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 got its start in 1991 as a méthode 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.
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. Bring your camera along -- you'll want to capture this! 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. You'll feel the cool, gentle wind from the San Pablo Bay.
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.
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.