Destination: Napa Valley
Just the words “Napa Valley” conjure tranquil images of rolling countryside and premiere vineyards in Northern California. Napa Valley is one of World of Travel’s favorite group destinations to book, because clients always return ready to go again. Welcome to Wine Country!
Napa Valley is part of the California region known as wine country, which is home to more than 400 wineries. This region, north of San Francisco is known for its world-class wine-growing and wine-production techniques. The climate is ideal for producing some of the world’s best grapes, and thus, some of the world’s best wine. You will also find many gourmet restaurants in the region perfecting wine-paring foods.
- • Wineries – Winery visits and wine tastings are the top reasons people flock to Napa Valley! There are many ways to experience the wineries from shuttles to self-guided tours.
- • Napa Valley Wine Train – Get on board the Napa Valley wine train for a 36-mile journey through the region with the best seat in the house. The three-hour trip is enjoyed with either a gourmet lunch or dinner. It doesn’t get any better than this!
- • Culinary adventures – It is no accident that the Culinary Institute of America at Greystone sits in Napa Valley. Farmer’s markets, food festivals and cooking classes at local wineries make it fun to enjoy the culinary side of wine country.
Napa Valley Regions
- • Calistoga – The northern-most region in Napa Valley known for it’s hot springs as well as its fabulous wine.
- • St. Helena – A quaint region with an exciting Main Street where you can walk to various tasting rooms, boutiques and restaurants.
- • Oakville/Rutherford – Some of the best red wines are produced here and this is where you will find the famous Robert Mondavi Winery.
- • Yountville – Yountville defines luxury. Enjoy refreshing wines and a hot air balloon ride over the vineyards before you retreat to one of the four-star resorts in the area.
- • Napa – Whether you are looking for a busy nightlife scene, or a quaint bed and breakfast as your home base for winery tours, Napa is a great cross-section of the most refined and most relaxed experiences in the area.
Napa Valley is considered a Mediterranean climate with temperatures reaching the high 50s in the winter and low 80s in the summer. Long, dry and warm sunny days are complimented by cool evenings. Just about perfect in our book!
World of Travel’s “must-see” recommendation
The hidden gem in Napa Valley is without a doubt the Artesa Winery. Built into the side of a hill, the panoramic view is breathtaking and the winery is like an art museum. The winery prides itself on premium Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. Those with refined tastes will also appreciate the beautiful reflecting pool on the grounds and the showcase of art, architecture and centuries-old winemaking on this estate. Artesa Winery is one of our favorites.