The site where modern California wine making got its start has been transformed into an entertaining homage to the accomplishments of the 19th-century wine pioneer Count Agoston Haraszthy. Tours, sometimes conducted by the count himself—as channeled by actor George Webber and others—pass through the original aging caves dug deep into the hillside by Chinese laborers. Reserve tastings ($50) include library and current wines, plus ones still aging in barrels. The stylish
former press house (used for pressing grapes into wine), which dates to 1862, hosts the standard tastings. The barrel tour and tasting ($30) includes finished and barrel wines. Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs from Los Carneros AVA are this winery's strong suits.