Visiting Napa Valley is a feast for the senses; with world-class wines, unforgettable culinary delights and nature that can’t be compared. We’ve taken you to wineries with the best views and we want to introduce you to some of our favorite places with beautiful landscaping and gardens. During the summer and fall in the Napa Valley, there are few things better than enjoying a glass of wine surrounded by an abundance of flora and fauna!
At the northern most of part of Napa Valley in Calistoga, the famous Chateau Montelena has created not only unforgettable wines, but a sumptuous natural paradise that won’t fade from the memory. Shaded under a cluster of towering trees a stone castle carved into a hillside welcomes visitors to the tasting room.
Through the grove of trees a Chinese garden and Jade Lake is home to ducks and swans as they swim past the bordering willows and aquatic plants. Vineyards open up into the distance spreading to the base of Mount Saint Helena. The stone building was built in the late 1800’s and chateau and winery were sold to a retired Chinese electrical engineer in 1958. They excavated the lake and created a garden in the style of their homeland. They built a red-lacquered bridge across to a small island where today Chateau wine club members can relax in the shade of a Chinese lattice- walled pavilion. Not a wine club member? Open a bottle of their famous Chardonnay and enjoy views from around the lake and the shade of the willows are worth it!
1429 Tubbs Ln, Calistoga, CA 94515
Just off the Silverado Trail in the north end of the Napa Valley sits Duckhorn Vineyards. A traditionally designed Estate House welcomes you, nestled amongst winding gravel paths dotted with verdant native California plants and flowers. The lush setting is a perfect frame for the sweeping verandas of the country style home. While you wait for your tasting, view the winery’s waterfowl collection or take in the Duckhorn Vineyards wine library in their temperature controlled above-ground cellar. Appointments are highly suggested, especially on weekends. Semi-private tastings are offered daily, with options to taste either at the bar or at a table with sweeping views of garden and vineyards. When you finish, don’t be in a hurry to leave! A leisurely stroll through the gardens will take you on winding paths amongst rose bushes, crepe myrtles and Mexican feather grass. A perfect Napa Valley setting!
1000 Lodi Ln, St Helena, CA 94574
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Heading down the Napa Valley just south of St. Helena we arrive at one of the most interactive, exciting wineries; Raymond Vineyards. Their outdoor experience is only the beginning of the surprises that await visitors. The “Theatre of Nature” is a two-acre live educational exhibit on Biodynamic farming. Guests, naturally enter through a curtain that welcomes the visitor into the ‘theatre’ of nature’s actors. According to Raymond Vineyards; “It showcases how all the “actors” in the Theater of Nature play a crucial part in crafting quality wine, from the soil to the vineyardist to larger forces such as the lunar cycle. Like a performance, the Theater of Nature is divided into five acts, with each act devoted to a particular component of nature.”
As you meander down the paths, there are signs denoting plant types, soils and other importance biodynamic farming features. An hour is not sufficient to have the full Raymond Vineyards experience. Schedule at least an afternoon to take in the Theatre of Nature, the animals and bee apiaries as well as The Crystal Tasting Room and Corridor of Senses!
849 Zinfandel Lane, St. Helena, CA 94574
There’s lots to see and do at Raymond Vineyards:
Far Niente is home to 13 beautiful acres of landscaped gardens, right outside of Oakville. The estate property is impressive in and of itself, surrounded by gardens filled with thousands of southern azaleas. Flowering dogwoods and rhododendrons, towering California redwoods mingle with delicate Japanese maples, the riotous red and pink azaleas and now share a home with the sculptural oaks that were there when the estate was purchased in 1979.
Far Niente knows how to make a first impression, dramatic and lush ginkgoes line the long driveway leading up to the tasting room. Green throughout the spring and summer, the leaves turn a brilliant yellow in the fall. The forested knoll surrounding the tasting room ushers visitors into a tasting experience of Napa Valley Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Dolce.
1350 Acacia Dr, Oakville, CA 94562
Enjoy the Far Niente Gardens:
Take in the true beauty of Napa Valley without distraction from the back of a limousine! Beau Wine Tours has a variety of chauffeured vehicles to take you on an unforgettable Napa Valley wine excursion!