Napa Valley Picnics: The Definitive Guide [2023]

Two couples enjoying a picnic on the lawn of V. Sattui

We’ve been touring guests around Napa wineries for over a decade; we’ve seen the Oakville Grocery change ownership many times, wineries get bought and sold, rules change from local government, and visitor policies evolve at winery estates. Things change so much around here; the list of good picnic spots we published seven years ago is entirely obsolete.

Knowing we needed to do a rewrite, we decided to try and be more comprehensive. Although the title of this article says it’s the definitive guide, it should go without saying that this guide is NOT definitive. Nothing can be definitive when it comes to picnics in Napa Valley. Not with so many beautiful picnic sites alongside rolling vineyards, dazzling emerald hills, and winter weather that can trick you into thinking it’s spring. Not when we throw in the region’s incredible produce, mouthwatering meats, and artisanal cheeses – as well as wines fit for royalty. And certainly not when you factor in everything else that Napa Valley has to offer.

However, it is definitive that picnicking is possible in Napa and well worth the effort. You will need to put more effort into planning than just showing up at a winery with a can of Easy Cheese and some Ritz crackers though.

Planning your Napa Valley picnic: The Basics

Whether you’re planning something romantic or some mid-day rest and recovery between visiting Napa wineries with your friends or family, it’s essential to know the current state of what’s in and out and where the best picnic grounds are you can use. That’s where we come in, sharing our experience in the hope of helping you plan the perfect Napa Valley picnic. After all, there’s nothing worse than being chased around picnic tables by meat-hungry, yellowjacket wasps while trying to enjoy a sandwich! So, here are the basics you should consider to ensure your picnic is a success.

Can you picnic year-round in Napa Valley?

Yes, but just because you can do something doesn’t mean you should… at least, you shouldn’t build your plan around it. If we consider picnicking the act of eating a meal outdoors, then seasons play a big part in how much you will enjoy your picnic experience.

In years past, you could manage a day in Napa Valley without appointments and be highly spontaneous. In those years, you could decide to picnic in the middle of December if you started your day and it was going to be warm and sunny, and there were far more venues that allowed picnicking. However, today’s visits through Napa require appointments. Many wineries have restricted, been forced to limit, or have just decided to eliminate picnics on their properties, so planning is far more critical. With that in mind, here is a seasonal breakdown related to picnicking in Napa.

December, January, and February — Cold and Wet

These months are NOT ideal for picnicking, temperatures can be cold and unpredictable, and you may be braving the rain. Outdoor spaces will likely be waterlogged and not maintained as at other times of the year. When planning wine tour itineraries for guests, we don’t consider picnics this time of year. However, some of the wineries that allow picnicking with their food will still offer this in enclosed spaces during the winter, but that’s more like a casual lunch at a winery than a picnic.

dark January sky over Napa Valley
Cold, dark January sky over Napa Valley; two days before, it was clear and 75 degrees!

March, April, May, and June — Ideal

These months are prime time for picnicking in Napa Valley. The weather is mild, springtime blooms fill the landscape, and vineyards are in their early season growth spurt. Also, outdoor spaces at wineries and parks will be fully accessible and cleaned up… in other words, don’t hesitate!

July — Nice but Hotter

July is still good for picnicking, but it can be hot by midafternoon. Be sure to bring lots of water and look for a shaded place to enjoy your picnic.

August and September — Watch Out for Wasps

These months can be hotter than July, and harvest crowds start to show up, making reservations a bit tougher. So, if they’re similar, why are they separated? Yellowjacket wasps.

In late summer and early fall, yellowjacket wasp populations are at their peak and hungry. Outdoor picnickers offer a ready-made buffet of snacks to take home to the family; you just have to sting anyone who gets in your way. Many wineries with picnic spaces will try to mitigate the populations, and you can offer up some sacrificial food placed upwind, but their stings hurt.

October and November — Ideal

These months rank right up at the top, and some folks may shift them to the top as the days are still warm and the springtime scenery has given way to the onset of beautiful fall colors with the scent of fermentation in the air. The reason we dropped them a notch below the spring months? We’re coming out of harvest, and peak visitor season is this time of year, which means more crowds, making planning a bit more complicated.

Napa vineyard in October, trees turning fall colors
October 22nd in Napa Valley, near perfection.

Just show up or gather picnic provisions?

This isn’t complex but is essential as it determines what options are available to you and is more important if you’ve been tasked with planning for a group. Find out if your fellow picnickers don’t want to be bothered by gathering their outdoor dining essentials, ordering boxed lunches, and building Instagram-worthy charcuterie trays. If this is the case, you’ll need to stick to wineries that allow picnicking with their food and skip all the bring-your-own picnic options.

Understanding winery policies and reservations

The biggest takeaway is that you should assume that ALL wineries will require a reservation if you want to picnic and many won’t allow picnicking at all. You should contact the winery of your choice when arranging your day and ensure your plans fit within their policies. That said, we’ll list some of our favorite wineries below, do our best to categorize them appropriately, and note what you’ll need to visit.

Considering accessibility for those with mobility challenges

Most winery-managed picnic areas will have accessible options, as will the parks we list below. But keep in mind some of the picnic areas are large and won’t necessarily be 100% accessible, so it’s a good idea to give wineries a heads-up if you or someone in your group has mobility challenges so they can make sure they have an accessible spot when you arrive.

Are there Napa wineries that are dog friendly and allow picnics?

Absolutely! Thankfully, Napa is dog friendly overall, and since picnics happen outdoors, it kind of makes it a slam dunk. We added “dog friendly” to the wineries we list that welcome furry family members but keep in mind we’re writing about picnics. Don’t assume you’ll be able to do a cave tour with your dog and then picnic. For the most part, dogs are limited to outdoor spaces.

Also, this seems like common sense, but we need to point out that you should keep your dogs on a leash at any of the places we list for picnics. That will keep them within the rules and safe from hazards that might be lurking, such as rattlesnakes in a nearby vineyard or those pesky yellowjacket wasps we mentioned earlier.

dogs at a Napa Valley picnic
Smart dogs know where to picnic in Napa.

Are there family friendly wineries with picnic grounds?

Yes, there are many winery picnic grounds that kids are welcome at! Although we generally don’t recommend bringing the kids along for a day of wine tasting, we know many occasions warrant bringing the whole family out for the perfect picnic.

If you have small children, you already know that city parks are the perfect picnic area for kids… playground, picnic table, bathroom, and a large lawn area. All of that and no pesky winery host checking ids. So, a great option is always having a picnic lunch at one of the parks we list below… we even use them for the wine tours we host.

Visitors find it odd that a winery with a picnic area will welcome dogs but nobody under the age of 21, and there’s a reason for that. Many Napa Valley wineries have run up against their permitted visitor traffic, and the county counts all humans, regardless of their age, as a visitor against the allowed number. A few citations for exceeding your permitted visitor count, and voila, visitors under 21 quickly get banned. Now you know why you see so many parents walking around with their kids in the parking lot of Domaine Carneros.

playground in Yountville park
Playground in Yountville Park. Big lawn area, picnic tables, and bathrooms.

Anyway, back to finding a family friendly winery with a picnic spot. We added “family friendly” to the wineries we list that welcome our miniature duplicates, but keep in mind we’re writing about picnics. Not all winery experiences will be available to children, even if the picnic area is.

Their Picnic Spots, Their Food

You opted out of hunting and gathering and want someplace that provides everything but the picnickers. There won’t be any outside food, wine, or other beverages allowed at these properties, but if you don’t want the hassle of packing your own provisions, they’re a good choice.

Some of these will limit their offerings during the winter months, like Garden Grazing at Chandon or Pizza at Charles Krug, so always check the current offerings, which are usually available on their websites.

Wineries that allow picnicking with food purchased onsite

  • Bravante Vineyards — Dog Friendly: With advance notice, they can arrange a picnic or a cheese and charcuterie accompaniment to your tasting; a great idea if you’re heading up Howell Mountain Rd. because there are no food options up there.
  • Chandon — Dog Friendly, Seasonal: From late spring through early fall, they have two picnic options, Garden Grazing (2-6 guests) or their Cabanas (8-12 guests).
  • Clos Pegase — Dog Friendly, Family Friendly: They’ve partnered with Tre Posti to offer local and seasonally inspired food options to pair with their wines. Each picnic box serves two adults and requires 48 hours advance reservation. Wine by the bottle & glass sold separately upon arrival.
  • Charles Krug Winery — Dog Friendly, Family Friendly, Seasonal: From late spring through early fall, one of Napa Valley’s oldest wineries serves up wood-fired pizza in expansive lawn and outdoor area. The pizzas are made by chefs from the Salvation Army Napa Valley Culinary Training Program, making this tasty and impactful.
  • Grgich Hills — Dog Friendly, Family Friendly, Seasonal: This two-hour experience features up-close views of their Rutherford vineyard and customized lunch and wine flight options for each guest in the party. Your basket tote and picnic accessories will accompany you as a keepsake at the end of your experience.
  • Inglenook Bistro — Dog Friendly, Family Friendly: Experience a European cafe atmosphere and alfresco seating in the Courtyard. Wines by the glass or bottle, soft drinks, coffee beverages, bistro bites, and cigars curated by members of the Coppola family. Young guests can also borrow model boats to sail in the Fountain’s reflecting pool.
  • Prime Solum — Dog Friendly: The Napa Valley Tasting Barn is nestled in the eastern hills of Napa Valley, located adjacent to Silverado Resort and Spa. By appointment wine tasting flights & a delicious, ever-changing food menu.
  • Tamber Bey — Dog Friendly, Family Friendly: Select either the Courtyard or Private Retrospective Tasting and make your menu selection at checkout. Enjoy picnic lunch at their reserved picnic tables with a salad or sandwich, chips, cookie, and a glass of their Vineyard Series wine.
  • V. Sattui Winery — Dog Friendly, Family Friendly: Housemade dishes, including sandwiches, paninis, pasta, and charcuterie platters with over 200 varieties of cheese. Also, house-made desserts, such as Tiramisu or Crème Brûlée, are available. On weekends, check out the food truck for grilled entrees, pizzas, and truffle parmesan fries. Enjoy the picturesque picnic grounds daily from 9 AM-7 PM.
large selection of cheese at V. Sattui
The cheese selection at V. Sattui Winery.

Their Picnic Tables, Your Picnic Provisions

You like the idea of gathering your provisions, making the next viral charcuterie design on Instagram, or just assembling precisely what you want to eat for your picnic. If this is you, wineries that let you bring outside food would love to be your picnic partner.

Remember that you can’t bring outside alcohol to these properties, and you will need to pay for your picnic privilege one way or another, which varies by winery. For instance, some properties will ask for a fee per person or per picnic table where you can enjoy bottle service, while others may allow you to picnic before or after your scheduled wine tasting.

Wineries that allow visitors to bring their food

  • Anderson’s Conn Valley — Dog Friendly, Family Friendly: Two different tastings to choose from here, and you can also picnic.
  • AXR Winery: Cozy historic property with delicious wines and a redwood grove you can picnic in before or after your tasting.
  • Benessere Vineyards — Dog Friendly, Family Friendly: This cute little property focuses on Italian varietals. You can reserve a picnic table here and enjoy your picnic before or after your tasting.
  • Black Stallion Estate Winery — Dog Friendly, Family Friendly: Reserve a picnic table and enjoy bottle service in their winery gardens.
  • Envy Wines — Dog Friendly: Their peaceful outdoor setting is perfect for kicking back and enjoying a bottle of wine with your picnic lunch on their patio.
  • Frank Family Vineyards — Dog Friendly, Family Friendly: Enjoy a picnic with bottle service under their 100+ year old trees. You can reserve a table for a fee or use a table, if available, before or after your tasting.
  • Hagafen Cellars — Dog Friendly, Family Friendly: You can picnic at this little gem in the Stags Leap District if you let them know when you book your appointment.
  • Hudson Napa Valley: One of the few places in Carneros you can picnic. Add a picnic before or after your tasting for a small fee, and they’ll provide glassware and water.
  • Honig Vineyard — Dog Friendly, Family Friendly: Before or after your scheduled tasting, you can use the small picnic area and enjoy bottle service here.
  • Keenan Winery — Dog Friendly, Family Friendly: Buy some wine, bring a picnic, and enjoy both at their outdoor picnic table overlooking the vineyards.
  • Laird Family Estate — Dog Friendly, Family Friendly: Purchase a bottle of wine, grab a picnic blanket from the tasting room, and sprawl out on the lawn where vineyards surround you.
  • Laura Michael Winery — Family Friendly: Make an appointment and enjoy this small family property.
  • Madonna Estate — Dog Friendly, Family Friendly: Another of the few picnic-friendly places in Carneros. Reserve a spot by the creek, buy a bottle and enjoy your meal.
  • Napa Cellars — Dog Friendly, Family Friendly: One of the few wineries that allow you to picnic during your tasting. So, book a tasting, bring a picnic, and enjoy.
  • Nichelini Winery — Dog Friendly, Family Friendly: Oldest family-owned winery in Napa. Book your tasting, then enjoy a picnic and some bocce ball here.
  • Onesta Wines — Dog Friendly, Family Friendly: Very limited and need an appointment. The bonus is you’ll have lunch and taste with the owner/winemaker Jillian.
  • Pestoni Family Estate — Dog Friendly, Family Friendly: Guests are welcome to enjoy picnics in their outdoor space after tastings.
  • Pope Valley Winery — Dog Friendly, Family Friendly: Located in picturesque Pope Valley just over the hill from St. Helena. Taste the wine, enjoy a picnic, and play some bocce, leaving the crowds of the valley floor behind.
  • Pride Mountain — Dog Friendly, Family Friendly: If you’re heading up Spring Mountain to visit here, bring a picnic to enjoy before or after your visit at their incredibly scenic mountaintop picnic area.
  • Rombauer Vineyards — Dog Friendly, Family Friendly: Reserve a spot in their gardens and enjoy wines by the glass or bottle along with your picnic goodies.
  • Rutherford Hill Winery — Dog Friendly, Family Friendly: Picnic in their scenic oak grove overlooking the valley with bottle service.
  • Saddleback Cellars — Dog Friendly, Family Friendly: Another winery you can picnic while you taste. Also, the owner/winemaker Nils Venge was the first American to make a 100-point wine.
  • Tom Eddy Winery — Family Friendly: There is minimal availability here as this is another winery you’ll be hosted by the owner.
  • Tres Sabores — Dog Friendly, Family Friendly: Let them know you want to bring a picnic, and you can enjoy their eco-elevated picnic services.
  • Vincent Arroyo: This is a fabulous small winery just north of Calistoga with a diverse selection of wine. Picnic tables are available before or after your tasting and are first come, first served.
  • White Rock Vineyards: Nice little property tucked away in the hills that our recent fires haven’t been able to destroy. Let them know you’d like to picnic while you’re up there when you make your appointment.
picnic in vineyard with Onesta winemaker Jillian
Owner/Winemaker Jillian hosting a bring-your-own picnic tasting at Onesta.

Wine Club Members Only

In case you didn’t know, the way to be treated like a rock star at almost every winery is to be one of their wine club members. Members enjoy more access to everything at a winery, including available picnic venues.

