Pack a Picnic in the Napa Valley
May 21, 2019
Gorgeous Napa Valley parks and winery grounds make picnics a daily pleasure. Here’s where to find the best provisions:
Stock your basket with goodies from Yountville’s Atelier Gourmet Fine Foods, a luxury palace of exquisite goods including charcuterie, cheeses (we suggest this goat’s milk cheese, made in Italy), pâté, caviar, olives, handcrafted baby gherkins, and Kollar chocolates, made just down the road in V Marketplace.
In St. Helena, Dean & Deluca is famous for its high-end marketplace and bakery. Grab a boxed lunch, like the prosciutto, soppressata, roasted pepper, and mozzarella sandwich. Gourmet extras include house-made deviled eggs, chocolate toffee almonds, decadent sea salt brownies, and cheese platters adorned with candied walnuts, dried apricots, and figs.
Oakville Grocery is another treasure; house-made salads include pesto pasta, with orecchiette, arugula, and Grana Padano; or the kale salad, tossed with lemon vin and Pecorino.
Get your gourmet grab-and-go at Contimo Provisions in Napa’s CIA at Copia. Try the wood-fired roast beef sandwich with Romesco. Contimo’s cookies (a local favorite) are made with dark chocolate, stone-cut oats, and sea salt.
Also in St. Helena, V. Sattui Winery has a world-class gourmet artisan deli complete with over 200 cheeses from around the world, house-cured salumi, house-made daily sandwiches, salads, pastas and panini plus so much more – including their own gelato! With acres of lush grounds and picnic tables, V.Sattui is a picnicker's one-stop shop.
Located at The Village at Vista Collina Resort, Fivetown Grocery offers a taste of the five towns that make up Napa Valley. Selections range from house-made pasta and sauces to smoked barbeque and freshly baked bread, all made from scratch in small batches by celebrated Executive Chef Vincent Lesage. For a truly spectacular experience, Fivetown Grocery offers everything you need to create the perfect Napa picnic on The Village’s expansive community lawn. Or, reserve the “lawn butler” service to curate the whole experience for you.
Best picnic ever!
Not in the mood for meal prep? Try a fancy food truck:
At St. Helena’s Clif Family Winery tasting room and Bruschetteria food truck, artisanal eats include olive oils, nuts, chocolates, preserves, and full take-away lunches like bruschette, porchetta, crispy-skin rotisserie chicken, and farm fresh salads.
Don’t want to pack your own picnic?
No problem — Oakville Grocery can handle it for you. Call two days in advance and choose from three options. Bonus- the basket or jute bag makes a perfect take-home souvenir.
Now that you've got all the insider info to pack the perfect picnic, read up on our favorite spots to picnic in Napa Valley.
Taken from the 2019 Napa Valley Visitor Magazine, originally written by Carey Sweet. Photography by Emma K. Morris.