Napa Valley

Napa Valley Travel Guide

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.

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.

There is, perhaps, no greater influence on the Napa Valley than Robert Mondavi and his eponymous winery.

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.

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.

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.

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