Beyond the countless unique venues, world-class wineries, 10 Michelin Stars, and 200-plus days of sunshine, visitors will discover that it is the spirit of collaboration that gives meetings in the Napa Valley a flavor all their own.
Customized group breakout sessions focus on growing as a team, while encouraging a culture of cooperation and innovation -- much in the same way Napa Valley wineries rely on each other’s expertise to ensure a successful harvest for the entire region.
From the city of American Canyon in the south, to the northernmost city of Calistoga, the Napa Valley boasts more than 130 lodging properties and 5000 guest rooms, ranging from five-star luxury resorts to intimate bed and breakfasts. The Valley also offers more than 500,000 square feet of available meeting space from ballrooms to barrel rooms and wine caves to vineyards. For events booked January through April 2019, Visit Napa Valley offers complimentary round-trip transportation to an off-site event (*terms and conditions apply).
Listed below is a highlight of where to crush your next meeting in the Napa Valley.
With its innovative spaces, Andaz Napa offers multiple options for corporate meetings, training classes and social events. The 2,000-square-foot Great Room is ideal for live entertainment ranging from DJ’s to acoustic guitarists. The 4,200-square-foot outdoor Mercantile Terrace offers an eclectic urban oasis for all groups, with fire pits for cooler evenings.
PR Contact: Michael Bergin, firstname.lastname@example.org
ARCHER Hotel Napa, a luxury, boutique, new-build hotel, offers more than 17,000 square feet of indoor-outdoor meeting and event space. The two-story Grand Salon, totaling 2,540 square feet, features reclaimed wine barrel wood paneling and an adjacent pre-function area with an additional 850+ square feet. For slightly smaller events, there is a secondary event room (1,700 square feet), as well as two breakout rooms, both nearly 600 square feet. The expansive rooftop bar provides views of downtown Napa and 7,000 square feet of function space. Charlie Palmer Steak is the hotel’s culinary partner for all meetings and events.
PR Contact: Carla Caccavale, CarlaCaccavalePR@gmail.com
Carneros Resort and Spa welcomes groups and corporate gatherings to experience a taste of Napa Valley with the resort’s new farmer’s market style ‘Strolling Dinner.’ Featuring a variety of customizable tasting stations, Carneros Resort encourages alternative team-building and non-traditional breakout sessions. Situated on 28 acres surrounded by rolling vineyards, Carneros Resort and Spa provides the ultimate flexibility for a wine country meeting or event, with 15,000 square feet of inspiring indoor and outdoor venues.
PR Contact: Danielle Logan Rienas, email@example.com
Churchill Manor Bed and Breakfast offers the exclusive use of a 10,000-square-foot restored mansion, located on a private acre, within walking distance of downtown restaurants, tasting rooms, shopping, and entertainment venues. The veranda and gardens can accommodate up to 150 guests and the interior common areas offer grand parlors and theater seating for up to 40. The licensed commercial kitchen allows for cooking classes and onsite chef-prepared meals. Churchill Manor also features 10 overnight guest rooms (plus an additional 26 rooms at the adjacent bed and breakfasts).
PR Contact: Joanna Guidotti, firstname.lastname@example.org
Embassy Suites by Hilton Napa Valley features 7,000 square feet of indoor meeting space, as well as the naturally-lit Fountain Court, ideal for a large reception, general session, or banquet. The Wine Barrel Terrace works well for a wine tasting dinner, and the Chardonnay Ballroom, which can host up to 220 guests, features flexible seating with no pillars to obstruct guests’ line of sight. The Fountain Court, Lounge, and Upper Terrace are ideal for a networking happy hour or exhibit space. For smaller meetings or luncheons, the ballroom can accommodate 200 guests in seated rounds.
PR Contact: Glen Varda, email@example.com
The Napa River Inn, conveniently located in Downtown Napa's Riverfront District, offers two distinct meeting spaces. The historic Hatt Hall, built in 1884, can accommodate up to 112 guests, while the other intimate space is ideal for board meetings. Hatt Hall was formerly used as a secret society meeting hall and still retains the original punched tin wall covering and hand-made bricks that were molded from the Napa River.
