(Courtesy Liana Estates)
Once you stop in to this hip winery in the Carneros region of the Napa Valley—owned by sisters Lisa and Ariana Peju of Peju Province Winery—you may never want to leave. From unique and exciting wines to panoramic bay views to the impeccably designed tasting room to cooking classes and interactive workshops, not only should this be a first stop in wine country, but it could easily be its own destination vacation.
Things to Do at Liana Estates: It's An Experience
Wine tasting at Liana Estates isn’t just tasting wine—it’s an experience, a sense of place. The winery aims to be comfortable and casual, inviting guests to relax and stay all day. Culinary classes are taught by Liana’s resident chef, using ingredients and recipes that reflect the surroundings. Visitors can sign up for interactive workshops like floral arranging, where they can forage for local flowers in Liana’s gardens, then make their own bouquets.
There’s a small mercantile shop offering the best of the local bounty, like olive oil, eggs, honey, and marmalade. And then there’s the wine tastings: Taste traditionally at the wine bar, or grab a pour and head out to the bocce court for some bocce, cornhole and Jenga games. No matter how you decide to taste, all tastings include a cheese plate. For a more elegant option, a decadent pre-dinner wine tasting features sunset views and small bites with locally sourced fare.
Down by the Bay: Views for Miles
Most wineries in the area offer great wine, but few offer equally impressive views. Liana sits on 100 acres of rolling hills in Carneros, and boasts panoramic views of the San Pablo Bay—an expansive tidal estuary that stretches north from the San Francisco Bay. Not many wineries afford bay views from their tasting room and grounds. Plus, picnic tables, hammocks, blankets and pillows adorn the property, inviting guests to take full advantage of the gorgeous surroundings.
Take a Day Trip from San Francisco
Located in southern Carneros, Liana Estates is one of the closest wineries to downtown San Francisco, making it one of the most easily accessible. It’s just 45 minutes from the Golden Gate Bridge, on the southwestern tip of the Napa Valley.
Girl Power: Meet the Owners of Liana Estate
Owned by sisters Lisa and Ariana Peju (“Liana” is a blend of their names), Liana Estates is female owned and operated -- a rarity in the Napa Valley. Winemaker is Sara Fowler, who was voted Best Local Winemaker in 2016 by Napa Valley Life Magazine. The trio believes women bring a different perspective to wine and the winery itself—an elegance. Fowler specializes in blending varietals to make complex, interesting and exciting wines.
Lisa and Ariana put an emphasis on the visual, and believe an experience is heightened when your surroundings reflect what’s in your glass. The winery’s design is modern, sleek, and inspired by nature. Guests enter the through a roll-up garage door, and the walls are made with reclaimed wood from the Peju family’s property. A single glass wall separates the tasting room from the wine tanks, so guests are part of the process from start to finish.
Where to Find Surprising and Exciting Wines
Liana wines reflect the terroir of the area, with stand-out chardonnay and pinot noir. Winemaker Sara Fowler specializes in blending varietals, and focuses on lesser-known grapes. In a region inundated with big, bold red wines, Liana features something different. The winery offers four light, bright whites: a chardonnay and a white blend, plus two uncommon varietals: viognier and a dry orange muscat. Liana also offers two reds, a pinot and and a red blend. It also makes sparkling, a true rarity in the Napa Valley.