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A two-hour drive north of San Francisco, the Napa Valley is world-renowned for its fine wines. Hemmed in by mountains on each side, this 55-mile-long by 8-mile-wide valley is blessed with abundant sunshine and fertile soils that prove perfect for growing grapes. A Hungarian immigrant, Agoston Haraszthy, founded the first Napa winery - the Buena Vista Winery - in 1857. Today, dozens of wineries dot the valley and most welcome visitors. Occupying a 1903 stone winery, The Hess Collection, in the hills west of Napa, boasts a superb gallery with an outstanding collection of modern art. Domain Chandon, in the town of Yountville, is renowned for ...

A two-hour drive north of San Francisco, the Napa Valley is world-renowned for its fine wines. Hemmed in by mountains on each side, this 55-mile-long by 8-mile-wide valley is blessed with abundant sunshine and fertile soils that prove perfect for growing grapes. A Hungarian immigrant, Agoston Haraszthy, founded the first Napa winery - the Buena Vista Winery - in 1857. Today, dozens of wineries dot the valley and most welcome visitors. Occupying a 1903 stone winery, The Hess Collection, in the hills west of Napa, boasts a superb gallery with an outstanding collection of modern art. Domain Chandon, in the town of Yountville, is renowned for its sparkling wines. In Rutherford, the Niebaum-Coppola winery owned by Hollywood producer Francis Ford Coppola contains a museum dedicated to his movies. At the north end of the valley, Calistoga is known for its hot-spring spas and yesteryear ambience. Nearby, Old Faithful Geyser erupts on a dependable basis every 40 minutes. For a bird's-eye view of the valley, take flight in a hot-air balloon, departing Calistoga for early morning floats. Highway 29 runs along the valley floor, while the Silverado Trail (a former stagecoach route) hugs the eastern valley wall.

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Christopher P. Baker has authored guidebooks to Costa Rica, California, and various Caribbean islands for Frommer's, Lonely Planet, and National Geographic, among others.

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    Any time of year is a good time. Winter is romantic due to ethereal mists.