Napa Valley Travel Guide
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.
With its strikingly modern landscaping and architecture, this property at first looks more like a museum (or perhaps a James Bond film location) than a winery.
Since 1952, this clean, friendly, family-owned resort has allowed visitors (most of them day-trippers) to experience Calistoga’s iconic mineral waters and volcanic mud baths—at very reasonable prices.
After 15 years under construction, Castello di Amorosa opened to guests in 2007.
If you were a soap-opera watcher in the 1980s, you might feel a twinge of déjà vu as you approach this winery’s elaborate, turn-of-the-century mansion: it was long used as a film location for Falcon Crest.
Reminiscent of a castle, the Beringer estate is the oldest operating winery in Napa, having produced sacramental wine during Prohibition.
Peter and Sue Hua Newton established Newton Vineyards in 1977 on one-square mile of tumbling slopes on Spring Mountain overlooking St. Helena. Though now owned by European company Moët-Hennessy, the Newtons still manage the gardens of their former estate.
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.
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.