Napa Valley

Things to do in Napa Valley

Evocative of an underground cellar, Enoteca’s interior has hanging candle chandeliers and painted walls of fake rocks and stone archways.

As a connoisseur of Bordeaux, Canadian-born businessman Cliff Lede injected himself into the professional wine trade in 2002, purchasing 60 acres of vineyards in the Stags Leap District.

Referred to by locals as "the Cameo," this historic theater has one of the oldest movie screens in existence in the U.S. and shows a rotating selection of current independent and mainstream films.

For a hands-on taste of winemaking, this property (known for its sparkling wines—in particular, Brut Rosé, Blanc de Blanc, and Crémant) hosts annual two-day “camps,” which allow participants to take part in the vineyard’s production cycle.

Serious seekers of culinary and wine knowledge have flocked to this Napa Valley campus since 1995.

Being that William Jarvis studied physics and electronics at UC Berkeley, it seems appropriate that his winery is not only one of the most technologically advanced in Napa but also environmentally efficient by way of solar power. The entire facility, from fermentation tanks to bottling machinery,

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.