We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“Upscale Even by Napa Standards”
Review of Shafer Vineyards

Shafer Vineyards
Ranked #57 of 195 things to do in Napa
Certificate of Excellence
Attraction details
Reviewed November 24, 2013 via mobile

Second private tasting visit at the Shafer Winery over the last five years. Probably one of the most picturesque and beautiful wineries in the Napa Valley, I've always found the atmosphere a bit on the stuffy side, but the staff is very knowledgeable, highly professional, and the most well rehearsed of any in Napa. Clearly, this wine is some of the most highly coveted in CA and beyond, and it's certainly reflected in the surroundings and the psyche of the staff. If you're a collector and on their mailing list, it's worth the visit.

1  Thank Foodwinegoofnut
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review
Reviews (59)
Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
Language

38 - 42 of 59 reviews

Reviewed November 1, 2013

The Shafer Hillside Select is some of the best Cabernet Sauvignon in the Napa Valley. Excellent merlot as well. Fun tasting with incredible views of the Valley. Really nice and knowledgeable staff. Show up early to take in the view and take some pictures from the porch. Also check out the menus in the hallway near the bathrooms from the White House State dinners where Shafer was served.

Thank MRG2032
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed September 22, 2013 via mobile

Our experience at Shafer was astoundingly beautiful. Our visit was during the 2012 harvest and despite the staff being busy with their responsibilities, they managed to find time for the tasting group and treated us like royalty. Shafer sets a very high bar and they are a class operation. There aren't enough adjectives to do them justice, suffice it to say, "It is a magnificent winery and the wines are even better!"

Thank DrSiffy
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed July 26, 2013

Three couples enjoyed a tasting at the Shafer Vineyards during our recent trip. We had been warned about how rigid they were about being on time, and doing things their way. That is the exact opposite of how it has been for virtually every other winery we visited. Nonetheless, we made sure that we arrived on time, and had time to enjoy the view and vistas from the hill top tasting room. Before our tasting, Mr. John Shafer came out and talked to us. We found him to be kind, engaging, and genuinely happy that we were there. Later on, Doug Shafer, the son, blew in and blew out, heading for a yoga session.

Style and system aside, we came for the wines. The tasting was at a long table with each of the wines already poured and placed on a mat. There were some crackers and water on the table to help cleanse your mouth between tastes We enjoyed several of them and bought a variety case.

We really like Shafer Wines, especially the Hillside Select. It is a place you should visit at least once. Because of the rigidity and stuffiness, we probably will not return, but instead, continue to purchase their wine elsewhere.

1  Thank bharrison
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed July 23, 2013

We went with our friends that were the biggest consumers of Shafer wines. It was an honor to go with them. The winery only took reservations in advance... which we did. The presentation was top notch. The best thing about tasting great the wine is to have the owner walk in! WOW! Not a big thing to most but, it made my friends day! To hear Mr. Shafer's story was priceless. Now, I will have to break the bank and buy the wine all the time! Plus, for the first time I tried Hillside Select and all I can say...Once you go Hillside there is no turning back!

Thank Debbie G
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Travelers who viewed Shafer Vineyards also viewed

 

Been to Shafer Vineyards? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing