On the north edge of the 30 miles long, roughly five miles wide region within Napa County known around the world as Napa Valley sits the town of Calistoga.
And the immediate area around the town boasts some of the finest wines and wineries Napa Valley has to offer.
It turns out that at Cal Mart, we’re not the only ones who think so.
According to the website at WineCountry.com,
At the northern end of Napa Valley is the quaint town of Calistoga, known for its mineral waters and mud baths as much as for its small-town charm. This area of Wine Country is also home to a wide assortment of world-class wineries, where you’ll find impressive tasting rooms offering welcoming ambiances and plenty of complex wines.
Climate, Geography, and History – 5 Great Wineries and Wines from Calistoga
A combination of ideal climate, perfect soils, and a few immigrants with a penchant for viticulture, formed the beginnings of a world-renowned wine region.
As the Napa County Historical Society has noted, Sam Brannan was one of the first in the Calistoga area to commercially produce wine. By 1862 he had several thousand acres of land on which he planted nearly 20,000 French vine cuttings. German immigrant Jacob Schram founded Schramsberg Vineyards in 1862. And the oldest large-scale winery in Calistoga was the Kortum Wine Cellar built in 1875 by German immigrant Louis Kortum.
Today, there are dozens of wineries near Calistoga. Here are five that you should visit, and five wines to take home.
1. Larkmead Vineyards
Established in 1895, the historic Larkmead estate is one of the oldest family-owned wineries in Napa Valley. Larkmead’s legendary vineyard features a remarkable diversity of soils that are more typical of a hillside than the valley floor. With 110 acres of estate vines, Larkmead produces varieties like cabernet sauvignon, merlot, and cabernet franc, as well as a small block of 100-year-old tocai friulano vines.
Larkmead is blessed with a diverse Estate that based on soil profile alone is a ‘snapshot’ of the entire Napa Valley.
– Dan Petroski, Winemaker
Cal Mart’s Wine Choice: 2001 Larkmead Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Solari Reserve Napa Valley
2. Sterling Vineyards
The white stucco, hillside Sterling Vineyards winery was designed to reflect the architecture of the Greek island of Mykonos, where Sterling founder Peter Newton once lived.
Accessible by aerial tram, Sterling offers some of the best views of the valley below, making for a great spot to taste their varied selection of wine and take in the beautiful vistas.
Cal Mart’s Wine Choice: 2016 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
3. Storybook Mountain Vineyards
The family-owned Storybook Mountain Vineyard is located near Calistoga, on an eastern slope of the Mayacamas Mountain Range whose ridges separate Napa from Sonoma counties.
The land and the weather come together in unique ways there, enabling them to craft award-winning wines from organically farmed estate grapes.
Cal Mart’s Wine Choice: 2017 Mayacamas Range Zinfandel
4. Vincent Arroyo Winery
One of the oldest wineries in Calistoga, Vincent Arroyo Winery is perhaps the picture-perfect Napa Valley experience with its rolling vineyards and family atmosphere. The wines produced at the Vincent Arroyo Family Winery have made it a Napa Valley destination that shouldn’t be missed. The winery makes a Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Sangiovese, Zinfandel, and several red blends.
Cal Mart’s Wine Choice: 2013 Petite Sirah Winemaker’s Reserve
5. Chateau Montelena Winery
Chateau Montelena has four decades of winemaking history in the Calistoga region of Napa Valley. With a storied past, it also helped put Napa Valley and California wines on the map after its chardonnay won in the famed 1976 Judgement of Paris. It is also a beautiful winery with an ivy-covered stone façade, peaceful Chinese gardens, and a lake.
We build our wines to stand the test of time. Our cellar, comprising every vintage we’ve made, is testament to this belief.”
Cal Mart’s Wine Choice: 2018 Napa Valley Chardonnay
For the Best from Calistoga Wineries, Cal Mart is Your Napa Valley Destination
As a family-owned and independent grocery store in Calistoga for over half a century, Cal Mart has always been a go-to destination for fine Napa Valley wines. In those more than five decades customers have always had a unique and enjoyable shopping experience with us and continue to do so today.
Known for decades as “Napa Valley’s Finest Grocery” we believe that it’s because of our love for what we do and our commitment to serving our customers. And it’s also what makes Cal Mart a memorable shopping experience.
In addition to fine wines, Cal Mart is also home to a great delicatessen, a gourmet cheese department, a tantalizing selection of specialty foods items that are unique and hard to find, as well as an extensive craft beer selection.
Of course, we also provide a generous and eclectic selection of quality fine wines.
Looking for that special something to give to a friend or loved one? We offer beautiful gift baskets that make for a charming way to give a bottle or two of fine wine. In addition, we have a vibrant collection of flowers and plants for any occasion.
And much, much more! We invite you to make it a point to stop by and take time to explore all that we have to offer. While you’re here, please feel free to talk with our knowledgeable staff and then treat yourself to one of our refreshing smoothies made with organic ingredients.
Cal Mart in beautiful downtown Calistoga – where you will always find something unexpected, unusual, and uncommon!