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Welcome sign in Napa Valley.Credit@americanwineryguide.com

The Bottlerock Festival in California combines live music from well-known artists as well as locally produced beers and wines. California’s Napa Valley may be famous for its wine, as the region is filled with vineyards producing Cabernets, Merlots and Chardonnays amongst other grape varieties harvested by the 400-plus wineries. The Bottlerock Festival is held at the Napa Valley Expo and brings together 100,000 attendees for a three-day celebration of music. The festival delivers all which may make the Napa Valley a need-to-visit destination, such as world class wines, a wide variety of food to choose from and picturesque surroundings. This year’s line up includes headline acts such as Stevie Wonder, Florence and the Machine as well as Red Hot Chili Peppers amongst other well-known artists. In addition to this, there is a culinary stage in which star chefs pair together with musicians, entertainers and celebrities as part of the day’s activities. This year, Gordon Ramsay from Masterchef and Masaharu Morimoto from Iron Chef are set to participate in this event.

Bottlerock stage.Credit@fest300.com

Bottlerock stage.Credit@fest300.com

The first Bottlerock Festival took place in May 2013 and has ran annually since. The first festival featured bands such as Kings of Leon, Train and The Black Keys, and is considered Napa Valley’s first large-scale festival. At Bottlerock, festival-goers may attend wine-tasting events and sample many local craft brews in the Bottlerock beer garden. Local craft beers include Lagunitas, Anchor brewing, Blue Moon and Napa Smith. Bottlerock provides the opportunity to sample some of the most popular wines produced in the region, and there are many to choose from. Local wineries such as JaM Cellars, the Miner Family Winery, Silver Oak Cellars and Del Dotto Vineyards are among the many producers of wine served at the Bottlerock Festival.

Culinary Garden at Bottlerock.Credit@fest300.com

Culinary Garden at Bottlerock.Credit@fest300.com

Besides the festival, there may be other activities and sites of interest for tourists to the Napa area. For example, there are hot air balloon rides available around Napa Valley which offer panoramic views of the region. Alternatively, visitors may purchase tickets for the Napa Valley Wine Train, an antique train which runs on 25 miles of track within the area. The train offers guests regional food and wine to enjoy whilst onboard. In addition to lunch or dinner, guests may participate in murder mysteries, enjoy winery tours, wine tasting onboard, and celebrity winemaker dinners. The official Napa Valley tourist board recommends visiting Chateau Montelena in Calistoga, another Napa Valley historic winery. The Chateau was constructed in 1888 and was intended as a barrel-aging facility, and resembles an English Gothic castle gatehouse. By 1896, the winery was one of the largest in the Napa Valley area, however wine was produced by the Chateau for the first time in 1972.

An additional established winery may be the Trinchero Napa Valley Winery. Wines bearing the Trinchero Napa Valley label are luxury, single-vineyard wines from the Napa Valley estate vineyards. The grapes are sourced from over 200 acres of estate vineyards in prime Napa Valley appellations, including St. Helena, Mount Veeder, Rutherford and Atlas Peak. The Trinchero family has been making wine in the Napa Valley since 1948 and the business offers membership to a wine club where members receive regularly scheduled shipments of the estate wine four times a year. For those interested in shopping, there are plenty of shops in St. Helena such as boutiques, jewellery shops, art galleries, bakeries and chocolate shops. Furthermore, for those seeking relaxation, there are spas in Calistoga where visitors may experience soothing mineral pools and healing mud baths. It is recommended during the time of Bottlerock Festival visitors book in advance to use the hot springs as Napa Valley may be increasingly busy during this time.

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