Di Rosa Preserve, Napa Valley

Di Rosa Preserve in Napa ValleyPicture 200 extraordinary acres of vineyard, gardens, and natural landscaping in the Carneros Appellation of the Napa Valley.  Now imagine it as one of the world’s largest canvasses.  It is.

The di Rosa Preserve began as a shared vision of Rene and Veronica di Rosa.  When they saw interesting art, funky or glorious, they wanted it.  Both were passionate about free-spirited art and supporting artists.  Their home and vineyards around Winery Lake became the center of their lives and would become the world-class, eclectic collection that spills out of three buildings and onto the land.

It is the largest collection of Bay Area art in the world with approximately 2,000 pieces by more than 800 artists.

How do you navigate this preserve with so many surprises around each corner? First let go and enjoy the land.  The Carneros Region is particularly beautiful, and the Preserve includes a 35-acre lake and wildlife galore.  Thankfully, it is protected in perpetuity under the Napa County Land Trust.  There is plenty of native flora and fauna, with open space that is home to variety of wildlife, native plants, and di Rosa’s own peacocks.

Getting around:

The Gatehouse Gallery is open to the public weekdays for drop-in visits with a suggested donation. It features rotating exhibits and selections from the permanent di Rosa collection.

The Main Gallery is the heart of the di Rosa collection.  It includes modern and contemporary paintings, drawings, sculpture, and photographs by people who are now well-known Bay Area artists.  The Main Gallery is open for tours only.

Historic Residence Once the home of the di Rosa’s, this 125-year-old winery-turned residence houses hundreds of works of art. A Napa County Landmark, the Residence is only open for tours.

Courtyard The large courtyard adjacent to the Historic Residence features numerous sculptures along with views of Winery Lake and neighboring vineyards.

North Lawn Overlooking the Sculpture Meadow, the North Lawn has two dozen large-scale works of art surrounded by vineyards and open space, including the Glass Chapel by Veronica di Rosa.

Sculpture Meadow One of our personal favorites, a trail winds its way past large-scale outdoor sculptures by some terrific artists.

Parking: Parking is available for cars, vans & buses. Space is limited, carpooling is recommended.

Access: di Rosa is committed to making its facilities and programs accessible to all visitors. Entrances and restrooms are wheelchair accessible and complimentary wheelchairs are available in the galleries. Tours may include a visit to the sculpture meadow that follows a gravel path. Those not interested in this part may remain in the beautiful courtyard where benches are available.

Writer: Meredith Blevins, featured travel writer for the Authentic Wine Country.  Join her at www.blevinswordworx.com for wine-country mysteries, classes, and the untamed west.

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