I spent a weekend in wine country a few weeks ago and visited one of the best wineries in Napa Valley. Ryan and I heard great things about Opus One Winery and decided to book a tour to experience it ourselves.

The moment we entered the estate we were greeted by the simplicity of the courtyard with it’s architectural motif throughout the building. The building is made of modern materials; California redwood, stainless steel and Texas limestone.

There are two types of wine tours (both require reservations):

  • Estate Tour: An overview of Opus One’s history, aesthetics, vineyards and winemaking. This tour is from 1:30-2:30pm daily and cost $85 per person with a taste of the current vintage. Max party in this tour is 4 people and runs for 90 minutes
  • Double Vintage Tour & Tasting: This is a private intimate tour which runs daily at 10:30am and cost $140 per person with a tasting of two vintages of Opus One. Max party in this tour is 4 people and runs for 120 minutes.

Tasting Room

If you’re only interested in a tasting, the Partners’ Room is open daily from 10am to 4pm by appointment only.

Double Vintage Tour & Tasting

Ryan and I had the Double Vintage Tour & Tasting. After we checked in, we were escorted to wait in the Salon. Aliye who’s a seasoned expert welcomed us with our first tasting of Overture, Opus’s second wine. While enjoying our wine she explained the history and the joint partnership between Bordeaux’s Baron Philippe de Rothschild and Robert Mondavi.

Most tours go through the vineyard but since it was raining during our visit we continued the tour past the winemaker’s laboratory onto the winemaking area. From there we went down to the room that houses over 1,000 barrels.

Making it back to the main room we tasted the 2013 Opus One. Opus One is a Bordeaux-style wine made in California. We had plenty of time to enjoy the current vintage and it definitely was one of the best wines I’ve had! I was very impressed with Aliye’s knowledge and had a great time learning about Opus One.

After our tour, we decided to purchase a glass of the 2011 vintage. It is often one of the rare chances to try this wine and we’re glad we tried it! We made our way up to the viewing area to enjoy our wine with a breathtaking view of Napa Valley.

Book a Wine Tour: Opus One Winery

Have you tried Opus One? Let me know what you think below!

This post was written in partnership with Opus Wine Winery.
As always, all honest opinions are my own.

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12 comments

  • Megan Indoe

    February 9, 2017 at 8:36 am

    Wow, what a gorgeous winery. Everything from the view of the vineyards to the interior design! We love going wine tasting, we made our way up to San Luis Obispo a few months ago and had a blast, we would love to make it up to Napa and do some more incredible tasting and enjoy the scenery. Opus One will definitely be on our must visit list when we do!

    1. Tour de Lust

      February 9, 2017 at 6:56 pm

      Thanks for reading Megan! San Luis Obispo is on my list too!

  • Laura Nalin

    February 10, 2017 at 5:35 pm

    This is awesome and it looks like you had a great time. I really want to visit Napa wine country someday. When I do, I’ll definitely put Opus on the list of spots to check out as that view and interior are stunning! Your shirt is really cute in the photos, by the way =)

    1. Tour de Lust

      February 10, 2017 at 9:24 pm

      You will love it when you visit!!

  • Samantha Elisabeth

    February 12, 2017 at 2:33 pm

    Such a beautiful winery. I wished I liked wine, but honestly, I’d visit pretty wineries just for the views. I only visited one while in Napa, but I’ll definitely have to bookmark this to visit with friends. They can taste test while I go snap-happy!

    1. Tour de Lust

      February 12, 2017 at 10:18 pm

      No problem Sam! I usually go to learn about them and take photos too =)

  • Sarah

    February 12, 2017 at 6:17 pm

    What a fun day! I’m dying to get to Napa Valley for some wine tasting. I’ll definitely visit Opus when it finally happens 🙂

    Best,
    Sarah

    1. Tour de Lust

      February 12, 2017 at 8:22 pm

      Thanks Sarah!! Hopefully you get to visit it soon!

  • Nicole Arnott

    February 12, 2017 at 9:06 pm

    I would love to visit a winery one day. I’m a huge fan of wine, especially reds so I’m sure it would be a day well spent! The views in Napa look incredible!

    1. Tour de Lust

      February 12, 2017 at 10:16 pm

      Thank you Nicole! Hope you get to visit soon!

  • Anne-Sophie Piris

    February 13, 2017 at 2:22 am

    What a beautiful winery! Your photos are so lovely.
    I’m not much of a wine drinker but I still enjoy visiting wineries whenever I’m in the South of France. I just love walking around the fields and stealing a few grapes!

    1. Tour de Lust

      February 13, 2017 at 1:33 pm

      I’m the same! It’s still a fun experience!

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