Your Perfect Day

Lucky you---you’re in Napa Valley and you have time on your hands. So how should you spend your day? Here’s what we’d do if we had a free day to play visitor in our own backyard. Guess you could say it’s our perfect wine country day.

8:00 AM – Get up and go for a hilly five-mile run or hike at Skyline Wilderness Park. On especially clear days, you can see the city--as in San Francisco. (And while you're on the trails, keep your eyes peeled for Kim Wiss, our consumer and trade business manager/in-house marathon trainer.)

If you're visiting on a Tuesday or Saturday between May and October, check out the Napa Farmers Market at the Oxbow Public Market: the market is open from 7:30 am - 12 noon on both days and the local produce and food products is amazing!

9:30 AM – Pick up your dose of caffeine at Napa Valley Coffee Roasting Company in downtown Napa. Kim loves their chai tea latte. Try that or their regular cup of joe (you won’t be disappointed!).

9:45 AM – Sip and stroll your way over to Model Bakery at the Oxbow Public Market, just a few blocks away. Take your time deciding between the decadent Pain au Chocolate, the fruity Applehorn, or their tender and flaky croissant. Then (completely) enjoy your decision.

10:30 AM – Time to start tasting some wine. Naturally you’ll make your way up the beautiful, windy Soda Canyon Road to Antica Napa Valley. Take in some amazing views of our estate, wander through our caves, and sit down for a tasting of our wines wtih either of the Kim's.

12:30 PM – Head back down the hill, then head north on the Silverado Trail. Make your way to Yountville for a casual picnic lunch. Pick up provisions at NapaStyle Paninoteca and Wine Bar, owned by legendary Napa Valley chef Michael Chiarello. And don't forget the wine, his food tastes great when paired with Antica Cabernet or Chardonnay.

Wander over to Veterans’ Park to have your picnic lunch. If you’re lucky, you might be able to join in on a game of bocce.

2:00 PM – Cruise up valley and stop at any of the wineries that catch your eye. Meander through the town of St. Helena and do some shopping. Don’t miss Woodhouse Chocolate where their sweets are on display like fine jewelry. Alessia, Marhcese Antinori's youngeset daughter, always stops by when she’s in town.

4:00 PM – Drive to the northern most part of Napa Valley and check out the picturesque town of Calistoga. If you’re so inclined, head to one of the natural hot springs and r-e-l-a-x before dinner.

6:00 PM – Get ready for a long, leisurely meal at any one of the many acclaimed restaurants in Napa Valley. On our short list is Angele, Bounty HunterBistro Don Giovanni, Cole's Chop House,  and Morimoto.

10:00 PM – Settle into bed with a full stomach and a big smile.