California’s Napa Valley is renowned for the wine it produces from over 45,000 acres of vineyards and 400-odd wineries.
But when visiting Napa, don’t just enjoy the fine wine. Take time to check out intriguing art and architecture at these locations.
Castello di Amorosa, west of Highway 29, south of Calistoga, near Sterling Vineyards, is a totally “over the top” construction project that started small and ended up huge, huge, huge! Call ahead and reserve a space on a tour of this extremely interesting building complex. (Wine tasting available.)
Clos Pegase, on Dunaweal Lane south of Calistoga, is known for the sculpture on its grounds and the Postmodern architecture of its main building. (Wine tasting available.)
diRosa Preserve, on the north side of the Sonoma-Napa highway in the Napa-Carneros area, has an extensive modern art collection inside buildings and outdoors on the property. Take a morning tour at diRosa, followed by a 90-minute tour and tasting of sparkling and still wines at Domaine Carneros, or a visit to the of Cuvaison tasting room, both of which are just across the highway from diRosa.
The Hess Collection, on Redwood Road west of downtown Napa, has modern art on display in floors above the winery tasting room.
Mumm Napa Fine Art Photography Gallery, on the Silverado Trail east of Rutherford. View the photographs on exhibit, then sit on the patio and sip sparkling wine. (Tours available.)
Napa Valley Open Studios, in 2014 local artists will open their studios at various locations in Napa Valley to the public from 10 am – 5 pm on Sat/Sun, 9/20-9/21, and 9/27-28.
Quixote Winery, south of Mumm Napa on the Silverado Trail, these gold-turreted grass-topped buildings built with no straight lines and designed by Viennese architect Friedensreich Hundertwasser, offer a tour and tasting by appointment only.