name. Like many other data bases, you can search NVV member wineries by name. This is mainly useful if you already know what you are looking for, rather than looking to discover new wineries.
Overall, this new feature is a great way to find Napa Valley wineries to visit. If you want to use their new winery feature, click here.
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