Best Outdoor Wine Tastings in the Napa Valley
July 28, 2020
In Napa Valley, we’ve long prided ourselves on resourcefulness and innovation. So it’s no surprise that, when wineries were quickly required to pivot to outdoor tastings only, Napa Valley businesses stepped up to the plate and created some truly amazing experiences for visitors to safely enjoy. When you’re ready to come raise a glass with us, below are some of the most unique outdoor wine tasting experiences in Napa Valley.
If you do plan to visit Napa Valley this summer, please do so responsibly. Advance reservations are required at all wineries, and masks are mandated throughout Napa County. Find all the health and safety info you need to plan your visit here.
Newton Vineyard (pictured in the feature image) offers an exceptional outdoor experience from May to October: the Newton Vineyard Exploration tour. This luxurious private experience starts with a drive through Newton’s Spring Mountain vineyards in a deluxe, open-air utility vehicle, ending up at a private tasting pavilion 1600 feet above the valley floor. There guests will enjoy breathtaking, panoramic views of the Napa Valley and a customized, intimate tasting among the Cabernet Sauvignon vines.
New for summer 2020, Twilight at Trefethen is the ultimate private experience. With only one table available every Thursday, Friday, & Saturday evening, you’ll have the estate to yourself for a private tour followed by a seated tasting with the full Taste the Estate experience. Summer evenings are glorious in the Napa Valley, and if you are looking to celebrate a special occasion or simply want to relax in a fully private setting, this is the experience for you.
The Vineyard Hike at Cuvasion is a new outdoor experience designed for guests to de-stress and immerse themselves in the quiet beauty of the Carneros region. Join Cuvaison for a bit of fresh air and beautiful views of the San Pablo Bay from the vines in Los Carneros. At the end of your hike, enjoy an estate tasting with a cheese pairing on the patio along with a farm-fresh boxed lunch from the Market at Carneros Resort.
Merryvale is offering two delicious twists on their traditional outdoor tastings. The Burger Butler is a Merryvale Signature Tasting paired with Gott’s Roadside for lunch - the Merryvale team does the work and will pick up your custom-tailored Gott's order to enjoy during a tasting of Merryvale current releases. Not in a burger kind of mood? Merryvale is also partnering with neighbor Pizzeria Tra Vigne to feature a Pinot and Pizza Tasting- enjoy a pizza delivered right to your patio table paired with a special flight of Starmont and Merryvale Pinots.
The team at Amici Cellars welcomes visitors back to Napa Valley with an invitation to lift up local communities, paying it forward while also enjoying great wine. As Amici re-opens, the winery is offering a new, private outdoor tasting experience -- an invitation to enjoy a peaceful day of relaxation, sipping estate wine al fresco, while simultaneously feeding your soul. Amici will be donating 100% of visitor tasting fees from these tastings to the Napa Valley Community COVID-19 Relief Fund, managed by the Napa Valley Community Foundation.
Have you ever blended your own wine? St. Supery invites you to create your very own white blend while overlooking the beautiful estate vineyards at no additional charge when you purchase any St. Supery tasting flight. The My Virtú experience guides you in perfecting a custom blend and tailoring it to satisfy your taste. A take-home 750ml bottle of your very own My Virtú, precisely customized to suit your palate, is included with each tasting.
Back by popular demand, the Round Pond Estate Olive Oil Tasting experience is now offered outdoors on the gorgeous terrace along with Round Pond's traditional wine tastings. Enjoy the scenery of 100-year-old Mission olive trees overlooking the vineyards while sampling four estate olive oils and a red wine vinegar. Educators will lead you through a traditional olive oil tasting, with the option to add on a glass of wine to enjoy after the tasting.
Taste wine at one of the largest horse ranches in the Valley! Tamber Bey Vineyards at Sundance Ranch in Calistoga is a unique winery destination that combines the owners’ passion for wine and horses in a spectacular equestrian setting. Located at the north end of Napa Valley, the winery is framed by stunning views of the Palisades as horses graze under the shadow of Mount St. Helena. Enjoy a casual outdoor tasting in the courtyard of the horseshoe-shaped barn- savor the wine, visit with the horses and soak up the pastoral beauty of Napa Valley.
Cakebread's Garden to Glass tasting is a true Napa Valley farm-to-table experience. An expert guest host will greet you upon arrival to offer an inside look at the Cakebread culinary program, which begins in Dolores Cakebread's 3/4 acre vegetable garden. As your host guides you through what's fresh on this organic garden tour and wine tasting, you will have the opportunity to pick ingredients straight from the source and learn how Cakebread Cellars maintains this prized, certified Bee Friendly garden. Afterward, enjoy a seated wine and food pairing led by resident chefs featuring fresh garden ingredients.