More than 400 wineries pack Napa
’s 30-mile-long valley, with renowned labels
such as Stag’s Leap
pouring the area’s prized cabernet sauvignons and chardonnays. Travelers come to worship at the prix-fixe altar of The French Laundry
and other Michelin-starred restaurants. Fall is golden, literally, when leaves change and wineries’ crush season arrives. Virtuoso agency director Anthony Goldman recommends getting off the main highway with a biking tour through the Napa Valley and adjacent Sonoma County. “By day, pedal through vineyards, sip on world-class wine, and enjoy fabulous Californian fare; by night, bed down at some of the region’s premier hotels, including one of my favorites, Solage, an Auberge Resort
, in Calistoga,” he says.
“Imagine Napa Valley with a 90-mile lake down the middle,” says Jill Anglehart- Hamilton, a Virtuoso travel advisor, adding that, in some ways, the Okanagan Valley feels like Napa did 40 years ago. The valley stretches about 125 miles between the Washington State border and Armstrong, British Columbia, punctuated with laid-back towns and crystal lakes with vineyards rising from their shores. Headliners are the pinot noirs and rieslings, but innovative boutique wineries, such as CedarCreek
, offer robust reds, crisp rosés, and even ice wine. “Don’t miss Mission Hill Winery
, where Prince William and Kate visited on a recent trip to Canada,” Hamilton advises. Summer brings alfresco dining and sandy lakeside beaches, while for active travelers, winter competes as the best time to go: Skiers and snowboarders can hit the fresh powder at nearby alpine resorts one day, and warm up during winetastings the next.
Delve into the Okanagan terroir with Luxury Gold. The tour company’s 16-day Canadian adventure
includes wine-paired dinners around British Columbia and Alberta, and two days in the Okanagan Valley with winery visits. Departures: June 26 and July 2.