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Winemaker for a Day in the Napa Valley

Posted by: Senza Hotel
23 Aug
Winemaker for a Day in the Napa Valley

Winemaker for a Day in the Napa Valley

Be a winemaker for a day with these unique wine blending experiences. A number of stand-out wineries here in Napa Valley have created one-of-a-kind experiences that let visitors play winemaker for a day. Check out our round up of blending and tasting opportunities here in the Napa Valley below. Once you've figured out which experience works for you make sure to to call ahead as reservations are required..


Conn Creek Winery
8711 Silverado Tr., Saint Helena, CA 94574
(707) 968-2669

Conn Creek Winery

Conn Creek Winery has a long established "Winemaker for a Day" program that has been offered for well over a decade. Their Barrel Blending Experience has won a number of awards including the "Best of Wine Tourism" award from Great Wine Capitals.


The winery is one of Napa Valley's first truly eco-friendly facilities, and it has been expanded since its construction in 1973 to include updated barrel storage, estate gardens, and the AVA room where the blending experience takes place.

The experience includes a Napa Valley AVA overview led by a wine educator in addition to a guided tasting through AVA Cabernet Sauvignon barrel samples. You'll receive instructions on blending techniques and strategies and most importantly you'll receive a bottle of your custom blend to take home.


$150 per person, which includes a take-home bottle of your own custom blend


Joseph Phelps
200 Taplin Rd., St Helena, CA 94574
(707) 963-2745

Joseph Phelps

The Joseph Phelps winery farms almost 400 acres in Napa Valley and these vineyards are carefully tended to respect the local environment as well as the enduring health of the vines and the invaluable soil they are grown in. Phelps is most famous for its signature flagship blend called "Insignia." Awarded a perfect 100-point score by Robert Parker's Wine Advocate for four separate vintages – 1991, 1997, 2002, 2007 – it has also been named "Wine of the Year" by Wine Spectator. This is the wine around which the Joseph Phelps wine-blending experience is built. Participants will get to smell, taste, and study six different components of the Insignia blend, and then compare their own cuvée to the current release of the wine. This is a great way to see how your tastes compare to the winemaker's .


$125 per person for a ninety-minute experience


Judd's Hill
2332 Silverado Tr., Napa, CA 94558
(707) 255-2332

Judd's Hill

Judd's Hill was founded by Art Finkelstein and his wife Bunnie after Art's first winery, Whitehall Lane, grew so successful he found himself managing more than winemaking. Now run by their son Judd and his wife Holly, both creatives in their own right, Holly has a background in dance, and Judd himself is part of a ukulele band!

The Bottle Blending Day Camp™ at Judd's Hill has a few options:

-Up to Two Guests: $350, results in four bottles of your blend. Minimum of two guests.

-Up to Four Guests: $500 results in four bottles. Maximum of four guests.

-Over Four Guests: $125 per person, including one bottle per person. Maximum of six guests per group.


Group pricing starts at $125/person, and all participants leave with a bottle of the group's cuvee ot there is a 24-case, full barrel option available with bottling at a later date.


Raymond Vineyards
849 Zinfandel Ln., St Helena, CA 94574
(707) 963-3141

Raymond Vineyards

Raymond Vineyards is quintessential Napa Valley – equal parts history, heritage, and recent innovations focused around sustainability and visitor experience. Founded in the ‘70s by Roy Raymond, the winery is now owned by Jean-Charles Boisset and the Boisset Collection.


The Winemaker for a Day program includes participants donning glamorous uniforms in the Blending Room to learn the art of creating their own custom blends. They get to work with wine from Raymond's 300 acres of estate vineyards, and to taste some of the winery's finely crafted Cabernet Sauvignons. In addition participants take their very own custom bottle home at the end of the experience, and you'll also have a chance to order it by the case in the future – the ultimate Napa Valley wine tour souvenir!


$150 per person, which includes a take-home bottle of your own custom blend


At SENZA Hotel, we aim to rejuvenate, relax and connect you to local dining, wineries, and more. Contact us today and visit the Napa Valley of your dreams!

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