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12 reasons to Visit Napa Valley in the Winter and Things To Do

12 reasons to Visit Napa Valley in the Winter and Things To Do

 
 Napa Valley

Napa Valley

Napa Valley is one of the most beautiful wine countries to visit. However, one of favorite times of the year to visit Napa is in the winter, because of the cozy intimate atmosphere it offers. Every year we find our selves visiting Napa in the winter and during the holidays. So I've created and updated this bolg for 2018-2019 winter time in Napa. Here 12 reasons why you should visit Napa Valley this winter. 

12 Restaurants in Napa Valley click HERE

1. Countless of Rainbows

 Round Pound Estate

Round Pound Estate

If it's raining in Napa you can guarantee that you'll see a rainbow. I remember last time I was there, you could see rainbows all throughout Napa. Its so wroth seeing!!!!

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2. Less Crowds 

 Hall Wines

Hall Wines

An obvious reason to visit Napa in the winter (or any wine country) are the crowds. The fact that Napa wineries are less crowded should be enough to get you out here. You get more attentions and sometimes, you get a little more tastes.

 Hall Wines

Hall Wines

Pictured here is Hall Wines in Napa. This place is gorgeous and you almost feel as if you were in an art museum. We walked in with no appointment, and had wine tastings at the bar. We later went outside and enjoyed their fire pits.

 Hall Wines

Hall Wines

 Etude Winery

Etude Winery

3. Appointments are not as necessary and last minute guest additions to your wine reservation

Although you should always make appointments at you wineries, in the winter they're not as necessary. We walked into several wineries without an appointment and we're still able to taste. Some of these wineries were; Hall Wines, Round Pound Estate, Pina Cellars, Caymus, CakeBread Cellars, Etude, and Orin Swift Tasting Room.

For those wineries that do require reservations, last minute additions for additional friends is a lot easier. During one of my visits in last month I decided to extend my stay in order to visit the newest winery in Napa, Ashes and Diamonds. Because it was winter, I was easily added to my friends reservation several hours prior, no problem!!!

 Ashes and Diamonds

Ashes and Diamonds

 Orin Swift | Napa Tasting Room

Orin Swift | Napa Tasting Room

 Round Pound Estate

Round Pound Estate

 Pina Cellars

Pina Cellars

 Etude Family Estate

Etude Family Estate

 Cakebread Cellars

Cakebread Cellars

4. Mustard Fields

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This is another obvious reason to visit Napa in the winter, are the mustard fields. Just around the end of January, all of Napa begins to bloom with Mustard flowers, or mustard fields, or whatever you want to call them. Make sure you don't miss this because as of this writing, these mustard fields are babies and in just a few weeks, they will be blooming a florescent yellow.

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5. Lower Hotel Prices

 Silverado Resort

Silverado Resort

 Embassy Suites

Embassy Suites

Lower hotel pricing is another benefit to visiting Napa in the Winter. We love visiting these time of the year due to this reason.. Hotel pricing is at a lower rate and we can usually book some of the higher end hotels at a better rate. 

 Las Alcobas | Napa Valley

Las Alcobas | Napa Valley

 Las Alcobas | Napa Valley

Las Alcobas | Napa Valley

6. Foggy days and beautiful views

 Castello di Amorasa

Castello di Amorasa

So just add wine and a cozy sweater to these views and it will be perfect!

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 Round Pond

Round Pond

7. Enjoy fire pits and get cozy

 Silverado Resort | Napa

Silverado Resort | Napa

Fire pits it's just another excuse to cozy up! Grab a glass of Cabernet and enjoy the best of the fire pits.

 Hall Wines

Hall Wines

 Hall Wines

Hall Wines

8. The Napa Valley Wine Train Turns into the “Santa Train”

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The Napa Valley Wine Train turns into The Santa Train and runs Nov. 19 through Dec. 28, 2018. On the train, you can experience games, sing-alongs, and a fun cast of holiday-inspired characters, all while enjoying hot cocoa and freshly baked cookies. More information on the Santa Train click here.

9. Several wineries open on Christmas Day

 Hagafen Cellars

Hagafen Cellars

Last year we visited Napa for the Christmas holiday. We happen to find out that only a couple of wineries would be open on the holiday. Two wineries in particular are open every year on Christmas day, Hagafen Cellars and Del Dotto by appointment only. Click here to read my article on Hagafen Cellars and click here to see all holiday hours for wineries and restaurants in Napa.

10. Winter Events in Napa

There's so many events going on in Napa during the winter. A great way to visit as many wineries as possible is to purchase a Winter in the Wineries Passport. For the price of $60, a Passport will grant you entrance to 17 wineries for complimentary tasting flights during the season that runs from December 1, 2018 through February 3, 2019. If you can’t finish all 17 tasting experiences in one visit, you are welcome to return for as many visits as you’d like during the season. Even though we're in December, if you plan on visiting one weekend, you can get your money's worth in one visit! A value wroth $400…..now that's a deal. Click HERE to see a list of all 17 participating wineries.

11. Napa Lighted Art Festival

Another Event going on during the holiday season is the Napa Lighted Art Festival where light installations are displayed throughout Napa. This year they’re celebrating the second year with the hopes of having light art installations in 15 locations throughout Napa. Click here for more information.

12. It's Cabernet Season and.......... the wonderful wine!

 Duckhorn Vineyards

Duckhorn Vineyards

The most obvious reason you should visit Napa this winter is the WINE! It's Cabernet season, so that means it's sweaters and cozy weather atmosphere. 

 Cakebread Cellars | Napa

Cakebread Cellars | Napa

 Duckhorn Vineyards | Napa

Duckhorn Vineyards | Napa

Thank you for taking the time and reading this article. Have you ever been to Napa in the winter???????

All pictures were taken January 2017 through January 2018. All pictures and video were taken by me and my other half, David Eccles.

12 Restaurants in Napa Valley click HERE

 
Sustainable Winery in Napa | Hagafen Cellars | Silverado Trail

Sustainable Winery in Napa | Hagafen Cellars | Silverado Trail