> 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.
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.
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.
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.
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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