Top wineries in Napa make this small city a world-class destination.
Traveling north on Highway 29, the city of Napa marks the gateway to Napa Valley. Don't pass it by...there's so much to explore right here.
4162 Big Ranch Road, Napa, CA * 707-259-6777 * andrettiwinery.com
Auto racing legend Mario Andretti founded Andretti Winery to focus on small-production, high-quality Italian varietals. In keeping with the Italian theme, he built his winery to resemble an Italian villa, with hints of Tuscan style. Inside, the small tasting room shares space with race car memorabilia and winery souvenirs.
1345 Henry Road, Napa, CA * 707-224-1668 * artesawinery.com
Perched on a hilltop in the Carneros AVA, Artesa is a jewel, offering panoramic views of the vineyards and mountains as well as superb wines. It is a bit off the beaten path and worth the effort. Plan to spend some time here. Take the tour and choose from a delightful variety of tastings. The winery itself is spectacular, but you'll also marvel at the modern art on display.
5330 Silverado Trail, Napa, CA * 707-261-5225 * closduval.com
This French-style winery is in the heart of the Stag's Leap AVA. Among its elegant, estate-grown wines: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Sauvignon Blanc. You'll find Clos du Val is visitor-friendly, offering several tour and tasting options. What's your style? Choose a private tasting of library wines -- or gather your besties for a relaxed, small group tour and tasting. They'll even pack a picnic basket for you.
4240 Silverado Trail, Napa, CA * 707-257-2345 * darioush.com
Founded by Iranian immigrant Darioush Khaledi, this Persian-style palace houses one of the most popular wineries in Napa Valley. Darioush Winery is known for Bordeaux varietals, such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Sauvignon Blanc.
4411 Redwood Road, Napa, CA * 707-255-1144 * hesscollection.com
Is it more of an art gallery or a winery? That depends on your passion. In 1978, owner Donald Hess combined his passions for art and wine, turning the old Mont La Salle Winery into a modern art museum within the winery. His impressive art collection covers two floors, and features larger-than-life paintings as well as sculpture. Stop in the tasting room for fine estate Cabernet from the Mount Veeder AVA.