The highlight of a Napa Valley wine tasting tour is often a visit to the caves. At Napa’s Meritage Resort, the aptly named Spa Terra is inside the cool, stone-reinforced walls of a wine cave that tunnels deep into the mountain behind the resort. The caves also house a tasting room and a private dining and meeting room.
Why is a spa inside a wine cave so special? What I noticed first was the coolness; the temperature is easily ten or fifteen degrees lower than the air outside, a pleasant relief on a hot day. And it made the experience of the eucalyptus steam room and soaking seawater pool that much more relaxing; who wants to soak in a hot pool when it’s baking outside? But more importantly, there’s the sense of going deep inside the earth, a hushed silence that’s almost eerily deep.
In the relaxation lounge, the only sound was the flow of water in the waterfall. No one talked, and I even felt self-conscious when the pages of my magazine rustled. The woman across from me was asleep in her chair, and I could easily have taken a cat nap myself, it was that peaceful.
The treatments at Spa Terra are very much of the earth as well. Vinotherapy uses grape seed extract oil, and facials and body treatments utilize muds, minerals, herbs, and even vegetables (the pumpkin facial is a favorite).
The spa has its own cafe serving a simple menu of light, healthy fare, so it’s possible to plan a day of treatments without having to leave. With the pool and an outdoor jacuzzi just steps away, you may find yourself foregoing the wine tasting for another day.
After all, you’re already in a wine cave.