I’ve been wanting to visit the stunning architecture and grounds at Clos Pegase Winery in Calistoga, Napa Valley for some time now after reading this post on “30 things to do in Napa Valley” by Jenna at her blog, This is my Happiness.
Clos Pegase is named after Pegasus, the winged horse of Greek mythology. According to napanow.com, legend says that the birth of both wine and art happened when Pegasus’ hooves unleashed the sacred Spring of the Muses. Even without trying a drop of wine – which I plan to do next time – this winery is a stop worth making. If you go this time of year, the crowds are smaller, the colors brighter.
The winery is an example of postmodernist architecture, “which merges modern and ancient architecture with strong allusions to ancient Mediterranean themes, especially Crete.”
Mythology is at the heart of many of its pieces. Children like my daughter, who are fans of author Rick Riordan (Percy Jackson and the Olympians series) will appreciate the art.
Gaia, Mother Earth. A sculpture by Henry Moore, one of the 2oth Century’s most well-known sculptors.
This Bacchus once graced the Italian Royal Palace in Torino, Italy. (19th Century)
You can picnic and enjoy a glass of their wine near this fountain from 17th Century Italy.
A thumbs up experience at Clos Pegase, according to the whole family.
Where are your favorite places to enjoy outdoor art?