Things to do in Napa Valley
Following a 36-mile route between Napa and St. Helena, this tour provides optimal views of the Napa Valley from an old-fashioned train comprised of nine vintage cars, all built between 1915 and 1952.
Started in 1972 by Ray Duncan, this high-end winery, producing only cabernet sauvignon, is actually split between two separate locations.
Four miles northeast of downtown St. Helena, Andrew Lane winery doubles as the personal residence of owner Andrew Dickson. Established in 1978 by Andrew’s father Dave, the winery is now a professional 2,000-case business run by chief winemaker Andrew and his brother Lane.
The 40,000-square-foot Oxbow Public Market, has everything from heirloom apples to wines made on-site at Folio Enoteca & Winery. The $11 million gourmet mall is the pet project of Steve Carlin, former manager of San Francisco's Ferry Building marketplace.
Founded in 1882, the estate mansion of Spottswoode has been featured on the label of each vintage, even though wine wasn’t produced until 100 years later. Now owned by Mary Novak and her two daughters, the winery produces limited quantities, most notably a highly allocated cabernet sauvignon.
Freemark Abbey’s shop, located within the winery's tasting room, was designed with wood floors, a sharp-angled wood-beamed ceiling, and hanging fake-candlelit chandeliers, to mirror the winery's original stone structure. In 2010, the winery started selling this library — one of the biggest in Nap
Sspecializing in retreats for couples, this spa accepts only a maximum of eight clients at one time in its Asian-inspired garden setting.
Run by the same two Italian families (the Lucchesis and the Particellis) since 1931, this old-fashioned general store has an interior that’s remained the same for decades.
In downtown Calistoga this spa and resort, with surrounding views of the Palisades Mountains, is known for its reception of families, being that the facility has been family-owned and operated since 1969.
Located on a 23-acre estate, V Marketplace is listed on the National Registry of Historic Places. The brick walled, open-air, two-leveled structure is more than 30,000 square-feet and has been in existence since 1870.
Leslie Rudd owns several businesses in the Napa area, the foremost being this winery. The 55-acre estate—in the esteemed region of Oakville—is home to vineyards growing Bordeaux-varietal grapes, eventually produced by winemaker Patrick Sullivan into highly allocated blends.
If you were a soap-opera watcher in the 1980s, you might feel a twinge of déjà vu as you approach this winery’s elaborate, turn-of-the-century mansion: it was long used as a film location for Falcon Crest.
Reminiscent of a castle, the Beringer estate is the oldest operating winery in Napa, having produced sacramental wine during Prohibition.
Peter and Sue Hua Newton established Newton Vineyards in 1977 on one-square mile of tumbling slopes on Spring Mountain overlooking St. Helena. Though now owned by European company Moët-Hennessy, the Newtons still manage the gardens of their former estate.