Things to do in St. Helena
In downtown St. Helena, ACME Fine Wines was created as a destination for those looking to acquire hard-to-find wines sourced from vintners in the Napa area. A few wines from other California wine growing regions are also represented.
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.
With views of the Vaca Mountain Range, this winery is unique in that it sources Bordeaux-style grapes from almost all 15 appellations of the Napa Valley.
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.
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.
Although the property's history dates back to 1886, this St.
Founded in 1882, the estate mansion of Spottswoode has been featured on the label of each vintage, even though wine wasn’t produced until 100 years later. Now owned by Mary Novak and her two daughters, the winery produces limited quantities, most notably a highly allocated cabernet sauvignon.
Freemark Abbey’s shop, located within the winery's tasting room, was designed with wood floors, a sharp-angled wood-beamed ceiling, and hanging fake-candlelit chandeliers, to mirror the winery's original stone structure. In 2010, the winery started selling this library — one of the biggest in Nap
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.
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.
Atop Spring Mountain, this winery was started by the Pride family in 1990, with current winemaker Sally Johnson.
Serious seekers of culinary and wine knowledge have flocked to this Napa Valley campus since 1995.