Sparkling Lovers Love Chandon
As Napa Valley wineries continue to elevate visitor experiences with unique offerings that promise originality and exclusivity, Chandon maintains its status as one of wine country’s most desirable destinations. Established in 1973 as the first French-owned sparkling wine venture in the United States, Chandon’s beautiful grounds and award-winning wines exude a chic sensibility reflective of its stylish heritage. To sip and sup within the gracious Yountville environ is to enjoy an authentic Napa Valley wine tasting experience, one that is unhurried and relaxed, not to mention delicious.
Chandon continues to be one of just a small handful of sparkling producers in the Valley and is a must-stop for anyone with an affection for bubbles. The lush garden setting is alone worth a visit, as is the winery’s retail shop, where an artistic display of the many varietals and styles inspires. The shop, which also features glassware, gifts, and attire, is open to the public. Appointments are not necessary, but the best way to enjoy Chandon’s full portfolio and the bucolic grounds is to book a tasting.
Fan favorites include the 90-minute, candle-lit Prestige Tasting featuring a flight of four étoile wines, each perfectly paired with indulgent bites crafted by Chef Andrew Wooton. Overlooking the gardens and taking place between 4 and 6 pm, this tasting is the ultimate start to a romantic wine country evening. As spring sets forth and the gardens start to bloom, visitors clamor for the Cabanas.
Reserve your spot for up to six guests, and spend up to two hours in your private cabana furnished with a sofa, chairs, and pillows. Enjoy a seasonal wine country lunch paired with étoile Brut and Rosé.
Go entirely al fresco and relax under ancient oaks with a Picnic On The Lawn experience. Bring your own blanket or enjoy the provided Adirondack chairs while savoring a picnic lunch, packed in a basket that is yours to keep, overflowing with local artisanal cheeses, a selection of seasonal salads, and a variety of sandwiches. Add your favorite bottle to complete the menu, and enjoy this 90-minute uninterrupted escape with up to five others.
Whichever experience is chosen, a visit to Chandon is guaranteed to charm.
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Article By: Fran Miller // Photos Courtesy of Chandon