The Napa Valley’s wineries and restaurants, scenery, weather, and distinctive venues make the destination an unparalleled experience for corporate gatherings and events. From the city of American Canyon in the south end of the county to the northernmost community of Calistoga, the Napa Valley boasts more than 150 lodging properties from five-star luxury resorts to intimate bed and breakfasts. The Valley also offers more than 200,000 square feet of meeting space from ballrooms to barrel rooms and wine caves to vineyards. Listed below is a highlight of where “to meet” in the Napa Valley.
Unique Meeting Venues:
The Ackerman Heritage House (AHH) in downtown Napa is truly an original space to hold a meeting or conference. The 1888 Queen Anne Victorian has three large rooms to cordon off for smaller breakout sessions by closing the 11-foot original pocket doors; a large formal dining room which seats 14 for a board meeting; a garden courtyard; and a gourmet kitchen for a chef to create lunch or dinner during or after the meeting.
PR contact: Gwen McGill, GEM Collection, firstname.lastname@example.org
The newest member of the The Culinary Institute of America family, the CIA at Copia in Napa, which opened in fall of 2016, offers a variety of meeting space options, most with a culinary angle, including indoor teaching kitchens, a 200-seat theater, outdoor gardens; a restaurant; and an amphitheater on the Napa River.
PR contact: Evita Broughton, email@example.com
The Culinary Institute of America (CIA) at Greystone in St. Helena is an historic building that offers vineyard views, manicured grounds, dramatic spaces with soaring ceilings, cutting-edge kitchens and wine-tasting theaters.
PR contact: Anne Girvin, a_girvin@Culinary.Edu
The Napa Valley Distillery offers group and corporate events, including 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, firstname.lastname@example.org
Tre Posti in St. Helena boasts three private indoor and outdoor event spaces, each with stunning vineyard and mountain views where Chef Nash Cognetti offers a fusion of authentic Italian and fresh Napa Valley cuisine.
PR contact: Kimmie Husted, email@example.com
The Napa Valley Wine Train can accommodate up to 300 guests with their historic and beautifully restored early 1900’s Pullman Cars. The recently introduced Quattro Vino Tour provides a “car free” culinary and wine adventure, which includes stops at Robert Mondavi, Charles Krug, Merryvale and V. Sattui Wineries.
PR contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Vintage Estate's eleven distinctively different locations in Yountville offer 30,000 square feet of diverse indoor and outdoor function space and on-site culinary services. Their Conference Services department will customize and coordinate agendas ranging from private and exclusive executive retreats to full-scale, multi-tiered conclaves and auxiliary events.
PR contact: Allyn Magrino, email@example.com
Basalt restaurant on the Napa River in downtown Napa offers groups a private dining room and expansive outdoor patio that can accommodate 24 to 80 guests (or up to 200 for a complete buy-out). Basalt features a dedicated private events team to cater to the specific needs of all groups.
PR contact: Leah Goldstein, leahDgoldstein@gmail.com
Hurley's Restaurant in the heart of Yountville offers two spaces for small groups. The Private Dining Room is a brightly lit room with a private patio that can accommodate 25 to 42 guests. For smaller groups, the Vintners’ table can accommodate eight to 14 guests.
PR contact: Cynthia Hurley, firstname.lastname@example.org
Unique Group Activities:
Verve Napa Valley offers a new teambuilding activity with professional equine facilitators and horses. Through a hands-on learning experience, participants explore topics deeply connected to leadership, including self-awareness, non-verbal communication, embodiment, mood, trust, and intuition. In the serenity of nature, far removed from the hustle and bustle of city and corporate life, participants have a unique opportunity to reflect on their leadership style, reconnect with their true nature within, and transform into powerful, effective leaders.
PR contact: Rob Roy, email@example.com
Napa Valley Paddle offers two tours for groups interested in enjoying the Napa River while visiting the Napa Valley. The Living River Tour showcases the river’s transition from saltwater wetland to the clear running fresh waters of the Oak Knoll AVA. The Carneros Wildlife Preserve excursion explores the northern reach of San Pablo Bay through six miles of twists and turns, including Skaggs Island, a former top-secret naval installation once home to 300 personnel who were instrumental during the Cold War and Cuban Missile Crisis. Antennae are still buried beneath the marsh, used for interception of Russian Radio communications.