This doesn’t seem like something worth writing about, but it’s surprising the number of people we’ve planned visits for that didn’t realize they had privileges beyond just getting discounts and access to wine with their memberships. So, if you have a wine club membership, check for picnic privileges!

wine club members sitting down for a picnic
Membership has its privileges. Club members sitting down for a backyard picnic overlooking Napa Valley.

What Are the best picnic spots in Napa Valley that aren’t wineries?

We’ll frame the answer to this question assuming you’ll be visiting wineries during the day and are just looking for a place to relax, eat and enjoy some tranquility before heading back out to taste wine. This will keep our list more manageable but know there are many more locations to look into if you’re perhaps out for a day of hiking with a picnic on the side.

City of Napa:

  • Skyline Wilderness Park: This park is located on the southeast side of Napa and offers plenty of picnic tables and hiking trails.
  • Kennedy Park — Dog Friendly: On the southern side of Napa and runs along the Napa River with tables, playground, and bathrooms.

Yountville:

  • Veterans Park — Dog Friendly: On the south side of Yountville, there are many tables and a sand volleyball court if you want to do some Top Gun cosplay. Also, bathrooms here.
  • Yountville Park — Dog Friendly: On the northern side of Yountville with lots of tables, grass areas, bathrooms, and playground equipment for the kids. As a bonus, it’s next to the George C Yount Cemetery and Ancient Indian Burial Grounds… take a quick stroll through and read some of the old headstones.

St. Helena:

  • Crane Park — Dog Friendly: On the southern end of town with lots of tables, playground equipment, and bathrooms.
  • Lyman Park — Dog Friendly: Right in the middle of town on Hwy. 29. There’s a gazebo, a bathroom, and some sitting areas.

Calistoga:

  • Bothe-Napa Valley State Park — Dog Friendly: This park is located between St. Helena and Calistoga on Hwy. 29 and offers plenty of picnic tables and bathrooms.
  • Pioneer Park — Dog Friendly: On the western side of town, tables, playground, and bathrooms are here.

Off the Beaten Path: Exploring a lesser-known picnic spot

Most travelers who book a trip to Napa come for the wine and food and aren’t looking for a big outdoor adventure. The thought of hiking 7 miles up to the summit of Mount St. Helena for a picnic overlooking wine country enters the mind of practically nobody. But for those that do have this thought and like to balance the fun of day drinking with some outdoor exercise and adventurous hiking while they’re here, we have Robert Louis Stevenson State Park. Located on Mount St. Helena, in the northern part of Napa Valley, the park offers several hiking trails and picnic spots that can offer panoramic views to the ocean.

“Great little place to get away from the crowds in Napa Valley wineries. If you hike or drive up far enough, you’ll get to some great valley overlooks. Take a picnic lunch up the trail to the Robert Louis Stevenson monument, placed in a small clearing far enough up the trail that most don’t reach it. We enjoyed a quiet picnic with a wonderful half-bottle on a warm afternoon. Could not have imagined a better way to spend a day.”

As you can see from this visitor’s note, it can be worth the effort. But remember, this is serious hiking and you’ll want good shoes, water, and all the right stuff for a day without modern conveniences.

Responsible Wine Tourism and Picnicking

Want to know why there are far more wineries permitted for picnics than allow picnics? Because they’re tired of cleaning up after people and chasing off picnickers that aren’t guests of the winery.

Having run wineries that were permitted for picnics, I have first-hand experience. It was so annoying dealing with people that wanted to use the winery picnic grounds but weren’t guests of the winery or people that were guests and properly requested a picnic table but left all of their trash on the table and grounds for the winery staff to clean up. It didn’t take long to ban picnics for everyone but our wine club members.

Napa Valley is a special place, not just for its wine and food but also for the beauty of its landscape and the diversity of its ecology. So, to act in an environmentally conscious way and stop giving wineries reasons to ban picnics on their properties, practice these responsible wine tourism principles:

  • Pack out any trash and waste you generate or make sure it gets into proper waste and recycling bins if they are available.
  • Respect wildlife and their habitats.
  • Stay on designated trails and paths, and don’t wander off into the vineyards to make your own picnic area unless accompanied by winery staff.
  • Respect property owners and don’t trespass on their land in search of the perfect picnic spot. Property owners complain to the county, and the county then tightens restrictions.

