Friday, March 31, 2017

Wining again...NOT!

Tradewinds RV Resort. Vallejo, CA
March 31st, 2017

While in the San Francisco area we stayed 3 nights at Tradewinds RV Resort which is in Vallejo. A couple at Wilderness Lakes had given us the name of the place. While it was in a poorer part of the area it was very satisfactory for a few nights. A little pricey for someone who doesn't like to pay more than $10 night but at $36 a night and the fact that we were close to San Francisco, it was OK.

The office/washroom/laundry building

The sites were very narrow and there were only a few transient sites.
The weather looked great for our two days there and we decided to go to Napa Valley first, for a drive through.

Early start because the drive is very busy and we were off. First stop was at the Visitor Centre in Yountville and then we went north along Rte 29 stopping off at wineries along the way. We did not partake in any wine tasting because it is SOOOO expensive. Even in the best wine areas of France, tasting is free. For about $50 each you get to taste 5 wines and that is the cheap price. However, it is a beautiful area and we took a bunch of photos.

Robert Mondavi Winery

Statue in front of Robert Mondavi Winery

Robert Mondavi Winery

Robert Mondavi Winery

Robert Mondavi Winery

Robert Mondavi Winery

Robert Mondavi Winery

Antique grape press

We were told about the winery built as a castle. Some people have just too much money!!

Castello Di Amoroso

Chapel by the side of the road.
 After the castle we crossed over to East and took Silverado Trail back south to the campground.

On the way back I spotted a winery built in the style of the Cape Dutch buildings of the Stellenbosch area in South Africa. We drove into Chimney Rock Winery (check this link for better photos than mine) and I went in to ask if it was owned by a South African. I was told that it was founded by a South African but he had been bought out.

Frieze of Ganymede above the cellar entrance.  Ganymede was the Greek cup bearer to the gods.

That was our day in Napa Valley. Wine, wine everywhere and not a drop did we drink!

Thanks for following along.



  1. Looks like a nice tour, but like you no way paying to sample their wines.

  2. You took some great pictures but at the price they wanted for tasting I'm sure we would have abstained as well.
    Save your money and take a Niagara Wine Tour. Can't remember how many we tasted at eight locations. First we were taught how to examine the quality of the wine, tasting and savouring the taste. Ten some paired their wines with chocolate, cheeses and breads even meats. We were picked up at the park, chauffeured to all the wineries and fed lunch before being driven back to our trailer with our purchases. We were in no condition to drive at that point.
    Be Safe and Enjoy!

    It's about time.