12/09/2014

TRAVEL DIARIES : NAPA VALLEY

Napa, the vino tourism destination of the country, and its where we spent the second day of our California road trip sipping some fine wines(check out the first day, lake tahoe diaries here). Filled with acres and acres of vineyards and wineries the drive around Napa is just wonderful, looking at all the lands of cultivation, and each and every winery being so unique, the place is a dream. We went to two wineries, first Castello di Amorosa(Castle of love) in Calistoga and next V. Sattui winery in St. Helena. Both were very different and tasteful, unique in their own way. The wineries were filled with people, and the atmosphere was lively. The town of St.Helena and Healdsburg were like they were taken out of a christmas movie, full of cute little local shops and holiday lighting. We all had an amazing time driving around the country side, tasting some amazing wines, and admiring the beauty of this land. Here are some pictures from our day. I have added some pointers at the end of the post if you are looking for some more info about these wineries and tastings.
 On the way
Lake Berryessa
 Farm animals galore on the front yard of the castle of love
 Castello di Amorosa (Castle of love), yup its a winery!
 Waiting to get the tasting tickets
Inside the castle
Off we go!
 One of the many art forms of this place

Every little detail is so unique & artsy
 Lounging amidst this beauty

 Work of art, again!
Until next time!
 Off to the next stop, V. Sattui winery
 Barrels and more barrels!
Circa 1915 

Say cheese?!
 at the Shed!
 I want them all!
Thats me probably checking out the jalapeƱo jam they had
 Ending the day with something sweet at the cute little dessert bar.
 Hey Sugar, Hello Cupcake!
Some wine tasting info or pointers:
  • The wines from the Castello di Amorosa are not sold anywhere outside but only in the castle, so thats something unique, you can find them either in there or you can probably order from their website online.
  • Tasting fee in castle of love(thanksgiving weekend, prices will vary every season or so i have heard): $20 each for tasting 5 wines, $30 each for tasting 6 wines with some reserve wines along with the these usual ones. Sharing your wine(its allowed) is the best option if you are looking to save. I did the $20 and Tee did the $30 and we both asked for different wines and shared everything, so we tasted almost 11 different(including some reserve) wines. You also get to take a general tour of the castle along with the tasting for these prices.
  • Tasting fee in V.Sattui winery was $15 each.
  • You can also find some more locally made wines, produce, spices, preserves, and even some kitchen and garden items at the Shed at Healdsburg. There is a cafe inside as well.
We had a wonderful time, hope you liked the pictures and what i have to say. 

Thanks for reading!

xo
Hems

Related posts:
Travel Diaries : Lake Tahoe
What i wore in Napa : OOTD
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12 comments:

  1. Awesome pictures! Seems like a fun time!

    Mel
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    1. Yup, lot of fun...thanks! :)

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  2. Wow! I have heard of Napa looks incredible!

    katieappleyard.com

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  3. Incredible place and beautiful pictures :)

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    1. Thanks so much, Saumya :)

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  4. Beautiful captures dear :)
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  5. Very cool :)

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