PR contact: Andrew Dickson, firstname.lastname@example.org
Napa Valley Bike Tours offers customized events for groups including tours that culminate in a casual dinner in the vineyards with fresh pizza and salads featuring locally sourced produce provided by chef Michael Gyetvan of Presto Azzurro, or a catered luncheon at Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars for groups up to 90.
PR contact: Kellie Macway, email@example.com
For memories that last a lifetime, Napa Valley Balloons and Calistoga Balloons offer an exhilarating, four hour experience for small groups, including: preflight coffee, tea, and sweet treats; transportation to and from the launch and landing sites; a one hour flight (flight time is approximate depending on weather); and a post-flight brunch with sparkling wine at either Domain Chandon Winery in Yountville, or SolBar Restaurant located at the Solage Resort in Calistoga.
PR contact: Shannon Eckerman, firstname.lastname@example.org
Knight Wine Tours offers private guided wine country tours for groups up to 10 guests, led by a certified wine educator and local resident professional guide.
PR contact: Stan Knight, email@example.com
Wineries and Wine Tasting Rooms:
Domaine Carneros in Napa offers a myriad of memorable event spaces for groups of up to 120. Options include the Carriage House, with high ceilings, a stone fireplace, and doors opening onto a private terrace and fountain; the Chateau Salon, which transforms into an elegant grand dining room with tall French doors opening onto the terrace; The Terrace, which offers spectacular views and a breathtaking backdrop for receptions; Le Rêve Room, located on the top floor of the château, featuring a coffered ceiling and marble fireplace, ideal for intimate dining events; and the Mezzanine, an intimate setting for wine-centric dining and entertaining.
PR contact: Charlotte Milan, firstname.lastname@example.org
Judd’s Hill Winery in Napa offers its Bottle Blending Day Camp for groups from eight up to 300. Blending guides lead a fun and entertaining tasting, education and blending session as guests choose the perfect Bordeaux-style blend from four barrel samples (Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petite Verdot and Cabernet Franc, all Napa Valley appellations), including hand-bottling, labeling and the application of foil capsules to the bottlenecks.
PR contact: Devin Joshua, email@example.com
Jam Cellars in downtown Napa is perfect for small groups between six and 40, and features a rock & roll theme, including a space for live musical performances and a private tasting room that doubles as a recoding studio.
PR contact: Tom Fuller, firstname.lastname@example.org
Pine Ridge Vineyards offers groups an interactive blending seminar at the historic winery in the heart of the Stags Leap District. Guests will learn about the history of Napa Valley, the Stags Leap District and Pine Ridge Vineyards as they are guided through a hands-on wine blending experience, learning about the art and nuances of wine blending while tasting and blending samples of the winery’s highly rated Fortis Cabernet Sauvignon. Afterwards, each table will present their “best” blend to the education team for evaluation and judging. The winning team will receive a special prize.
PR contact: Vicky Nobles, Vicky.email@example.com
Silver Trident Winery’s upstairs loft in Yountville is an ideal space for events for up to 22 guests. Private wine tastings, receptions, business retreats or food and wine experiences can be executed by the winery. Both the loft and the Silver Trident Winery Home tasting room is decorated by Ralph Lauren Home and most furnishings are available for purchase.
PR contact: Julie Ann Kodmur, firstname.lastname@example.org
B Cellars Vineyards & Winery in Oakville, features two separate private event spaces, the Beckstoffer Heritage Tasting Room, which can accommodate up to 12 guests, and the Grand Salon, which can host up to 120 guests. The winery also offers wine blending classes; a six-wicket croquet court and adjacent event lawn. Cuisine is a focal point of the B Cellars experience and guests may tour the chef’s garden and outdoor grounds to determine the menu for food and wine pairings.
PR contact: Lauren Wintemberg, email@example.com
Round Pond Estate in Rutherford, in the heart of the Napa Valley, offers a variety of group activities featuring wine, cuisine and one of the regions few working olive oil mills. Groups of ten to 90 may enjoy private receptions, luncheons or dinners featuring the estate’s wines and oils, with cuisine paired by the winery chef. Unique to Round Pond, groups of up to ten may enjoy a private olive oil mill experience, where guests have Round Pond Estate's olive mill to themselves, complete with a private tasting of hand-crafted California estate-grown and milled olive oils, barrel-aged red wine vinegar and flavorful citrus syrups, all paired with a garden-inspired amuse bouche.