PR Contact: Karen Kaminski, firstname.lastname@example.org
The Napa Valley Marriott Hotel & Spa, with more than 22,000 square feet of meeting space, ranging from ballrooms and outdoor courtyards, to boardrooms and breakout areas, can accommodate gatherings of 10 to 525 guests. The hotel’s team of professional planners will customize every detail, including creating catering menus crafted with local ingredients; planning an executive golf outing; wine tour; or off-site catered event; as well as a personalized event website.
PR Contact: Christine Ahlberg, email@example.com
Senza Hotel offers 800 square feet of modern meeting space, filled with natural light streaming through wall-to-wall glass windows. The property also features an expansive collection of art showcased in and around the property, curated by the owners of SENZA Hotel, Craig and Kathryn Hall.
PR Contact: Alana Willson, Alana@senzahotel.com
Silverado Resort and Spa, set on 1,200 acres, offers two PGA championship golf courses; the region’s largest luxury Spa; creative dining options; and versatile indoor/outdoor function space. The two-level, renovated Conference Center accommodates groups of five to 500 in 100,000 square feet of meeting space including 15 individual meeting rooms, each named after a prominent Napa Valley winery.
PR Contact: Olivia Devlin, Olivia.Devlin@SilveradoResort.com
The Inn on Randolph offers an intimate setting, complete with a fireplace inside the meeting room and a private garden area. The Inn’s hospitality and catering staff can accommodate up to 12 guests in the meeting room, with 10 guest cottages or rooms for overnight stays.
PR contact: Alyssia Walden, firstname.lastname@example.org
The Meritage Resort and Spa features an underground estate cave for private wine tastings and cocktail receptions, as well as a food truck which may be utilized at one of the resort’s event spaces or taken on the road to one of Napa Valley’s iconic wineries. Crush Lounge features a bowling alley for a “competitive” bonding experience.
PR contact: J Public Relations, email@example.com
The River Terrace Inn, located on the banks of the Napa River and Oxbow Nature Preserve, offers creative break-outs, including the “7th Inning Stretch” which includes roasted peanuts; a carnival popcorn machine; stadium nachos; mini hot dogs; and freshly made churros, served while a baseball expert shows them various pitching styles; or a personalized break option with games and activities, paired with food, tailored to the groups interests. River Terrace Inn’s private event spaces can accommodate 10 to 120 guests in traditional ballroom settings or picturesque outdoor venues in river walk areas.
PR contact: Suzy Casey, firstname.lastname@example.org
The Westin Verasa Napa offers more than 12,000 square feet of flexible event space, including a light-strung outdoor courtyard which accommodates groups from 25 to 450; The Oval Lawn, ideal for more intimate gatherings of up to 80 guests; and the 3,128-square-foot Amphora Ballroom, which accommodates up to 200 guests. With 180 guest rooms, including 90 one-bedroom suites and 19 two-bedroom suites, the Westin Verasa Napa can accommodate overnight groups of all sizes and regularly partners with many local wineries.
PR contact: Carly Sperling, email@example.com
Vista Collina Resort's recently opened Food and Wine Center offers class demonstrations and kitchen takeovers and competitions, allowing groups to experience team building while expanding their culinary knowledge. Groups may choose from wine and beer making classes; cooking lessons from Michelin-star chefs; or their own Iron Chef competition using locally-sourced ingredients. Vista Collina’s Village offers a “Wine and Dine Around,” a food and wine pairing course with tastings from its nine on-property tasting rooms, and the opportunity to create a custom wine label. Vista Collina’s community event lawn is ideal for private events, concerts or ceremonies.
PR contact: J Public Relations, firstname.lastname@example.org
Napa Valley Lodge offers corporate groups complimentary access to the hotel’s bocce ball court, allowing teams to engage in a healthy competition beyond the board room. After groups show off their competitive spirit, they can enjoy an exclusive wine tasting experience in Napa Valley Lodge’s intimate outdoor courtyard.
