12 reasons to Visit Napa Valley in the Winter and Things To Do
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.
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1. Countless of Rainbows
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!!!!
2. Less Crowds
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.
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.
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!!!
4. Mustard Fields
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.
5. Lower Hotel Prices
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.
6. Foggy days and beautiful views
So just add wine and a cozy sweater to these views and it will be perfect!
7. Enjoy fire pits and get cozy
Fire pits it's just another excuse to cozy up! Grab a glass of Cabernet and enjoy the best of the fire pits.
8. The Napa Valley Wine Train Turns into the “Santa Train”
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
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!
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.
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.
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