Explore The Back Roads Of A Napa Valley Classic: Mayacamas VineyardsAuthor:Annette Hanami
Most visitors to Wine Country cruise the valley floors, but until you’ve ventured up into the mountains, you’ve only seen half of what the region offers. At Mayacamas Vineyards, near the peak of Mount Veeder, you’ll get a sense of adventure that will leave you breathless.
Mayacamas Vineyards is part of the hidden Napa Valley, a mountain appellation carved out by steep ridges and deep bowls that is the source of creeks that feed the beautiful waterfalls in nearby Archer Taylor Preserve. During a visit to Mayacamas Vineyards, visitors are taken on an exhilarating ride in a sporty utility vehicle to Hunter’s Camp for a spectacular view of Mt. Veeder and, on a clear day, the expanse of SF Bay.
The escorted tasting and excursion, by appointment only, is unscripted, allowing guests to delve into the 19th century winery, soak in the views from the vineyards or relax in one of the beautifully landscaped outdoor seating areas.
The sense of adventure and fun is also captured in the indoor spaces designed by Martin Waller of Andrew Martin International, whose eclectic layering of cultures and eras stimulate the senses but in a warm and inviting way.
The stunning landscape and gravitas of the stone winery provide a hint of the quality of the wines. With high-elevation vineyards in a cool climate influenced by the SF Bay, Mayacamas Cabernet are always fresh and beautifully structured. One of the original red wines selected for the seminal 1976 Judgment of Paris tasting that forever changed the reputation of Napa Valley wines, the 30th anniversary re-enactment in 2006 of the same vintages placed Mayacamas Vineyards 3rd above four Bordeaux Grands Crus Classes, illustrating how well the wines age.
In 2013, the legendary Bob Travers transferred Mayacamas Vineyards to Charles and Ali Banks with star winemaker Andy Erickson at the helm. They are continuing the classic style of the wines, allowing the purity of fruit and terroir to shine through.
The tasting ($75/pp) includes the current 2009 vintage Mayacamas Vineyards Mt. Veeder Cabernet ($85) Sauvignon and an older vintage selection, as well as the current release Chardonnay. Make an advance appointment at email@example.com or call (707) 224-4030.
Visit: Mayacamas Vineyards, 1155 Lokoya Road, Napa 94558