HALL Napa Valley is bringing world-class cabernet to the Caribbean on exclusive Guana Island.
Last updated: August 2023
Tropical escapes don’t get much more exclusive than whiling away balmy days-turned sultry nights on Guana Island: an 850-acre privately owned island and namesake resort located within the British Virgin Islands. The intimate property is known for its signature – and singular – brand of low-key luxury, accommodating a maximum of just 35 guests across 18 rooms and villas.
Here, those in search of untouched paradise are rewarded with seven secluded beaches, spectacular flora and fauna (including a flock of wild flamingos), lush mountains harboring dozens of hiking trails, and farm-to-table cuisine from the on-property organic orchard. Did we mention unparalleled ocean views from every room?
A Perfect Pairing: World-Class Cabernet Meets the Caribbean
Across select dates this fall and spring, the island will be offering guests one more exceptional amenity: an exclusive 3-day culinary experience held in partnership with renowned Napa Valley cabernet sauvignon producer HALL Napa Valley. A perfect pairing, the two-part series marks the third such collaboration between award-winning HALL and legendary Guana. Both, family owned and committed to sustainable stewardship of their respective land – coastal California to the Caribbean.
Guana Island is no stranger to hosting mindful luminaries. Stretching back to 1935 when the island was purchased by American geologist and artist Louis Bigelow and his wife, Beth, Guana has played host to creatives, intellectuals and world travelers all seeking a slice of unspoiled paradise. The hideaway even set the stage for the 1958 classic Virgin Island, starring Sidney Poitier, John Cassavetes and Virginia Maskell.
In 1975, the island passed hands to psychiatrist Henry Jarecki and his film-critic wife, Gloria. Through such efforts as the Guana Science Program – hosting hundreds of academics, scientists and environmental researchers since the 1980s – and renowned Chinese naturalist Liao Wei Ping founding the property’s five-acre orchard (now under the care of six full-time gardeners), the pair have meticulously preserved Guana’s utopian legacy.
HALL Napa Valley x Guana Island: November 2023 & April 2024
During HALL’s fall program held November 30th – December 2nd, island-loving oenophiles – novices and connoisseurs alike – will have the ability to examine the winemaking process from vineyard to bottle. Think: discussions about Napa Valley appellations, terroir and agriculture led by HALL Director of Public Relations Lisa Covey.
For cognoscentes looking to delve into the technical side of wine, HALL’s VP of Winemaking, Megan Gunderson, will lead the second series from April 4th – 6th, 2024. This program acts as a natural continuation from November and offers guests an insightful deep dive into the art of winemaking.
Both sessions include a fabulous array of included tastings, pairings and activities, like a festive beach BBQ with pairings from HALL’s pinot noir brand, WALT, and guided tours of Guana Island’s expansive organic orchard. Plus: a masterfully curated 10-course dinner pairing seasonal Caribbean fare with wines from numerous Napa Valley appellations. Private tastings can further be arranged for wine aficionados with an interest in specific vintages, or perhaps a targeted region of Napa Valley.
To reach Guana Island, you’ll first need to fly into Tortola Beef Island Airport (EIS) via Miami, San Juan, St. Thomas or Antigua. Here, you’ll be met by the resort’s boatmen and whisked away to Guana’s White Bay – the crossing takes just five minutes.
The two-part HALL Napa Valley wine series is able to be booked individually or together, offered on Guana Island from November 30th – December 2nd, 2023 and April 4th – 6th, 2024. Accommodations, meals, tastings and wine-related programming are all included, starting at $995/night.