Winter, Wine, and Wellness

Head to the Meritage Resort and Spa for some R&R.

The beginning of the year for much of the U.S. means frigid temperatures, puffy coats, seeing one’s breath while speaking, and snowplows, but in the Bay Area, things play out a bit differently. Highs in the low to mid 60s, sunshine, and smaller crowds make for perfect conditions for winter travel to your favorite wine region for some wellness time. 

So, are you “California dreamin’ on such a winter’s day” yet?

The Meritage Resort and Spa and its sister property, The Grand Reserve at The Meritage, are ready to welcome you to experience the best of Napa Valley hospitality. As a AAA Four Diamond Resort, the luxury property offers various amenities which include the underground spa cave, wine tasting rooms, multiple dining options, and a resort within a resort at The Grand Reserve. 


There is never a bad time to prioritize your mental and physical well-being. As Napa Valley’s only spa cave, Spa Terra is ready to accommodate with a 22,000-square-foot, full-service spa on-property offering wellness seekers an experience of complete tranquility. Visitors may choose from a locally sourced menu of offerings, including a cave-inspired stone massage and facials featuring organic ingredients. Additionally, guests can add-on onsite health and wellness experiences like wellness classes and a guided vineyard yoga hike.

Wine & Dine

Village Bistro at Grand Reserve

You can’t come to wine country without indulging in the vino. At the Meritage and Grand Reserve, lodgers don’t have to travel far, thanks to the multiple tasting rooms located at The Village. Napa staples like Trinitas, Anarchist Wine Company, and Gen 7 wines will keep your smile big and your glass full. 

Interested in pairing your wine and wellness trip with some fine dining? Head over to Olive & Hay, where local ingredients meet the farm-to-table experience of Napa. This on-site restaurant features traditional and innovative Italian cuisine incorporating the homemade and the homegrown for an elevated, inviting experience. Plus, the 100-plus varietals of wine offered will keep connoisseurs engaged throughout the dining day. 

The Grand Reserve at the Meritage

Formerly the Vista Collina at The Meritage, this luxury resort within a resort is re-introducing itself as The Grand Reserve at The Meritage. The new name bends the knee and pays respect to the resort’s location in the heart of California’s Napa Valley Wine Country. 

“We are thrilled to embark on this new chapter for the resort as The Grand Reserve at The Meritage, a name that proudly reflects the premier quality standard that the property epitomizes. By refocusing our guest experience on Napa Valley’s unique offerings and pairing them with luxury amenities and unparalleled service, we hope to create an atmosphere where lasting memories can be made.”

 – Joe Leinacker, Managing Director of The Meritage Resort & Spa and Grand Reserve at The Meritage

The relaxing retreat features Tuscan-inspired décor in 39 luxury suites and 145 guest rooms overlooking the serene hills of the valley. In addition to the name change, patrons can expect a few enhancements on property such as a welcome glass of champagne, pre-arrival concierge curation calls, Saturday evening wine tasting experiences with visiting vintners, and special musical performances. 

About The Meritage Resort and Spa and The Grand Reserve at The Meritage:

Offering acres of sun-soaked, hillside vineyards and beautiful accommodations paired with luxurious amenities and award-winning cuisine, The Meritage Resort and Spa and The Grand Reserve at The Meritage celebrate the best of Napa Valley. These sister resorts blend world class luxury with exceptional hospitality for a resort experience in the heart of California’s wine country. Amenities include indulgent spa treatments in the serenity of an underground estate cave, a food and Wine village with a locally sourced artisanal market, on-site tasting rooms, a spacious community lawn for picnics and outdoor gatherings, and more. Find more information at

Noël Burgess

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