To experience William Hill is to discover another side of Napa Valley. A place where extraordinary vineyards are tucked away along the serene Silverado Trail. A place where you can still discover an incredible wine for the first time while overlooking the picturesque hills of Napa Valley. A Napa Valley experience that is off the beaten path. But make no mistake: this is Napa Valley winemaking at its best. This is a place where some of the world's most extraordinary Chardonnay vineyards lie. A place where the benchland terroir of William Hill’s estate vineyard is virtually unparalleled. Bring a picnic lunch, relax in the Adirondack chairs, order a bottle of the Bench Blend Chardonnay – relax and soak in the Napa sunshine.
Looking for a world-class, affordable lunch with one of the best elevated views in Napa? Search no further. Auberge Du Soleil’s Bistro & Bar is a Napa visitor’s dream. Perched high above the Silverado Trail, this Bistro & Bar offers lighter fare and a wraparound deck that offers spectacular views of the beautiful Napa Valley. This dining outlet provides a great opportunity for Napa Valley adventurers to explore new wines with an ever changing selection of more than 40 wines by the glass. A sunset cocktail or glass of champagne on the terrace is a must for any visitor to the Napa Valley. But, be sure to get there before the rush as it is first come, first serve – and with views like this – visitors tend to stay all day.
Blankiet Estate is nestled on the western foothills of the Mayacamas Mountain Range above the beautiful little town of Yountville. The vineyard, named Paradise Hills, is planted on one of the most acclaimed viticultural areas of the Napa Valley. The Estate was created in 1996 by Claude & Katherine Blankiet with the single vision of producing wines in the tradition of the great Bordeaux First Growth. A recommended experience for all Napa adventurers. Be sure to make an appointment and be prepared for a relaxing, first-class experience as you tour this breathtaking property. Oh – and the wine – some of the best Napa has to offer.
At Round Pond, their passion for winemaking, hand crafting artisan foods, and gardening with others is second to none. As a result, they have designed a host of wonderful and unique experiences at the winery, olive mill and in the garden that any Napa explorer can enjoy. A little known secret is that the first Friday evening from April through October they host a Sunset Lounge on the terrace. From 6:00 to 8:00 PM each first Friday night, you can enjoy small bites from their local garden and wines by the bottle or glass while taking in the Napa sunset from the expansive terrace.
The Domaine Carneros château is a California wine country landmark, inspired by the classic 18th century Château de la Marquetterie in Champagne, France, home of Champagne Taittinger. Domaine Carneros is best known as a small grower-producer of methóde champenoise sparkling wine, Pinot Noir, estate vineyards, and a breathtakingly beautiful château. As one of the closest stops from San Francisco – and open until 6pm – Domaine Carneros is either a great start or end to the day enjoying a glass of bubbly while soaking in the expansive terrace and beautiful views of the Carneros region.
A personalized, seated tasting featuring a selection of current release Napa Valley and Sonoma Coast wines, including Insignia can be enjoyed on the terrace overlooking the beautiful estate vineyards. Enjoy spectacular wines, a beautiful view and mingle with old and new friends at this one of a kind property. Plan on spending hours here as the wines, views and service will make you forget about life’s responsibilities – if at least for a few hours.
Perched 300 feet above the town of Calistoga, Sterling Vineyards offers panoramic views of Napa Valley. An aerial tram carries visitors up the hill to the winery, whose architecture was modeled after that of the Greek island of Mykonos, where Sterling founder Peter Newton once lived. The winery’s towers house eight bells from London’s Church of St. Dunstan's-in-the-East, originally founded in the 10th century. The rich tolling of these ancient bells sounds down through the valley on the quarter hour. Walkways, balconies, and motion-sensitive DVD screens allow guests to take a self-guided tour of Sterling Vineyards’ winemaking facilities. Beautiful outdoor terraces and elegant tasting rooms provide the perfect environment to enjoy exceptional wines while taking in the view. The extraordinary Mediterranean-style architecture, unique aerial tramway, stunning location, historic bells, and attention to visitors make Sterling Vineyards a top destination in Napa Valley.
CADE Estate Winery sits high above the fog line on the dramatic slopes of Howell Mountain, just northeast of the town of St. Helena. The building's striking architecture, a dialogue between gentle contours and strong rectilinear forms, suggests the complexity of their wines – powerful yet nuanced expressions of our mountain terroir. The winery blends right in with the impressive contrasts of the estate, a spot where cultivated vineyard rows meet tall evergreens and native Manzanita trees, all set against a backdrop of staggering Napa Valley vistas for a visitor experience not soon forgotten.
Rising above the hills in the Napa Valley is Castello di Amorosa, which translates to the “castle of love” in Italian. Castello di Amorosa is an authentically-styled, 13th century Tuscan castle winery complete with high walls and five defensive towers and over 30 acres of estate vineyards. It was built over a 14-year period by Dario Sattui, a fourth generation winemaker and owner of V. Sattui Winery in St. Helena, California. Reminiscent of old world castles, the Castello also has a dungeon and torture chamber, secret passage ways, courtyards, loggias, a church and stables…even an outdoor oven for making breads. Finally, at 12,000 square feet, the wine barrel room is, perhaps, the single most impressive barrel room in the U.S. and is constructed with ancient Roman cross-vaulted ceilings. A must-see when visiting Napa, stand on top of the towers and enjoy the Napa Valley vistas just as an ancient Roman solider viewed the Tuscan hills.