PR contact: Nicole Difasi, firstname.lastname@example.org
Brasswood Cellars just north of St. Helena, (formerly Cairdean Estate) offers many indoor and outdoor venues for meetings or special events, including Brasswood Bar, Bakery and Kitchen; Rosgal Gallery and The Tasting Room. From picnics, luncheons, or special private lunches or dinners, the team at Brasswood Cellars will help make any occasion special.
PR contact: Marcus Marquez, email@example.com
Merryvale Vineyards’ Historic Cask Room in St. Helena features century-old 2,000-gallon casks lining the stone walls, creating an enchanting settings for special events. The winery’s highly acclaimed wines may also be paired with the cuisine of celebrated Napa Valley chefs. Accommodating groups of up to 112, the Cask Room is ideal for special occasions, including rehearsal dinners, wedding receptions and corporate dinners.
PR contact: Charlotte Milan, firstname.lastname@example.org
Raymond Vineyards in St. Helena offers groups a “Winemaker for a Day” experience in their blending room. Guests will learn the winemaker’s art while blending their own red wine from Napa Valley’s esteemed appellations and take home the bottle, complete with a customized label. Groups may also order cases of the personally crafted wine to share with friends, family and colleagues.
PR contact: Tamara Stanfill, email@example.com
Silverado Resort and Spa will complete an addition of 30,000 square feet of new function space in late 2016. Located adjacent to the recently renovated 15,000 square foot conference center, the Mansion Gardens will serve as an additional outdoor venue for weddings, social occasions and receptions for conference groups. The seasonal 5,000 square foot pavilion will feature heating and cooling, sidewalls, blackout curtains, doors, lighting and power to create the perfect environment for all types of events. The Mansion Gardens will add to Silverado Resort’s 17,000 square feet of indoor meeting space and 15,000 square feet of outdoor spaces including the signature wine country Grove, Fairway Deck and Arbor. In addition to meeting space, the resort features 370 guest rooms, two PGA Championship Golf Courses, a 16,000 square foot spa, several restaurants and lounges, 10 tennis courts and 10 swimming pools.
PR contact: Julie Maurer, firstname.lastname@example.org
With $7 million in recent improvements, the Marriott Napa Valley Hotel and Spa in Napa offers 22,000 square feet of meeting space, including 8,000 square feet outdoors, and a new resort-style swimming pool and courtyard, ideal for festive gatherings, weddings, and a variety of unique teambuilding and breakout experiences.
PR contact: Angela Cava, Angela.Cava@napavalleymarriott.com
The meeting spaces at The Meritage Resort and Spa in Napa include the Estate Cave built into the hillside under a vineyard, two ballrooms that can accommodate groups up to 800, and the Crush Ultra Lounge, a luxury entertainment sports bar, complete with bowling lanes, which can accommodate groups of all sizes.
PR contact: Andrew Bradley, email@example.com
The Andaz Napa offers more than 9,000 square feet of meeting space with complimentary Wi-Fi and versatile meeting venues, including the Mercantile rooftop terrace, a gathering spot for networking, wine tasting and relaxing by the stone fire pits.
PR contact: Aaron Feeney, firstname.lastname@example.org
The Carneros Inn in Napa offers 10,000 square feet of inspiring indoor and outdoor meeting space with panoramic views and lush courtyards. Groups may select from a number of packages, including the “Vino and Bocce” two-hour experience as an icebreaker or teambuilding activity; the “Day Meeting Package” which includes a meeting room with natural light; Wifi; continental breakfast; a deli lunch and meeting breaks; the “Gather & Garnish” program, which allows guests to forage ingredients from the quarter acre farm with fruit trees to create customized cocktails; or the“Sip & Cycle” package with Getaway Adventures. Groups may also customize their meeting experience with or spa treatments.
