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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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#1

#1 in Napa Valley

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 found at wineries. Plus, Frog's Leap farms organically, so you're making healthy choices by the drinking wine – right? 
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1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
Frog's Leap Winery
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 found at wineries. Plus, Frog's Leap farms organically, so you're making healthy choices by the drinking wine – right? 
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#2

#2 in Napa Valley

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 a relaxed, intimate atmosphere with personalized service. 
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1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
O'Brien Estate
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 a relaxed, intimate atmosphere with personalized service. 
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#3

#3 in Napa Valley

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 the property's history, the beautiful rows of vines and particularly, the winery caverns. Carved in the 19th-century, these caverns hold approximately 2.5 million bottles of precious wine. 
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1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
Schramsberg Vineyards
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 the property's history, the beautiful rows of vines and particularly, the winery caverns. Carved in the 19th-century, these caverns hold approximately 2.5 million bottles of precious wine. 
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#4 in Napa Valley

Most wineries are a bore for children. Some don't even allow them to enter in the first place (see O'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 drawbridge — even a torture chamber — in Northern California is not enough, recent guests also vouch for the wine.
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Sightseeing Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
Castello di Amorosa Winery
Most wineries are a bore for children. Some don't even allow them to enter in the first place (see O'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 drawbridge — even a torture chamber — in Northern California is not enough, recent guests also vouch for the wine.
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#5 in Napa Valley

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 span 40,000 square feet), while the 13 acres surrounding the winery are landscaped with thousands of colorful flowers (The azaleas are a particular point of pride). Also, Far Niente's Carriage House houses vintage cars and motorcycles. Every tour ends with an ample tasting of five vintages and a seasonal cheese pairing.
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1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
Far Niente
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 span 40,000 square feet), while the 13 acres surrounding the winery are landscaped with thousands of colorful flowers (The azaleas are a particular point of pride). Also, Far Niente's Carriage House houses vintage cars and motorcycles. Every tour ends with an ample tasting of five vintages and a seasonal cheese pairing.
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#6

#6 in Napa Valley

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 Rosa's Gatehouse Gallery. Travelers find that a visit to di Rosa is an ideal break from the multitude of winery tours.
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Museums Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
di Rosa
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 Rosa's Gatehouse Gallery. Travelers find that a visit to di Rosa is an ideal break from the multitude of winery tours.
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#7

#7 in Napa Valley

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 with some of Napa's signature wine selections. And don't worry, this experience is in no way akin to modern Amtrak train travel. Here, you'll find restored, hundreds-year-old train cars that feature seductive, old-fashioned interiors including tufted velvet seating, mahogany paneling and etched glass partitions throughout. Plus there isn't one set seating area but a variety of lounges and dining rooms, including the Champagne Vista Dome, a dining car that features arched windows with panoramic views of the valley. 
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Sightseeing Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
Napa Valley Wine Train
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 with some of Napa's signature wine selections. And don't worry, this experience is in no way akin to modern Amtrak train travel. Here, you'll find restored, hundreds-year-old train cars that feature seductive, old-fashioned interiors including tufted velvet seating, mahogany paneling and etched glass partitions throughout. Plus there isn't one set seating area but a variety of lounges and dining rooms, including the Champagne Vista Dome, a dining car that features arched windows with panoramic views of the valley. 
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#8

#8 in Napa Valley

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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Hiking Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
Robert Louis Stevenson State Park
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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#9

#9 in Napa Valley

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 Valley producers to cater to visitors with a tourist experience. Guests receive a 90-minute explanation of how a large-scale, technologically advanced winery functions.  
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Tours Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
Robert Mondavi Winery
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 Valley producers to cater to visitors with a tourist experience. Guests receive a 90-minute explanation of how a large-scale, technologically advanced winery functions.  
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