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21 Most Beautiful Wineries in Napa Valley

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With over 400 wineries open for tastings in the Napa Valley, it can be hard to decide which ones to visit. Although virtually none of them offer free tastings anymore, you could opt to visit budget-friendly wineries that waive the tasting fee upon the purchase of a bottle. Or you could select a few properties that specialize in your favorite types of wine. (California leads the pack by far in our list of states with the most and fewest wineries.)

Alternately, you might want to experience the wineries that offer the best ambiance, including gorgeous views, exquisite landscaping, and inspiring architecture. To compile a list of the most beautiful wineries in Napa Valley, 24/7 Tempo reviewed the websites of about 100 wine estates in the valley and consulted such other sites as NapaValley, Visit Napa Valley, Veranda, Road Tripping California, and Sonoma Magazine.

Whether they are historic estates that sprawl around 19th-century mansions or newer wineries with modern architecture and art galleries attached, these Napa Valley destinations are jaw-dropping. Mountain views abound, and the landscaping ranges from topiary gardens to drought-resistant native plantings. 

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Most require reservations, and vineyard tours and tasting prices vary from $20 to $180 or more depending on the winery and the type of experience you desire. Some offer a full dining experience with wine pairings, while others serve cheese boards and lighter accompaniments. While most have indoor tasting areas, many also have terraces and gardens. Most importantly, be ready to sit back, relax, and enjoy some of the best wines that California has to offer in remarkable settings. (Wine lovers will want to see this list of the world’s 50 best wines this year.)

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Quintessa
> Location: St. Helena

This 280-acre family-run estate features 160 acres of vineyard, 100 acres of woodland, a shimmering lake, views of the Vaca Mountains, and paths through shady oak groves. The crescent-shaped winery is built into a hillside with a consciousness that respects and incorporates the natural contours of the environment.

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HALL St. Helena Winery
> Location: St. Helena

Sculptures abound at this expansive estate, where art and wine meet in guided tasting tours. The spacious modern visitors center is built with steel and concrete, with floor to ceiling windows and an elegant patio with a long fire pit and distant views. Nearby, the fully renovated historic winery features original stone walls and timber framing.

Chateau Montelena
> Location: Calistoga

Built in 1888, the ivy-covered stone castle winery at Chateau Montelena has been beautifully preserved and updated. It overlooks a jade-green lake surrounded by Chinese gardens with ornate bridges leading to multiple tiny islands. Beyond the lake, 110 acres of vineyards sprawl northward toward the foothills of Mt. St. Helena.

Domaine Carneros
> Location: Napa

Amidst topiary gardens and multiple fountains, an opulent staircase leads to a tasting terrace with sweeping views and a palace inspired by the 18th-century Château de la Marqueterie in France. You may feel like royalty as you sample the sparkling wines that Domaine Carneros – founded by the celebrated Champagne brand Taittinger – is famous for, while gazing at the vineyards below.

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Robert Mondavi Winery
> Location: Oakville

This iconic winery features mission-style architecture, with a fountain and an expansive archway and bell tower marking the entrance to the vineyards. Olive trees line the driveway, while sculptures and decorative gardens punctuate the open landscape.

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Davis Estates
> Location: Calistoga

A modern estate with rustic charm, this 155-acre property features a restored 1916 barn and a new winery and tasting facility modeled after the historic structure. The covered outdoor terrace mixes comfort with sophistication, while numerous intimate indoor seating areas offer the wonderful food pairings that make Davis Estate stand out among other destination vineyards.

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Artesa Vineyards and Winery
> Location: Napa

Built into a hilltop with views of the surrounding valley and San Francisco Bay, this impressive underground facility is covered with native grasses, elaborate fountains, and waterfalls, while the structure itself is accented by sharp angles and prismatic windows. Artwork is exhibited both outdoors and inside the visitors facility, which features public and private tasting rooms.

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Castello di Amoroso
> Location: Calistoga

This landmark winery nestled in the Calistoga hills features a towering 121,000-square-foot castle built with traditional techniques and materials in a style modeled after the castelli of medieval Tuscany. No detail was overlooked in the interior, where hand-painted frescoes, coffered ceilings, and intricate ironwork transport guests back to 13th-century Italy.

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Peju Winery
> Location: Rutherford

Whimsical landscaping and garden sculptures welcome guests to Peju Winery, where topiaries, roses, and dahlias accent the paths to a footbridge, a koi pond, and numerous fountains. An iconic 50-foot copper-roofed tower beckons patrons inside to find a tasting room with a vaulted ceiling and mezzanine, Turkish tile floors, an antique copper chandelier, and magnificent stained glass windows.

