Napa Valley is home to more than 400 wineries, and many offer more than just simple tasting experiences. Whether you’re looking to roll up your sleeves and play winemaker for a day, take in Napa Valley’s beautiful vistas from a unique vantage point, or experience a pairing you won’t find anywhere else, Napa Valley has something special just for you.
Please note that these experiences require pre-planning on the part of the winery, so reservations are required.
Winery Experiences for the Outdoor Enthusiast
Tour the vineyards by ATV
If you’re the adventurous type, Hess Persson Estate’s 1000+ acre mountainside vineyard in the property’s own luxury ATVs. Visitors can enjoy wine and food or wine and cheese pairing in the vineyard where the grapes are grown while enjoying panoramic views from the mountainside.
Hike through the Carneros vineyards
In the Los Carneros AVA, Cuvaison offers a guided hike through the vineyards, followed by an estate tasting and boxed lunch from Carneros Resort.
Take a vineyard walk, and explore the wine caves
Further upvalley in the Stags Leap District AVA, Pine Ridge offers an Explorer’s Tasting – an immersive tour and tasting that begins with a guided walk through the vineyard. After enjoying stunning views, explore the vast wine cave system and view daily winemaking activities. All of this is followed by a tasting of their most exclusive bottlings.
Wine tasting paired with horseback riding
Take a ride through the vineyards on horseback! Prior to the purchase of the Rapp Ranch’s Bordeaux vineyard in 2016 by the founders of Shadybrook Estate Winery, the property once bred award-winning racing and rodeo horses. They continue that equestrian tradition today with a guided trail ride through the breathtaking vistas of the Rapp Ranch Estate and the surrounding hills of Coombsville. Follow that with a relaxing wine tasting on the patio garden lounge, complete with a pairing of cheese and charcuterie.
Winery Experiences for the Aspiring Winemaker
Bottle Blending Day Camp
Ever dreamed of being a winemaker, or just want to see what the experience could be like? Judd's Hill Winery offers a Bottle Blending Day Camp, where expert guides will lead you through a personal tasting and blending experience, ending with you hand-bottling, labeling and leaving with your very own blend.
Winemaker for a Day
Raymond Vineyards offers its Winemaker for a Day experience in their Blending Room. Using Napa Valley Bordeaux-style red blends, guests can create their own custom blend, complete with a unique custom label.
Theater of Nature
While you're visiting Raymond Vineyards, be sure to check out Napa Valley’s largest educational exhibit on Biodynamic farming. Like a theatrical performance, the experience is divided into five acts, each of which is devoted to a single component of nature. The “actors” each play a critical role in the crafting of great wines, from the soil to the vineyardist to larger forces like the lunar cycle. It’s a great way to romp outdoors before or after your tasting.
This unique private tasting experience guides you through all the elements of wine using your senses. To help you pick out the characteristics of each wine in the tasting, they've carefully curated visual and aromatic elements inside hand-blown glass globes. Within each globe are representations of the wine varietals. Your wine flight is also paired with a seasonal menu of small bites.
Winery Experiences for the Art Enthusiast
Experience Art & Architecture
HALL Wines is known not just for its 90+ rated Cabernets, but for its extraordinary exhibit showcasing the work of more than 25 established artists both in its tasting room and around the grounds. Download the "Hall Wines St. Helena Tour" app for online guidance or simply wander around the grounds with your glass of wine. Private tours are also available.
The Hess Collection Contemporary Art Museum
When you visit the winery on Mount Veeder, you have the opportunity to take part in a guided tour of art museum, followed by a tasting of equally impressive estate-exclusive wines. Or make a reservation for a private tour of the museum with Director of Art, Robert Ceballos. Donald Hess’ collection is considered by ARTnews Magazine to be one of the top 200 in the world.
Winery Experiences for the Gourmand
Lunch & wine tasting onboard the Wine Train
The Napa Valley Wine Train not only offers a unique and picturesque way of traveling through Napa Valley, but offers an incredible culinary experience alongside wine tasting. The Tasting on the Rails experience features seven courses paired with seven Napa Valley wines on a three hour, round-trip journey.
Unique food pairings and a mocktail flight
The Clif Family Bruschetteria Food Truck at their Rifugio Tasting Room is always a crowd-pleaser. On Wednesday nights, experience a Street Food Napa Valley, with flavors from all over the world that pair perfectly with Clif Family wines. Or if you want to kickstart your day, the Rise & Wine pairing showcases brunch-inspired bites and lighter style wines. For a non-alcoholic experience, try the Farm Elixir Mocktail Flight paired with small bites.
Wine paired with Asian dishes
Nestled at the southern end of Napa Valley in American Canyon, Vietnamese-owned RD Winery offers one of the only Asian-inspired food pairings in Napa Valley. Served alongside an assortment of their eclectic blends, it’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience.