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An Introduction to Napa Valley AVAs

Celebrate the viticultural diversity of the region

Known as California’s most iconic wine region, Napa Valley in Northern California has built a reputation for producing exceptional, age-worthy wine — particularly cabernet sauvignon — from its 16 distinct AVAs . While world-class wineries may be the main draw, and for good reason, Napa wins hearts with its beautiful scenery, deluxe lodging , globally-recognized restaurants , unique shopping boutiques, arts and culture, spas, and outdoor activities . Simply put: Napa Valley is the ultimate Wine Country destination.

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Towns of napa valley.

While only 30 miles long and 5 miles wide, Napa Valley is home to numerous towns that each bring their own unique flair to the region. In Napa , you’ll find a thriving downtown situated along the Napa River, where boutique hotels, urban tasting rooms, wine bars, restaurants, theaters, and shops await. First-time visitors to Napa will especially enjoy the always bustling Oxbow Public Market.

Further north sits the town of Yountville , known as the culinary capital of Napa Valley, where visitors come from all over the map to experience the best of the region’s dining scene, including Bouchon Bakery and the Michelin-starred The French Laundry, in addition to many luxury resorts and hotels, like the French-inspired Lavender, A Four Sisters Inn . Heading up valley, Oakville and Rutherford are situated in what is known as “Cabernet Country,” where longstanding wineries such as Robert Mondavi Winery draw visitors for their world-renowned wine.

Keep heading north and you’ll reach the charming town of St. Helena , where tasting rooms, stylish shops, galleries, and restaurants abound. Surrounded by beautiful vineyards, St. Helena is also home to many famous names in wine, such as Beringer Vineyards , Louis M. Martini Winery , and Charles Krug . If it’s relaxation you’re after, Napa Valley’s northernmost town of Calistoga has you covered, offering soothing mineral pools, mud baths, and restorative spas with a healthy dose of laid-back luxury.

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A first-timer's guide to Napa Valley

Tamara Gane

Apr 28, 2024 • 11 min read

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Napa Valley is synonymous with luxury. Posh hotels, chef-driven restaurants and extravagant tasting fees cemented that reputation decades ago.

But at its core, Napa is farm country— a place where people dig in the dirt and make a living from the land. Despite all odds, this gives Napa a grounded feeling, even in its swankiest spaces. At the end of the day, visitors come to Napa Valley because they love food, wine and beautiful scenery. It’s a passion shared by the community of this incredible locale. 

The five towns of Napa Valley (St Helena, Yountville, the city of Napa , Calistoga  and American Canyon) are home to 16 wine appellations and more than 400 wineries. The options can be daunting to first-time visitors but we’re here to help. From mud baths in Calistoga to tips for visiting wineries, our first-timer’s guide to Napa Valley will give you everything you need to know to plan a trip here, including the best hotels, wineries, restaurants and activities.

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When is the best time to visit Napa? 

It’s always a good time to visit Napa in our book, however, the timing of your trip will impact your experience. Peak tourist season is in summer when the average high temperature is 82°F. If you plan to visit this time of year, you’re unlikely to find any bargains. Make your reservations for lodging, restaurants and wineries as far in advance as you can.

Spring and fall are the next busiest times of the year. Spring brings average high temperatures of 68°F while in fall, high temperatures average 78°F. The lower, but still pleasant, temps are especially appealing for visitors who plan to hike, bike or engage in other outdoor activities. 

Winter temperatures reach an average high of 60°F. This season gets the most rain (although this is California so there will still be plenty of dry, beautiful days). Since winter is the least crowded, it is the most affordable time to visit Napa with many hotels, resorts and spas advertising special packages and discounts off their regular rates.

How much time should I spend in Napa? 

Set aside three to four days for your Napa Valley itinerary. This allows enough time to visit your top wineries and restaurants, plus time for other activities like spa treatments, hiking, lounging by the pool or riding the wine train.

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What are the top things to do in Napa Valley? 

Most people come to Napa to visit wineries – more on that later – but don’t overlook Napa’s exceptional culinary, wellness and recreation opportunities.

You can get filthy (in the best possible way) at the north end of the county in Calistoga. Calistoga is recognized around the world for mud made with a mixture of mineral-packed volcanic soil and water drawn from local hot springs. The two most common treatments involve painting it on your body or soaking in a tub of warm, nurturing mud. At least seven spas offer Calistoga mud experiences including the luxurious Spa Talisa at the Four Seasons Resort and Residences and the do-it-yourself mud bar at MoonAcre Spa and Baths . 

Calistoga is also home to two of Napa Valley’s most unique natural attractions. The Old Faithful Geyser is a smaller, but still impressive version of Yellowstone’s most famous jet spout . In Calistoga, Old Faithful shoots hot water 30–80ft towards the sky every 10 to 20 minutes. Just outside of Calistoga at the Napa/Sonoma border, a three million-year-old petrified forest with 1.5 miles of hiking trails provides a fascinating glimpse at geological history. 

No trip to the valley would be complete without a trip to downtown Napa’s Oxbow Public Market ,  a 40,000-sq-ft marketplace packed with locally sourced culinary delights. From California-grown olive oil at the Olive Press to artisan cheeses at the Oxbow Cheese and Wine Merchant , this is the place to stock up for a picnic or edible souvenirs. You’ll also find a bookstore, distillery, bakeries and restaurants. After you’ve finished browsing, find a seat on the riverfront deck out back to sample fresh oysters on the half shell from Hog Island Oyster Bar .  

With menus centered around locally-grown ingredients, Napa is almost as famous for fine dining as it is for wine. Food this fresh is revelatory. A dish, such as fermented soy dip served with raw vegetables pulled from the ground at the Charter Oak , will ruin you forever for grocery store veggies. Other bucket-list dining experiences include the six-course prix-fixe chef’s tasting menu at La Toque , the daily tasting menu at the French Laundry , and Kenzo Napa , where seafood is flown in daily from the finest fish market in Japan. Please note that reservations at these restaurants are coveted, and should be made as far as possible in advance. 

Don’t let these vaunted names fool you into thinking you need to spend a fortune to get a good meal in Napa. The valley is filled with scores of reasonably-priced restaurants including Heritage Eats in Napa where you can feast on comfort foods like a smoked ham bowl or white cheddar mac and cheese for less than $15 a person. For tasting menus, Thomas Keller’s ad hoc offers a daily tasting menu currently priced at $56 a person for lunch or $69 a person at dinner. The  Gate House Restaurant at the Culinary Institute of America offers three courses prepared by student chefs for $35 at lunch or four courses for $45 at dinner (please note that restaurant prices are always subject to change). 

For nightlife, the Blue Note Napa Jazz Club hosts an exciting mix of live performances ranging from household names to rising stars and tribute bands. It also holds the Summer Sessions outdoor concert series and the Black Radio Experience at the Meritage Resort and Spa . If you’re on the hunt for a good dive bar, Ana’s Cantina in downtown St Helena is the place for a game of pool, tunes from the jukebox and a stiff drink.

Other top activities in Napa Valley include hiking or biking the 12.5-mile  Napa Valley Vine Trail , which will eventually extend 47 miles from Vallejo to Calistoga.

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Tips for visiting wineries in Napa 

Gone are the days when you can walk into virtually any Napa Valley winery and ask for a tasting without an appointment (or even a fee). Although there are a few wineries like Hall Wines in St Helena, where walk-ins are welcome, reservations are required at most wineries in Napa Valley. This helps ensure the wineries have adequate time to guide you through your tasting. From the guest's perspective, appointments are helpful when it comes to budgeting, arranging transportation and planning your Napa itinerary.

The average wine tasting fee in Napa Valley is $40 per person but it isn’t unusual for prices to climb to $200 or even more. Most wineries have a menu of tasting options, with standard tastings at the low end and premium experiences with food pairings, library wines, or guided tours commanding a higher price. Please note that the tip is not included in the tasting price so it will need to be factored into your budget. 

Expect to spend at least 90 minutes at each winery (often longer for premium experiences). For this reason, it’s best to stick to no more than two or three tasting room visits a day. We recommend clustering each day’s reservations in the same area so you won’t have to rush between wineries. For instance, in the Stag’s Leap District, Cliff Lede Vineyards and Baldacci Family Vineyards are only a mile apart. Cliff Lede’s Backstage Lounge Tasting Room Experience offers an elevated tasting with premium wines in a room filled with rotating art and rare rock memorabilia. At Baldacci, the Cave Tour and Tasting Experience includes a cave tour and barrel tasting followed by a seated tasting paired with seasonal appetizers. 

In the Rutherford area, Sullivan Winery is only half a mile from the Prisoner Wine Company . At Sullivan, the Merlot Mastery Tasting starts with a tour of the gardens and grounds before moving on to a seated tasting with two flights of its prized merlot accompanied by light bites. At Prisoner, you’ll find many culinary pairings including the Wine and Dim Sum Experience. 

Attire is wine country casual. A pair of nice jeans, golf shirts, sundresses or casual blouses are the norm in Napa Valley. Do wear comfortable shoes, especially if you plan to walk through the vineyards or participate in a tour.

Expert tip: The Covet Pass offers complimentary tastings at seven Napa wineries and seven Sonoma wineries, plus additional discounts for a one-time fee of $150. 

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How to get around in Napa without a car

Napa Valley is 30 miles long and stretches at most 5 miles wide. In this sense, Napa is small and easy to navigate, but driving can be tricky in a destination centered around wine. Luckily, if you don’t have a designated driver there are several ways to get around Napa without a car. 

The Napa Valley Wine Train offers several tasting journeys including a 36-mile roundtrip through gorgeous scenery to disembark for seated tastings at Charles Krug Winery and V. Sattui Winery . A four-course lunch is served onboard. You can also hitch a ride to three tasting rooms in an open-air San Francisco cable car on the Napa Valley Wine Trolley . 

Many tour operators provide transportation to Napa wineries. Several, like Napa Valley Wine Country Tours , offer a choice between public group tours, which are less expensive, or private tours with a customized itinerary. 

If you prefer to get around by foot, base yourself in the cities of Napa or Yountville. Napa has more than 50 downtown tasting rooms and there are 14 walkable tasting rooms in downtown Yountville. 

Where to stay

If there was ever a place to treat yourself to a nice hotel, it’s Napa Valley. The region is home to some of the best hotels in the country, with grounds and accommodations so astonishingly beautiful you might not want to leave to go wine tasting (but definitely leave to go wine tasting). If you’re in the position to splurge our top picks are: 

The Poetry Inn is an exclusive property with only five guest rooms and a small, on-site spa. The all-suite hotel is the epitome of privacy and luxury with huge guest rooms featuring private sitting areas, outdoor patios, and indoor and outdoor showers with stunning hillside or vineyard views. A gourmet multicourse breakfast is included with each stay. Poetry Inn is the only hotel in the Stag Leap district. 

Meadowood Napa Valley in St Helena is set on a magnificent 250-acre estate with mature, oaks and native plants surrounding 36 suites and guest rooms with soaking tubs and private outdoor sitting areas. Hiking trails, tennis courts, swimming pools, a Wine Center and a tranquil spa ensure you’ll never lack activities during your stay. 

Carneros Resort and Spa offers standalone cottages and homes surrounded by rolling hills and vineyards in Napa. Amenities include a luxurious onsite spa, two swimming pools, pickle ball courts with an adjacent Veuve Clicquot Champagne Bar and Lounge, a complimentary buffet breakfast, and access to Cadillac Luxury Vehicles during your stay. 

If a mid-range hotel is better suited for your budget we recommend the Meritage Resort and Spa or Silverado Resort . The Meritage offers perks like a complimentary shuttle service to downtown Napa and a verdant lawn surrounded by tasting rooms and an upscale market. At the Silverado Resort, amenities include golf courses, bocce ball courts, a pool and a fitness center.

The most affordable lodging options in Napa Valley are generally found in American Canyon, which offers several reliable, reasonably-priced chains such as the DoubleTree by Hilton Napa Valley American Canyon and Holiday Inn Express and Suites Napa Valley American Canyon .

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My favorite thing to do in Napa 

When I come to Napa I love to take a class to enhance my appreciation of food and wine or learn a fun, new skill. I’ve never been anywhere else where classes are so varied and accessible, so I take advantage whenever I can. Often, these classes are offered directly through my hotel. The Wine Center at Meadowood Napa Valley runs classes ranging from introductory tutorials on Napa wine to advanced courses on subjects like the history of the wine label. Carneros Resort and Spa has a dazzling array of daily classes focusing on everything from sabering champagne bottles to pickleball. 

The Culinary Institute of America is my hands-down choice for cooking classes with options for group or private instruction. I’ve also found classes offered at Napa Valley wineries. Bouchaine Vineyards regularly hosts an exciting roster of sessions on topics like pairing wine and cheese, blending wine and even falconry. 

How much do you need to budget for a trip to Napa?

The amount you’ll need to spend on a trip to Napa is highly variable depending on your itinerary and even the season you choose to visit. Although it is generally considered a luxury destination, you can still plan an affordable trip to Napa with the tips and tricks in this first-timer’s guide. The numbers below are not definitive but will provide a general idea of how much it costs for budget-conscious, midrange, and luxury travelers to visit Napa.

  • Hotel room for two: $100–1200 a night 
  • Rental home/Airbnb for two: $200–1000 a night 
  • Wine tasting fees: $25–250 per person at each winery (not including tip) 
  • Lunch for two: $30–100 per person
  • Dinner for two: $100–300 per person (or more)
  • Glass of wine: $13–50 
  • Bottle of wine: $108 average
  • Group shuttle to wineries: $125 per person
  • Private transportation to wineries: $600 (and up) 
  • Spa treatment: $100–400 per person (and up)

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Visit Napa Valley Board of Directors Elects Fiscal Year 2022 Leadership

July 19, 2021.

July 19, 2021 -- Napa, CA -- The board of directors of Visit Napa Valley, the non-profit destination management organization, has elected Michael Collins , general manager of Archer Hotel Napa as its chair for FY 2022. Additional officers are Tom Davies , general manager of V. Sattui Winery, as chair-elect, Thomas Bensel , managing director of the Culinary Institute of America & Copia, as vice-chair, and Greg Brun , partner of the Napa Valley Wine Train, as secretary/ treasurer. Michael Lennon , general manager of Calistoga Spa Hot Springs, serves as past-chair.

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 “Visit Napa Valley continues to shine as the leader in strategic promotion of the outstanding experiences and value to be enjoyed here in Napa Valley, and I look forward to leading our tourism business partners in proactively managing visitation to this dynamic region,” said Michael Collins. “Particularly during the coming year as the tourism industry in Napa Valley navigates the road to recovery, how we as business owners create strategies to manage expectations and market our destination can positively impact the hospitality industry in Napa Valley for years to come.”

Additional members of the FY 2022 Visit Napa Valley Board of Directors include four new members,  Emma Swain , CEO of St. Supéry Estate Vineyards and Winery; Joe Leinacker , managing director of Meritage Resort & Spa and Vista Collina Resort; and Edward Costa , managing director of Carneros Resort & Spa. Those continuing to serve their terms are Gary Buffo , president & CEO, Pure Luxury Transportation; Sean Knight , managing partner, Mustards Grill; Whitney Diver McEvoy , president & CEO, Yountville Chamber of Commerce, Tom Davies , managing partner, V. Sattui Winery; John Evans , general manager, Silverado Resort & Spa; Linsey Gallagher , president & CEO, Visit Napa Valley; Linda Reiff , president & CEO, Napa Valley Vintners; Alain Negueloua , vice president & general manager at Bardessono Hotel & Spa; Erik Burrow , general manager, DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel & Spa Napa Valley, and Jean-Charles Boisset , proprietor, Boisset Collection.

Additionally the Napa Valley Tourism Corporation Board of Directors has been named for Fiscal Year 2022 to include Chair Don Shindle, general manager, Westin Verasa Napa; Marcelle Adderley, general manager, Southbridge Napa Valley; Felipe Barragan, proprietor, Chateau de Vie; Sara Brooks, general manager, Napa River Inn; Amy Carabba-Salazar, CEO, St. Helena Chamber of Commerce; Diane Dillon, Napa County Board of Supervisors; Linsey Gallagher, president & CEO, Visit Napa Valley; George Goeggel, managing partner, Auberge du Soleil; Kenta Kamohara, general manager, Holiday Inn Express; David Oro, council member, City of American Canyon; and Steve Rogers, city manager, Town of Yountville.

Visit Napa Valley was founded in 2010 as the official destination marketing and management organization for Napa County,  with a continued mission to promote, protect, and enhance the region’s position as an attractive travel destination while also enhancing its public image as a dynamic place to visit, live, and work.

The Napa Valley historically welcomes 3.85 million visitors, who spend $2.23 billion and provide $85.1 million in tax relief to residents. The tourism industry is the second largest employer in Napa County (after the wine industry), supporting the livelihood of nearly 16,000 people in the community, with a combined payroll of nearly $500 million (per 2018 Visitor Profile Study).

About Visit Napa Valley

Visit Napa Valley is the official destination management organization for the Napa Valley, with a mission to promote, protect, and enhance the region’s position as the world’s premier wine country experience and to enhance its public image as a dynamic place to visit, live, and work. Napa Valley’s rural 35-mile scenic landscape, conveniently located just an hour from the San Francisco Bay Area, consists of distinctive towns and regions, including Calistoga, St. Helena, Rutherford/Oakville, Yountville, Napa, American Canyon, and the outdoor recreation area of Lake Berryessa.

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First-Time Visitor Guide to Napa Valley | Discover the Best of Wine Country

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Planning your first trip to Napa Valley can be an imposing task. Booking your flight, finding a room, scheduling activities, picking out restaurants, and doing the research to make the right decisions might take up more time than the trip does. Don’t burn half your vacation days planning your vacation: just follow along here and we’ll do the leg-work for you.

FIRST TIME VISITOR GUIDE TO NAPA VALLEY.  To plan your first trip to Napa Valley, you’ll need to figure out the following:

  • When should you visit?
  • How will you get there?
  • Where will you stay?
  • What will you eat?
  • What will you do?
  • Which wine tours and tastings should you try?
  • What should you know about wine before you go?

Individually, they’re not exactly huge questions, but when you list them all out it can look like a mountain of work. Not to worry, we’re here with your Napa Valley study guide. Just keep scrolling and we’ll hook you up with everything you need to know.

Deciding When to Visit

While there is not any one right time of year to visit Napa Valley, your experience there will vary drastically depending on the season.

From late August through the end of October is the harvest season. During this period, many winery tours allow you to watch as fresh wine is pressed. At the Grgich Hills Estate, visitors even have the opportunity to stomp grapes with their bare feet. Harvest events, such as the St. Helena Harvest Festival, are another Autumn perk.

Summer is recommended for beautiful weather, which brings the year’s largest crowds, and some of the valley’s most exciting events, including the Independence Day parade and The Napa County Fair & Fireworks in Calistoga every 4 th of July.

Budget conscious travelers can visit in the late winter or early spring, after the harvest, but before the weather really starts to warm up again. This is the least crowded time of year, which brings down travel prices, and you’ll also have the chance to see the valley’s famous mustard plants in bloom.

Flying into Napa

If you’re planning on flying into the area, you should know that there are 5 nearby airport options. You can compare travel itineraries for all 5 to get the best deals available.

  • Charles M. Schulz Airport (STS) in Sonoma County is the closest to Napa Valley, though you’ll need to fly out of a limited number of west coast cities to get there.
  • Oakland International Airport (OAK) is 90-minutes’ drive from Napa, and often has great rates from the budget airlines.
  • San Francisco International Airport (SFO) is the largest option, with the direct flights from almost any major point of origin, and extensive secondary travel options available to get you to Napa.
  • Sacramento International Airport (SMF) is only 90 minutes away by car.
  • Mineta San Jose International Airport (SJC) is only two-hours’ drive from the valley.

For tips on getting from the airport to Napa Valley, check out these tips on the best way to get to Napa Valley.

Finding Your Hotel

Because the valley is so large, first-time visitors often have a hard time figuring out where to stay. The solution is to narrow your search down by town: each town has its own advantages and drawbacks, and your individual priorities will determine which is best for you.

  • Yountville, CA. is usually the most expensive option, if only because it’s the most action-packed. It’s a beautiful town with a ton of dining options, and the Yountville Wine Walk has 19 wine-tasting rooms within one mile.
  • Napa, CA. is slightly further from most wineries than Yountville, but it is a little more affordable, and equally lovely. There are plenty of tasting rooms in town, and lots of great food.
  • Calistoga, CA. is just outside the valley to the north. It’s got a rustic vibe that travelers love, and it’s a good budget option, but there’s not as much to do there as in Yountville or Napa.
  • American Canyon, CA. is outside the valley to the south, and has budget hotel chains that aren’t present anywhere else nearby. Traffic into the valley can be slow, but the savings may be worth it.

Whatever town you choose will have plenty of options for hotels and bed and breakfasts, but there are also great deals to be found on home rental platforms like AirBNB and VRBO.

If you’re really looking for a discount, try staying at one of these Napa Valley Campgrounds:

  • Bothe-Napa Valley State Park
  • Skyline Wilderness Park 
  • Calistoga RV Park and Campground
  • Napa Valley Expo RV Park Camping  

What Will You Eat in Yountville?

If you’re looking for a bite in Yountville, look no further than these recommendations, courtesy of our own Foster Daly:

  • The French Laundry was named Best Restaurant in the world by Restaurant Magazine in 2003 and 2004.
  • Yountville Deli offers locally loved specialty sandwiches, breakfast, and boxed lunches, and is one of the cheapest options in town.
  • R+D Kitchen specialize in American classics.
  • Ciccio’s wood-fired grill serves up authentic Italian pizza made from locally-sourced ingredients.

For the full rundown, and more recommendations, check out Foster’s original post on the best restaurants in Yountville .

What Will You Eat in the City of Napa?

Ellie Gebhardt has our hookup on the best spots to eat in Napa.

  • Bistro Don Giovanni is a rustic Italian bistro with a truly intimate atmosphere.
  • Galpao Gaucho Brazilian Steakhouse is an all-you-can-eat steakhouse with 17 cuts of flame-broiled meat to satisfy even the most devoted carnivores.

For more on those, and the rest of her recommendations, check out Ellie’s original post on the best restaurants in Napa .

Where Will You Eat in Calistoga?

When you get hungry in Calistoga, take one of these tips from Julie Workman:

  • Evangeline is the French Bistro with a Creole Soul.
  • Solbar-Solange serves up California soul food in a distinctly beautiful natural setting.
  • Café Sarafornia serves classic diner fair so popular it often draws lines out the door.
  • Pacifico Restaurante Mexicano has authentic Mexican food made from fresh, natural ingredients, with a live mariachi band on Friday’s for an added kick.

Julie’s got several more recommendations for you in her post on the best places to eat in Calistoga .

What Will You Eat in St. Helena?

 There are many excellent dining options in St. Helena. Gabrielle Malone offers these recommendations:

  • Press is a great choice for a romantic dinner, set in a modern farmhouse.
  • Meadowood offers fine dining in a casually elegant environment.
  • Harvest Table offers all three meals from locally sourced ingredients.
  • Market Restaurant is a cheaper option for classic American food.
  • Cliff Family Bruschetteria offers award-winning Italian-American street food.

For the rest of Gabrielle’s list, check out the best places to eat in St. Helena .

Things to Do in Napa Valley That Do Not Involve Drinking Wine

Napa Valley may be most famous for its wine, but that’s not the only thing to do there. In fact, there’s a lot more to do in Napa Valley than most trips have time to fit, even if you skip the wine (don’t worry: we have a separate section for wine-tasting further down).

  • Visit the Lincoln Theater , where the Napa Valley Performing Arts Center puts on some incredible shows, including the local Symphony Napa Valley orchestra.
  • Kayak or paddle-board the Napa River with Napa Valley Paddle .
  • Take a stroll Yountville Art Walk , where you’ll find 65+ unique outdoor sculptures.
  • Hike Robert Louis Stevenson State Park. If you like, you can hike a 10-mile round trip to the top of Mount St. Helena.
  • Tour the Hess Collection’s Contemporary Art Museum, where you’ll see art from the likes of Francis Bacon, Franz Gertsch, and Anselm Kiefer.
  • See the Napa Chef’s Market. Every Thursday, you can see some of the best chefs in town perform culinary demonstrations where spectators are able to taste the foods they watch them prepare.
  • Walk or Cycle the 12.5-mile Vine Trail.
  • Visit the Napa Valley Museum in Yountville to see more local art.
  • Hike the Westwood Hills Park , or Skyline Park .
  • Try a quirky scavenger hunt in downtown Napa, courtesy of Viator’s Napa Puzzling Adventure .
  • Catch a Napa Silverados baseball game at Napa Valley College’s Storm Field.
  • Take a hot air balloon tour with one of the valley’s many vendors. Balloons Above The Valley and Aloft are two, but there are a handful of other services as well.
  • Check out the Safari West Wildlife Preserve , a 400-square mile safari style zoo, where guests can even choose to sleep overnight in tents.
  • Visit the Oxbow Public Market, for great food, unique local shopping, and a colorful, vibrant environment.
  • Catch a show at Silo’s Jazz Club .
  • Walk the Napa River Promenade for a relaxing, romantic evening.
  • During the summer, enjoy a live outdoor show at Napa City Nights .

As you can see, Napa offers a plethora of fun even for those who aren’t interested in wine. Now that we’ve dealt with those lunatics, let’s turn our attention to the good stuff.

A Few Great Tour Options

If you’re looking for an educational tour, you can’t go wrong with any of the hot spots recommended by Maree Paul.

  • At Conn Creek Winery they allow guests to blend their own wine.
  • Rutherford Hill offers a similar tour.
  • The estate tour at Deloach Vineyards is focused on sustainable farming methods, and very interesting.
  • Beringer is one of the oldest wineries in Napa Valley, and their tour is a great slice of local history.

For more information on these, and a few more recommendations, hit up Maree’s original post on the best Napa Valley Educational Wine Tours .

