Napa Valley

Napa Valley Travel Guide

Sutter Home, the second-largest independent, family-owned winery in America, is probably most well-known for creating its sweet White Zinfandel in the 1970’s. Established in 1874, and eventually purchased by the Trinchero family in 1947, the winery has the appearance of a large Victorian estate.

As part of the Culinary Institute of America in St. Helena, the Rudd Center provides a variety of wine-related courses and programs for both professionals and casual oenophiles.

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).

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.

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.

A stop along the winery-laden Silverado Trail, this particular edifice was built with stone and wood materials to evoke the aura of something between a castle and farm.

Located next to the Rutherford Grill, Beaulieu Vineyards—or BV as it is known to most—is Napa’s longest-operating winery, dating back to 1900.

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.