Background on Domaine Chandon
Domaine Chandon is known as the first winery to be established in the United States by a french wine and spirits producer, Moët Hennessy, in 1973. Domaine Chandon initially planted vineyards in Mt. Veeder and Yountville and became one of the first to farm in Los Carneros. The winery is known as a leader in sparkling wine production, but also offers still wines, including Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinot Meunier.
Wine Tasting at Domaine Chandon Blog Review
Being the last stop of the day, and feeling fairly tired, we shared the classic tasting ($20). All Domaine Chandon wine tastings are reasonably priced (the most expensive is $25) and bottle packages were available as well. Hannah, who was assisting us, was born and raised in Napa and provided us with a full glass of sparkling wine rather than just a taste. Instead of sipping each one after the other, we chose to take the first two outside while exploring the grounds and enjoying the patio.
The tasting consisted of:
- Brut Classic – Already familiar with this sparking wine, the apple and pear blend was very refreshing and light, which was a good way to start.
- Blanc de Noirs – Smelling of a blend of berries, this one was full bodied and stronger than the brut classic.
- Rosé – A creamy blend of strawberry and cranberry, you can never go wrong with a rosé.
- Sweet Star – This tropical tasting of pear was the sweetest of the group and felt like a dessert to end the tasting.
Other things to note:
- Being that Chandon is such a popular Napa Valley-based brand, if you already know what you like you should purchase a bottle (and maybe pair with some chocolate) and settle in.
- If you have time to spare, guests bring picnic blankets to relax on the lawn.
- The winery originally opened with a fine-dining restaurant on the grounds, Etoile, which was Napa Valley’s only fine-dining restaurant located within a winery. The restaurant closed after 37 years in 2014 due to rumored “lease problems.”
- The winery provides several different gorgeous event spaces.
I am a huge sparkling wine fan and had been told by friends to visit Domaine Chandon last, as you could spend hours taking in the views. As suggested, the views did not disappoint. The parking lot is right across a bridge that takes you to the winery, and underneath is a creek with small trees and plants. The terrace overlooks acres upon acres of greenery and was an incredibly relaxing way to conclude the trip.
I was, however, disappointed with the interior. With the exterior being so picturesque, the interior does not compare. Maybe it was because we arrived later in the day, but the tasting room seemed very dark with green lighting that almost reminded me of being in a nightclub. I would still recommend Domaine Chandon because of the exclusivity of sparkling wine and breathtaking grounds. I agree that it is best to enjoy it as the end of the day, so you can take in the sights and relax without worrying about heading to your next stop.
Giana Pacinelli is a full-time advertising executive and a part-time freelancer writer. Her passions for writing, traveling and being awkwardly straightforward have led her to become a contributing writer on platforms such as The Huffington Post, Elite Daily and Thought Catalog. Other hobbies include reading, football (Go Gators, Go Cowboys) & eating (mostly pizza). Find out more at GianaPacinelli.com.