World-renown for its wine and food culture, Napa Valley's vibrant art scene is too often overshadowed by the region's raison d'etre.
Develop your taste from the palate to the palette at these art-centric wineries and tasting rooms.
Ai Weiwei's Circle of Animal/Zodiac Heads.
(Courtesy of Donum Estate)
On 200 bucolic acres, Donum Estate is notable for its chardonnay and Burgundian-style pinot noir crafted by Anne Moller-Racke, one of the region's top female winemakers. But it's also a must-visit for its high-end sculpture park, an open air gallery that showcases more than 30 installations by major international artists.
Inhale the aroma of the grapes as you wander around Artificial Rock, a stainless-steel piece by Chinese artist Zhang Wang; take an astrological journey in the Circle of Animal/Zodiac Heads by AI Weiwei, located inside a zen garden-like space; take a selfie with Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama's Pumpkin; and play like a royal with Keith Haring's King and Queen sculpture, produced just three years before his death. More of the collection resides inside the Donum Home, including the Crouching Spider by Paris-born artist Louise Bourgeois, whose works currently appear at SFMOMA. —Anna Volpicelli // Open by reservation only by calling 707.732.2200; 24500 Ramal Road (Sonoma), thedonumestate.com.