ABOUT NAPA AND SONOMA
When you are done exploring the local wineries surrounding San Jose, take a day or more to experience the Napa and Sonoma wine regions. A 2 hour drive from San Jose, these areas make up what most people around the world think of when they hear California Wine Country.
Napa Valley is a paradise for those that love premium wine, farm-to-table dining, organic farms, orchards, breweries, distilleries and artisan cheese, all surrounded by incredible natural beauty. Among the many wineries in Napa are Michael Mondavi Family Estate and the grand terraces and gardens of the Domaine Carneros winery.
Tucked into the base of Mount Saint Helena at the top of Napa Valley you’ll find the city of Calistoga. Among the many wineries, resorts and spas that call Calistoga home is Chateau Montelena, which put Napa Valley wines on the map by beating France’s best at the 1976 Paris Tasting. While you are here, be sure to indulge in a hot soak, sauna, massage and the quintessential Calistoga experience: the mud bath.
With more than 400 wineries, miles of rugged Pacific coastline and towering redwood forests, Sonoma County is a dream. Sonoma County was named one of Wine Enthusiast’s 10 Best Wine Travel Destinations for 2014. Tasting rooms in the world-class Sonoma wine region range from simple and rustic to the wine resort of famed Hollywood director Francis Ford Coppola. The Coppola winery is a must see with its swimming pool, restaurant, full bar and movie memorabilia that includes his Oscars, some shooting scripts, the desk from the Godfather and a Tucker car.