Things to do in Napa Valley
Round Pond actually refers to two places: a winery and an olive oil company on separate sides of the street. Founder Bob MacDonnell, who started producing olive oil and vinegars in the 1980’s, also grew Cabernet Sauvignon grapes and sold them to local wineries.
Another great option: The family-run August Briggs, housed within a simple barnlike building on the south edge of town, offers free tastings.
In downtown Calistoga, Carlo Marchiori’s personal gallery displays his works, which showcase his classical Venetian training. The works include paintings, porcelain, sculptures, ceramics, furniture, watercolors, tiles, and books.
Getting to this mountaintop winery, which lies at the end of several winding, wooded country roads, can be a bumpy ride; by the time you pull up to the ivy-covered, historic stone winery building, you’ll be ready to sit still for a while.
In downtown St. Helena, ACME Fine Wines was created as a destination for those looking to acquire hard-to-find wines sourced from vintners in the Napa area. A few wines from other California wine growing regions are also represented.
With 14 rooms and more than 100 treatments ranging in a multitude of skin and nail rejuvenation, massages, and baths, as well as fitness and yoga classes, the spa at the Solage resort is one of the most immersive.
After 22 years of harvesting grapes in Carneros, Rene and Veronica di Rosa transformed their winery into a 250-acre, indoor-outdoor museum dedicated to Bay Area artists.
Drifting above undulating acres of vineyards in a hot-air balloon is one of the most singular experiences you can have in wine country.
After helping his father and brother develop Swanson Family frozen dinners in the 1950’s, W. Clarke Swanson created this winery in 1985, purchasing 100 acres of land in Oakville. Together with winemaker Chris Phelps, Swanson continues to produce some of California’s most respected Merlots.
In downtown Yountville, this Italian villa-style spa is part of the larger Villagio resort.
The Green Spa Network property has a worm-bin composting program that literally eats trash.
One of the last parcels of land in the Rutherford area to be utilized for grape growing, this 280-acre property was purchased by famous Chilean winemakers Agustin and Valeria Huneeus in 1989. The name comes from the five hills and five separate microclimates on the property.
With views of the Vaca Mountain Range, this winery is unique in that it sources Bordeaux-style grapes from almost all 15 appellations of the Napa Valley.
After 15 years under construction, Castello di Amorosa opened to guests in 2007.
With its strikingly modern landscaping and architecture, this property at first looks more like a museum (or perhaps a James Bond film location) than a winery.