Artesa Winery

Artesa winery is a must-stop for art and architecture buffs.

You'll climb stairs to get to the winery, but the views are oh-so worth it. You'll enjoy a panoramic look at the surrounding vineyards and mountains. On a clear day, you can see the San Francisco skyline.

artesa winery, artesa vineyardsBuilt into a hillside, Artesa winery has a futuristic look.

Artesa Vineyards and Winery

Artesa got its start in 1991 as a m├ęthode champenoise sparkling wine facility. This winery still makes bubbly, but is best known for still wines.

Artesa is in the Carneros AVA, the coolest spot in the valley -- and ideal for chardonnay and pinot noir grapes. The winery has reached out to other appellations to craft cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc, sauvignon blanc, merlot, plus a couple Spanish-style wines -- Albarino and Tempranillo.

Artesa Winery Tours and Wine Tastings

Relax in the tasting room and sample a variety of Estate Reserve and Limited Release wines, while taking in the stunning views through the prism-shaped window.

Step out on the terrace for gorgeous scenery. You can bring your glass outside to sip while soaking up the views. It may be challenging to find an open table, though, especially on the busy weekends. It is breezy, too.

artesa winery, artesa vineyardsTake in the panoramic views from this hilltop winery, surrounded by fountains and sculptures.

I'm amazed by the number of tasting options available now. Check the website for current offerings, times and prices. You'll need to make reservations for some of these special tastings and if you have a group of eight or more.

  • Discover how the wine is made with a guided tour of Artesa Winery. For $45 per person, this includes a tasting of five wines at the end of the tour. Want to skip the tour? The Courtyard Tasting includes a tasting of five exclusive wines for $45. 
  • Take it up a notch with the Vino Con Queso. You'll be handed a glass of Grand Reserve Sparkling Wine to enjoy while taking in the stunning vista overlooking our Carneros Vineyards. Then your host will guide you to a seated tasting of the winery's high-end reserve and limited-release wines with artisanal cheeses. Cost: $60.
  • Taste the flavors of Spain with the Tapas and Wine Pairing. First, you'll tempt your taste buds with Grand Reserve Sparkling Wine with a chocolate truffle. Then, you'll tour the winery before sitting down to sample Spanish tapas beautifully paired with Albarino and Tempranillo wines, along with selections from the Carneros region. Cost: $60 per person.
  •  Are you a chocolate lover? Me too. One of the special tastings here is the Chocolate Indulgence, a wine-and-chocolate pairing with gourmet chocolates from Kollar Chocolates, a local chocolate shop. Cost: $50 per person.

When and Where

1345 Henry Road, Napa, California 94559 * 707-224-1668 * www.artesawinery.com

Tours and tastings are offered daily. Get the latest schedule for all the happenings on the website.