Spotlight Napa Valley

Napa Valley MapI’m sure you are familiar with California’s most famous wine region, Napa Valley, known for often stylish, sometimes charming tasting rooms, quaint towns, and elegant lodging. Roughly an hour’s drive north of San Francisco, Napa Valley is a wine connoisseur’s paradise, featuring more than 500 wineries dotting the picturesque valley. Just 30 miles long and five miles wide, the area is responsible for producing delicious Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay and the rediscovered Merlot, with plush texture and earthy cherry flavor.

Napa Valley also reigns as the land of grand estates. In fact, the area offers some of the most exquisite luxury homes and real estate in the world. Strict county laws preventing urban sprawl have kept the region relatively underdeveloped, leaving large tracts of agricultural land.

Napa Valley has the perfect climate and each season has its charms. Spring’s emerging grape leaves turn hillsides brilliant green, plumed with golden swaths of mustard blossoms. Summer warms up with well-attended and expertly produced events and festivals. Fall brings the crush, as vineyards and wineries bustle with workers. Winter settles into a cool hush, a peaceful time in the valley where one can appreciate the simple things in life with less crowded village squares and wineries.

Napa Valley offers a lot more than wine. There’s a galaxy of Michelin-starred restaurants here, amazing shops, posh spas and challenging golf courses. In fact, Napa Valley is bursting at the seams with things to do. Lovers of nature can speed along a well-worn mountain trail on the seat of a bicycle or go hiking; foodies can discover perfectly smoked charcuterie or wedges of handcrafted cheese; enthusiasts of music, film, and art can find events, large and small, scattered throughout the region. You can take in a show at the Napa Valley Opera House or the lavishly restored Uptown Theatre, Napa; have a picnic at a winery with a designated picnic spot, pick up lunch at one of the several spectacular markets throughout the Valley, take in the views and enjoy some wine; get on a bike and ride through the Valley taking in the landscape at your own pace; see the Valley’s breathtaking views from a hot air balloon for lifetime memories. Or, of course, you can revel in more wine with a guided wine tasting tour.

Napa Valley consists of the towns of Napa, Oakville, Yountville, Rutherford, St. Helena and Calistoga, and I have access to luxury properties in or near all of those beautiful communities. If you’re headed to Wine Country this summer for wine tasting, make sure to add a little time to check out the wine country properties available. Please call me at 707-953-9456 or via email at nnaylor@interorealestate.com.

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