Napa Valley Velo


It wasn’t difficult to convince my parents to take a day trip through Napa Valley. My parents love the area as much as I do – I always say it’s their fault I love it! My mom’s uncle had owned vineyards and sold grapes to local wineries, so she was familiar with the area long before my parents met. Growing up visiting the area as a kid, I loved Napa before I could appreciate fine wine. So now that I’m an adult, well, I’m quite partial to California wines!

We started out in downtown Napa. I was amazed at how fancy everything has become! Saw my first bike shop there, as well as a cute bike rack with a grape leave design. Alas, I wasn’t able to get a picture of that.

New development in Napa, overlooking the river.

Folding e-bike!

We went back to our traditional place, The Marketplace 1870, formerly known as the Vintage 1870.

The original name, now fading away

How cool are these wine barrel bike racks?!

When I was little, we would get cute pastry frogs from the bakery at the Vintage. Now that’s gone, and Bouchon is where tourists flock.

Then we had lunch at our other traditional place, the Sattui Winery. This winery has the best deli and huge picnic areas under giant old trees. It was rainy so we picnicked in the basement – just us tourists and old wine casks.

I love the ivy covering the gift shop and deli at Sattui.

Yum! I could happily eat like this every day!

One of the lovely old trees at Sattui

All the wineries we visited sold bike jerseys but the Sattui one was my favorite. I didn’t get it – I want to earn it with a cycle tour of Napa!

After stopping at yet another tradition, the Oakville Grocery (yes, we have many traditions in my family!), we tried something new. New and quite grand!

The Castello di Amorosa looks like a medieval Italian castle, but was built almost twenty years ago by Dario Sattui – yes, of the aforementioned Sattui Winery family. His story about the history of the place is pretty incredible. Ah, to have money to do all those things!

Although I wasn’t excited about the wines we tasted, it was worth the $18 entry fee to visit the castle.

We didn’t stay much longer after our visit to the castle, and drove home in dreary rain. But I was inspired by all the signs of bicycle tourism in Napa Valley. I think I will need to do a bike-and-wine tour there in the next few years. I want to earn my Sattui jersey! And I really need more than a day to explore the area. There is so much wine there!







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