Artisanal Winemaking & Tasting Tour at Gandona Estate

$165 /guest
1-6 Guests

From: $165.00

Experience the unparalleled quality and craftsmanship of Gandona Estate. Begin with a tour of our vineyard terrace, offering stunning views and insight into our meticulous winemaking process.

2 hours Gandona Estate St Helena, CA

What to expect

Experience the unparalleled quality and craftsmanship of Gandona Estate. Begin with a tour of our vineyard terrace, offering stunning views and insight into our meticulous winemaking process. Read more

Explore our sustainable architecture, featuring reclaimed materials like oak doors from Connecticut trees and boulders from our own land. Your 90-minute visit concludes with a tasting of our exceptional wines: Gandona Chardonnay, Encosta Cabernet Sauvignon, Gandona Cabernet Sauvignon, and Fraga Do Arco.
Experience crafted by Gandona Estate

Gandona Estate is single-minded in its approach to ensuring quality. We have custom-built a winery to control every stage of the grape growing and winemaking process. The winery was completed in 2010 and was designed to embrace the best of both old and new-world winemaking techniques. Read more

Adopting old-world practices used by legendary Chateaus of France, concrete fermentation tanks were incorporated into the winery’s design. Wines are barrel-aged in a cave carved out of Pritchard Hill’s rocky interior, providing consistently cool temperatures and an ideal degree of humidity. Reclaimed wood and repurposed materials were used in several areas. The boulders and rocks excavated from the cave were used to create the winery’s exterior walls; the property’s old redwood water storage tank was dismantled and transformed into beautiful doors for the winery and cave; and the winery’s interior oak doors were made from trees harvested from the Pires’s former home in Connecticut.

Grapes arrive at the winery immediately after picking to be vinified in small lots. The winemaking team first-hand sorts individual clusters, selecting the finest for crushing and de-stemming. Then, the individual berries are hand-sorted, removing those with imperfections. The remaining grapes are then transferred to concrete tanks for fermentation by a bin/gravity flow process. Once fermentation is complete, the wine is pressed and placed in French oak barrels for aging in Gandona’s Estate cave.

Part of the charm of Portugal is its’ decorative street pavement (Portuguese Calcada), and we’ve included a stone paver design in the hospitality area. It features a black and white limestone floor inspired by Eusebius Furtado’s work in 1849 in Lisbon’s Rossio Square. A team of craftsmen (calceteiros) from Portugal laid the floor, hand-selecting and fitting each stone to create the famous wave pattern.

What you need to know
Guest Requirements
  • 21+ only
  • Up to 6 guests
  • Unable to accommodate dietary preferences or restrictions
  • No Pets Allowed
Plan Ahead
  • The attire recommended is Casual.
  • This experience begins with a walking tour down a gravel path to our outlook of the vineyards so comfortable shoes are recommended.
  • Experience is 90 minutes
Booking & Cancellation Policy

No guests under 21 are allowed in this experience. Cancel within 24 hours notice for a full refund, otherwise, you will be charged the full amount. Read More

All refunds issued will have the credit card processing fees removed from the refund total. This fee is approximately 3% of the purchase price and is non-refundable.

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