For a few options that aren’t as focused on education, all of which cost $30 or less for a tasting, check these out:

  • The St. Clair Brown Winery, which bills itself as an “urban winery, nano-brewery, and culinary garden.
  • Black Stallion Winery, located on the grounds of a historic equestrian center.
  • Etude Wines, known for Pinot Noir and Cabernet Sauvignon.
  • Madonna Estate, a wine-crafting tradition that’s been running since 1922.

A Few Free Tour Options

The only thing better than cheap is free. You can enjoy free wine tastings at these wineries:

  • Buehler Vineyards  offer free tastings by reservation. In spite of the price, this might be the best vineyard tour in all of Napa Valley thanks to the true family nature of the business, and the attention they pay to visitors.
  • Vincent Arroyo Winery in Calistoga offers freebies for groups of four or fewer. The reds come highly recommended.
  • Heitz Cellar  nearby is a local favorite.
  • Hendry Wines has a free tasting and a gorgeous mountain view.
  • Artesa Winery  offer free group tours that end with a 5 wine sampling from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm.
  • Sutter Home  are a bit commercial, but the wine is good, the tasting is free, and guests are allowed to tour the beautiful property and classic Victorian house.
  • Homage Vineyard  is a more recent brand offering an excellent free tasting.

Another great way to wine taste is to book an all-inclusive tour package via a discount site, like The best packages include transportation, a full day of guided sight-seeing and wine-tastings, and even lunch, for under $120-per-person.

More free-wheeling travelers can start their improvised tours at the Napa Valley welcome center, where a staff of 80 local volunteers helps visitors plan their trips. The welcome center always has tons of coupons to pick up—not to mention famously clean restrooms, a cute gift shop, and complimentary wine tastings on Fridays from 11:00 am – 2:00 pm.

Your Napa Wine Study Guide

You don’t need to be a wine expert to have an incredible time in Napa Valley, but it can help to have a little basic knowledge.

Napa Valley is most famous for two wines: Cabernet Sauvignon, and Chardonnay. While the valley overall is famous for those wines, each of 16 sub-regions within the valley has its own specialty, described in this post about each area’s best-known wines . If you have a favorite type of wine, you might want to schedule a tour in one of the areas that specializes in your favorite.

There is no special etiquette for a wine tasting. Guests should respect the wine, vineyard, and vintner by paying close attention to what they are tasting, giving honest, respectful feedback, and refraining from becoming overly drunk. Remember that the wine, and the vintner’s hard work, should be the focus of the room’s attention. See the link for more detailed tips for novice wine tasters .

It is generally expected that wine-tasters will seriously consider purchasing a bottle of any wines that they really love. Once you’ve tasted a few Napa wines, we don’t think you’ll need much convincing. What you will need is a plan for getting those bottles home. In the United States, you need a special license to ship alcohol, and many wineries won’t ship it for you.

The options aren’t great. You can see a full rundown on how to ship wine from Napa Valley here, but the best option is probably a product like The Wine Check (or one of a handful of competitors), which is a protective insulated container designed for carrying bottles of wine as checked luggage on your flight home.

Related Questions

Can you walk to wineries in napa.

Unfortunately, most of the wineries in Napa Valley aren’t reasonably accessible on foot. If you’re really only looking for wine tasting, there are a couple of places you can go to find a wide variety of tasting rooms all within walking distance.

The first spot to look at is Yountville, where there are 19 wine-tasting rooms all located within 1 mile. The Yountville Wine Walk is a fantastic option for those who are concerned more with tasting than with touring the winery.

The Yountville Wine Walk is the most popular recommendation, which does sometimes mean that it’s a bit crowded. For a slightly less bustling option (that’s still got excellent tastings), you can head to Sonoma, where there has been a fairly recent boom in new, excellent tasting rooms that public perception hasn’t quite caught on to yet. They’re not all within 1 mile, but they’re certainly walkable.

Travelers who are dead-set on seeing the vineyards still aren’t necessarily stuck renting a car. Many vineyards offer hotel pickup services for tours, there are a handful of independent shuttle services operating in the valley, and several pre-arranged tour packages include van or bus transportation.

What is the priority wine pass?

Priority Wine Pass is a membership-based discount service offering discounts at over 350 wineries on the west coast, including Napa Valley. Deals vary from location to location. The most common deals are 2-for-1 tastings, but there are a plenty of complimentary tours and tastings, as well as discounts on meals, bicycle rentals, wine-tasting lessons, balloon tours, and even mud baths.

The pass also includes access a concierge service, which offers to craft customized trip itineraries for members.  

A one-year pass costs $120, although that has been marked down to about $60 at the time of this writing. The easiest way to decide whether it’s worth it for you is to head to the priority wine pass website and visit the list of discounts that are included. Count up the savings that align with your travel plans. If the total savings is greater than the cost of the pass, then you might as well take advantage.

As local experts in Napa Valley tourism, our team at has curated the ultimate first-time visitor guide. With years of experience and a deep understanding of the region, we provide trusted advice to ensure you make the most of your Napa Valley getaway.

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O'Brien Estate Winery O'Brien Estate Winery

From planting to bottling, the entire wine-making process occurs on this relatively small plot of land (comprising 40 acres of vineyards, a winery and the owner's home). And by all accounts, the end result is a hit with visitors. Consider a tasting at O'Brien Estate Winery if you're looking for a relaxed, intimate atmosphere with personalized service.

