The Silverado Trail was originally built in the 1850s and today is a highway that traverses the eastern side of Napa Valley. The highway (it’s not actually a hiking or riding trail) follows the base of the Eastern hillside of the valley from end to end – 26 miles total. Today, the Silverado Trail is hailed as Napa Valley’s most scenic route, and along with some of the valley’s breathtaking views, features some of the most popular wineries in the area.
To best enjoy the Silverado Trail, start on the south end by taking a tour of the Del Dotto majestic, historic caves. In 1885, Chinese laborers dug this 350 foot wine cave, using only picks and shovels. This hand-dug cave and winery was one of the first wineries to appear in the Napa Valley, and is currently one of only six still in existence. A bit further up the trail, Pine Ridge Winery also offers caves tours while sampling some of their Stag’s Leap District wines. Next, stop by ZD Wines known for their Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Right next door you can visit Mumm Winery, where you can sip sparkling wines while taking in their fine art photography gallery. Moving on to St. Helena, pull in to the famous Duckhorn Winery, where you can savor a sumptuous merlot if you’re a fan of reds, or sip a refreshing glass of sauvignon blanc if you prefer whites. Finally, end your day at the legendary Chateau Montelena in Calistoga. Here, you can appreciate a glass of chardonnay while strolling through their beautiful Chinese gardens.