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Quixote Winery
> Location: Napa

Designed by the eccentric Austrian artist Friedensreich Hundertwasser, Quixote Winery is a fairytale land of playful stucco buildings with colorful tilework and an utter dearth of straight lines. The bold architecture nevertheless blends into the surrounding environment, where the understated landscaping of wild grasses, shrubby herbs, and fruit trees inspires a sense of natural bounty.

Source: Courtesy of Beringer Vineyards via Yelp

Beringer Vineyards
> Location: St. Helena

This historic vineyard is centered around a Victorian mansion with exterior stonework, multiple turrets, sumptuous woodwork, and stained glass windows. The grounds feature landscaped terraces, fountains, towering oaks, stone walkways, and ivy-covered archways, adding to the Beringer estate’s allure as a destination vineyard and wedding venue.

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Alpha Omega
> Location: St. Helena

Crisp, modern geometry meets rustic countryside charm at this newer vineyard, which features an outdoor tasting terrace overlooking a stone-lined reflecting pond with five vertical jets, as well as a chalet-like tasting house with high windows and a towering cathedral ceiling. Its valley floor location affords expansive views of the Mayacamas Mountains.

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Larkmead Vineyards
> Location: Calistoga

The chic farmhouse at this historic vineyard serves as a tasting quarters with a casual yet contemporary ambiance; it also doubles as an art gallery displaying works by vineyard owner and painter Kate Solari Baker. The numerous tasting rooms and lounges provide an intimate, homey feel, and the fragrant floral gardens feature native plants, mimicking the appearance of wild meadows.

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Mayacamas Vineyards
> Location: Napa

Tucked into rolling hills, the serene and idyllic locale of this historic stone winery provides a picture-perfect depth of landscape views. After the old hospitality center was destroyed by wildfires in 2017, a new tasting room was built with a nod to the historic architecture. It features a 24-foot gathering table, as well as outdoor seating among stone walkways, with excellent views of the vineyards and forested slopes.

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Stags’ Leap Winery
> Location: Napa

This historic winery features an original 19th-century castle-like manor, built in the English Renaissance style, with coffered redwood ceilings, fine woodwork, and stained glass windows. An old stone wine cellar, stone cabanas, and terraced gardens with date palms and fruit trees make Stags’ Leap a stunning destination.

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Inglenook Winery
> Location: Rutherford

Founded by a Finnish sea captain in 1879 and now owned by director Francis Ford Coppola and his wife, Eleanor, this historic includes the original, lavish 19th-century château, which has been outfitted with a bistro and a 1920s-style tasting lounge complete with jazz records, art, and an extensive library. The château opens onto an Italianate terrace lined with olive trees that overlooks the vineyards.

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Clos Pegase Winery
> Location: Calistoga

Designed by famed architect Michael Graves, the Clos Pegase estate merges modern architecture and ancient Mediterranean style elements, with a columned portico, tiled roofs, a cypress-lined courtyard, and a subterranean “cave theater” event space. The surrounding gardens feature drought-tolerant flora that imbue the grounds with a distinctly California feel.

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Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars
> Location: Napa

A new visitors center built from stone sourced on site, with ample windows affording views of surrounding vineyards, oak groves, and hills, is the centerpiece of this legendary winery. Tastings on the terrace allow visitors to bask in the scenery while appreciating the impeccable masonry work that ties the local ecology into this modern architectural masterpiece.

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Hess Persson Estates
> Location: Napa

Featuring ATV vineyard tours and wine tastings paired with a stroll through a contemporary art gallery, this Mount Veeder winery offers a well-rounded experience. Guests can also take in the Spanish-mission-style architecture at the neighboring Mont La Salle chapel and event space.

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Joseph Phelps Vineyards
> Location: St. Helena

A vintage wooden trellis marks the entrance to this newly renovated 1970s winery with a redwood exterior and exposed truss interior, accented with numerous artworks. Six private tasting areas, a great hall, and an outdoor terrace with superb vineyard views offer visitors a variety of wine sipping experiences.

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Round Pond Estate
> Location: Rutherford

Towering palms line the road to this substantial estate, which features not only vineyards but also orchards, organic gardens, and 12 acres of olive trees, plus an olive mill (there are both wine and olive oil tastings). The large, terraced balcony off the second story tasting lounge has a cozy fireplace and offers colorful vineyard and mountain views.

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Bouchaine Vineyards
> Location: Napa

One of the oldest continually operating wineries in the Carneros area, this 104-acre estate offers multiple tasting areas, including a modern terrace and a picnic garden. The refurbished winery building features repurposed redwood siding made from old fermentation tanks, floor-to-ceiling windows, a reclaimed cypress bar, and a stone fireplace.

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