di Rosa#7 in Best Things To Do 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.
And even if you're not into art, you'll still enjoy strolling the premises and the beautiful scenery. Past visitors say the garden is filled with eccentric and interesting pieces, commenting particularly on the house filled with artifacts from different time periods. Many also recommend taking a guided tour to be able to see more of the grounds and gain some context behind certain pieces.
Along Carneros Highway, di Rosa is open from 10 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. Admission is free, but there is a suggested $5 donation at the Gatehouse Gallery. Guided tours cost $12 to $15 and enable visitors to see the entire property. For more information, check out di Rosa's website.
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#1 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.
Recent visitors raved about the tour guides, who share interesting and educational facts about the winery, but also give plenty of alone time to kick back, relax and savor the wine experience. Expect stunning views of Oak Knoll Appellation, plus a welcome glass of wine upon your arrival.
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