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.
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.