Napa Valley

Napa Valley Travel Guide

Within the framework of what was once Larkmead Winery -- originally built in 1884 and now listed among the National Register of Historical Places -- Frank Family vineyards commenced operations in 1992 in Calistoga.

Atop Spring Mountain, this winery was started by the Pride family in 1990, with current winemaker Sally Johnson.

Opus One’s limestone colonnades pay homage to old-world architecture, but the eclectic modern interior of this famed Napa winery (18th-century opera chairs share the floor with suede and chenille sofas) has made it an icon for wine tourism worldwide.

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.

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.

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.

Thomas Keller, the famed restaurateur who made the small town of Yountville in Napa a culinary destination, opened this casual bakery as a way to service the bread and pastry needs of his neighboring restaurants French Laundry and Bouchon Bistro.

Once the sommelier at The French Laundry, owner Daniel Dawson now brings his expertise to Back Room Wines.

You can blend three varietals into a barrel—that’s the equivalent of 288 bottles, which can be shipped home after a year of aging. (lessons from $195, plus $6,500 per barrel)

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.