Visiting Napa Valley.

March 1st,

It has been a while  I post something on my blog. Life is always busy . I had written the story of our visit in Napa Valley and now it is time for me to post it…

What is the best time to visit Napa Valley ? I would say mid-week  in October.  For  a long time  Napa Valley was  for me just  a name  but I  was really curious to see it. You know what I mean!  You hear about a place and then you start to think about it and soon enough you think it would be great to go there. And of course for me, it means photography ! Vineyards  are beautiful places to see. I have seen vineyards here in British Columbia, in Québec, in Switzerland and in France ( a long long time ago). It is not really about wine tasting for me rather than being in awe with those fields of perfect lines. Looking at the  magical grapes.

So, Napa Valley was a stop for two nights as we made plan to spend a whole day there. We got a wonderful guide-book at the Tourist Information. It helped us a lot to decide where we would be spending  time. The cover of the book has a photography of  “Castello di Amorosa” located in Calistoga.  This 13th century Tuscan castle-winery is  an  amazing  building. I have to say that discovering this castle was a  highlight of our day.  Here is a link if you want to get more information.  http://www.castellodiamorosa.com/

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we couldn’t ask for better weather. It was like a summer day  int he mid 30C.I will not name  all the places we stopped by during that day but they were all interesting for different reasons. Napa Valley covers  a huge area and has so many wineries, more than 500 I think . You would never be able to see them all in a week. imagine, you would taste wine at each of them ! There are companies who bring people in little bus from one winery to another. It is the best as much safer ! So, with only one day, we did a quick tour but we knew  also it would be possible to go back one day !

We started our day in Napa, stopping in Yountville at the Domaine Chandon. I knew from my guide-book that  there was a nice garden , perfect for taking photos. At the Groth winery and its insectary garden  I saw a hummingbird very busy on lavender and butterflies were around also !

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We  had a picnic in St.Helena. At the winery V. Sattui , we got food from the deli  and  enjoyed a rest in the tree-shaded garden. We stopped  here and there but the very last winery , Artesa, was  spectacular for the  360 degree  views .

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Chardonnay, Pinot noir, Merlot  or Cabernet Sauvignon,  you will find it there in the beautiful Napa Valley.

10 thoughts on “Visiting Napa Valley.

  1. So interesting to learn about this place!

    And as ever, you images look fantastic.

    I am enjoying March in Cambodia! 😉

  2. I visited Sonoma this summer and I had great experiences too! Wish to go to Napa next time. And yes, your photos look great!!! By the way, which wine did you enjoy the most?

    • We bought some wine at the winery Artesa. The very last place we visited that day. I am more into photography than tasting (LOL) but I would go back to this area anytime . It is so beautiful.

  3. Fantastic, dear France! I enjoyed the information and especially the ‘beautiful’ photography. Hasta pronto, Marcia. xo

  4. Thanks for sharing I loved our visit to Castello di Aromosa my boyfriends at the time took my to Napa and proposed and he had hired a driver for the week Vino Valley Tours and she took us around to so of the most beautiful wineries and vineyards and this was on of my favorites a very interesting place! The ostrich there tried to eat me while I was standing there for a picture..lol

  5. Les photos sont toutes belles mais évidemment celle avec le colibri a ma préférence. Tellement difficile à photographier ces petites bêtes et là, le nez dans la lavande…wouaou !!! Et la photo du vignoble, çà donne vraiment envie d’y aller :-).

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