With approximately 3,000 wineries in California, it should come as no surprise that the state is a haven for wine lovers. Many of these wineries are not only known for their amazing wines but also their beautiful estates. From grand properties to small, rustic retreats, here is a look at some of the most picturesque vineyards found around the state.
Built over a 15-year period, Castello di Amorosa is a gorgeous winery creating primarily Italian-style wines and features a grand manor resembling a 13th-century Tuscan castle. The 107-room castle with its grandiose spaces, including the Great Hall with hand painted frescoes, an imported Tuscan fireplace, plus hand carved tables, is a must-see for any visitor to the Calistoga area. Surrounded by acres of vineyards and other picturesque outdoor scenery, it is a peaceful, serene place with stunning scenery around every corner. Offering a variety of tours from guided to hiking tours, visitors can take in the winery’s breathtaking views in many different ways.
Known for their award-winning, organic sparkling wines, Domaine Carneros is an impressive vineyard located in Napa. Featuring a château inspired by the 18th century Château de la Marquetterie found in Champagne, France, the estate is magnificent with its grand staircases, marble floors and terraces offering outstanding views of hills lined with verdant vines. Surrounding the château are lush, formal gardens that add to the overall beauty of the property. The grounds also feature a French-inspired carriage house that houses a members-only Club Room and production facility for the Pinot Noir. Open daily, guests can make reservations for tastings and tours of the vineyards and production areas in the château.
Domaine Carneros, 1240 Duhig Rd., Napa, CA, USA, +1 800 716 2788
Located in San Luis Obispo, Kelsey See Canyon Vineyards is a wonderful, family-run winery nestled in a picturesque setting on California’s central coast. Established in 1999 by the Kelsey family, this rustic beauty is tucked inside an apple orchard and rests alongside the babbling See Canyon Creek all of which adds to its peaceful charm making it a relaxing spot to enjoy the winery’s award-winning wines, including red and white varieties along with apple-grape blends and dessert wines. Adding to the beauty are the 100+ peacocks that roam the grounds. Wine lovers can visit any day of the week for tastings and tours.
Found in Geyserville in the Alexander Valley, Styker Sonoma is a lovely Sonoma County winery delighting guests with its diverse selection of wines, which includes Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Chardonnay, and idyllic environment. Inspired by mid-century modern American architects, the tasting room, which earned an award for its outstanding design, was created to work cohesively with the land’s curves and lines of the vineyards found surrounding the building. A beautiful space that allows guests to view the winemaking process, it also affords stunning views of the grounds. Open every day, guests can visit for a tasting or a tour and tasting combo.
Stryker Sonoma, 5110 Highway 128, Geyserville, CA, USA, +1 800 433 1944