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Our Favorite Wine Caves In California For Subterranean Sipping

Wine caves are our favorite second favorite part about visiting wine country. They’re a peek into each winery’s particular preferences: How bottles are stored, aged, and played with to create all the flavors we love. It’s also the closest most of us will ever get to the magic and mystery of winemaking—plus, you usually get a drink or two while you’re inside, which is nice.

Wine tastes better underground, we’re sure of it. We rounded up some of our favorite wine caves in the state, from Napa to Paso Robles; which have you been to?

Schramsberg Vineyards, Calistoga CA

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Schramsberg boasts some of the best sparkling wine in the state (if not the country?) and 125-year-old wine caves where bottles are stacked and riddled by hand.

Jarvis Estate, Napa CA

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Jarvis Estate, which is housed completely underground in a series of caves, used the same boring machine used to make the Chunnel (the Channel Tunnel, connecting England to France) to create their cave system. Power move.

JUSTIN Winery, Paso Robles CA

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JUSTIN‘s barrel cave houses not only its wines, but also its beautiful Isosceles Library, where wine tastings are held. Layers recommended; it gets chilly down there!


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