Napa Valley

Things to do in Napa Valley

Since 2004, chocolatier Tracy Wood Anderson has sold her collection of delectable handmade chocolates in this sumptuously elegant shop.

At its foundation, Shafer is a relationship between father and son, as are a number of Napa Valley wineries. John Shafer, who abandoned a successful career in the publishing industry, and his son Doug, who graduated from UC Davis, have been operating Shafer together since 1983.

California wine country’s top summer festival, which takes place at venues throughout Napa, combines classical music—including a recital by Renée Fleming—with wine tastings.

Delia Viader, an Argentina native who speaks six languages, built this winery in 1986 at an elevation of 1200 feet on Napa’s Howell Mountain.

Up 1,700 feet on Spring Mountain, this facility used turn-of-the-century stones from the previous tenant to rebuild a structure reminiscent of an English country cottage.

Drop by the concrete bar at Girard’s tasting room and order a flight of its award-winning wines. Or reserve a private tasting paired with small bites (Ewephoria Dutch Gouda; duck foie gras mousse).

Situated in the valley of the Stags Leap district, Clos du Val winery earned international acclaim after producing one of the six Californian Cabernet Sauvignons presented at the Paris Wine Tasting of 1976, which successfully established the state as a top purveyor of wine.

This winery has touches of the Southwest, especially the blue and yellow corn-colored paint that adorns the modern exterior.

As one of Napa’s most respected interior designers, Erin Martin has cobbled together a variety of art pieces, furniture, books, sculptures, lamps, and jewelry, selling them at her downtown St. Helena store M.

Decades after winning first place at the 1976 Judgment of Paris wine tasting, Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars is still highly respected for its Cabernet Sauvignons. Located just off the Silverado Trail, the winery has two adjoining vineyards as well as a $5 million cave system that houses operations.

Inspired by her international art education, Napa native Gretchen Kimball founded Alla Prima Studio as a way to bring both novice and experienced artists together to absorb and paint her hometown’s landscape.

The former owner of a construction company in the 1960’s, Joseph Phelps decided to start his own winery after being commissioned to build Souverain, leading to the first vintage of the now famous Insignia in 1974.

Situated on Diamond Mountain, this small, family-owned winery was established by Rudy von Strasser, who began his career as the first American intern to work at the renowned French winery Château Lafite Rothschild.

Looking for an 18th-century silver candelabra? How about a vintage Eames chaise longue? The whimsical boutique, which doubles as a gallery and wine-tasting salon, stocks an eclectic collection of unconventional art, antiques, and furniture.

Founder Jean-Noel Formeaux du Sartel affectionately named this winery after his family’s 900-year-old castle in France, although the tasting room and surrounding estate don’t bear much of a resemblance.