Travel Diary: From the Top of Wine Country
Photo by Jake Ireland
There’s something about Napa that’s serene, rustic and romantic. Maybe it’s the stillness of the vineyards. Maybe it’s the northern air. Or, maybe it’s just all the wine you’re served.
Regardless, it’s becoming a favorite destination spot for Jake and I, especially because we can do it in a weekend. We did a series of tastings at different wineries. Below are photos from our trip. I included a few details on each winery we visited (+ outfit links!), for those of you planning a trip.
This is a must-visit for those of you wanting to wander through vineyards and flower gardens. Cliff Lede provides the perfect combination of coziness and charm. If you make a visit, be sure to snap photos— there are more than 60 acres of vineyards.
You’ll feel especially welcome at the Miner family. Our guide was contagiously enthusiastic about describing the vineyard’s wines. Hint: try the Oracle while you’re there and ask for a tour of the caves. This is a spot that will make you feel involved in the winemaking process.
Bring your camera, because the sights are remarkable. The winery sits at the top of Napa Valley, where you’ll get views of Howell Mountain. The estate’s architecture is just as memorable as the wine, where modern designs meet rustic backdrops. Our guide was happily baffled he gets to call this picturesque place “work.”
Here’s another spot to really get cozy and sip on some wine. The property is charming and lively with visitors, which will make you feel especially welcome. The vineyard’s owners personally sat down with us— a rare and unexpected treat in Napa. We got busy chatting and I didn’t snap enough photos. I blame the wine. You can see more on their site.
Photos by Jake Ireland and myself