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Tour Napa’s Ghost Wineries

No need to worry about ghouls or goblins. The term “Ghost Winery” refers to a small handful of historic winery buildings in Napa Valley that pre-date the Prohibition Era, which reduced the number of wineries operating in California from more than 700 in 1920 to about 40 by the time Prohibition was repealed in 1933.   Learn More: Regusci, Trefethen, Far Niente, Freemark Abbey, HALL St. Helena, Frog’s Leap, Spottswoode,

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Tour a Whimsical Artist’s Villa

Villa Ca’Toga is the residence of artist Carlo Marchiori. Tours are offered just once a week (on Saturdays) May through October. The eclectic property includes a sculpture courtyard, Roman Theater, Thai stupas, fountains and Greco-Roman ruins. The interior residence enchants with a main salone and six large rooms that each offer an interpretation of a different theme.   Learn More: Villa Ca’Toga

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Seek Out an Art + Wine Pairing

It should come as no surprise that many people who are passionate about fine wines also have a passion for world-class art. At many Napa Valley wineries you’ll find inspiring seasonal exhibits and lovingly curated permanent collections in the form of sculpture gardens, photography exhibits, murals and paintings. Visit these wineries to find out why many consider wine and art the perfect pairing.   Learn More: Hess Collection, The Donum

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Visit the Castello di Amorosa

Don’t make the mistake of writing off Castello di Amorosa as a mere “tourist trap.” The lengths that Dario Sattui went to in order have this authentically built 13th century inspired Tuscan castle to the valley are truly remarkable. It’s recommended to read about the history of the project to get a full appreciation before your visit. Even if all you do is make a pilgrimage to the parking lot,

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Survey Unique Architecture

In Napa Valley there are possibly more unique architectural styles than there are are wine varietals. From traditional French, Spanish and Italian influences to modernist marvels and even subterranean structures that will defy your imagination. It’s hard to find a Napa Valley winery that doesn’t have interesting architecture of some kind, but listed here are some of the most compelling standouts.   Learn More: Odette Estate, Quixote, Darioush, Chateau Montelena,

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Engage With Art + Landscape

Cornerstone Gardens are an ever-changing series of gardens showcasing innovative designs from international and local landscape architects and designers. The gardens celebrate the connection between art, architecture and nature. Additionally, the adjacent Sunset Magazine test gardens highlight food production, the Sunset plant line, bee habitat, cut flowers and composting.   Learn More: Cornerstone Gardens

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Discover Di Rosa Preserve

Tucked amid the vineyards, the Di Rosa Preserve is home to a jaw-dropping collection of more than 2000 pieces of modern and contemporary art works in spaces both indoors and out. A 1/3-mile trail winds through a Sculpture Meadow with large-scale installations. At every turn, the 200-acre site offers views of landscaped, sculpture-dotted grounds and wide open spaces.   Learn More: Di Rosa Preserve

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