If you haven't had a chance to make any appointments and you'd like to enjoy some art while wine tasting, this line up is for you. Drop by any of these wineries – no appointment necessary – or book an advance reservation experience.
Tucked in the cool Carneros is Etude Wines, where you can try wines like Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Cabernet Sauvignon sourced from up-valley vineyards in Oakville, Rutherford and St. Helena. If you love Pinot Noir and want to learn more about this delicate grape, book the Study of Pinot Noir experience and compare and contrast six Pinots from distinct growing regions. Etude uses recycled water for landscape irrigation and there is an employee garden and fruit trees, with some of the produce donated to the Napa Food Bank. Etude recycles and composts more than 95% of their waste and has been recognized with several Napa County Recycling Leadership Awards. The winery is certified in both the Napa Green Land and Napa Green Winery programs.
From here, go west to Artesa Winery. Driving through the undulating vineyards you may notice signs for Napa Green Certified Land along the roadside. Artesa has invested in preserving the health of creeks that wind through their property, preventing vineyard soil erosion and recharging groundwater. Artesa's unique architecture was designed to blend into the hillside landscape. Experience spectacular views across the vineyards to the San Pablo Bay – on a clear day, you can see San Francisco. Drop in and try estate wines available exclusively at the winery. If you have a chance to book ahead, Artesa has several wine and food pairings to choose from, as well as other reservation-only experiences.
Next head up Mt. Veeder to visit the Hess Collection Winery tucked away in a redwood forest. Not only does Hess have a wine to satisfy almost every palette, including mountainside Cabernet Sauvignon from the volcanic slopes surrounding the winery, but they also have their own art museum. Allow enough time to soak in both the wine and the art. Hess has a system that recycles hot water from barrel cleaning and bottling line sanitation, resulting in water savings of more than 500,000 gallons per year. Hess was one of the first 10 wineries to receive Napa Green Winery certification, and is also certified Napa Green Land.