Driving past the grand wineries and beautiful hills of Napa Valley, I didn't expect to come upon the playful look of Clos Pegase winery. And although I had heard about the winery's art collection, I didn't expect art (especially sculpture) to be the centerpiece of this winery. A collection of sculpture by famous 20th century artists greets visitors outside, and the collection continues in the courtyard and tasting room. The owner, Jan Shrem, is a true art lover who clearly believes that great art is best shared with the public. The architecture of the winery also reflects a love of art--architect Michael Graves designed the unusual building, part contemporary and bold and part classical, with large columns and a a grand scale.
The wines are produced only from estate-grown grapes. Tours are offered daily at 11:30 (all ages) and 2:00 (21 and over only). Walk-in tastings are welcome every day from 10:30 to 5:00 and cost about $20.