Tip: Mondays are the best days to visit wine country in California. Most Napa wineries are open standard hours from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Tip: Beringer tours fill up fast, so follow the arches into the main entrance and decide which tour and time you want before walking the grounds. Tours range from 30 minutes to just over an hour. If you do decide to bring along toddlers, teens or kids, the 30-minute/$25 tour (per person) is your best value. Plus, you get to taste three wines during the tour.
Historical California Beginnings
The story of Beringer has far-reaching roots dating back to 1875, when German-immigrant brothers Jacob and Frederick Beringer decided to gamble on California’s fertile soil to grow a hearty vineyard–and apparently won. After purchasing 215 acres of land, the name has become one of the most-recognized and longest-surviving vineyards in Napa. Remember, they also had to survive Amendment 18, a.k.a prohibition. I might add that it was the female Beringer and sister of those brothers that helped save the fate of the winery during the darkened times of the depression and during prohibition.
A favorite corridor was featured in the film “A Walk in the Clouds.” Other film legends have also been visitors to this winery including Carol Lombard, Charles Laughton and Clark Gable. You might know Gable better as Rhett Butler from the famed Southern classic film “Gone With the Wind.” By this point, the toddlers and tikes had pooped out before making a peep.
Of course, the last leg and tasting on the tour ended in the gift shop, where you could purchase extra tastings, cheese boards and soaps, or some of Beringer’s Reserve wines–which are pretty good and still under $50 a bottle. In vino veritas–I purchased all of the above.