Winery picnics in Napa Valley… great food, wine and scenery. Here’s the catch, most wineries won’t let you picnic on their property. For some it’s a preference but for most, County regulations restrict them.
There’s a few basic ingredients that every picnic needs, the food, the place and the people. We’re guessing you have the people part covered so we’ll just help out with the other two.
Winery Picnics in Napa Valley - The Food
If you plan far enough ahead, you actually have quite a few options for your picnic provisions. Many restaurants and even hotels will provide you with a personalized picnic basket and you can pre-order boxed lunches from the catering menus of many of the deli’s like Oakville Grocery and the Velo Deli & Pizzeria. However, it’s been our experience most picnic provisions are picked up just prior to the picnic. So, we’ve made a list of our go to places for picnic provisions.
Winery Picnics in Napa Valley - The Place
The Napa Vintners list 78 wineries with picnic areas. This list isn’t all inclusive since not every winery in Napa is a member of the Vintners Association, but it covers most of them. The most notable winery with a picnic area that’s missing from this list is RustRidge in Chiles Valley.
Two wineries in the Valley, V. Sattui and Charles Krug, have their own deli’s and require you purchase food there when using their picnic grounds. At Charles Krug there is an exception since their “Cucina di Rosa” is only open Thursday through Monday.
No matter where you decide to picnic, call ahead to make sure they have a spot available for you. There’s nothing worse than having to rearrange your day at the last minute… when you’re hungry. Also, you should expect to purchase wine from the wineries you are picnicking at, though not all of them require this you’ll probably want wine with lunch anyway. 🍷😊
Winery Picnics in Napa Valley - Our Picks
Even though most wineries won’t allow picnics there’s still a lot of great options. Here’s just a few of our favorites to take guests to. There’s really more to list and your choice should depend on your wine preference. We would love to hear about your winery picnics in Napa Valley, share them with everyone in the comment section at the bottom of the page.
Clos Du ValVisitor Information
Located in the Stags Leap District, ClOS DU VAL has been called the most romantic picnic spot by quite a few people. You can either sit on the front lawn overlooking the vineyard or be nestled in their Olive Grove.
Fontanella Family WineryVisitor Information
This is a small, pristine winery and sits in the increasingly steep hills of the Mount Veeder region. You may sample their wine and enjoy your food where views of hill and vine seem to stretch forever.
Frank Family VineyardsVisitor Information
Just north of Calistoga, this historic location is a very popular picnic spot. Be prepared to share your lunch with their winery dog though, very persuasive.
Kuleto EstateVisitor Information
This is by far the best when it comes to an unforgettable view! You will not find any winery quite like this one. It is located off the beaten path and past Lake Hennessey.
Rutherford HillVisitor Information
Located just above Auberge du Soleil, they have some of the most amazing views of the Valley. Here a table will cost either $100 or $150 but it comes with 3 bottles of wine for you to enjoy during your picnic.
Schweiger VineyardsVisitor Information
Incredible views overlooking Napa Valley, while savoring artisan style wines atop Spring Mountain. Definitely a warm family feeling here.
Sullivan VineyardsVisitor Information
A great little property in Rutherford. The Sullivan family enjoys hosting guests and visitors and they love dogs!
The Terraces WineryVisitor Information
Vineyards, orchards, bees, 17 year old balsamic vinegar and great wine. Here you can also take a 4WD tour to visit a ghost winery from 1885.
Tres Sabores WineryVisitor Information
A small, family-owned ranch located on the western side of Rutherford. Everything farm here is organically certified, the grapes, the olives, even pomegranates and lemons. Certainly a unique and beautiful setting.
We would love to know what your favorites are!
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