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“Fantastic Tour, Well worth the money”

Grgich Hills Estate
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Napa Valley Wine Train with Gourmet Lunch, Wine Tasting and Vineyard Tours
Ranked #5 of 26 things to do in Rutherford
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Grgich Hills Estate is an iconic Napa Valley winery, consistently producing world-class wines. Vintner Hall of Fame inductee Miljenko "Mike" Grgich first earned world-wide recognition when the Chardonnay he crafted won the 1976 Paris Tasting, beating the best of France. Mike then partnered with Austin Hills to open their family-owned-and-operated winery in 1977. Committed to natural winegrowing and sustainability, we farm our five estate vineyards without artificial fertilizers, pesticides or herbicides, rely on wild yeast fermentation and use our passion and art to handcraft food-friendly, balanced and elegant wines.
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“Fantastic Tour, Well worth the money”
Reviewed 31 December 2011

We took a tour of Grgich Hills Estate in December 2011 and found that it was well worth the money ($35 per person). We were led all around the estate and learned about all aspects of the wine making process. Along the way we tasted a variety of wines, including several that were not included in the original tour. Our guide was informative, friendly, and answered all of our questions. All in all, the tour took a little over 1 hour, and there were only four of us on the tour (this was a strong contrast to tours at other wineries where 15-20 people were in attendance). The place has a bit of history regarding its involvement in the the Judgement of Paris, and it was a fun story to hear about there.

Certainly one doesn't need to do an elaborate tour at every winery, but if you're going to do it somewhere, I'd recommend Grgich.

Visited December 2011
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“Friendly service and knowledgable staff”
Reviewed 29 December 2011

We love Grgich Hills! The customer service and attention to detail was amazing! Linda poured for us. She is probably the friendliest person around! When we got there the tasting room was very busy, but she poured us a generous glass of chardonnay while we waited. Once we started tasting, she was incredibly knowledgeable about the wine. I think the 07' cab is my favorite! Linda gave us some great ideas about which foods to pair with the different wines we tasted. She also recommended other wineries to visit off the beaten path. She explained to us what biodynamic farming techniques are, and how it affects the quality of the wine. Even their winery is green, using solar power! Go to this winery and ask for Linda!

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Reviewed 18 December 2011

They gave us some extra tastes. I think they knew we weren't going to buy much so they acted a little distracted. Good wines, I often buy them in the store.

Visited December 2011
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KenM300, Public Relations Manager at Grgich Hills Estate, responded to this review, 21 December 2011
Thank you for your visit and recent posting on Trip Advisor. We appreciate hearing from you and hope to see you back soon!

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“Nice mix of white and red”
Reviewed 28 November 2011

I love red wine. But, I get bored of tasting at several wineries and only seeing 1 token white that is usually not very good. Red is great and we drink a lot of it with meals and when we entertain. However, we also drink a lot of white. Grgich has a wonderful array of both. We joined the wine club. They do a great job explaining the wine and how to identify the flavors.

Visited November 2011
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“Amazing Wines & Great Hospitality”
Reviewed 20 October 2011

You have to make Grgich Hills one of your stops in the Wine Country. We visited with family, the four of us were celebrating special anniversaries, and our experience at Grgich added great memories. We had a private tasting in the cellar room - it was phenomenal. Linda, our your guide, knows her business. She had great attention to detail. We learned not only about the history of Grgich, but also details regarding the fine quality of the wines. Known especially for their white wine - the Cabs are to die for, you must try them. Linda was so good, when she invited us back at the end of the week for a barrel tasting - the four of us returned & were glad we did.

Thank you so much, Linda. We will be back!

Visited October 2011
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