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Artesa Vineyards & Winery

Carneros AVA Winery in Napa Valley, California

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Artesa wine tasting areaArtesa was originally opened as Codorníu Napa in 1991 to focus on méthode champenoise sparkling wine production. In 1997, the owner—Spain’s Codorníu Group, one of world’s oldest and largest winemaking companies—decided to rename the winery Artesa and concentrate on hand-crafted still wines.
Artesa inner courtyard at the wineryDon’t be surprised if you end up spending hours at Artesa, because there is so much to see and do at this hill top winery.
You’ll know that you’re visiting an out-of-the-ordinary destination before you even arrive. Sitting serenely alone amidst rolling hills, the splendid, 120,000 square-foot winery is partially buried in the earth. As you ascend upward toward the entrance, past the sculpture garden, cascading fountains and waterfalls, you’ll encounter amazing views in all directions—clear to San Francisco’s skyscrapers on a clear day.

Artesa Vineyards & Winery on a Carneros hilltop

Once inside the vast and modern building, you’ll be surrounded by artworks created by the Artist in Residence, Gordon Huether (there’s also a wonderful collection of authentic Art Nouveau posters). A free Wine History Museum displays artifacts dating back to the ancient Greeks. Another small museum explains the region’s history and geography. But the spot most favored by visitors is the minimalistic tasting room and its terrace—both offering sensational views.

Fascinating Fact:

View south over Carneros from ArtesaIn Spain’s Catalan language, the word Artesa means craftsman—an apt name for the small-lot, handcrafted wines made at Artesa Winery.
Amenities: Exhibits by Artist in Residence; Sculpture Garden; Variety of pairings; Educational tours/programs, Wine History Museum; Art Nouveau poster collection; Gift shop; Wine Club (complimentary tastings)
Founded: 1999
Signature Wines: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Sauvignon Blanc
Wine Tasting: Basic, no appointment needed. All others by appointment.
Hours: Daily, 10-5
Artesa Vineyards & Winery
1345 Henry Road
Napa, CA 94559

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Suzie Rodriguez writes about travel, food, and wine from her home in the wine-country town of Sonoma, California. You can follow her travels and musings at The Culinary Gadabout.

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