St. Helena

St. Helena Travel Guide

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.

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.

Located in downtown St. Helena, this shoe store specializes in high-quality, handmade ballet flats. Though owner Jan Niemi designed the shop's 200-plus variations of the shoe, she has them hand-produced in Tuscany, where she spends six months of the year.

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

Up 1,700 feet on Spring Mountain, this facility used turn-of-the-century stones from the previous tenant to rebuild a structure reminiscent of an English country cottage.

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.

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

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.

Reminiscent of a castle, the Beringer estate is the oldest operating winery in Napa, having produced sacramental wine during Prohibition.

Since 2004, chocolatier Tracy Wood Anderson has sold her collection of delectable handmade chocolates in this sumptuously elegant shop.

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.

This winery has touches of the Southwest, especially the blue and yellow corn-colored paint that adorns the modern exterior.

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.

Run by the same two Italian families (the Lucchesis and the Particellis) since 1931, this old-fashioned general store has an interior that’s remained the same for decades.