Best wineries in Napa for architecture and design lovers

on 21/05/14 at 7:58 am


imagesOne important thing to remember when visiting the Napa Valley is that it’s not just about the wine. All of the wineries have premium quality wines, but what really sets some apart is their impressive architecture and design. With about 400 wineries in the Napa Valley it is worth making the time to visit some of these masterpieces. Here are some of my favorites:

Artesa Winery

From its unique building design, to its spectacular 360-degree views, extensive pairings and excellent wines, Artesa Vineyards & Winery should be on your list for a special day out in wine country.  This really is a wow-factor winery, from the building design, to the incredible views from the hilltop – you can even see the San Francisco Bay on a clear day. Artesa is located in Napa Valley’s Carneros region and is owned by the largest producer of Cava in Spain, Codorníu.

Artesa Vineyards & Winery, 1345 Henry Road, Napa, CA 94559

Castello di Amorosa

The 13th century castle-winery is the result of owner Dario Sattui’s passion for Italy, medieval architecture and wine. It took Sattui, a 4th generation Italian winemaker, 30 years to build the castle. (He also owns V. Sattui Winery on Highway 29). The castle is made up of 107 rooms, complete with a dungeon and torture chamber, as well as a wine cave spanning 15,000 square feet.

On the website Sattui in his own words reminds us why a castle makes sense: “For it must not be forgotten that, aside from being defensive fortifications, throughout history and in modern times, many of the great wines in Europe have and are being made in castles.”

4045 St Helena Hwy, Calistoga, CA 94515
(707) 967-6272