Kitchens in the Vineyards’ Napa Valley home tour focuses on rebuilding

April 14, 2018

Five homes in and around St. Helena will be open for visitors on April 28 for the 21st annual Kitchens in the Vineyards home and garden tour in the Napa Valley.

Following the 2017 fires, this year’s tour focuses on rebuilding, offering an inspiring mix of both rustic and contemporary home design in different settings. Located in and around St. Helena, the tour, with a focus on entertaining and the culinary arts, is ideal for gathering home décor, landscaping, and architectural inspiration.

Styled by professional designers and florists, the homes will be open from from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for the tour, a benefit for Music in the Vineyards, the summertime chamber music festival in the valley.

Guests can tour a prefab home with alternative, eco-friendly elements, as well as in-town residences with a modest footprint and noteworthy interior design. The self-guided tour features statement kitchens, entertaining spaces, and outdoor living.

They include:

Prefabbed to Perfection

A prefabricated home to inspire those who are looking to rebuild, this modular concept home, constructed on Mare Island with steel hinges that unfold on site, offers modern amenities, minimalist design, and is eco-focused with low-water landscaping, solar panels, and electric car chargers.

Natural to the Nines

A collaboration between a well-known local architect and interior designer/owner, this newly built home perfectly captures the essence of modern rustic design. Built on a cozy lot in St. Helena, this home incorporates an old barn and utilizes repurposed materials and creative textures.

Old Stone Sanctuary

Originally built in the 1880s as a winery then abandoned for decades, this stone building was renovated as a residence in 1980, and again in 2008. Enter the gates and stroll through the charming rose gardens to the grand ebony and walnut doors. The elegant interior features a curved staircase, a massive custom mantel, coffered ceilings, and a formal dining room.

Wisteria Haven

A traditional ranch style home, recently updated for entertaining and relaxation. The interior features a formal dining room, fireplace, and open kitchen concept. Step out onto the expansive deck and enjoy the lounging areas, vegetable and cutting gardens, and wisteria-laden trellis surrounding the pool.

Perched Above the Vines

This modern residence features curved floor-to-ceiling glass walls and elevated outdoor entertaining spaces that offer 180-degree views of the surrounding vineyards. Ascend the glass-lined staircase to the second floor, where a great room, kitchen, and master suite are styled with warm elements to highlight the beauty of the natural landscape.

At each home, local chefs will be serving small bites, and their recipes are included in the tour guide book for attendees. The book also has background information on each home, a map of the residences, and a suppliers directory. The chefs participating this year are Josue Alvarado & Cory Dzingleski of Angèle; Freddie Guillen of Celadon; Polly Lappetito of the CIA at Copia;Terry Letson of Fumé; Spencer Wolff of Harvest Table; Michael Powell of Tarla Grill; David Verzello and Janet Fletcher, Cabot Creamery Co-operative.

At the “Old Stone Sanctuary” tour home, author Blakesley Chappellet will be signing copies of her book “Napa Valley Entertaining,” which features the home.

“Our 21st Kitchens in the Vineyards tour comes six months after the devastating fires that wiped out thousands of homes in both Napa and Sonoma counties, forever changing the lives of so many in our local communities,” said Deborah Tonella, chair of the organization’s house selection committee. “As we considered these tremendous losses experienced by friends and neighbors, our team committed to finding and presenting homes that would speak to a double mission: offering house ideas to those who are dealing with starting over and celebrating what makes living in the Napa Valley so special.”

A Preview Party takes place on Friday, April 27 at 4 p.m. The Ink House—a newly renovated boutique luxury inn. Guests meet at Tre Posti in St. Helena for a private, guided tour of the homes aboard mini-coaches, and return for a sunset reception in the courtyard under a canopy of mulberry trees and twinkling lights. The evening concludes in the elegant Harvest Room with an auction and wine-paired dinner by Executive Chef Anthony “Nash” Cognetti of Tra Vigne fame.

Tickets for Saturday’s self-guided tour are on sale and cost $70 in advance, or $75 on the day of the tour. Preview Party tickets are limited, and cost $275. Proceeds from both events benefit the 24th season of Music in the Vineyards, Napa’s annual chamber music festival held from Aug. 3-26 at select Napa Valley wineries. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.musicinthevineyards.org or call (707) 258-5559.