With the 2023 vintage tucked away in barrels, concrete eggs, and stainless steel tanks, and seasonal produce filling the farmers’ markets and restaurant kitchens preparing to welcome guests for a feast, we approach the Thanksgiving holiday with a deep sense of gratitude for another bountiful harvest year. With Napa Valley showing its splendid beauty colored with gold, saffron, and crimson hued Autumn leaves, there is much for which to be grateful.
This abundant valley provides us with phenomenal grapes that yield world-renowned wines, fresh produce that is crafted into fabulous meals, stunning landscapes that invite wondrous outdoor activities, and world-class inns and resorts to enjoy charming stays! And it brings together some of the most collaborative and hardest working people.
There is much to be thankful for in Napa Valley. Our list of gratitude is long but here are just a few of the many wonderful things about which we are thankful.
1 | Passionate Winemakers, Viticulturists, Cellar and Vineyard Crews
These dedicated stewards of the land work tirelessly year-round to cultivate some of the best grapes in the world. They channel their expertise and artistry into every aspect of the winemaking process, consistently producing acclaimed wines that reflect Napa Valley's unique terroir.
2 | Welcoming Hospitality Teams
And ardent business owners who make Napa Valley a great place to visit, live, and work!
3 | World-class Wineries
Admittedly, we're boastful about the quality of Napa Valley wine – crafted with a meticulous attention to detail, innovative winemaking techniques, and an unwavering commitment to producing exceptional vintages year after year – from the large, well-known wineries, to the many off-the-beaten-path hidden gems.
4 | Farm-to-table Meals Shared with Family & Friends
The agricultural bounty of Napa Valley extends to the local farms producing seasonal ingredients found on the thoughtfully prepared menus of Michelin-rated restaurants to food trucks, and everything in between.
6 | Year-round Hiking & Biking in Breathtaking Scenery
Invigorating hikes and cycling adventures among the vineyards, where the scenic trails weave through lush landscapes and rolling hills, provide an opportunity to connect with nature, savor the changing seasons, and improve our health and well-being.
7 | Sunny Mediterranean Climate
Warm sun, gentle breezes, and idyllic temperatures create an optimal environment for grape cultivation, as well as a lifestyle that seamlessly blends leisure and nature. Occasional winter rains bring lush landscapes, vibrant vineyards, and verdant hillsides that create exquisite wines and picturesque vistas.
8 | Live Music and Festivals
Live music every night of the week and diverse festivals sprinkled throughout the year transform Napa Valley into a music haven of talented artists.
9 | Local Shops & Boutiques
Charming local shops and family-run businesses in each of the five towns create a vibrant community with unique offerings and the warmth of personalized service.
10 | Art in Many Forms
From sculptures and murals adorning the towns, to the galleries and museums that showcase local and international talent, to the engaging exhibits and theater performances, all foster a dynamic and creative community.