Located on top of a mountain, Pride Mountain Vineyards is spread out over 235 acres (95 hectares) and due to its vantage point, offers stunning views of Sonoma County. Offering exciting varieties such as Chardonnay, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and more, the winery welcomes you to a tour of the estate and its most popular attraction, the caves. These caves lie about 50 feet (15 meters) below ground and the wine is aged in them in wooden casks. There are different, special, curated tasting sessions depending on location, so be sure to pick out your experience before visiting.
This restored grist mill, originally built in 1846, is still functional and visitors can see its massive millstones in action, where millers grind flour out of local wheat. Guided tours of the mill are highly recommended, and flour produced here can also be purchased as a souvenir. The verdant surroundings are a great addition to the historic charm of this site, with winding trails adding to the outdoorsy appeal of this park.
Robert Mondavi is one of the most renowned vintners in Napa County, producing affordable and complex wines. The Robert Mondavi Winery offers several tasting tours varying in depth and price. The Taste of Wine is a two-hour formal tasting dedicated to training your palate as well as learning about various wine characteristics. Reservations are required all tours and tastings. In addition, the winery hosts countless concerts, art exhibits and community events. Visit the website for details on tours, tastings and events.
Sharpsteen Museum divides its exhibits between the work of Disney animator Ben Sharpsteen, his colleagues, and topics of local historical interest. Particular attention is given to Sam Brannan, California’s first millionaire, who gave the town its name. The Sharpsteen Museum's great strength is its focus on making the exhibits invariably interesting and amusing, featuring exhibits and dioramas that depict life in 19th-century Calistoga. Although there is no entry fee to the museum, donations are encouraged.
The Castello di Amorosa, located in Calistoga, is truly one of the most unique wineries in Napa Valley. This genuine castle took 14 years to build and opened in 2007. The castle has many features that make it truly unique, including a moat, a drawbridge, a chapel and even a torture chamber, complete with authentic instruments of inflicting pain like the iron maiden. Other than the exquisite craftsmanship, the castle offers several different wine tasting packages, although they do not have a winery on site. Visitors can also take horse-drawn carriage tours of the estate and attend church services in the castle.
The Schramsberg winery was established way back in the year 1862 by German immigrants, and a century later it became the first winery in America to attempt the production of sparkling wines. Today, it produces eight varietals of sparkling wine—they are made primarily from Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes and all of them are bottle-fermented. For a taste, you can visit this historic winery by appointment.
St. Helena lies at the heart of America's viticulture landscape, and even goes by the moniker 'Napa Valley's Main Street'. Its central neighborhood thrives with culinary atmosphere, charm, and quaint streets that feature everything from historic architecture to local shopping gems, art shops and pretty cafes. An array of premium and historic wineries offer immense promise to day visitors and vacationers alike. St. Helena is also home to the prestigious Culinary Institute of America at Greystone.
Having opened its doors in the year 1913, Cameo Cinema is an iconic movie theater which shows not only first-run feature films but also a number of independent movies, foreign films as well as reruns of classic cinema. With Dolby Digital sound and amazing 3K resolution, the viewers get top quality movie watching technology in a heritage building. Several cultural events such as fundraisers and Oscar parties are also hosted here.
St. Helena Catholic Church is one of the most popular churches in the parish, due to its history and design. Built from grey stone, the church was constructed in 1890 in a medieval architectural style, giving it an old world charm. The Gothic tower, which can be seen from a distance, is the major highlight of this church.