There are around 400 wineries in the Napa Valley, so there's a lot of tasting to be done. You can either do your research beforehand and go armed with the knowledge that you're going to sample sparkling wines or Cabernet Sauvignon, or trust to pot luck. Big outfits like Inglenook Vineyards offer comprehensive tours and stunning architecture alongside some fine tastings.
Food Glorious Food
The Napa Valley is a hot-bed of good food. Besides the celebrity chefs, there's a host of delicious fare on offer, from organic delis and farmers' markets, to posh burgers and hot-dogs at Gott's Roadside. The Oxbow Public Market in Napa is a cornucopia of artisan food shops and restaurants and an absolute must for foodies of every persuasion.
The Napa Valley Wine Train does exactly what it says on the tin - chugs you through the stunning Napa scenery while plying you with wine tastings. It throws in some pretty impressive locally sourced food too, all prepared on board, and does so in antique carriages that really ramp up the atmosphere. It's a Napa Valley institution.
Rejuvenated over recent years, the city of Napa is well worth a visit for its a mix of hip restaurants and wine bars, and its arts. Things to enjoy here include fabulous food; touring the tasting rooms with tasting options including Lucero Olive Oil or Napa Smith brewery beer tasting; admiring the sculptures along the Napa Art Walk; watching excellent theatre and walking the riverfront. For Wineries that do blending and bottling venture a few miles north to Raymond Vineyards, Rutherford Hill Winery and Franciscan Estate.
This is the place to come for a little 'me' time. Calistoga is famed for its mud baths, which promise rejuvenation via their combination of volcanic ash and mineral-laden naturally boiling spring water. Visit one of the many spas here and then head straight to the beautiful Tuscan-style Castello di Amorosa winery.