Recent visitors raved about the staff, who share interesting and educational facts about the winery, but also give plenty of alone time to kick back, relax and savor the tasting experience. Expect stunning views of the Oak Knoll District and a sampling of five of the estate's wines.

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Frog's Leap Winery Frog's Leap Winery

Owner and winemaker, John Williams, started as a dairy farmer in New York, but fell in love with winemaking and opened his own winery in 1981, known as Frog's Leap Winery. This country farm meets vineyard is the perfect place to enjoy great wine and company without the stuffiness sometimes found at other wineries. Plus, Frog's Leap farms organically, so you're making healthy choices by drinking the wine, right? 

Some say this winery offers the most relaxed and enjoyable tasting in Napa Valley. Tour guides lead you through the fruit and vegetable gardens, the fermentation room, barrel room and the gorgeous farmhouse. Recent visitors loved leisurely savoring their wine while gazing at the gardens and Mayacamas Mountains from rocking chairs on the farmhouse porch. Reviewers also said that the occasional run-in with the jovial winemaker (Williams) is always a treat.

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Robert Mondavi Winery Robert Mondavi Winery

The Robert Mondavi Winery's art collection and calendar of musical performances are a strong indicator of its heavyweight status among California vineyards and wineries. You've even probably spotted the name "Robert Mondavi" on the shelf of your local grocery store. This Oakville winery was one of the first major Napa Valley producers to cater to visitors with a tourist experience. Today, travelers can choose from a variety of tastings and culinary experiences, ranging from an hourlong tasting to a multicourse dinner and wine pairing. What's more, it's considered one of the top Napa Valley wineries to visit .

Recent visitors complimented the beautiful estate and exceptional wines, but also warned that the staff and servers can make or break your experience. Some reviewers reported having attentive, personable hosts, while others felt neglected or rushed through their tastings.

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Castello di Amorosa Castello di Amorosa

Most wineries are a bore for children. Some don't even allow them to enter in the first place (see O'Brien Estate Winery ). But that's not the case at the Castello di Amorosa winery, one of the top Napa Valley wineries to visit . This recreated 13th-century Tuscan castle (which first underwent construction in 1994) mystifies visitors of all ages. If the allure of seeing a moat, a drawbridge – even a torture chamber – in Northern California is not enough, recent visitors to the 171-acre estate also vouch for the wine.

Past visitors described Castello di Amorosa as a real-life fairy tale with the added bonus of incredible wine. Others were impressed with the staff and say the views are spectacular.

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Schramsberg Vineyards Schramsberg Vineyards

In "The Silverado Squatters," Robert Louis Stevenson describes Schramsberg's founder Jacob Schram's "serious gusto" to produce incredible vintages that America and indeed the world had yet to taste. More than 150 years later, Schram's winery is still producing delectable wines, according to recent visitors. Tours led by friendly guides detail the property's history, the beautiful rows of vines and particularly, the winery caverns. Carved in the 19th century, these caverns hold approximately 2.5 million bottles of precious wine. 

Recent visitors said the winery tour is interesting – especially the historic caves – and worth the extra money. But many advise travelers to book their tour far in advance, as there are a limited number of spots and they tend to fill up fast. And, of course, many rave about the sparkling wine, the vineyard's specialty.  

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Far Niente Far Niente

Those who want to avoid the crowds should head to Far Niente. The appointment-only tours are small and informational, leaving visitors impressed by the knowledgeable and friendly guides. But the pristine grounds and fascinating wine caverns are the chief highlights. The caves store hundreds of barrels of coveted wine (and span 40,000 square feet), while the 13 acres surrounding the winery are landscaped with thousands of colorful flowers (the azaleas are a particular point of pride). Also, Far Niente's Carriage House shelters vintage cars and motorcycles.

Recent Far Niente visitors raved about the extensive tour that showed not only the underground caves but the gardens and vintage automobiles too. Many also commented on the individualized attention that was given to each person and the well-versed tour guides.

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Jarvis Estate Jarvis Estate

Picture it: a winery and winemaking facility located in a 45,000-square-foot cave tunneled into a mountain. This is what you can expect to see when visiting the Jarvis Estate, which sits a little more than 5 miles northeast of downtown Napa.

Thanks to a steady temperature and high humidity, caves are considered an ideal place for wineries to keep their aging barrels of wine. To help create this large manmade cave, the estate's founder, William Jarvis, enlisted the help of a geotechnical engineer and the largest computer at the University of California, Berkeley to build and design the winery's large chambers. Visitors will get a glimpse at these chambers and the rest of the cave during a tasting tour.

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Hess Persson Estates Hess Persson Estates

Donald Hess, the founder of the Hess Persson Estates (formerly the Hess Collection Winery) developed an interest in the wine business in the 1970s during a business trip to Napa Valley. Today, the family-owned, family-led winery that sits on Mount Veeder – an area that has been producing wine since the 1860s – welcomes travelers to experience its hilltop winery and extensive art gallery.

Instead of traditional wine tastings, Hess Persson Estates offers visitors a variety of "experiences." Adventurous travelers will want to book the ATV Vineyard and Tasting experience. You'll explore the vineyard atop a luxury all-terrain vehicle, stopping to enjoy tastings throughout. You can choose to end the tour with a wine and cheese pairing or a wine and food pairing.

