Di Rosa Preserve, Carneros
Carneros , California
Tel: 707 226 5991
Concierge.com's insider take:
When you see the tongue-in-cheek cut-out sheep dotting the hillside just outside of Napa, you've arrived at di Rosa Preserve, one of the largest regional art collections in the country. More than 2,000 works by Northern California artists are assembled in three galleries and a sculpture meadow. In the di Rosa residence gallery, paintings cover every available surface, including the ceiling, while the Gatehouse and main galleries are more contemporary in layout. Among the works by 900 artists, there are some real gems, including paintings by William Wiley, a subterranean video installation by Paul Kos, and sculptures by Robert Hudson, Mark di Suvero, and Robert Arneson. While the Gatehouse Gallery is open on a pop-in, pop-out basis, you'll need to sign on to a tour in order to see the rest of the property. The guided one-hour tours can feel rushed, and visitors are not permitted to explore on their own. If you want extra time for wandering, book a two-hour tour or come on Saturday for an in-depth two-and-a-half-hour tour (April through October only). The estate also hosts its own First Friday art party every month during the summer and autumn tourist seasons.
Open Tuesdays through Saturdays 9:30 am to 3 pm.