PR contact: Alix West, email@example.com
Harvest Inn offers a multitude of indoor and outdoor meeting and event space that provide vineyard views as well as views of the landscaped property. These include the Vineyard View Room; the Vineyard View Terrace; Mountain View Room; Fountain View Room; and Fountain View Terrace.
PR contact: Alix West, firstname.lastname@example.org
Las Alcobas Napa Valley, St. Helena's newest luxury hotel, features 2,200 square feet of indoor and outdoor meeting space, accommodating up to 120 guests. The hotel is connected by a bridge to historic Beringer Vineyards, which offers additional event space. Venues include the Event Barn; the Event Lawn; and a boardroom that seats up to ten guests. All event menus have been custom created by Chef Chris Cosentino, winner of Top Chef Masters.
PR contact: Lisa Glover, email@example.com
Meadowood Napa Valley provides team-building activities including cooking and cocktail-making classes; wine experiences with an Estate Sommelier; croquet; and golf tournaments, either on the nine-hole course or utilizing the latest Trackman software in the Golf Studio. The culinary team creates classic wine country cuisine with ingredients fresh from the garden; with the option to take the Meadowood culinary and event experience to one of Napa Valley’s wineries for a private dinner in a cave, barrel room or garden.
PR contact: Jennifer Chiesa, Jchiesa@meadowood.com
Calistoga Motor Lodge and Spa invites groups to plan their next meeting around a throwback to the great American road trip with a modern twist. At the northern end of the Silverado Trail in Napa Valley, the property creates a whimsical, laid back environment that stimulates creativity complete with access to the hotel’s garden room and pool area featuring views of the Mayacamas Mountains. A new meeting space is slated to launch next year.
PR contact: M18 Public Relations, firstname.lastname@example.org
With more than 15,000 square feet of flexible indoor and outdoor function space, Solage offers innovative group activities, including a master mixologist class, where guests may pick edible flowers to garnish each cocktail from the on-site garden; a group bicycle ride to nearby wineries through their sip and cycle program; or group spa experiences at Spa Solage. Wellness workshops and classes are also available through the Spa, which include curated wellness boxes for the group.
PR contact: Elaine San Jose, email@example.com
Calistoga Ranch offers 11,500 square feet of flexible indoor/outdoor meeting space, as well as activities for all group sizes, including wine blending experiences; plein air painting in the vineyard; private cooking classes with the Ranch’s executive chef; and a hands-on floral design class incorporating the green foliage from the property and local blooms.
PR contact: Elaine San Jose, firstname.lastname@example.org
Indian Springs Calistoga boasts 4,860 square feet of indoor meeting space with natural lighting, along with private outdoor breakout spaces with landscaped grounds and water features. Groups activities include “Brewmasters for the Day” with a blind tasting of Indian Springs’ own hand-crafted beer at Indian Springs’ signature restaurant, Sam’s Social Club; or a trip to the local Calistoga Farmers Market for a team menu planning challenge. Groups may also take walking tours up to the geysers above the mineral pool before heading to the art gallery to see how the crystal light structures are made from the resort’s own mineralized crystals, sourced directly onsite.
PR contact: Megan Hofileña, email@example.com
Unique Group Activities
Ackerman Heritage House offers an array of options for intimate meetings, including cooking and baking classes; traditional English tea service with a historical tour of the 1888 Queen Anne Victorian; or the Royal Dining Experience, an elaborate 10-course seasonally focused menu and wine pairing, in the Chef’s kitchen.
PR contact: Gwen McGill, firstname.lastname@example.org
Active Wine Adventures offers personalized team-building half-day experiences. The Hike & Wine Tour and Hike & Beer Tour offer active guided hikes on scenic wilderness trails, paired with wine or beer tasting at select wineries and/or microbreweries. The Art & Wine Tour combines wineries with art galleries and collections; and the Literary Legend Tour transports guests back in time to 19th-Century Napa Valley, following in the footsteps of author Robert Louis Stevenson, while experiencing historic wineries. Active Wine Adventures also offers a Downtown Napa Walk & Wine/Beer Tour for larger groups.
