Napa Valley’s newest sub-appellation is just 10 miles east of downtown Napa but it is tucked into a pocket of the Valley that feels like a throwback to the pre-Mondavi days — when the region was a diverse agricultural area and winemaking was a labor of love. The wines here are second to none, but you won’t find crowded tasting rooms and wine country swag. At these appointment-only wineries you will most likely taste with the person who made the wine. Just don’t be in a hurry because people here like to take their time. "It's a bit of a throwback," says Massimo DiCostanzo, who makes wine here. "It's how Napa used to be."
Be sure to visit Farella Vineyard, Caldwell and Meteor