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“Nice wines and conversation”

Grgich Hills Estate
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$206.00*
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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
Certificate of Excellence
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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.
Los Altos, CA
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73 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Nice wines and conversation”
Reviewed April 13, 2012

Had a great time tasting at Grgich. We got the usual history of Mike Grgich, and the winery, but when we showed a lot of interest in really discussing, our pourer really went to work. He spent a lot of time discussing harvesting techniques, yields, and the crush process. He pulled out a couple extra wines to taste, that weren't on the tasting menu, which were fantastic. We will continue to buy Grgich wines, and this type of experience only makes me more loyal to their brand.

Visited April 2012
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London
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Pleasant surroundings, friendly staff and decent wines”
Reviewed April 2, 2012

The wine tasting experience is fairly basic however you do get a good selection of wines to try. I found one tasting session between two was adequate (especially if you have a car to consider).

The staff seemed to be more interested in the taste of the wine rather than anything else and I didn't feel like I learnt anything in particular from them, however they were very knowledgable of the area and gave some great suggestions as to where to spend the rest of the afternoon.

Overall the service was very friendly and personable. We felt looked after and had a very pleasant experience however if you want a more educational wine tasting experience then this is not for you (however still worth a visit).

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North Andover, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
“What a fun time”
Reviewed March 27, 2012

The wine here is quite good but most of all I liked our host who gave us our tasting tour. He was very enthusiastic and his passion for wine-drinking will rub off on you. You can take home your wine glass for free, but I suggest you take some bottles home with you as well.

Visited April 2011
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KenM300, Public Relations Manager at Grgich Hills Estate, responded to this review, March 28, 2012
We're glad you had a fun time: that's what tasting wine is all about! Thanks for your visit and your post and we hope to see you back at Grgich Hills soon.
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Pittsburgh, PA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Wonderful wine tour and tasting”
Reviewed March 22, 2012

We visited this winery while on the "Wine Train" and it was a great selection. While I could have dawdled more along the way, it was an informative tour the handling a a fairly large tour was done without losing a personal touch. The tasting was well done - no pushy sales and far more informative thatn the others we did on this trip. Relaxed and the wine is great. A great story about the founder of the winery and the science behind what they do.
Highly recommended

Visited March 2012
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KenM300, Public Relations Manager at Grgich Hills Estate, responded to this review, March 26, 2012
Thanks for your visit and taking the time to write a review.

We appreciate your visit!

Ken Morris
Grgich Hills Estate
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“What a wonderful day”
Reviewed March 8, 2012

John was a wonderful host and he fully explained the importance of this historically significant winery. A lovely Zinfandel and Merlot. Do not miss the Cab!

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