Napa Valley

Things to do in Napa Valley

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.

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.

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).

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.

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

This art gallery and wine tasting facility is housed inside a stone building that was constructed in 1904. In 2008, Michael Polenske, entrepreneur and proprietor of Blackbird Vineyards, restored the craftsman-style structure, which is registered on the list of National Historic Places.

Along the Mayacamas Mountains, Long Meadow Ranch occupies 650-acres of vegetation, upon which are a grocery store with the property’s harvest, vineyards, cattle ranch with grass-fed cows, olive oil press, winery, and restaurant.

Provenance Vineyards released its first vintage in 1999, the Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon, and used that success to purchase the former Chateau Beaucanon winery just north of Rutherford some three years later.

Although the property's history dates back to 1886, this St.

A carefully curated collection of unusual, high-end housewares fills the two floors of this home-turned-shop.

Friendly staffers can arrange packages that include bike rentals, maps, wine-tasting appointments, lunch reservations, and (if you need it) roadside assistance, for around $80 per person.