Napa’s Beringer Winery Tour is a Family Friendly Experience

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Beringer Winery Napa
Beringer Winery Napa

Wineries with kids?! If you find yourself in Napa, California, and are feeling somewhat guilty about dragging your kids to a winery, don’t. I highly suggest taking them to Beringer Wineries.

Tip: Mondays are the best days to visit wine country in California. Most Napa wineries are open standard hours from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

So, what sucked me sideways into Beringer? It had to be the Victorian home, also known as the Rhine House, which sits proudly perched over Beringer’s vineyards.

Tip: Beringer tours fill up fast, so follow the arches into the main entrance and decide which tour and time you want before walking the grounds. Tours range from 30 minutes to just over an hour. If you do decide to bring along toddlers, teens or kids, the 30-minute/$25 tour (per person) is your best value. Plus, you get to taste three wines during the tour.

Historical California Beginnings
The story of Beringer has far-reaching roots dating back to 1875, when German-immigrant brothers Jacob and Frederick Beringer decided to gamble on California’s fertile soil to grow a hearty vineyard–and apparently won. After purchasing 215 acres of land, the name has become one of the most-recognized and longest-surviving vineyards in Napa. Remember, they also had to survive Amendment 18, a.k.a prohibition. I might add that it was the female Beringer and sister of those brothers that helped save the fate of the winery during the darkened times of the depression and during prohibition.

Families Experience Aromas on Winery Tour
Our tour guide, Jack, started in the first of three tunnels and let us know that kids under the age of 21 could still smell the wine as long as tour goers over 21 held the glass–allowing them to still experience the aromas. Many tweens in our group followed suit by breathing in the bouquet of the Chardonnay. Speaking of smells, I loved the scent of antique casks, and the look of the darkened corridors dimly lit by flickering, battery-operated candles.

A favorite corridor was featured in the film “A Walk in the Clouds.” Other film legends have also been visitors to this winery including Carol Lombard, Charles Laughton and Clark Gable. You might know Gable better as Rhett Butler from the famed Southern classic film “Gone With the Wind.” By this point, the toddlers and tikes had pooped out before making a peep.

Of course, the last leg and tasting on the tour ended in the gift shop, where you could purchase extra tastings, cheese boards and soaps, or some of Beringer’s Reserve wines–which are pretty good and still under $50 a bottle. In vino veritas–I purchased all of the above.

The author of this article was not compensated in any way, and the review was entirely based on the author’s recent observation and experience.
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