Keen oenophile? Don’t miss Napa Valley on your next San Francisco holiday. Ground zero when it comes to California wine culture, the hugely popular growing region has produced wine since the 19th century. But nowadays, in addition to its vinous reputation, Napa Valley is one of the state’s top gastronomic destinations, too.
For instance: did you know that Napa Valley has more Michelin-starred restaurants per capita than any other wine region on Earth? World-famous restaurants like The French Laundry in Yountville have helped cement Napa’s culinary reputation.
And yet, for those who want to combine their wine-swilling with their dining, it’s an unwelcome surprise to learn that many area wineries are barred from serving food on-site; local regulations insist that wineries make wine production their primary focus, so food is often viewed as a distraction. Luckily, though, there are a few that have escaped the net — and we’ve selected the best winery restaurants in Napa Valley for vino-loving foodies.
Long Meadow Ranch Winery
As well as handcrafted wines, the Long Meadow Ranch Winery also specialises in extra virgin olive oils, both of which you can taste on-site. For something a touch more substantial, however, venture to the Farmstead at Long Meadow Ranch, the winery’s exquisite farm-to-table restaurant. Helmed by Kentucky-born chef Stephen Barber, the restaurant is located in a stylishly revamped former nursery barn, and is centred around an open-kitchen. Enjoy Barber’s Southern-style cooking as well as the companion wine programme, which features both Long Meadow Ranch’s vintages as well as selections from other local vintners.
Long Meadow Ranch Winery, 738 Main Street, St. Helena, CA 94574