This Caribbean Private Island Is Bringing Napa Valley Wine to Its Shores

The pristine Guana Island welcomes Napa Valley's Hall Wines this fall.

Villa pool with ocean view on Guana Island
Photo: Jonathan Becker

Guana, a lush 850-acre private island resort nestled on the turquoise waters of the Caribbean, is known for its unspoiled natural beauty and picture-perfect landscapes that include several white-sand beaches, tropical forests, and rolling hills. There are even orchards that only a couple of dozen travelers can enjoy at a time (only registered visitors are permitted on the island, where there are 18 rooms and villas). Now guests of the luxury resort can also look forward to expanding their knowledge in all things wine, thanks to two exclusive events that blend winemaking and Caribbean fine dining.

The two-day events led by the award-winning Napa-based Hall Wines will allow oenophiles to learn about the principles of winemaking surrounded by Guana Island's stunning natural backdrop. During the first session, from November 3-4, 2022, Lisa Covey, director of public relations at Hall, will teach participants about Napa Valley appellations, terroir, and agriculture and lead a workshop on identifying similarities between Hall wine grapes and the tropical fruits from the orchard on Guana Island.

Aerial view of cottages on Guana Island
Courtesy of Guana Island
Camanoe dining terrace at sunset on Guana Island
Jonathan Becker

And those who sign up for the second session, taking place April 14-15, 2023, will meet Megan Gunderson, Hall's vice president of winemaking, who will get into the more technical issues surrounding winemaking and wine blending. And while both sessions will include plenty of theoretical knowledge, guests will also be treated to tastings of cabernet sauvignon wines, for which Hall Wines is known, an intimate al fresco tasting dinner with wine pairings, and a visit to the island's four-acre orchard.

5 bottles of wine from HALL wines
Courtesy of HALL Wines

Participants don't need a sommelier-level knowledge of Napa Valley wines to enjoy the events. Both sessions are open to wine connoisseurs and those who simply like to enjoy a glass of world-class wine on a gorgeous Caribbean island. The two programs are designed as a complimentary experience at the all-inclusive resort, where nightly rates start at $945. For more information and to book, visit Guana Island's website.

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