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Napa Valley Wine Train Napa Valley Wine Train

The Napa Valley Wine Train is by far one of Napa Valley's most interesting and convenient attractions for visitors. Plus, it's one of the best Napa Valley tours . The train not only offers car-less visitors the opportunity to zip through 36 miles of scenic, vineyard-lined terrain, but it also acts as a restaurant, serving up gourmet meals paired with some of Napa's signature wine selections. And don't worry, this experience is in no way akin to modern Amtrak train travel. Here, you'll find restored, hundreds-year-old train cars that feature seductive, old-fashioned interiors, including tufted velvet seating, mahogany paneling and etched glass partitions throughout. Plus, there isn't one set seating area but a variety of lounges and dining rooms, including the Vista Dome, a dining car that features arched windows with panoramic views of the valley.

Where you end up on the train and for how long is all dependent on what kind of tour you book. The Napa Valley Wine Train offers a variety of tours that range from an "express" ride with the option to enjoy lunch or dinner to a six-hour journey with stops at multiple vineyards. There's even a "Murder on the Orient Express"-inspired murder mystery dinner theater package.

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Robert Louis Stevenson State Park Robert Louis Stevenson State Park

Most travelers don't venture to California wine country for untamed nature, but those who do will find bliss in Robert Louis Stevenson State Park. This state park is famous for its seemingly untouched landscape as well as its geography. The park's rocky terrain is a product of the Sonoma Volcanics, which erupted between 2.6 and 8 million years ago.

You might first think: Why is an American wilderness park named after the Scottish author of "Treasure Island"? It's because Stevenson and his wife honeymooned in a small cabin in this area in 1880. Of more interest to the outdoorsy visitors is the awesome 5-mile hike up Mount St. Helena. And if it's a clear day at the top, you might be able to see Mount Shasta, which is 192 miles north. Travelers who have hiked around the park say there are a variety of trails for all ability levels and describe the views as beautiful. 

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di Rosa Center for Contemporary Art di Rosa Center for Contemporary Art

Some call it Napa's hidden gem or best-kept secret, others might call it a beautiful assortment of the bizarre. But the di Rosa Center for Contemporary Art is an outdoor sculpture garden in California wine country. Approximately 1,600 works from more than 800 artists are scattered across 217 gorgeous acres and inside di Rosa's Gallery 1. Travelers find that a visit to di Rosa is an ideal break from the multitude of winery tours.

And even if you're not into art, you'll still enjoy strolling the premises and the beautiful scenery, which includes a lake and an olive grove. Past visitors say the garden is filled with eccentric and interesting pieces, commenting particularly on the house filled with artifacts from different time periods. Many also recommend taking a guided tour to be able to see more of the grounds and gain some context behind certain pieces. 

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Napa Valley Hot Air Balloon Ride Napa Valley Hot Air Balloon Ride

Interested in a unique tour of Napa Valley? A hot air balloon ride with Napa Valley Balloons, Inc. may be the thrill you're looking for.

Considered one of the best hot air balloon tours in Napa Valley , the early morning Classic Balloon Ride promises travelers up to an hour of flight time. Expect to see wineries, estates and rolling hills. During the ride, your pilot may also share information about the history of ballooning and Napa Valley as you gently soar approximately 2,000 feet in the air. After landing, you'll enjoy a post-flight sparkling wine celebration with the pilot.

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Bothe-Napa Valley State Park Bothe-Napa Valley State Park free

Bothe-Napa Valley State Park sits in the heart of Napa Valley – about 5 miles north of St. Helena and 4 miles south of Calistoga. Spread across 1,900 acres, it is the only state park located in Napa Valley.

The park is home to about 10 miles of trails. The most popular trail is the Coyote Peak Trail, which is a 1.5-mile hike to a 1,170-foot peak that offers breathtaking views of the park. Past visitors complimented the park's beauty and the variety of trails found here.

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Napa Valley Museum Yountville Napa Valley Museum Yountville

Situated in between St. Helena and Napa, the Napa Valley Museum Yountville is dedicated to preserving and celebrating the history of Napa Valley.

First opened in 1972, the museum consists of three galleries. The Main Gallery hosts traveling exhibitions; the Spotlight Gallery showcases local and regional artists of the area and state; and the History Gallery displays more than 15,000 items that provide visitors with an in-depth timeline of Napa Valley history. 

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Robert Louis Stevenson Museum Robert Louis Stevenson Museum

How did a Scottish writer end up in Napa Valley? For love, of course. He and his wife honeymooned in the area in 1880 and he wrote about the experience in his travel memoir, "Silverado Squatters." You'll learn about this fateful visit and more at the Robert Louis Stevenson Museum.

The museum opened its doors in 1969 after bibliophile Norman H. Strouse wanted to create a space dedicated to the "Treasure Island" author. The small museum is broken into four separate areas: archive, fine art, library and Stevenson memorabilia.

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A recognized part of the community, the facility’s architectural design includes a sloped-roof and sculpted forms that reflect the surrounding hills and valleys while utilizing rooftop solar systems for energy optimization.

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Sustainable strategies NVTA will be seeking net zero energy through extensive use of photovoltaics and a microgrid to support both the buildings’ power needs and partially offset some of the electric vehicle charging demands. Energy-efficient building systems, lighting, and equipment, as well as a high-performing building envelope, reduce the demand for energy at the new facility. 

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