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Loves Park, Illinois
May 24, 2006
From journal Wine Country in Napa & Sonoma, California
by Barb B
Napa, CA and Hereford, AZ , Arizona
October 12, 2000
Literally, carved into the Napa hillside in 1991, and owned by the Codorniu Family of Barcelona (hence the name 'Artesa' meaning Artisan) they brought with them over 450 years of winemaking experience.
The uncompromising quality of the wines produced here is matched only by the graceful blend of glass, wood and metal sculpture dramatically displayed throughout the property. The unique architectural design gracefully balances color, form and nature.
In 1992, a local artist, Gordon Huether was invited to display his work at Artesa and since 1997, he has been the local artist in residence. His paintings, as well as his sculptures in both glass and metal contribute to the aura of tranquility one experiences both indoors and out. From the spectacular fountain and reflecting pond outside, to the almost spiritual, naturally lit pond near the tasting area, one feels that the artist has fulfilled his passion for minimalism. You can see his work at his website: http://www.gordonhuether.com
Pinot Noir and Chardonnay are the favored wines of the Carneros region with their fruity aromas and silky finishes. With vineyards in Napa, Sonoma and the Alexander valleys, an excellent selection of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Special Reserve wines are also available.
The spacious tasting room again illustrates the artist's harmonious blends of wood, glass and natural light, providing a quiet retreat to enjoy your wine. Beyond the tasting room, a wide terrace allows you to savor your wine while you appreciate the vistas beyond. The beauty of the vine-covered hillsides seems to enhance the classic flavors of the wines.
A small but informative museum displays antique winemaking tools along with photographs and memorabilia of the Codorniu family. The understated, but well stocked gift shop provides a nice selection of merchandise and is located adjacent to the tasting area.
The visitors' center is open to the public for guided tours at 11 and 2 and tastings from 10 AM to 5 PM daily. Tasting of any six wines is $6 or $2 per 2-oz taste. Reserve tastings are slightly higher.
From San Francisco, take Highway 101 North to Hwy 37. East to Hwy 121. Follow 121 for 12 miles and turn left at Old Sonoma Road. Left again on Dealy lane (about l mile). Dealy becaome Henry Road. Artesa will be to your left atop the hill.
From journal Napa Valley -Speaking As A Local---
New York, New York
June 24, 2000
From journal A Week in Napa Valley