Ask any winemaker, and he or she will tell you winemaking is an art! At Dynamic Wine Tours, we certainly don’t disagree – but Napa Valley is home to many artistic endeavors beyond what’s in your glass. Artists from all over the world vie to exhibit their work here, and a number of wineries showcase sculpture, paintings and media installations on their tasting room walls or in dedicated museum spaces. Below are just a few places perfect for sipping and strolling with your Napa Valley group wine tour.
1060 Dunaweal Lane
Calistoga, CA 94515
Just outside the towering redwoods of Calistoga, Clos Pegase showcases sculpture and award-winning architecture right alongside their highly-rated wines. Check out the winery’s art collection, then move on to the Connoisseur Cave Tour as you taste special releases. Keep an eye on the interiors and exteriors of the estate itself, which reflect the work of award-winning architect Michael Graves.
The Hess Collection
4411 Redwood Road
Napa, CA 94558
Built in an historic winery that dates back to 1903, The Hess Collection offers outstanding wines made from both mountain and valley fruit—something for everyone in your group. The winery also features the extensive private art collection of founder Donald Hess. You might begin your tasting in the tasting room, or by choosing an exclusive experience with food pairings and vineyard walks before moving on to the on-site museum; for an additional fee you can take advantage of a guided art tour from a knowledgeable docent.
401 St. Helena Hwy S.
St. Helena, CA 94574
When it comes to curating fine wines and fine art, you can’t do better than HALL. HALL offers both renowned wines (HALL wines have earned a perfect score from Robert Parker) and the opportunity to learn about the region’s winemaking and arts communities, with two hospitality spaces in Napa Valley featuring world-class sculpture and painting exhibitions
2812 St. Helena Highway North
St. Helena, CA 94574
Make sure to include Markham Vineyards on your next Napa Valley itinerary. The winery, which produces complex and delicious wines, invites you to sip while you explore their art gallery, currently featuring painter Peggy Francis. Be sure to request a taste of their signature Cellar 1879 Red Blend, winemaker Kimberlee Nicholls’ homage to Markham founder Jean Laurent.