OAKVILLE, CA - In 1868, H. W. Crabb turned Oakville from a mere water stop on a steam train line between Napa and Calistoga into a wine-growing area that would become legendary. He called his vineyard estate To Kalon (Greek for "the beautiful"), a name that, a century and a half later, makes the hearts of Cabernet lovers beat just a bit faster. Today, To Kalon produces grapes for Robert Mondavi Winery, as well as Plumpjack and other acclaimed producers. Other notable wineries in Oakville include Groth, Folie a Deux and Opus 1, founded on a partnership between winemaking royalty: Baron Phillip de Rothschild and Robert Mondavi.

Fuel up for a day on the go at the Oakville Grocery, where you'll find everything from artisan cheeses and breads to salads, soups and made-to-order sandwiches. Or opt for a food-pairing flight at Silver Oak, and learn how the flavors of food and wine complement each other.

Beyond wine tasting, local wineries offer some of the most interesting things to do in Oakville. At Robert Mondavi, galleries and sculpture gardens showcase art, and a Summer Concert Series brings a diverse lineup of performers to the winery's open-air amphitheater. Visitors to Far Niente's historic wine estate can stroll 13 acres of stunning gardens, see 40,000 square feet of wine-aging caves and take in an impressive collection of classic cars and motorcycles.

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