Napa Valley

Napa Valley Travel Guide

Architect Michael Graves turned to the ancient civilivations of the Mediterrean when considering the Postmodern design of Clos Pegase. The god of wine, Dionysus, figures prominently throughout the grounds and main building, which was inspired by a temple on Crete.

Pinot noir thrives in Napa Valley’s Carneros region—a reason that this winery has succeeded in revolutionizing the California wine industry since its inception in 1981.

Some of the friendliest pourers in Napa staff the tasting room of this winery, where the surrounding canopy of sycamore trees makes you feel miles away from Highway 29 (in fact, it’s just a quarter-mile away).

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.

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

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.

Meaning "hillside" in Spanish, Ladera is named for the two regions in which their respected Cabernet Sauvignon is sourced: Howell Mountain and Lone Canyon.

This art gallery and wine tasting facility is housed inside a stone building that was constructed in 1904. In 2008, Michael Polenske, entrepreneur and proprietor of Blackbird Vineyards, restored the craftsman-style structure, which is registered on the list of National Historic Places.

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.

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.

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,