St. Helena, Napa Valley, May 2011—Benessere Vineyards offers an usual event to celebrate the release of its 2010 Pinot Grigio: an adventure in geocaching. The winery and vineyards will be the setting for what is essentially an adult scavenger or treasure hunt, where teams of people will travel through the estate, GPS devices in hand (which the winery will supply), to search for the ‘cache.’ Refreshment stations along the way will offer water and wine; lunch from Michael Chiarello’s NapaStyle Paninoteca will also refresh the geocachers.
Date: Saturday May 21, 2011
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Cost: $55 per person for Benessere’s Wine Club members
$65 per person for the public
“We’re the first winery to offer geocaching as an event,” explains Jo Dayoan, Benessere’s Wine Club Director. “Coordinates are programmed into a GPS device which we’ll lend you and you just follow the coordinates and directions. When you’ve found a cache, you remove an item and replace it with another—all of which we’ll supply,” she adds. “The first team finishing in correct order wins and we will have terrific prizes,” Dayoan promises.
The day will also offer tastings of the winery’s other wines, including its specialty Italian varietals—in addition to Pinot Grigio, Sangiovese, Moscato di Canelli, Sagrantino, Aglianico as well as Zinfandels.
Benessere Vineyards, founded in 1994 by John and Ellen Benish, is located at 1010 Big Tree Road, off Hwy. 29, four miles north of St. Helena. The name “Benessere,” pronounced ben-ESS-eh-ray, means “well-being” or “prosperity” in Italian. It was chosen by the Benishes to convey the unique qualities of healthy living and grape growing in their charming corner of the upper Napa Valley.
The company farms 32 acres of estate vineyards surrounding the picturesque winery and welcomes visitors seven days a week from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m., by appointment.
As Wikipedia explains, Geocaching is an outdoor sporting activity in which the participants use a global positioning system receiver to find containers called “geocaches” or “caches.” A typical cache is a small waterproof container containing a logbook where the geocacher enters the date they found it and signs it with their established code name. Geocaching is often described as a “game of high-tech hide and seek,” sharing many aspects with benchmarking, trigpointing, orienteering, letterboxing and waymarking. Geocaches are currently placed in over 100 countries around the world and on all seven continents, including Antarctica. After 10 years of activity there are over 1.3 million active geocaches published on various websites. There are over 5 million geocachers worldwide.
Contact: Jo Dayoan
Location: St. Helena, Napa Valley
Event Date: 05/21/2011