World-renown for its wine and food culture, Napa Valley’s vibrant art scene is too often overshadowed by the many wine estates. Let us guide you on a wine and art tour of Napa for the day. Art and wine make the perfect pairing at these five Napa Valley wineries. Develop your taste from the palate to the palette at these art-centric wineries, galleries, art inspired estates and tasting rooms. Napa Tours has carefully crafted this list of art motivated winery locations for your pleasure. We will start the day heading up the historic Highway 29 through Yountville, Oakville, Rutherford and St Helena then navigate back down the Silverado Trail into Napa.
Best known for the 35-foot tall Bunny Foo Foo leaping out of the vineyards on the edge of Highway 29 in St. Helena, Hall’s sculpture is just one of 35 seriously whimsical contemporary pieces you’ll experience as you stroll through the historic winery with a glass of wine. Other works include a life-size, white camel sculpture by John Baldessari and a viewfinder by Alyson Shotz, designed with roughly 30 different lenses for a kaleidoscopic perspective of the estate vineyards. 401 St. Helena Hwy (St. Helena), www.hallwines.com
The cozy tasting lounge, best known for its chocolate-and-wine offering, displays a collection of photography and oil paintings from a handful of different artists, plus a few pieces that were commissioned by Rutherford Ranch to convey the natural beauty of their estate vineyards. 1680 Silverado Trail (St. Helena), www.rutherfordwine.com
Seated tastings on Mumm’s popular terrace are hard to come by on weekends, but you can skip the line, grab a glass of sparkling from the visitor’s center, and take a stroll through their fine-art photography gallery instead. Wayne Levin’s otherworldly black-and-white underwater photographs from his “Through a Liquid Mirror” series bring awareness to ecological issues such as coral-reef bleaching. 8445 Silverado Trail. (Napa), www.mummnapa.com
You can’t miss the corkscrew in the outdoor garden at downtown Yountville’s Ma(i)sonry, operating as part wine collective, part AERENA art gallery. Ma(i)sonry staff selects three to five wines from a list of 23 artisan winemakers for you to enjoy while you browse the work of approximately 100 painters, sculptors, photographers, and artisans. Inside the stone building, you’ll find a colorful, large-scale mural, created with an ancient medium that allows his pieces to transform throughout the day as the light changes. 6711 Washington St. (Yountville), www.maisonry.com
Located above the tasting room, Hess Collection’s three-story modern-art gallery exhibits more than 20 artists in proprietor Donald Hess’ personal collection, curated over 40 years. Works include the flaming typewriter by Leopoldo Maler, and a room dedicated to sculptor Andy Goldsworthy. His piece, Rock Pools, consists of large melted stones that he fired up in a kiln. 4411 Redwood Rd. (Napa), www.hesscollection.com