“Are your grapes in yet?” As autumn rolls in, that’s the most common question you’ll hear around Napa Valley among the legions who work in the wine industry. It’s a month or two of anxious anticipation followed by manic, around-the-clock activity – ending with a collective exhalation and celebration when the harvest is done.
And speaking of celebrations, here are some options for visitors to join in the annual festival of harvest. Unless otherwise noted, these popular events are only for those aged 21+. They often sell out early so make your reservations early!
Hall Harvest Celebration | August 28, 2021
HALL Wines' annual event, offering both a VIP Vertical Tasting and the main event, coincides with the release of the new vintage of its flagship wine, Kathryn Hall Cabernet Sauvignon. The theme of the event will be “Celebrate the Year You Missed." The Kathryn Hall Harvest Celebration marks the public release of the 2018 vintage and will include various celebratory ‘milestone’ stations on The Great Lawn in St. Helena. Food will be included with the ticket price, catered by Tre Posti. Guests will also be able to enjoy live music throughout the event from San Francisco-based band Pop Fiction.
Crocker & Starr Carnivus Maximus | September 5, 2021
Napa Valley's grandest celebration will include wine from the cellar, newly released 2018 Stone Place Cabernet Sauvignon and 2018 1 Post Cabernet Sauvignon, a feast from Napa's finest purveyors including Hog Island Oyster Co, ZUZU Paella, Fatted Calf Charcuterie, Rainbow Shave Ice and more. Ring in the 2021 harvest with plenty of wine, games and prizes galore.
Silenus Harvest Party | September 18, 2021
Meet the winemakers, try all the wines, enjoy a meal, dance to some music, and have a great time in the beautiful winery garden.
Taste of Mount Veeder | September 26
Treat yourself to world-class wines from more than 30 Mount Veeder appellation wineries at the 21st Annual Taste of Mount Veeder! This event will feature a walk-around wine tasting, gourmet food pairings from Hess executive chef Chad Hendrickson, a silent auction, prizes and live, high-energy blues from The Hummingbirdz. Don't miss out. The wines are amazing and it's a rare opportunity to taste and order Mount Veeder wines all in one place - many of which are not open to the public and are difficult to acquire.
Merryvale Annual Harvest Party | September 26
Be among the first to enjoy new fall releases of Merryvale and Starmont wines with festive and delicious paella by Gerard’s Paella on the Merryvale terrace. Come out and chat with winemaker Andrew Wright over some Merryvale barrel samples. With live music by the Carlos Herrera Band, this event is guaranteed to be a great time!
Charles Krug Annual Harvest Party | October 2, 2021
Come celebrate the end of summer with the Mondavi Family, and a few hundred fellow wine and food enthusiasts, as we raise our glasses to the 2021 harvest. Gather your friends and join us for one of the best party traditions in all of Napa Valley!
Cakebread Family Harvest Festival | October 16, 2021
Bring the whole family down to the home ranch to breathe in the crisp fall air and enjoy the sights and sounds of the season! We will have interactive learning opportunities for children, along with light bites and wine pairings for the adults. Fun for everyone!
Tamber Bey Harvest Party | October 23, 2021
Join friends at Sundance Ranch in Calistoga for an afternoon of amazing wine, awesome food by TrePosti and great live music by Lavender Fields. Enjoy a walk-around wine tasting of current and new releases, an open wine bar, live music, horseshoes and wagon rides around the ranch. Tamber Bey is a kid- and dog-friendly winery, and both are welcome to attend the party.
Be sure to check out our event calendar for more harvest season happenings.