There is nothing more quintessential to the Napa Valley experience than enjoying a picnic lunch at a scenic winery. With picture perfect weather nearly year-round, a plethora of gourmet foods – from artisanal cheese and snacks, freshly-baked breads, and artfully crafted sandwiches – and of course, world-class wine to pair with it, Napa Valley wineries provide the perfect backdrop for a relaxed picnic.
Several wineries provide great picnic spots, and may even provide all the necessary provisions. Some wineries offer a bring-your-own provisions experience, as long as you purchase a bottle or two of their wine to taste. Please check with the winery before bringing your own picnic supplies – all Napa Valley wineries must follow strict regulations and laws, and many do not have permits allowing lunch goers.
Use this list as a guide, and check with each winery before visiting, as they are continually changing their picnic policies. Here are a few wineries we recommend for enjoying a picnic.
Bring-Your-Own-Picnic Winery Spots
Bring your own picnic to this family-friendly, pet-friendly, relaxed winery. Tres Sabores is a California Certified Organic Farm and is also home to an heirloom garden, an olive grove, sheep, Guinea fowls, and winery dogs – all making your wine tasting experience more delightful. If you make picnic arrangements with the winery ahead of time, you'll arrive to find a private table next to the vineyards ready with linens, plates, silverware, and cutting boards, for a picnic fee of $20.
The Oak Grove picnic area has been a favorite spot among visitors for many years, with sweeping views of Napa Valley as the backdrop. Located alongside Silverado Trail in the Rutherford AVA, their hilltop property takes you high above the valley floor. Reserve a picnic table beforehand for $30 per person, then purchase wine bottles in the winery (1-3 bottles are required depending on the number in your group, which you can drink during your picnic or take home with you).
This relaxed, family-friendly winery is a perfect spot to kick back on the grass with views of Napa Valley vineyards. For a full picnic experience, they offer a “Bottle & Blanket” tasting: bring your own food, stop by their tasting room for a picnic blanket and a bottle of wine, and you’re set for a lovely afternoon on the lawn surrounded by vineyards. If you prefer a seated picnic, you're welcome to bring outside food to enjoy alongside your wine tasting experience or if purchasing a bottle or two.
Make a reservation for a tasting and enjoy a picnic lunch under 100-year-old trees at one of the oldest wineries in Calistoga. Make sure to sample some of their award-winning reserve wines, available exclusively at the winery itself. For wine club members, a picnic spot reservation is complimentary; otherwise, reserve one of their picnic tables for up to 8 guests and enjoy an uninterrupted 90 minutes of peaceful picnicking with your pals.
Located just past St. Helena, this is one of Napa Valley’s oldest wineries. Their beautiful, sprawling vineyard nestled in Pope Valley is a great picnic spot. Pack a lunch, grab the family, and head here to relax, play bocce, or take in the views of this perfectly-perfect winery. Enjoy a wine tasting, then buy a bottle or two to enjoy on their picnic tables with your own food for an additional $20 per person.
This family-owned and operated winery is also very family-friendly. Reserve a table ahead of your visit, and enjoy a casual family atmosphere where wines by the bottle replaces a traditional tasting. Explore the grounds and say hello to their onsite rescue animals, including a herd of pigs, goats, chickens, mini horses, a turkey, and a donkey. You may bring your own food for a $15 per person picnic fee.
Check out these additional wineries offering picnic space for an additional fee:
- Benessere Vineyards
- Black Stallion Winery
- Hudson Ranch & Vineyards
- Napa Cellars
- Pestoni Family Estate Winery
Pre-Prepped Picnics & Lunches
Most wineries don't allow visitors to bring in outside food, but they do offer cheese and charcuterie plates to accompany your wine tasting. If you're looking for a full picnic or lunch experience, a few wineries offer a gourmet pre-prepped experiences to accompany your wine tasting (be sure to reserve these experiences ahead of your visit). Here are a few to try:
With more than two acres of sprawling picnic grounds, V. Sattui is the perfect place for the whole family to enjoy a picnic. The picnic grounds are open to patrons from 9am-7pm, which means you can enjoy a picnic brunch, stop for a late afternoon snack, or sip wine at sunset. Their artisan deli & marketplace has everything you need for a perfectly picturesque picnic experience: sandwiches, pasta, salads, and charcuterie fixings galore. Their charcuterie is house-made, and pairs great with one of their 200 cheeses. They also have some mouth-watering desserts, such as tiramisu, crème brûlée, seasonal fruit tarts, and their own Italian-style gelato or sorbetto. On the weekends, check out their Weekend BBQ & V. Sattui Food Truck, which offers grilled food, pizzas, and more. No reservations are required to shop in their marketplace and picnic on their grounds, though tables are first come first served.
This horse farm with a winery provides a unique experience, where you can visit their horses and even sit stableside for a wine tasting. Their picnic experience is prepared by Sam’s General Store in Calistoga and includes a salad or sandwich of your choice, chips, cookie, and a glass of wine from their Vineyard Series. With advanced reservation, you can add this picnic lunch to your wine tasting for $40.
Merryvale offers three wine and food experiences: The Profile Estate Picnic is set in a vineyard 800 feet above the valley floor on the Profile Estate Vineyard deck; reserve a wine tasting experience along with a Gott's Roadside burger in the Burger Butler Experience; or enjoy wines paired with artisan pizzas from Pizzeria Tra Vigne with the Vino & Pizza Experience.
Enjoy the impeccable views of the valley below from this winery's outdoor courtyard. For the $100 Haus Picnic + Tasting experience, you can enjoy a flight of estate wines, and Faust will take care of the picnic for you – with baguette sandwiches, charcuterie, and chips.
Clos Pegase has partnered with Tre Posti to offer a local and seasonally inspired picnic lunch that pairs beautifully with their wines. You can purchase wine by the glass or bottle. Each picnic box serves two adults for $80-100. Bring your own blanket or enjoy a seated experience at a picnic table.
Enjoy a leisurely alfresco lunch at Clos du Val among the vineyards and butterfly gardens. This $100 experience includes two glasses of wine, with a sandwich, chips, and a cookie. Be sure to explore the garden plantings designed to attract and protect majestic Monarch butterflies after your lunch.
For a European café atmosphere, reserve an alfresco table at Inglenook's charming Bistro. You can sip wines by the glass or bottle, or enjoy bistro bites, coffees, and other delicious pairings. The tables are located in a courtyard under a canopy of trees.
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