Eco-friendly picnicking

We’re fans of taking care of the environment around us and always bring cloth napkins along on our wine tours to try and minimize paper waste. Along those lines, we want to call out a cute little organic vineyard working on nailing sustainability all the way through having a picnic in Napa.

Tres Sabores, on the western side of Rutherford, has what they call eco-elevated picnics. For guests that make arrangements in advance, they will provide everything you would need besides the core food; items like linens, palm-leaf plates, silverware, cutting boards, knives, and complementary house-made condiments, which means a lot less going into the landfill. They can also arrange lunch for you, in which case everything will be eco-friendly, and you won’t have anything going into a landfill.

Food Lover’s Guide to Picnicking in Napa Valley

You’ve picked a great picnic spot, and now you need food, a picnic basket, or something more than Easy Cheese for your picnic lunch.

Too much wine and too little food will make for an unpleasant day.

Well, you’re in luck; there is fantastic food in Napa Valley… including food for a picnic. Below are some of our favorites, sorted by location so you can save some drive time and pick one closer to where you’ll be.

Wherever you get your food from, it’s always a good idea to order ahead if you have a tight schedule; we hear many people in lines talking about tasting appointments they’re missing because it’s taking so long to get food.

Also, always assume you need to order box lunches at least 48 hours in advance. You know you’re going to need it and when you’re going to need it, why not just get it ordered?

two women shopping for cheese and charcuterie
So much to choose from for a picnic. Even Pata Negra for the most discerning eater.

City of Napa:

  • Market (Carneros Resort & Spa): You don’t need to be staying here to stop in and grab from the selection of sandwiches or wraps. You can also order a boxed lunch if you give them some notice.
  • Fivetown Grocery (Meritage Resort): Selections range from house-made pasta and signature sandwiches to farm-fresh salads and freshly baked bread – all made from scratch in small batches.
  • First & Franklin: Full-service deli and a specialty grocery store in downtown Napa, filled with grab-and-go or made-to-order sandwiches, salads, and picnic side salads. You can also order box lunches here.
  • Fatted Calf: More of a butcher shop with cured meats, sandwiches, and gourmet foods. You can order a box lunch here too. Also, it’s next to The Model Bakery in the Oxbow Market.
  • The Model Bakery (Napa or St. Helena): Quick and convenient lunch menu featuring soups made from scratch, freshly made salads with seasonal, local ingredients, and a selection of sandwiches made on their artisan breads… also Oprah’s favorite English Muffins (yes, they’re yummy).
  • FoodShed Take Away: We get “take away” dinners here quite often, and the food is delicious and fresh. They now offer box lunch catering for parties of 6 or more with 24-hour advance notice. You can also arrange delivery if you’re staying close to them, basically any Napa or Yountville hotel.
  • Monticello Deli & Market: This is a low-key local spot on the northeastern side of Napa. The food is good; you’ll find deli sandwiches, salads, and some grilled items. Of course, some market items too.
cured meats at the fatted calf in Napa
Besides cured meats, the Fatted Calf makes sandwiches and box lunches too.

Yountville to St. Helena:

