Why Sequoia Grove has the Best Tasting Room in Napa Valley

With over 400 wineries situated in Napa Valley, it’s not easy to stand out. Yet, Sequoia Grove has been titled ‘The Best Tasting Room in Napa Valley’ for two consecutive years (2020 + 2021). Clearly, our unique ingredients of excellent customer service, meticulously crafted wine and a welcoming environment make for a winning recipe. If you’re planning an upcoming trip to wine country, here’s why Sequoia Grove should be first on your list of wineries to visit.

Why Sequoia Grove?

#1: 116 Years of Heritage

The Sequoia Grove Historic Tasting Barn is as equally (if not more) charming today as it was when it was built in 1908. The barn itself has fulfilled many purposes over the years, each etching its memories into the wood-paneled walls. When Louis and Louise Kuebeler bought the present-day Sequoia Grove Estate in 1906, they started with 6-acres of vines, alfalfa crops, 200 fruit trees, and 700 egg-producing White Leghorn hens. While Louis and Louise lived in a simple two-story house, the livestock lived in the humble barn on the property.

By 1980, the hens had flown the coop and the barn had become a fully functioning winery  – complete with fermenters and barrel storage. For nearly seven years, the barn was the sole production facility for Sequoia Grove.  But by 1987, the winery had outgrown the barn and a new, state-of-the-art cellar was constructed directly behind it.

With tourism in Napa Valley burgeoning, the barn was once again completely reimagined into a gathering place for visitors. In 2018, Sequoia Grove invested $15MM in expanding the hospitality and production facilities, equipment, barrels, and vineyards. Now, people can taste the current releases and buy their favorite wines in a beautiful space that has remained the beating heart of Sequoia Grove ever since. 

#2: Award-Winning Hospitality

Sequoia Grove has been voted as the Best Tasting Room in Napa Valley for two consecutive years in the Napa Valley Life Magazine’s People’s Choice Award. The tasting facility encompasses three picturesque spaces: the historic tasting barn, the outdoor patio, and our elegant Cambium room where Chef Britny Maureze will delight you with her outstanding wine and food program. This program recently resulted in winning the Open Table Diner’s Choice award. Depending on your needs, you can revel in the sunny weather and enjoy the shade of the towering Coastal Redwoods outside, or cozy up in our tasting room for a more focused experience. The space is the perfect blend between nostalgic whimsy and modern furnishings and encourages you to relax and unwind in a welcoming, unpretentious environment.  

#3: Informed Tasting Hosts

Apart from the history, wine, and the setting, we believe that our dedicated team is the main attraction at Sequoia Grove. Whether you are a wine newcomer or an aficionado, our down-to-earth tasting hosts are pleased to introduce our Sequoia Grove wines and guide your selection. Our team is well-trained with thorough knowledge of Napa Valley, viticulture, and winemaking. Visitors can expect a tasting experience that is prepared according to their knowledge and needs. There are no ‘silly’ questions, and it is a judgment-free environment where you can relax and unwind in the beauty of wine country.

Plan Your Visit

Reserve your Tasting

Book one of our three tastings: The Wine & Food Experience, the Current Release Tasting, or the Single Vineyard Tasting. We recommend Chef Britny’s A Taste for Cabernet Wine & Food Experience for anyone with a passion for red wine and food pairing. You can expect four unconventional culinary delights in this tasting paired with top-tier Single Vineyard and Reserve red wines. All our wines are available for purchase, and our tasting hosts will be happy to arrange shipping to your door if needed. For nature lovers, we encourage you to take a leisurely stroll on the Sequoia Grove grounds and experience the grandeur of the 100-year-old Sequoia Semperviren trees. Reservations are recommended, especially during the busy summer season between May and August.

Getting to Sequoia Grove

Sequoia Grove is situated right in the middle of the Napa Valley just south of the town of Rutherford. Established on a dry riverbed, the unique soil of the Rutherford area is especially known for delivering Cabernet Sauvignon with rich fruit, herb, and spice flavors. Rutherford is located along the famous Highway 29, about an hour from major cities like San Francisco, Oakland, and Sacramento. Take a day trip from the city for an unforgettable few hours at our tasting room.

Where to Stay

Why not make a weekend of your trip and extend your stay among the perfectly manicured vineyard rows? For accommodation in Rutherford, you’ll find the recently restored Rancho Caymus Inn with a range of spacious rooms and plenty of character. In the neighboring town of St. Helena, The Napa Farmhouse Inn has a cozy cottage feel and bright rooms that will make you feel right at home. En route to St. Helena is the Harvest Inn surrounded by vineyard views and complete with cozy fireplaces and a pool. Regardless of where you choose to stay, our top tip is to make your reservation well in advance as places fill up quickly! 

When visiting us at Sequoia Grove you can expect a rich blend of history and impeccable pairings set against the backdrop of enchanting Sequoia trees. But what makes a visit to Sequoia Grove truly memorable is the people. Visit us and find out why among 400 wineries in Napa Valley, our knowledgeable and welcoming staff makes our tasting room the best.