Located in the Bay Area of California, Napa Valley is the main wine-growing region in the United States and one of the west’s top getaway spots for wine tastings, gourmet food, spas and cafes.
Approximately 3 million tourists descend on Napa Valley every season, which often leads to overcrowded roads during the summer weekends. The visitors become even more frequent in September and October, right as the harvest occurs and the wine season really kicks into gear.
It’s easy to see why so many people flock to the region. Beyond its breathtaking beauty and fantastic weather—it has a climate quite similar to the Mediterranean—Napa Valley is also a culinary enthusiast’s dream. There are more than 400 wineries in the region, and as the wine industry has continued to build and evolve in the area over the years, so too has the dining scene in the area. After all, where there is great wine, there tends to also be great food. The Culinary Institute of America at Greystone is located in St. Helena, and provides a never-ending flow of outstanding chefs to the region. That’s not to mention the many already prestigious chefs running restaurants throughout the Valley.
Wine tours and tastings are, of course, the main draw to the region. They are a fun way to relax, while also a way for people who are passionate about wine to see how it’s made and how it compares to other high-quality wines in the region.
But there’s so much more to see and experience beyond just wine and fine dining in Napa. For example, if you get up early, you can take a hot air balloon ride and see some incredible sites from high above. The views are unbeatable. There is also the Napa Valley Wine Train, which will take you to different wineries and vineyards throughout the region.
You can bathe in the region’s hot springs or enjoy a refreshing mud bath. Some of the nation’s top golf courses are also located within driving distance. And of course, there’s plenty of history to explore in the region as well, and we highly recommend the Napa River History Tour if you’re interested in learning more about it.
As we mentioned earlier, Napa Valley boasts more than 400 wineries throughout the region. But if you have a limited amount of time and are wondering which ones tend to be fan favorites, here are just a few options:
- Beringer Vineyards in St. Helena
- Grgich Hills Cellar in Rutherford
- Sterling Vineyards in Calistoga
- Castello di Amorosa in Calistoga
- The Hess Collection Winery in Napa
- Robert Modavi Winery in Oakville
- V. Sattui Winery in St. Helena
Be sure to check Yelp and TripAdvisor as well, and you’ll find plenty of winery options waiting for you.
For more tips about what to see on your Napa Valley trip, contact our real estate appraisers in Napa County, CA, who are extremely familiar with the area.
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