Leaving the Pacific coast and vibrant, concrete-clad silhouettes of San Francisco and Oakland behind, we made our way north to the lush serenity of the Napa Valley, part of an illustrious wine country. This is a well-trodden path for Californian road-trippers but it was new territory for our film crew, who had yet to experience this charming little corner of NorCal.
Highway 29 zipped us effortlessly into the rolling, sun-drenched vineyards, where we were greeted by a huge statue of a grape crusher, marking our arrival in the valley – and there we were, at the beginning of the road through Dionysia.
The two main roads running parallel up and down the valley make it impossibly easy to roam around the fecund pastures of Napa, so we drove without direction, stopping off to film whenever we saw a beauty spot (turns out our journey up the 30 mile stretch was going to take a little longer than planned). The orderly vines here stretch as far as your eyes can see, vibrant greens turning deeper and softer as each day comes to an end, when we’d be waiting to catch the sunset from our chosen spot. The mission here was to experience the ethos and visually capture an iconic wine region; toasting our work with delicious local produce each evening was just a bonus. We’ve no doubt you’ll relish it as much as we did.