On the Eastern Hillside of the historical city of St. Helena, tucked away in a marvelous forest lies
an absolute gem……….no I am not talking about the rusted up Tin Man!
Everything is covered with moss…….the trees….
The Ground covered with Ferns….
even the stone walls are green with tender moss….
Then we come upon it……….the Vineyard…
Don’t think you will drive up to a big chateau surrounded by tourist trappings……no
Arns Vineyard is by appointment only and it is hidden with no signs pointing the way…..
….. this is not a commercial, hyped up tourist trap….this is a vineyard
John Arns is most delightful and his passion for winemaking is very evident…
He lives in the middle of this paradise in a modest home…
He took us into his winemaking building….and the fragrances were delightful…
French Oak and Fermenting Grapes…..
John poured some of the magical potion into glasses for us….
The Absolute Delight of visiting this Artist was an experience that goes beyond words…
John has a bell in the front yard with parsley growing in the container and lovely artichokes and all sorts of vegetables and flowers surrounding the house
This was an experience the Tin Man shall never forget…
John Arns is one of those amazing people you meet, who are dedicated to their art and to the planet.
This visit made us remember who we are and how we should be living.
Although, I will be honest, The Tin Man was a bit nervous in the forest as I remembered the time I was with Dorothy and those beastly apple trees!
Look what made it back to the Tin Man’s Cellar……now the strength not to open it tonight!
If you are planning a trip to Napa, stop and see John….oh, you must make an appointment…
click here to do that…..CLICK
…..and be careful in that forest….I was sure I saw some of the trees looking at me!