Fodor's Expert Review Buena Vista Winery
A local actor in top hat and 19th-century garb often greets guests as Count Agoston Haraszthy at this entertaining homage to the birthplace of modern California wine making. Haraszthy's rehabilitated former press house (used for pressing grapes into wine), completed in 1864, is the architectural focal point, with photos, banners, plaques, and artifacts providing historical context. Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and several red blends are the strong suits among the two-dozen-plus wines produced. During appointment-only visits (walk-ins sometimes possible), you can taste some of them solo or preorder a box lunch from the affiliated Oakville Grocery.