Plan Your Own "Wine Country" Movie Adventure in Napa Valley
May 9, 2019
Wine Country hits Netflix on May 10th! Amy Poehler’s directorial debut is actually based on real life: Co-writers Liz Cackowski and Emily Spivey wrote the screenplay after a girls’ trip to Napa Valley for Rachel Dratch’s 50th birthday (there really was a tarot card reader and a paella chef). The flick was mostly filmed on location in Napa Valley, with scenes featuring downtown Calistoga and three actual Napa Valley wineries (although one was given a made-up name). As for the indoor scenes, most were filmed on set in Los Angeles.
We've plotted out the three wineries visited for filming, as well as several other Napa Valley spots where the cast and crew dined and lodged offscreen, so you can recreate your very own Wine Country adventure.
(Spoiler Alert: Continuing to read will give away some of the funny portions of the plot!)
During filming, the cast stayed at Andaz Napa, located on First Street in Downtown Napa. "It has a 'wow' factor because I like laidback, not fussy," Rachel Dratch told The Hollywood Reporter. "There was a free-standing bathtub in the bedroom, which I didn't use, but, hey, I liked knowing it was there."
For the premiere party in late April (held at Artesa winery), the cast and crew stayed at Vista Collina Resort, which newly opened in Napa in 2018 and is now offering an overnight package Good Times + Napa Wines to celebrate girlfriend getaways and the release of the film.
The cast quickly discovered a favorite dining spot across the street from Andaz: Oenotri. Dratch was a big fan, telling THR: "We ended up eating at that place almost every night because the food was just really, really good. (Try the cacio e pepe! Tell 'em Dratch sent you! But they change the menu every night so don't get mad if it's not there!)"
Some of the cast also indulged in fried chicken night at Thomas Keller’s Ad Hoc, which has been a local favorite for years.
Wine Country features sunny scenes with blue skies and rolling hills at Artesa in the Carneros region. In an interview with Wine Enthusiast, Amy Poehler calls the winery "fantastic," with " killer views and super nice people." Dratch certainly agrees — she told The Hollywood Reporter that day was "memorable because we were surrounded by epic panoramas." She ordered a number of the Albariño bottles to take home. As she said in the interview, "After a few glasses, you're in for the case."
Later in the film, the characters visit the fictional Morgan Jorng winery- the beautiful scenery in the organic vineyard scene is actually home to Baldacci Family Vineyards (where, like in the movie, guests aren’t allowed to walk unaccompanied in the vineyards, but that’s due to liability, not “because it’s organic”).
The movie was also filmed in part at stunning Quintessa Vineyards in St. Helena, where the crew shot on the hillside retreat and in the winery's cellar. Disclaimer: We don’t recommend rolling down the hill to recreate this scene, as we’re pretty sure a visit to the ER is not on your Napa Valley bucket list.
That’s a wrap! The cast and crew celebrated the end of the filming with a full-fledged fiesta at Gran Electrica, one of downtown Napa's newest hotspots. Owner Blaire Scheibal talked about hosting the party, saying "We were absolutely thrilled and honored to host the Wine Country film wrap party at Gran Electrica! The cast and crew were so wonderful and appreciative, they especially loved our tacos and margaritas. Seeing Amy Poehler and the rest of the amazing cast get down on the dance floor with our staff was definitely the highlight of the night!"
Ready for your own Wine Country-inspired girls’ getaway? Check out some of our other favorite places to bond with your gal pals in the Napa Valley on our Girls’ Getaway Itinerary.