We knew we were going to love this spot within the first few moments of our visit. As we walked up, we were greeted by our pourer/Saintsbury extraordinaire, Jacob, who quickly felt like a friend. We were fortunate to have shown up on a slightly chilly, slower Sunday, so they were able to accommodate us but generally, reservations are pertinent.
This winery makes you feel like you’re at a friends house for some wine on their patio that just so happens to overlook a vineyard. Our pourer explained the history of Saintsbury, which was started by Richard Ward & David Graves in 1981, with funding coming from family members. Nothing about this place was traditionally done - the building was actually built during harvest in 1983! Our favorite part about this winery (other than the wine itself) is that it has never been profit driven. It has always been about what's in the glass. You can absolutely feel and taste that authenticity when enjoying a tasting and an afternoon at Saintsbury.
Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from the Carneros region happen to be some of our favorite wines so Saintsbury was truly a mecca for us. While the tasting of two whites and reds was intended to last for about an hour, we were there a bit longer because we lost track of time as we sipped, chatted and played fetch with the two resident dogs. One of our favorite tips that Jacob let us in on was that "If you got lost getting here, it's probably because they wanted you to." Saintsbury is a hidden gem of a winery in Napa that truly is worth a visit.
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