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.

Want to know more about harvest? Check out our full list of harvest events and information.

Harvest Events

Hands-On Harvest Experience
Location: Trefethen Family Vineyards
Date: September 24, 2022
Price: $250 per person | $225 wine club member

You’ll start your day with an in-depth vineyard tour and the opportunity to get “hands on” picking grapes. After harvest, you will enjoy an incredible al fresco lunch paired with Trefethen wines, then follow the freshly harvested crop to the winery and learn about winemaking practices.


 


The Great Grape Stomp
Location: Conn Creek Winery
Date: September 25, 2022
Price: $150 per adult

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 2022.


 


Clip, Stomp and Sip Harvest Party
Location: Bouchaine Vineyards
Date: October 2, 2022
Price: $150 per person | $125 wine club member

Celebrate the 2022 Harvest by joining Bouchaine Vineyards for a grape picking contest. Clip clusters from the vine, stomp grapes, and sip a sneak peek of 2022 vintage wines from tank. You can even win a prize for the biggest grape harvest!


 


Crush Party
Location: V. Sattui Winery
Date: October 14, 2022
Price: $145 per person | $120 wine club member

Experience harvest during one of the most exciting times of year in Napa Valley & step behind-the-scenes of a working winery. Participate in an old-fashioned grape stomp, and meet their growers and winemakers. You can also taste over 45 wines during this event.


 

Winery Experiences

The Barrel Blending Experience at Conn Creek Winery lets you play winemaker for a day and take home the fruit of your labor. Your experience includes a Napa Valley AVA overview, a guided tasting through Cabernet Sauvignon barrel samples, instructions on blending techniques and strategies, and a bottle of your custom blend to take home. Appointments available Thursday – Monday. $150 per person.

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. It’s a fun and informative wine country outing for singles, couples, and groups.  Reservations for this experience can be made with at least 24-hour notice, and can even be done remotely over Zoom.

Live the dream of being a Winemaker For a Day at Raymond Vineyards. Learn the winemaker’s art while blending your own Napa Valley Bordeaux-style red blend. Craft wine, fill, cork, and dress bottles with your custom label, then take it home with you that day. Available Wednesday – Monday. $150 per person.