|Miles of vineyards along Hwy 128/29 in Napa Valley (Julianne G. Crane)|
If you occasionally
prefer the slow lane, rather than speeding along on the interstates–consider State Hwy. 128/29
in iconic Napa-Sonoma Wine Country.
|Scenic Highway 128 north of Calistoga.|
We began our drifting early one morning after camping at the Corps of Engineers Lake Sonoma Liberty Glen Campground off Pacific Coast Hwy. 101 near Geyserville, Calif.
Traveling south on Hwy 128, this two-lane country road winds its way
through hundreds of vineyards–many with tasting rooms including Meeker Wines in Geyserville.
|Reflection (Julianne G. Crane)|
For the Meekers, “wine means family.” They started
home winemaking in a basement in the early 1970s, and in 1977 they
bought their first vineyard in Dry Creek Valley. “And now we’re into the
second generation of Meekers focused on creating and sharing wines with
character. We’d love it if you tried our wines and got to know our
family.” Their downtown tasting room was closed when we drove past their
storefront, however, we did catch our reflection in their window.
23-mile stretch between Geyserville and Calistoga was a bit curvy in sections,
however we didn’t mind and simply pulled over whenever anyone was
bunching up behind us.
|One of many vineyards open to public. (Julianne G. Crane)|
After Hwy 128 joins Hwy 29 in Calistoga, the road
straightens out some, but the remaining half of the journey is no less
scenic because of the rolling hillsides and hundreds of historic
vineyards and wineries, many of which are open to the public. For
shopping and walking, there are also the picturesque towns of St.
Helens, Rutherford, Yountville and, of course, Napa.
|Family vineyards. (Julianne G. Crane)|
“More than 400 wineries dot the fertile soils of Napa Valley, one of the
world’s premier viticultural regions,” states the Napa Valley.com.
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