There are history tours - and there are History Tours! The Napa Historical Society's epic two day gourmet-filled tour looks to me to be about the most extravagant and exciting history tour I've seen put together.
Over two days, visitors will explore five historic wineries in Napa Valley all built in the 1880s by one man - the "maker" guru of his day: Hamden McIntyre.
Until I read about this tour, I had never heard of him, but apparently we owe these historic gravity-flow systems (and much more) to his design know how.
The tour features the following (ultra distinguished) wineries:
• Chateau Montelena
• Del Dotto
• Far Niente
At Beaulieu the historic Rutherford House will be open for the tour.
For a complete list of events, click here.
Also included are lunches by celebrity chefs Christopher Kostow from Meadowood (three Michelin stars) and Joshua Schwartz, formerly of the French Laundry. Lunch will be served at Meadowood and at Del Dotto Winery.
For a complete list of the docents (I would say that some of them are celebrities in their field as well), click here.
Ticket purchase information is available here. General admission for two days (including lunches with famed chefs) is $425 or $235 for one day.
There is a Wednesday evening opening reception and welcome at the Napa Opera House for attendees as well.
Don't miss this - the Napa Historical Association hopes to make this an annual event - but we need to help them make this first one a HUGE success, so I hope you will be able to make it for what appears to be a very unique opportunity.
I'll be blogging about my adventures on the tour (and taking lots of pictures) and hope to see you there.
PS And, of course, remember these were all organic wineries (back in the day). (The chemical pesticides used today did not come into use until World War II.)