PR contact: Sorel Klein, email@example.com
Bouchaine Vineyards offers outdoor team-building falconry classes; blind-wine tasting competitions; and garden areas for up to 120 guests. A new visitor center will open in summer 2019, which will provide private meeting rooms for up to 80 guests; as well as a terrace with sweeping views of the bay; and an open kitchen for cooking classes, chocolate experiences, and food and wine luncheons. Bouchaine also offers esoteric “music and wine” pairings where guests can learn about the history and personality of musical pieces in comparison to the character and history of the pinot noir clones they drink with each note.
PR contact: Monty Sander (Fuller & Sander PR), firstname.lastname@example.org
Laces and Limos offers curated team-building itineraries customized to fit each groups preference combining wine tasting; communal-style picnic lunch and/or food pairings; and vineyard tours by way of the electric tuk-tuk vehicle. Laces and Limos can accommodate up to 24 people, or up to 50, if an exclusive shuttle service is preferred.
PR contact: Michelle Helms, email@example.com
Napa Valley Bike Tours offers custom leisure bike tour programs designed to be approachable and inclusive for team-building and incentive groups of up to 200 guests. The most popular template for corporate outings is a five-hour time frame where participants casually pedal to two local wineries for tastings and enjoy a picnic served in a vineyard setting.
PR contact: Kellie Macway, firstname.lastname@example.org
The Napa Valley Distillery offers team-building experiences such as group cocktail making classes or competitions, and barrel tastings. The Napa Valley Distillery can accommodate up to 50 people in the tasting salon and up to 100 on the distillery floor.
PR contact: Arthur Hartunian, Arthur@napadistillery.com
Oenotri offers private cooking classes exploring new techniques in pasta and pizza making, and butchery. Interactive classes are two-hours, followed by lunch paired with beer or wine, where guests can enjoy each other’s creations. Oenotri also offers large group dining experiences in the main dining room or private dining spaces.
PR contact: Lauren Cromwell, email@example.com
Join professionally trained chefs at the Silverado Cooking School in Napa for an interactive, hands-on epicurean adventure. Groups of one to 24 guests will cook with seasonal produce, harvested that day, and prepare and enjoy menus created with the best ingredients from around the Napa Valley.
PR contact: Malcolm de Sieyes (Owner) firstname.lastname@example.org or Sara Tobin (GM) email@example.com
Stone Brewing, which overlooks the Napa River, is a 10,000 square-foot restaurant and brewery. The venue, includes a 10-barrel brewing system, is housed in the historic Borrero building built in 1877 and can accommodate groups of up to 45 for parties; informal dinners; a craft beer pairing; or an intimate wedding.
PR contact: Lizzie Younkin, firstname.lastname@example.org
Napa Valley Aloft provides early morning balloon rides launching from V-Marketplace in Yountville with exclusive access to Pope Valley. Experiences include pre-flight refreshments and a one-hour balloon ride, with an optional Champagne brunch at Ottimo.
PR contact: Erica Ayala, email@example.com
Napa Valley Balloons and Calistoga Balloons offer small groups an exhilarating way to explore historic Napa Valley with unparalleled views. The four-hour group experience includes pre-flight refreshments; transportation to and from the launch and landing sites; a *one-hour flight; and a Napa Valley Balloons post-flight brunch with sparkling wine at Domaine Chandon Winery in Yountville; or Calistoga Balloons post-flight treats. *Flight time is approximate based on weather.
PR contact: Shannon Eckerman, firstname.lastname@example.org
Ottimo, located in V Marketplace in Yountville, is a retail and café space during the day, which transforms into an event space at night. The space can accommodate up to 300 guests and offers team building experiences such as mozzarella or pizza making, and chef demonstrations.
Website: botteganapavalley.com, michaelchiarello.com
PR contact: Kellie Magna, email@example.com
Wine & Dine Events offers a variety of memorable group experiences, including the Guac & Salsa Challenge. Participants will learn the distinctions between different spices, their role in creating guacamole and fresh salsa, and compete for the best creation.
