We’ve all got a long way to go before life feels anything close to what it used to be. This makes the holidays a touchstone, which, in turn, means they’re even more important than they’ve been in years past. Even if you can’t gather with family and friends the way you’d like, you can deliver a taste of Napa Valley to everyone on your list. Here are some of our favorite local gifts to consider this year.
For the Wine Lover
Calistoga Winter in the Wineries Passport
For $60 per person, passport holders will be treated to complimentary wine-tasting flights at 14 local wineries spanning the full range of the Calistoga wine region, from a towering chateau to cozy downtown tasting rooms. Also included are discounts at Calistoga lodging, spas, and shops.
St. Helena Little Book of Big Experiences
It’s your VIP entrée to 12 high-end St. Helena winery experiences until April 2022, with a retail value of more than $800. The book costs $85 and is good for one person.
Red wines from this Rutherford producer regularly win 95+-point reviews from industry publications—a big win. The winery offers holiday-themed box sets that bring together vertical tastings of some of its best-selling cabs.
Castello de Amorosa
The experience in Calistoga’s Italian castle is totally over the top, and the gift boxes that pair the super Tuscan blend with two wine glasses or chocolate are nice present ideas.
Frank Family Vineyards
Cabernet is the name of the game at this Rutherford winery, which means the wooden gift box with 2016 Patriarch, 2016 Winston Hill and 2017 RHF is a triple-shot of deliciousness. The gift is especially meaningful for friends and family who live far away.
Tank Garage Winery
This Calistoga producer is known for surprising blends, and the Vinyl Lovers gift set pairs the cult-favorite 2020 Forever Baby Rose with a custom-produced vinyl album packed with tunes that “capture an angst for adventure,” plus a set of record coasters featuring labels from retired vintages.
For the Foodie
Clif Family Winery
This winery in St. Helena, owned by the same family that created Clif Bars, offers a host of holiday packages, including one with wine and chocolate, another with local honey.
New West Knifeworks
This shop is one of the newest additions to downtown St. Helena, and the craftsmanship in the knives is second to none. Each blade is made of powder metal steel and comes with ergonomic handles.
Napa Valley Distillery
Yes, this Oxbow Public Market merchant sells booze, but the real treats here are the homemade bitters, which include rose, cherry cacao, and more.
Beans make great stocking stuffers, especially when they’re hard-to-find heirloom beans from the best bean shop in all the land. If you can’t decide which to get, black-eyed peas never go out of style, especially on New Year’s.
The Essential Napa Valley Cookbook
Created by a local writer to provide pandemic relief to Napa Valley restaurant workers, The Essential Napa Valley Cookbook is a first-of-its-kind collection of 35+ recipes from top Napa Valley restaurants and chefs.
For the Adventurer
Active Wine Adventures
Gift the gift of adventure plus wine with an Active Wine Adventures gift card good for a Hike & Wine Tour or Art & Wine Tour, led by a 20-year Napa Valley local. Bonus? Your local guide has access to tiny boutique wineries not usually open to the public, offering a peek into wine country hidden gems.
Laces & Limos Safari Tour
For those who like to adventure like an insider, a Laces & Limos Safari Tour gift card is sure to be a big hit. Your lucky recipient will be swept away on a half-day adventure touring the back roads and undiscovered wineries of Napa Valley’s Coombsville AVA.
Wombat Fishing Charters
This outfitter runs half-day and full-day trips on the Napa River and local wetlands for fishing and wildlife-watching. There’s also a sunset cruise.
Paper Napan Walking Tours
On tours with this Napa local, guests follow a guide around the Rail Arts District or Downtown. Tours include expert, insider information, and nibbles and drinks along the way. Your loved ones will love this unique perspective on wine country.
Napa Valley Aloft
Fewer passengers per ride make excursions with this hot-air balloon company among the most intimate in all of Napa Valley. Balloons take off around sunrise daily, depending on the winds.
Napa Valley Bike Tours
Self-guided tours are all the rage with this outfitter, which has rental locations in Downtown Napa and Downtown Yountville. For a great experiential gift, have loved ones ride the Vine Trail between shops, stopping at wineries along the way.
Fat Tire Bike Rentals
If pedaling sounds like a lot of work for the adventurer on your list, Fat Tire Bike Rentals offers up popular e-bikes, which are perfect for cruising longer distances through wine country.
For the Artisan
Husband-and-wife duo Will and Nikki Callnan have become famous for crafting ceramics for fine-dining restaurants across wine country, but every December the duo has an open-to-the-public studio sale that leads to great values.
This Napa-based jeweler has an entire signature collection named after her home region—the collection includes pieces that blend stones, gold, and fabric. Each would make a wonderful holiday present.
This Napa-based artist says she “sees” taste, and specializes in painting the flavors of wine. She calls her pieces the “palette of the palate” and the art is certainly colorful. DIY Paint & Sip kits are also available online.
The beer lovers on your holiday list will love the unique brews from this St. Helena brewery, where brewmaster Nile Zacherle sources and malts his own barley. The finished products are like estate wines that reflect the region’s terroir.
For the Philanthropist
Land Trust of Napa County: Consider this outfit the ultimate conservation group—in 45 years it has protected more than 86,000 acres in Napa County alone. Donations support land acquisition and upkeep, as well as fire mitigation training.
Napa Humane: The local outpost of the Humane Society makes sure stray cats and dogs are treated with dignity and respect. The related shelters are no-kill. Donations support operations.
Connolly Ranch: The mission at this 12-acre historical farm in the heart of Napa is simple: To spread farm-based education to kids of all ages. Donations support programs and day-to-day operations.
OLE Health Foundation: This nonprofit provides medical care and other services to the vulnerable populations of Napa County. Donations help a host of programs.
Napa Valley Vine Trail: A $47 donation helps the Vine Trail Coalition finish the construction of a 47-mile paved walking and biking path that will stretch from the Vallejo Ferry Terminal north to Calistoga, providing residents and visitors with a safe and car-free way to explore the entire Napa Valley. You can also purchase a footprint to be embedded on the path for a $150 donation.