A handful of Napa Valley’s iconic wineries have yet another claim to fame: spaces on a Monopoly game board. Yes, it’s true: the official Monopoly Napa Valley Edition on the shelves this week.
Similar to the classic version of the game introduced in 1935, you can always count on this payout when you pass “go”. However, the interpretation of the Northern California wine country replaces its famous Atlantic City plazas, from Boardwalk to Park Place, with iconic Napa Valley-inspired alternatives.
Fans will spot wineries like Beringer, Sterling Vineyards, Napa Cellars, Room wines and Frank family vineyards. Also in the mix? Hotspot hotels, renowned restaurants and wine monuments. Prime real estate once owned by the railroads now offers hot air balloon rides, bike trails, premium car service and more. The dreaded luxury and income tax spots now assess a wine tax, and the oft-coveted, high-rent Boardwalk spot belongs to towering Napa Valley. grape crusher sculpture.
The strategy of the classic game remains the same: houses and hotels allow players to increase property values and charge more rent. The “Chance” and “Community Chest” cards are adapted to the region. Depending on the luck of the draw, players run the risk of having to go straight to “jail” or a chance to go to a party in front of the water fountains at the Alpha Omega Vineyard.
“It was fun growing up. It was probably the most iconic game I can remember,” says Rich Frank, founder of Frank Family Vineyards. The game was unveiled at the vineyard property in Calistoga, California earlier this week.
“Anyone who thought when we were doing this when we were kids that we would be here pulling a curtain on us being on a board,” Frank said. “It’s pretty amazing.”
Considered the oldest continuously operating winery in California, the Beringer brothers celebrated their first harvest in 1876. The estate survived Prohibition, producing sacramental wine and medicinal brandy, as well as bricks de raisin, that is, concentrated grape juice that winemakers at home could easily ferment on the sly. .
In addition to being recognized as a State Historic Monumentthe Rhine house of the Sainte-Hélène cellar (a replica of the Mainz house, Germanywhere Frederick and Jacob Beringer grew up) is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
2000 Main the street, Saint Helena, 707-257-5771
Guests must take an aerial tram to visit this winery, making just getting here an adventure. In operation since the early 1970s, the hilltop winery is currently closed to the public due to glass fire damage as of September 2020. But virtual wine tastings are available now through reopening of the cellar in spring or summer 2023.
1111Wis Dunaweal LanoteCalistoge, 800-726-6136, sterlingvineyards.com
Frank family vineyards
Founded 30 years ago, Frank Family Vineyards may seem like the youngest of the bunch, but the Calistoga estate includes the historic Larkmead Cellar. First built in 1884, the stone building originally housed the third winery to produce in Napa, earning it a spot on the National Register of Historic Places. (The current Larkmead Winery is across the street.)
1091 Therkmead Lane Calistoga, 707-942-0859, frankfamilyvineyards.com
Known for its abundance of Michelin star restaurants – plan well ahead if The French Laundry is on your wish list—Yountville This is where Napa Valley’s first vines took root. Best explored on foot, the better to pop into the area’s dozen tasting rooms.
Located at the northern end of Napa Valley, this laid-back spot is famous for its geothermal hot springs and therapeutic mud baths. And lots of wine too! by Calistoga the walkable downtown offers an eclectic mix of tasting rooms, shops and restaurants.
The model bakery
Everything is made from scratch at this local favorite, but it’s the English muffins that propelled the local favorite to national fame. Featured on Oprah’s ‘favorite things’ list four times, the model bakery has multiple locations, but the downtown St. Helena address (with brick ovens built in the 1920s) is the original .
1357 Main StreetReet, Saint Helena, 707-963-8192, themodelbakery.com
Oxbow Public Market
Steps from the river in downtown Napa, this bustling market is home to everything from handmade sourdough bagels and homemade pickles to gourmet Argentinean empanadas and sustainably grown oysters.
610 & 644 First Street, Napa, 707-226-6529, oxbowpublicmarket.com
An 18-page wine list, over 40 American whiskeys available by the glass and a mouth-watering barbecue. We highly recommend the beer can chicken.
975 First Street, Napa, 707-226-3976, bountyhunterwinebar.com