In 1865 George Calvert Yount planted the first vines in Napa Valley. Now, the AVA is one of the most highly respected in the country, currently home to over 300 vineyards and a favorite destination for wine lovers around the world. Take a look at these photos of wineries in Napa and discover the beauty of California wine country.
Cakebread CellarsAt first, Jack Cakebread visited Napa Valley to take a few photos. He had some friends that owned a vineyard and said to them, that someday he would like to own a vineyard. They called him later that day and offered to sell them theirs. He accepted.
The Manor House at Stag's Leap
The story of the Stag's Leap name derives from a Wappo tribe legend in which a Stag leaped across a canyon to escape hunters. Inside the dining room of manor house, there is a stained glass window that reads "Ne Cede Malis", meaning, "Never give in to misfortune."
Domaine Chandon produces its sparkling wine by way of old French traditions. Though the wine making process is old at Domaine Chandon, the vineyard itself is modern and practices sustainable farming.
Chateau St. Jean
Chateau St. Jean offers so many other activities beyond wine tasting, such as:
- Cinq Cepages Blending Seminar
- Terroir and History Tour
- Wine Education Program
Founded by Champagne Tattinger, Domaine Carneros is one of the premiere Champagne houses and vineyards in Napa Valley. Eileen Crane, the winemaker when Domaine Carneros opened in 1987, is the first and only person to hold this position. Eileen Crane currently still holds the position of winemaker at Domaine Carneros.
The patio at Honig Vineyard
Louis Honig once dreamed of leaving his job to live on the 68 acres and make wine. Though Louis Honig passed away before fulfilling his dream, his children and grandchildren have done it for him. The family, along with a lot of dedicated employee's took this one time garage winery and made it into the success it is today.
Vineyards at Quixote Winery
Quixote winery is located in Napa Valley's Stag's Leap District. The buildings at the vineyard were designed by Friedensreich Hundertwasser whose design philosophies included things like not having any straight lines and the use of lots of bold, bright colors.
The Hess Collection
This slideshow of photos wineries in Napa ends with a few from The Hess Collection, who was kind enough to send along a few pictures to add to this slideshow.
The Visitors Entrance at Hess
The entrance at Hess combines the crisp, smooth lines of modern architecture along with the warm and rough surfaces of the stone walls.
The courtyard at Hess
The courtyard at the vineyard at sunset makes for a serene setting.
The Historic Barrel Chai
The Historic Barrel Chai is the barrel room at Hess where casks of wine sit to rest and age. The Barrel Chai is open for daily tours, but you must make reservations, as the tours are limited to eight people.