Artesa Vineyards & Winery, Carneros
Carneros , California
Tel: 707 224 1668
Concierge.com's insider take:
If you're coming from San Francisco, begin or end the day at Artesa, one of the closest wineries to the city. Dug into a hilltop high above the Carneros District, the 127,000-square-foot winery has one of the most dramatic approaches in wine country: a sweeping staircase surrounded by fountains, cascading waterfalls, and architectural glass sculptures by artist-in-residence Gordon Huether. At the top terrace, there's a 360-degree view of the Napa Valley and the pastoral Carneros District, with the San Francisco skyline looming on the horizon, provided it's not foggy. The chardonnays and pinot noirs are beautifully balanced, with lots of big fruit. The tasting room has the look and feel of an art gallery—the perfect backdrop for savoring an end-of-the-day glass of wine. Tasting fee; no appointment necessary.
Open daily 10 am to 5 pm.