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21 Most Beautiful Wineries in Napa Valley

Source: Courtesy of Quintessa via Yelp

> 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.

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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