Before there can be quality wine, or even quality grapes, there needs to be quality dirt. Frog’s Leap Winery is located in one of the most coveted patches of dirt in the Napa Valley — Rutherford. Which is why, when you visit, owner John Williams starts the tour by sticking a shovel in the earth. Dry farmed (no irrigation) and 100 percent organic, the winery is a fully sustainable oasis complete with bees, chickens, and vegetable and flower gardens (they sell what the family and workers don’t eat at local farmers' markets). The two-hour tour, during which you will learn all about grape farming, concludes with one of the more remarkable tastings in the valley. Overlooking the well-cared-for gardens and vineyards, you feel that you can taste the terroir in their sauvignon blanc, zinfandel, chardonnay, and cabernet sauvignon. Schedule your tour in the late afternoon so you can bask in the setting sun.
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An Organic Winery in the Napa Valley
If you're in the Napa Valley, you must make a stop at Frog's Leap Winery. It's an environmentally conscious winery that believes in sustainable farming and using solar power and local resources. When you walk into this winery, it's like you're stepping into a beautiful country home with stairs greeting you at the door, a comfy living room with the house cat lounging on the sofa, and big doors open and leading out to the patio with tables for tastings and appetizers. My friends and I got a table on the patio overlooking the garden and vineyard just as the sun started to set and of course our our tastings were delicious!