  • Velo Deli & Pizzeria: Aside from the great food here, we love that their website has online ordering. So, you can place your order, skip the line, and pop in to grab your order.
  • Bouchon Bakery: This Thomas Keller spot probably doesn’t need any introduction. You can get some gourmet items for your Napa Valley picnic, and it’s good, but the daytime line can be a bit long. It’s a great option if you’re staying in Yountville and going there for some pastries and coffee in the morning… grab lunch at the same time.
  • Oakville Grocery: California’s oldest continuously operating grocery has some great food to go with its history. You’ll find almost anything you could want for a picnic here, including lots of other people trying to get food. So our tip, order your sandwiches, salads, or box lunches in advance so you can skip the line. You can browse the store and get additional items when you pick up your main order.
  • La Luna Market: Breaking from the norm with this entry for a taqueria. If tasty, casual Mexican food is absent from where you live, or you’re just craving it, stop here. The food is excellent, but the line can be long during harvest. It is just down the road from Honig, where you can picnic.
  • Gary’s Marketplace: Gary took over the Dean & DeLuca space with similar offerings but added some excellent customer service. Most of the time, you can find Gary himself working the floor here. They offer cheese, meats, deli sandwiches, salads, and much more than we can list here, but we want to point out they have box lunches and cheese and charcuterie boards that can be ordered.
  • Napa Valley Olive Oil: Aside from olive oil, this family-owned hidden gem carries fine Italian foods, house-made sausages, cured meats, breads, artisan cheeses, and plenty of other picnic items.
  • Station: Brought to you by Joel Gott (Gott’s Roadside), The Station serves up local coffee, house-made pastries, sandwiches, salads, drinks, and other curated provisions located in St. Helena, basically in the Sunshine Foods parking lot. The food is good here, and it’s generally very quick.
  • Sunshine Foods: Located in St. Helena, and if you ask any local, they’ll tell you it’s a great spot, hence the line that always seems to be there.
  • Giugnis Deli: This place is small, funky, and delicious. You can order online here to save some time, and if we’re wandering through St. Helena on our own, we’ll probably skip a gourmet lunch and grab a sandwich here with Giugni Juice on it.
cheese and charcuterie at Gary's Marketplace
Gary’s Marketplace has cheese, charcuterie, sandwiches, salads, and anything you’d need for a picnic.

Calistoga:

  • Brasswood Bar & Bakery: The full restaurant is next door, but here you can get baked goods, sandwiches, salads, and coffees. You can also order lunch boxes and cheese and charcuterie trays here.
  • Calistoga Depot: Provisions features cheese, charcuterie, and prepared foods, including wood-fired pizzas, artisan sandwiches, locally-roasted coffee, and baked goods, all sourced with an emphasis on local, sustainable, and organically-produced ingredients.
  • Cal Mart: They’ve been serving up sandwiches, meat and cheese trays, salads, and hot foods since 1968 here. Great deli that’s in a full grocery, in case you need anything else.
  • Sam’s General Store: They’re all about the picnic experience here. You order a custom picnic basket based on the number of people in your group, and it comes in an actual basket that you can keep if you fall in love with it; note there is a small deposit, so you’ll want to return it if you’re not taking it home.

Out of the Ordinary: Pro-Level Picnic in Napa

Ok, that was a lot of writing on our end and reading on your end. As a reward, here’s something we do with guests when the weather is right, and we’re in the Yountville area.

The first step is to grab some food, maybe tacos, from Tacos Garcia. Yes, that is an unassuming food truck in the parking lot of the only dive bar in Yountville. The second step is to take that food down the road to The French Laundry Garden and eat it there. That’s right, eat some delicious tacos in the gardens of one of the most famous restaurants in the world… that’s a unique Napa Valley picnic.

French Laundry gardens
The French Laundry Garden has benches and some tables near the tree line to the right.

Or, Let Us Plan Your Wine Tour and Picnic!

This guide gives you all the information you need to plan a Napa Valley picnic. Which Napa wineries to hit, which picnic spots to visit with your own food, and how to break out of the ordinary and get off the beaten path. However, you can always let us take care of it for you!

Book a wine tour with us, and we’ll ensure a perfect picnic lunch is part of your day and arrange your other tasting room visits. Either way, we hope you find this guide useful and that it overrides some outdated information floating around the internet.

Companion Map — Everyplace We Mentioned on a Google Map

We’ve made a Google Map of all the wineries, parks, and delis we mentioned in this guide. This should make it easier to figure out what places will be close to you.

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