Each year from August through October, the Napa Valley comes alive with the excitement and rush of harvest. Winery teams can be seen picking grapes in the vineyards for crush, and some wineries even offer special harvest tours so you can witness the winery production facilities in action. Here are some experiences to truly write home about – from “a day in the life” of harvest to making your own custom blend to stomping the grapes. Many of these experiences are by appointment only, so be sure to plan ahead and call for more details.
Conn Creek Winery invites guests to The Great Grape Stomp on October 24, 2021. Visitors get to hop into a barrel and stomp while enjoying a glass of Conn Creek wine and indulging in harvest-inspired food. Visitors will even leave with a sweet memento from the Great Grape Stomp of 2021. Retail $150 | Club $125.
Judd’s Hill Winery offers a Bottle Blending Day Camp that will lead guests through a personal tasting, education, and blending session as you perfect your Bordeaux-style blend using samples from four barrels of four red varietals. Reservations for this experience can be made with at least 24-hour notice by calling the winery at (707) 255-2332.
Live the dream of being a winemaker for a day at Raymond Vineyards. Craft wine, fill, cork, and dress bottles with your custom label, then take it home with you that day. Available Wednesday through Monday. $125 per person.
Trefethen's Hands-On Harvest event on September 25 offers an in-depth vineyard tour and the opportunity to try your hand at picking grapes, then follow the freshly harvested crop to the winery to learn about winemaking practices. $225 general admission and $200 for members. Availability is limited. To RSVP, please call their concierge at 707-255-7700 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cakebread Cellars winemaking and viticulture teams are opening the cellar to share unique insight into the art and science of winemaking during the inaugural Cabernet Day on August 21, 2021. Compare soil types and grape clusters hand-harvested from vineyards in various Napa Valley AVAs and learn what role terroir plays in grape growing and winemaking. Plus enjoy wine and food pairings from Cakebread's in-house culinary team. $175 Per Guest | $105 Club Price. Reserve online via Tock or at Cakebread.com