Visiting a winery isn’t just about the cellar and vines. In many cases, Napa Valley wineries have extraordinary art both inside the tasting room and out. From garden installations, to seasonal exhibits, permanent collections to massive murals, Napa wineries draw art lovers from all over the world. Art and wine make the perfect pairing at these seven Napa Valley wineries.
8445 Silverado Trail Napa, CA 94558
TripAdvisor: 4.5 Stars, 596 Reviews
Wayne Levin Photography: Sip on something sparkly and admire the fine art photography of Wayne Levin. This New World destination of the famed sparkling wine, Mumm Napa has equally exquisite taste in art. As of September, their Ansel Adams Gallery will has the underwater photographer’s gorgeous black and white work on display. Renowned for capturing the balance between life above and below the waves, Levin’s work will transport you to the magical otherworldly realm of the Pacific ocean.
Wine & Art Pairing – Fill a flute with their DVX Rosé and let the bubbles carry you away into the ebb and flow of the underwater imagery.
2812 St Helena Hwy St Helena, CA 94574
TripAdvisor: 4.5 Stars, 54 Reviews
“Blues to Psychedelia” by Peggy & Harold Francis: This husband and wife duo have their own separate, but complementary, exhibits celebrating vibrancy of Southern blues musicians and surreal abstractions to expand your mind. Peggy Francis paints bold portraits that convey the history and raw emotion of the music of the Deep South. Harold Francis takes a more surreal approach to his medium with layering and texturing acrylic on cotton rag paper, playing with color and pattern. Markham Winery includes a tasting as a companion to the exhibit, so take the time to enjoy each pour and stroll through both exhibits.
Wine & Art Pairing – Get into the music with The Altruist Estate
Cabernet Sauvignon with a sexy forward spice and creamy finish.
The Hess Collection
4411 Redwood Rd Napa, CA 94558
TripAdvisor: 4.5 Stars, 739 Reviews
“Hommage” by Leopoldo Maler: The famous Argentinian artist brings his piece Hommage to the main floor, and you can’t miss it. The typewriter is literally aflame, standing upright on a pedestal. Maler is the featured artist and Hommage is a nod to his uncle, a prominent journalist who was assassinated for his political essays. His style, overall, is meant to allow for interpretation of meaning, but without a doubt, it is magnetic. Make sure to splurge on the docent led tour of the full Hess Collection Art Museum, featuring works from Donald Hess’ private collection with an optional complimentary tasting immediately following.
Wine & Art Pairing – Stay to tour the collection and try the Hess
Small Block Petite Sirah, which will also stick around with a robust flavor.
Jamieson Ranch Vineyards
1 Kirkland Ranch Rd American Canyon, CA 94503
TripAdvisor: 4.5 Stars, 59 Reviews
Art Wall Mural Bask in the grandeur of 108 feet of urban art at the sprawling Jamieson Ranch Winery. Contributing graffiti artists include popular Bay Area muralists Ricky Watts, Meagan Spendlove, “Griffin One” and Chris Jehly; self-taught Los Angeles artists “Duce” and “Haste” and the ubiquitous “Quake” from Miami. There is even one special panel of the mural designed by art therapy students from the A.D.A.P.T. program of Aldea Children and Family Services of Napa. Taking up the entire south wall of the winery, the wall is corner to corner of exploding design that you can’t miss.
Wine & Art Pairing – Like the bright versatile graffiti, pour a glass of their Whiplash California Malbec for a bold and well-rounded taste.
401 St Helena Hwy St Helena, CA 94574
TripAdvisor: 4.5 Stars, 345 Reviews
“Garden Plot” by Nick Cave As the first piece to greet you upon entering the newly re-designed tasting room, Nick Cave’s breathtaking tapestry is an elaborate welcome. Woven textiles, beads, sequins and an amalgamation of found objects, Cave’s mixed media piece hangs high up the wall. Thankfully, there’s a second floor level to observe it in more detail. Be sure to explore beyond the lobby in this art-rich winery, especially to the fermenting tanks where Graham Caldwell’s blown glass “Red Rain” hangs and Jim Campbell’s “Exploded View” hypnotizes with his LED light display. Additionally, their garden area has an array of unique sculptures, so don’t stay inside for too long.
Wine & Art Pairing – Make sure to try their beloved Kathryn Hall
Cabernet Sauvignon and stroll the property or picnic outside.
6711 Washington St Yountville, CA 94599
TripAdvisor: 4.5 Stars, 144 Reviews
ÆRENA Gallery In a beautifully restored historic building, Ma(i)sonry provides a complete design experience from tasting to collecting. The ÆRENA Gallery shows a multitude of artists and craftsmen, and there are four other alternate showrooms in Napa and Sonoma Valley. With two floors and a sculpture garden, this distinctive collection is a must-see. Enjoy a tasting and appreciate the garden with a zen atmosphere and an eclectic array of vintage wares.
Wine & Art Pairing – The house label Blackbird Vineyards has a deliciously affordable Torrontés, which pairs well when perusing expensive art for sale.
Seven Stones Winery
840 Meadowood Ln St Helena, CA 94574
“Seven Stones” by Richard Deutsch Amassing fantastic pieces made from wood, ceramics, glass, fiber, and metal since the 80s, the Wornick’s have created one of the premier contemporary craft collections. From scale to material, the pieces placed throughout the property are an unexpected treat while tasting their exceptional Cabernet. The winery namesake even comes from the same name of the giant granite structure made by award-winning sculptor Richard Deutsch, which you can get a tour of with an appointment-only tasting.
Wine & Art Pairing – There is no wrong choice with only Cabernet on the menu, but be sure to enjoy its earthy herbal notes while strolling the property and appreciating the environment.
Bio: Tiffany Bukowski
is a Northern California native and specializes in brand marketing in San Francisco. She enjoys red blends, fancy cheese boards, and talking with her hands.