PR contact: Shelle Wolfe, Shelle@WineDineEvents.com
Unique Meeting Venues
CIA at Copia, an epicurean destination in Downtown Napa, offers more than 80,000 square-feet of versatile indoor and outdoor space to host 10 to 1,000 guests. Copia also features interactive hands-on cooking classes in the expansive Hestan Kitchen; an outdoor amphitheater overlooking the Napa River; a private garden at the front of the property; and various private dining rooms located on the first floor.
PR contact: Glodow Nead Communications, CIACopia@glodownead.com
The Napa Valley Wine Train’s unique seating arrangement and linear layout promote intimate interactions for groups, with both pre- and post-meeting areas ideal for mingling and socializing. Groups may also charter a dedicated meeting railcar, which can accommodate up to 50 people, or rent the entire train to host up to 364 attendees.
PR contact: Marie Touraev, WineTrain@glodownead.com
The “Social at the Estate” is the newest addition to The Estate Yountville’s extensive meetings and events venues. The “Social,” comprised of three venues-in-one with a see-through stone fireplace and panoramic views of both the vineyards and the mountains, features 15,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor event space and can accommodate groups of 25 to 500 guests.
PR contact: Magrino PR, firstname.lastname@example.org
The Charter Oak’s off-site catering by Chef Christopher Kostow brings celebratory family-style dining to businesses, private residences, or locations of choice. Groups may also dine in one of the restaurant’s restored event spaces, which accommodates seating from a small dinner gathering or corporate event, to a full buy-out of the restaurant.
PR contact: Martina Kostow, email@example.com
Wineries and Wine Tasting Rooms
Bell Wine Cellars offers groups (of up to 40 guests) a guided tour of the winemaking process followed by a private dinner catered by a local private chef. Tours begin in the vineyard; then the crush pad, where they showcase how the grapes are processed in fermentation tanks; and end in the barrel room to see where the wines are aged.
PR contact: Abby Castrillo firstname.lastname@example.org
Cakebread Cellars’ in-house culinary team can create a specifically tailored program to meet any group’s needs. Programs include hands-on cooking classes; lunches; dinners; wine and food tasting sessions; and wine blending workshops. All events include a tour of the cellars, vineyard, and expansive vegetable garden, as well as a wine-tasting reception.
PR contact: Kelly Marceau, email@example.com
The Hess Collection Winery offers a variety of spaces and tailored activities for team building, corporate events and meetings. Experiences include wine and food pairings from their culinary team; learning how to blend wine; or strolling through the Hess Family's private art collection.
PR contact: Cesar Ramirez, Cramirez@hesscollection.com
Designed by renowned Viennese architect, painter, ecologist and philosopher Friedensreich Hundertwasser, Quixote Winery provides a dramatic setting for both intimate and mid-sized (40+ guests) group events. The winery offers multiple indoor venues as well as outdoor settings, including the exclusive Puddle House, built over a large private pond, which provides visitors with the sense of floating on water.
PR contact: Patrick Connelly, firstname.lastname@example.org
Stag's Leap Wine Cellars’ Estate offers a variety of unique venues, including FAY Lake; the Arcade & Great Room; and the FAY Vineyard Outlook patio spaces, designed by Barcelona-based architect Javier Barba. Groups may also experience tours of the underground wine caves.
PR contact: Jennifer Scott, Dir. of Communications, Jennifer.email@example.com
Domaine Chandon offers a range of fully customizable private group and corporate events, including team building experiences, tastings or cocktail classes. Hosted by a Chandon ambassador, groups can explore 45 years of winemaking artistry or test mixology skills with seasonal signature recipes. With a variety of both indoor and outdoor spaces, Domaine Chandon can accommodate up to 250 guests.
PR Contact: Aliye Melton, firstname.lastname@example.org
Peju Province Winery offers a variety of educational and interactive wine experiences for team building, corporate outings, meetings and company incentives. Activities include interactive culinary experiences and challenges; food and wine pairings; wine country team activities; and farm-to-table lunches. With indoor and outdoor spaces available, Peju can accommodate groups of many sizes and will customize experiences based on the group’s needs.
