Tour Guide: The New Napa Valley You Need To Know

Our guide to the best new wineries, restaurants, and hotels in California Wine Country.

Home to hundreds of wineries, the Napa Valley attracts about 3.5 million visitors a year. With that many wine lovers coming and going, it’s a given there’s always going to be something new and now to experience in this sun-soaked region of world-renowned viticulture. A (preferably long-) weekend trip to wine country is a time-honored tradition around here, so we’re sharing our guide to just some of our favorite new places in the Napa Valley—and a few not-to-be-missed classics—to see and experience right now. Cheers!

Stay

Base yourself in the heart of the wine region, and its namesake, Napa in the newly renovated Parker Mansion at the Senza Hotel. Or opt for one of the small, charming towns that dot Highway 29 (Napa’s main drag), each one brimming with restaurants and tasting rooms.

Calistoga Motor Lodge California

Calistoga Motor Lodge and Spa, Calistoga (photo: Aubrie Pick)

Step into a modern rethinking of retro design at Calistoga Motor Lodge and Spa, or check-in to the perfectly Californian UpValley Inn. Take in the vineyard views at the comfortably contemporary Las Alcobas or reserve a beautiful home-away-from-home suite at Hotel Yountville.

UpValley Inn and Hot Springs, Calistoga

 

Las Alcobas, St. Helena

Las Alcobas, St. Helena

 

Parker Mansion at the Senza Hotel, Napa

 

Hotel Yountville, Yountville

Hotel Yountville, Yountville

 

 

Eat

Napa’s culinary scene has become as much of an attraction as the wineries that feed it. We love the fresh aesthetic and always-seasonal approach at these new restaurants that span the valley (okay, Bouchon Bistro isn’t new, but we’re throwing it in as a must visit, if you haven’t been).

 

Charlie Palmer Steak, Napa

 

The Charter Oak, St Helena

 

Acacia House, St. Helena

Acacia House, St. Helena

 

Bouchon Bistro, Yountville

Bouchon Bistro, Yountville

 

Ottimo Napa Valley Yountville

Ottimo Napa Valley, Yountville

 

Sip

But you’re here for the wine, right? There’s no shortage of that in the valley. Book yourself a private, customizable tour with transport and an expert driver slash guide at Active Wine Adventures, or discover the new Oakville Trek at B Cellars, which includes a cave tour and custom food and wine pairing.

B Cellars Vineyard & Winery Oakville

 

Dine al fresco with a picnic at Liana Estates, and reserve a private tasting in the Swarovski crystal-drenched Chandelier Room at Hall Rutherford. Of course, our mini-guide wouldn’t be complete without a special shout-out to two Napa staples, the ivy-covered Signorello Estate and iconic Castello di Amorosa, inspired by 13th-century Tuscany.

Castello Di Amorosa, Calistoga

Castello Di Amorosa, Calistoga

 

Hall Rutherford, St. Helena

Hall Rutherford, St Helena

 

Liana Estates, Napa

 

Outland Wines, Napa

 

Signorello Estate, Napa