Napa Valley Travel Guide

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Best Things To Do in Napa Valley

People come to Napa Valley to taste the grapes — plain and simple. With several hundred wineries to sample from and tour, you'll have to be selective. Large producers like the Robert Mondavi Winery draw big crowds with their name recognition. However, more intimate properties like the O'Brien Estate and Frog's Leap might be more enjoyable if you like personal attention and customized tours. When you tire of wine-tastings, di Rosa, an open-air art preserve, offers a refreshing alternative.

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Updated October 30, 2018

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    Owner and winemaker, John Williams, started as a dairy farmer in New York, but fell in love with winemaking and opened his own winery in 1981, known as Frog's Leap Winery. This country farm meets vineyard is the perfect place to enjoy great wine and company without the stuffiness sometimes

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    O'Brien Estate
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    From planting to bottling, the entire wine-making process occurs on this relatively small plot of land (comprising 40 acres of vineyards, a winery and the owner's home). And by all accounts, the end result is a hit with visitors. Consider a wine tour at O'Brien Estate if you're looking for

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    Schramsberg Vineyards
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    In "The Silverado Squatters," Robert Louis Stevenson describes Schramsberg's founder Jacob Schram's "serious gusto" to produce incredible vintages that America and indeed the world had yet to taste. More than 150 years later, Schram's winery is still producing delectable wines, according to recent visitors. Tours led by friendly guides detail

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    Castello di Amorosa Winery
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    Most wineries are a bore for children. Some don't even allow them to enter in the first place (seeO'Brien Estate Winery). But that's not the case at the Castello di Amorosa Winery. This time-warped 13th-century Tuscan castle mystifies visitors of all ages. If the allure of seeing a moat, a

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    Far Niente
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    Those who wish to avoid the crowds should head to Far Niente. The appointment-only tours are small and informational, leaving guests impressed by the knowledgeable and friendly guides. But the pristine grounds and fascinating wine caverns are the first highlights. The caves store hundreds of barrels of coveted wine (and

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    di Rosa
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    Some call it Napa's hidden gem or best-kept secret, others might call it a beautiful assortment of the bizarre. But di Rosa is truly an outdoor sculpture garden in California wine country. More than 2,000 works from more than 800 artists are scattered across 217 gorgeous acres and inside di

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    Napa Valley Wine Train
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    The Napa Valley Wine Train is by and far one of Napa Valley's most interesting and convenient attractions for visitors. The train not only offers car-less visitors the opportunity to zip through 36 miles of scenic, vineyard-lined terrain, but it also acts as a restaurant, serving up gourmet meals paired

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    Robert Louis Stevenson State Park
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    Most travelers don't venture to California wine country for untamed nature, but those who do will find bliss in Robert Louis Stevenson State Park. This state park is famous for its seemingly untouched landscape as well as geography. The 

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    Robert Mondavi Winery
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    The Robert Mondavi Winery's art collection and calendar of musical performances are a strong indicator of its heavyweight status among California vineyards and wineries. You've even probably spotted the name "Robert Mondavi" on the shelf of your local grocery store. This Oakville winery was one of the first major Napa

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