PR Contact: Dan Gaffey, email@example.com
Brasswood Estate offers a wine blending team building experience, hosted by consulting winemaker Angelina Mondavi; followed by a guided tour of the winery and caves; ending with a Napa Valley lunch created by their executive chef. The estate also features 17,000 square feet of caves, as well as multiple tasting rooms and event spaces, including Brasswood Bar + Bakery + Kitchen, and a sensory room curated by their Estate Sommelier.
PR Contact:Michelle Mathai, firstname.lastname@example.org
Conn Creek offers a barrel blending experience where guests have the opportunity to become “winemaker for a day.” Following a barrel tasting of different styles of Cabernet Sauvignon, guests blend any combination of Cabernet to create their own personalized wine, which they can adjust by preference by adding nuances from other Bordeaux varietals like Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Malbec, and Petit Verdot. The personalized blend is then bottled, hand-corked, and labeled on-site for a truly one-of-a-kind souvenir. The Barrel Blending Experience can accommodate up to 20 guests.
PR Contact: Christina Starr, email@example.com
Merryvale Vineyards’ historic Cask Room features century-old 2,000-gallon casks lining the stone walls, creating an enchanting setting for special events. Accommodating groups of up to 112, the Cask Room is ideal for special occasions, including rehearsal dinners, wedding receptions and corporate dinners.
PR contact: Casey Curiel firstname.lastname@example.org
Raymond Vineyards offers groups a “Winemaker for a Day” experience inside the blending lab, where guests will learn the winemaker’s art while blending their own red wine from Napa Valley’s most prized grape varietals. Groups may take home their bottle, complete with a customized label, and may also order cases of the personally crafted wine to share with friends, family and colleagues.
PR contact: Megan Long, email@example.com
Tamber Bey Vineyards has partnered with Sunrise Horse Rescue to offer a rare enrichment and team-building program that utilizes horses to build trust, improve communication skills and cultivate personal development. Each program is custom tailored to meet the needs and expectations of the group. Half-day and full-day programs are available.
Website: tamberbey.com; sunrisehorserescue.org
PR contact: Jennifer Waitte, firstname.lastname@example.org
For additional information on creating the perfect meeting or retreat in the Napa Valley, click here.
*Terms & Conditions: Transportation to be provided for an offsite planned over program booking dates and be limited to four hours total travel time. Complimentary transportation not provided for airport transfers. Group must utilize transportation company provided by Visit Napa Valley. Offer valid for group utilizing 10 or more guest rooms at participating hotels, when reserving Jan. - April 2019, for mid-week arrivals (subject to availability). The planner must contact a Visit Napa Valley sales manager to process the lead. Valid on new business only, not applicable for tentative or previously contracted business; cannot be combined with any other offer, advanced reservations are required. No refund or credit for unused services. Void where prohibited.
About Visit Napa Valley
Visit Napa Valley is the official tourism marketing organization for the Napa Valley, with a mission to promote, protect and enhance the region’s position as one of the world's premier wine, food, arts and wellness destinations. The area, known for its legendary hospitality, is also internationally recognized as one of only ten "Great Wine Capitals" and has more Michelin Stars per capita than any other wine region in the world.
The Napa Valley, conveniently located just an hour from the San Francisco Bay Area, consists of the following distinctive towns, including, from north to south, Calistoga, St. Helena, Rutherford/Oakville, Yountville, the city of Napa, American Canyon, and the outdoor recreation area of Lake Berryessa.
The Napa Valley Welcome Center, located at 600 Main St. along the riverfront in downtown Napa, provides visitors with expert Concierge services from Napa Valley Ambassadors who offer complimentary Napa Valley Guidebooks, maps, brochures and winery tasting passes. The Welcome Center, open daily 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., also offers complimentary Wi-Fi and a mercantile shop featuring locally sourced gift items.
For additional information on the Napa Valley, or to plan your Napa Valley experience, please explore www.VisitNapaValley.com, follow @TheNapaValley on Facebook and @VisitNapaValley on Twitter/Instagram.
Angela Jackson, Director of Media Relations
Visit Napa Valley