There’s the art of making wine and then there’s the winemakers’ art collections. Throughout Napa and Sonoma, spectacular museum-quality art enhances stunning landscapes at several estates. Avid wine and art lovers, combine your passions and enjoy!
The Donum Estate installed the “Circle of Animals” by esteemed artist Ai Weiwei, representing 12 bronze animal heads of the traditional Chinese zodiac. Other well known artists’ installations include Zhan Wang, Arturo Di Modica and Fernando Botero.
A Welcoming Giant Shiny Rabbit
Artist Lawrence Argent’s leaping “Bunny Foo-Foo” is a landmark 35-foot rabbit sculpture in stainless steel located at Hall St. Helena Winery, home to an outstanding art collection. A tour of the estate unveils additional large-scale works that are sure to bring a smile by internationally acclaimed artists such as John Baldessari, Jim Campbell, Nick Cave and Jaume Plensa.
A Focus on the Whimsical and Eccentric
Quixote Winery is a treasure, as the only Friedensreich Hundertwasser-designed building in the United States. The famed visionary 20th-century Austrian architect, philosopher, painter and environmental activist was not a fan of straight lines or rigid edges.
Contemporary Art Museum
See the Hess Art Collection admission-free or follow a docent on a museum walk with a wine tasting experience to follow. Vintner Donald Hess has personally assembled the collection since 1966, obtaining prized works by acclaimed artists. Among those on view are Robert Motherwell, Robert Rauschenberg, Frank Stella, Andy Goldsworthy and Gerhard Richter.
Sprawling, Art-Filled Grounds
With more than 2,000 works of art by 800 artists collected over six decades and spread over 200 acres, di Rosa in Napa is both a winery and a museum. One of the Bay Area’s most significant permanent modern collections, it features works by Mark di Suvero, Deborah Butterfield, Paul Kos and Viola Frey. Explore on your own or take a guided tour.