Napa Valley

Things to do in Napa Valley

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.

Though the look is somewhat dated, this downtown Calistoga spa and resort offers comparable amenities and treatments to other facilities in the area. Herbal facials, deep-tissue massage, reflexology, and European body wraps—a three-hour therapy involving weight loss—are available.

The winery produces vintages in a solar-powered steel-and-wood space.

The wine list at this intimate, rustic subterranean cavern boasts more than 600 labels (the rough-hewn stone walls are lined here with bottle-filled racks).

As Napa Valley became a hotbed during the silver rush in the 1850’s, the Silverado Trail was completed for a more efficient route between the southern end of Napa and northern end of Calistoga.

Before he was elected San Francisco’s youngest-ever mayor, Gavin Newsom had found other ways to stir up the local establishment.

Salsa and Latin funk play in the background at this downtown wine tasting room, which serves award-winning wines from the family-owned Ceja Vineyards.

At an elevation higher than most other wineries on Spring Mountain, this family-owned estate opened its facility to visitors in 2008.

Pat Kuleto is most notable for his work as a San Francisco restaurateur and interior designer. In 1992, he purchased 761-acres of land between Lake Hennessey and Rutherford from five cattle ranchers, eventually planting vineyards throughout the estate and building his home.

Founded in 1971 by eccentric, sometimes gruff brothers Stuart and Charles Smith, this winery encompasses some 200 secluded acres atop Spring Mountain. Large madrone trees can be found on the estate, giving the winery the second half of its name.

Established by siblings Anette and Brent Madsen, this downtown sweet shop is housed in a yellow-walled, wood-floored space that was formerly Patrick’s candy store.

Newly opened in 2007, this winery sits amid 357 acres of sustainably grown grapevines, olive groves, and biodynamic gardens.

Despite an exterior that resembles a nondescript storage facility, this winery’s tasting room has a surprisingly romantic interior with dim lighting, candelabras, and white draperies.

Located in downtown St. Helena, this shoe store specializes in high-quality, handmade ballet flats. Though owner Jan Niemi designed the shop's 200-plus variations of the shoe, she has them hand-produced in Tuscany, where she spends six months of the year.