Connoisseurs talk about a wine’s floral bouquet. But some Napa Valley vintners are taking that concept a step further by planting lush gardens.At the Far Niente Winery (www.farniente.com), in Oakville, Calif., thousands of southern azaleas bloom in spring, creating a blaze of cerise and red. Developed by the late Gil Nickel and his wife, Beth, who together revived Far Niente in the late ’70s, the gardens also include hand-shaped flagstone stairs and stone bridges, plus a driveway lined with 100 Autumn Gold gingko trees. Visits are by appointment only and include a guided tour of the grounds. During March, this means walking beside a vibrant grove of tulips.
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Moving to higher ground, Newton Vineyard (www.newtonvineyard.com, guided tours by appointment only), in St. Helena, boasts a rose-bedecked formal parterre garden laid out on the roof of the chardonnay barrel building. For an informal riot of color, visit from late January through March, when the valley glows with a golden carpet of wild mustard planted as a cover crop to improve the soil and deter pests. Now that’s flower power.