Napa is one of those rare locations where you don’t have to go looking for the 100-year-old house to find an example of great architecture. Some of the finest examples of interesting architecture are found in some of the newest buildings – the wineries.

The architectural styles range from gothic to Greco-Roman and even Cape Dutch. One popular destination is the Beringer Winery, which features Gothic-style architecture; it was built in 1879. The Artesa Winery was built in 1991 and features a contemporary architectural style but relies on the surrounding beauty of the area for its full impact. There’s a view of San Pablo Bay and several water fountains and cascading waterfalls.

 The Neibaum Coppola Winery, owned by Francis Coppola, is a beautiful vine-covered example of the Bordeaux architectural style.

Some of the fun of Napa is driving around not only to find the various wineries, but also to appreciate how the winery and tasting room itself is designed and meshed into the surrounding natural area.

 There are a few books written specifically about Napa’s architecture that might help you enjoy the architecture include “Napa Valley Style” by Kathryn Masson and “Napa Valley: The Ultimate Winery Guide”, which features discussion of winery architectural styles.