Cairdean Estate is unlike any other property in the Napa Valley. It’s a big, gorgeous campus with a wine production facility, a tasting room, a deli/bakery, a restaurant, and a mercantile store. Park once and enjoy hours of food, wine, and shopping entertainment.
It’s so new that the wine production facility and store are not even open yet. It’s an amazing place already, and once construction is complete it will be even more incredible!
I’m in the center of a huge oak wine barrel, incorporated into the landscape fronting Butterscots Bakery and Deli. The Cairdean Estate complex is at the north end of the Napa Valley, above St. Helena. The earthquake was not a big factor here.
Ramps have been incorporated into the design, so that everything on the property is accessible. My companion today was Vickie Haraszthy and we set out to explore the wide open spaces. Before we got too far, Patrick Boyd, the Hospitality Lead of Cairdean Estate, greeted me on this sunny September afternoon. It’s a relatively large space, so come prepared to do some walking or rolling.
You may want to plan your itinerary to spend the day here, by starting with breakfast or lunch at Butterscots. The space is spectacular with an abundance of glass, light, high ceiling, and architectural details, a great place to enjoy lunch indoors or outdoors. This is no ordinary deli and bakery.
With a little food in your belly it’s time to wander to the other end of the complex for wine tasting. As beautiful as Butterscots was, the tasting room is spectacular. Look at this wide open layout- no crowded aisles here!
This is an architectural dream, very accessible with no stairs, wide entrances, and plenty of room to maneuver a wheelchair, scooter, or walker.
Patrick did us the honor of pouring wine. With an array of varietals, Cairdean has something for everyone’s palate. The accessible tasting bar is integrated into the design of the overall look, with ample room for Vickie to join me. I felt pampered and delighted in conversation with Patrick. There is no rush as the tasting room is open until 8:00 pm.
I was too early for dinner at The Farmer & the Fox, as the dining room opens at 5:00, but Patrick offered to let me look around. Once Rosgal Mercantile is open it would make a great day to do a little shopping after wine tasting, then stop by The Farmer & the Fox for an early dinner. Wow. This is an impressive dining room. And yet the menu pricing is quite reasonable. Billed as a classic British gastropub, entrees include such items as Rabbit Wellington ($22) and Game Pie ($15)
Wonderful accessibility! I tested out all the different seating configurations, and every one was easy to pull up to the table or make a transfer. The outdoor tables would be wonderful on a warm summer night.
The bar had a lowered accessible section, with companion seats adjacent to it. It felt very inclusive, rather than being an afterthought.
2 women’s restrooms and 1 men’s restroom. Now this makes sense! The 3 rooms were decorated in 3 different patterns of wallpaper.
Parking was simple, with accessible spaces at each entrance into the complex.
Cairdean Estate, 3111 St. Helena Hwy. N., St Helena, CA 94574
707.968.5434 for more information
Cairdean Vineyards & Winery, open daily 11:00 am to 8:00 pm
The Farmer and the Fox, open daily 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Butterscots, open daily 7:00 am to 5:00 pm
Rosgal Mercantile, under construction