Foodies can do another kind of tasting-room-hopping at family-owned, boutique olive oil producers and an exceptionally picturesque culinary campus.
Long Meadow Ranch
This solar-powered farm and winery dedicated to organic, sustainable farming is home to the valley’s oldest olive orchards. Free tastings are hosted at the restored farmhouse (try the smooth Prato Lungo), and educational tours of the winery and traditional olive oil mills are offered at the 650-acre Mayacamas Estate high in the mountains.738 Main St., St. Helena
Round Pond Estate
Get a behind-the-scenes look at this artisan producer’s signature pressing procedures, a high-tech version of traditional stone-and-hammer mill techniques, on a guided tour. Or just drop by Round Pond Estate for a Splash & Dash Tasting. Either way don’t miss the new trio of herb-infused oils. 886 Rutherford Road, Rutherford
Lucero Olive Oil
With more than 100 awards, this Corning company has won more acclaim for its extra virgin olive oils than any other producer in North America. Try it for yourself free at the new tasting room in downtown Napa, and maybe even order one of the olive-oil-drizzled ice cream sundaes. 1012 1st St., Napa
Taste three super premium olive oils from around the world, alone and paired with food, inside the Spice Islands Marketplace at the Culinary Institute of America. Afterward, you can take a freshly poured bottle home for $16. 2555 Main St., St. Helena