Del Dotto Estate Winery and Caves: Napa Valley

Oh, Del Dotto...

Spending time in Napa Valley is a “must do” for anyone who loves wine, and the California countryside.  We recently spent three days in Napa and I feel compelled to share every minute with all of you because YES, it was that amazing!

To begin, I’d like to share my Del Dotto experience.  The Del Dotto Estate Winery and Caves took my breath away.  I truly just wanted to finish the tasting experience, the cave tours and go up to my room for the evening and bask in the luxuries of silk, crystal chandeliers and beautiful wines on silver trays all over my room…..In a long flowing evening gown of course……  Ahhhh. Oh, wait…back to my real experience.  Dreamlike? Yes. But definitely an experience I will enjoy remembering forever…..until I decide to go back.  And, I will be going back.

Del Dotto is located in the stunning Napa Valley and is a family-owned winery which focuses on only premium wines. The type of wines you and I both deserve. They were the first winery to bottle wines directly from individual barrels. Their tours and tastings offer premier guests the opportunity to experience what oak can provide to a premium wine. And let me tell you, I never thought I would love oak so much.

Dave Del Dotto has spent the last 20 years acquiring vineyards in some of the top American Viticultural Areas including Rutherford, St. Helena, Howell Mountain, Oakville, Spring Mountain, and Sonoma Coast. Del Dotto currently produces Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Sangiovese, Merlot and Sauvignon Blanc from their impressive Napa Valley vineyards.  Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and small amounts of Syrah and Sauvignon Blanc are produced from their Cinghiale Vineyard in the King’s Ridge region which is located on the Sonoma Coast.

The Del Dotto Estate Winery and Caves was completed in St Helena in 2007. The caves are lined with rich Italian marble and ancient tiles making me feel once again, like a princess, when just simply walking through.

We experienced a guided tour through the Del Dotto Caves that allowed us to taste elevated wines of rich flavor and smooth flowing textures. The Cave was a place I could have enjoyed all day. Here we learned that in 1999, the Del Dotto family opened up this historic cave which was hand dug in 1885. Dave Del Dotto dreamed of barrel-tasting tours to educate wine lovers about the effects of different types of oak on barrel-aged wines.  Del Dotto Vineyards has experimented with over 50 different barrel types during it’s time and is still going. I’d say Dave Del Dotto is on an impressive track and I’ve enjoyed learning about his journey.

Complete with Venetian crystal chandeliers, mosaic marble floors, and hand-painted murals and gold-inlaid ceilings and charming draperies, this Napa facility is the most beautiful I have ever experienced.

Interested in the experience for yourself? Visit the Del Dotto website to learn about their tours and tastings and to make a reservation.  Pictured left is our good friend Branden Miguelgorry.  Be sure to ask for him while making your tasting/tour reservation.

More photos can be found on Instagram @glamorousmoms.  Del Dotto also has an impressive presence on Instagram. Follow them @deldottowine to stay current on Del Dotto events and culture.

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