PR contact: Shawna Sund, email@example.com
The Westin Verasa Napa offers more than 12,000 square feet of flexible meeting and event space, including a ballroom; three boardrooms; an outdoor courtyard; two Bocce Ball courts, and The Green, perfect for intimate receptions of up to 80 guests. The Westin Verasa can also arrange off-site experiences for groups, including intimate dinners in wine caves, to large lunches with vineyard views. The hotel also offers numerous activities for groups including yoga and wine programs. Wine courses include an introduction to Napa Valley wine; a sensory wine skills teambuilding experience; and a wine-blending course.
PR contact: Evan Nicholson, Evan@GlodowNead.com
The Senza Hotel in Napa offers a new 800 square foot Riposa conference room, with vaulted ceilings and natural light from the full-length wall-to-wall glass doors. A break out garden patio is just outside the meeting room. Guests are surrounded by a collection of contemporary art collected and commissioned by Craig and Kathryn Hall.
PR contact: Alana Willson, Alana@senzahotel.com/707-253-0337
Bardessono, the luxurious LEED platinum certified retreat tucked in the heart of Yountville, offers an exclusive “green” experience that anticipates groups’ needs, providing leading technology and environmental ethics. Featuring 1,655 square feet of indoor space and more than 4,000 square feet of outdoor space, distinctive venues at Bardessono include outdoor terraces, water elements, artistic landscaping and a poolside patio.
PR contact: Mackenzie Fox, firstname.lastname@example.org
Meadowood Napa Valley in St. Helena offers guests 5,000 square feet of indoor meeting space and 28,000 square feet of outdoor space. Groups are encouraged to enjoy the resort’s outdoor venues for the many offered activities, which include a hands-on “Mixology Class” led by Meadowood’s Beverage Director of Estate Events, who covers the basic techniques for creating customized cocktails, including when to “shake” vs when to “stir;” how to make hand-cut crystal clear ice cubes; and incorporating fresh herbs and edible flowers. Hands-on cooking classes tie in locally grown produce and wines from the Napa Valley. The resort also features two full-sized, world-class Croquet courts (lawns) as well as a nine-hole walking golf course. Their Golf Studio is equipped with TrackMan technology, which records the club and ball data and displays the information in easy-to-understand graphic models.
PR contact: Jennifer Chiesa, email@example.com
The Harvest Inn in St. Helena provides a total of 13,550 square feet of meeting and event space for social events and working groups, large or small. All meeting rooms offer wired and wireless Internet access and a variety of configurations. The lovely grounds provide the ideal location for wine country weddings, receptions, reunions, sit-down dinners and parties.
PR contact: Christa Weaving, firstname.lastname@example.org
The 12-room boutique Wydown Hotel on Main Street in St. Helena, focuses on exquisite design, professional and knowledgeable staff, and creating exceptional guest experiences. The hotel recently completed a major renovation to include a full-service kitchen, new awnings, signage and landscaping. Hotel guests may also now enjoy an expanded, 2,500-square-foot lobby, also referred to as the Tea Room, which is an ideal space for small meetings and board retreats.
PR contact: Erwin Tolentino, email@example.com
With more than 15,000 square feet of flexible indoor and outdoor function space, Solage Calistoga offers a variety of settings for executive meetings, incentive programs and corporate retreats, accommodating both intimate groups to several hundred guests. All meeting and event areas have WiFi Internet access as well.
PR contact: Michelle Kelly, firstname.lastname@example.org
Indian Springs Resort & Spa’s 2014 renovation and expansion in Calistoga created expanded meeting spaces and capabilities. New buildings include the Barn and the Garden Retreat Center, which provide up to 3,500 square feet of space for corporate and group functions, all wired with high-speed bandwidth. Guests may also reserve a private dining experience at ‘The Cellar” at Sam’s Social Club and enjoy dinner alongside the stainless steel fermenting tanks.
PR contact: Alison Stout, email@example.com
Calistoga Ranch offers a variety of creative activities for groups of all sizes, including wine blending experiences, “Beekeeper for a Day,” team bocce, plein air painting in the vineyard, and “Harvest Basket,” where teams receive products from the Calistoga Ranch garden and prepare a dish that is judged by the resident chef. They can also accommodate meetings in the vineyard for up to 100 guests at their onsite two-acre private vineyard.
PR contact: Niki Jensen, firstname.lastname@example.org
For additional information on creating the perfect meeting or retreat in the Napa Valley, please visit www.visitnapavalley.com.