The best visits to Napa Valley revolve around epic wine tastings. While tasting fees can add up quickly, some wineries still offer great introductions for a relatively affordable price. We’ve pulled together a list of 50 wineries and tasting rooms with tasting fees at $50 or under to help guide you on some affordable wine tasting options.
It’s worth noting that tasting experiences change often, so please make sure to confirm dates, prices, and offers with the wineries and tasting rooms before visiting. Also, of course, if you’re hitting more than one winery in a day, be sure to line up a ride or designated driver to stay safe.
- JaM Cellars — The winery offers a free “toast with Toast sparkling” at 5:15 p.m. daily, and books live music on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights.
- Wine-tasting rocks at this downtown Napa tasting room, which offers several indoor and outdoor tasting options starting at $25.
- Gamling & McDuck — Co-owner Adam McClary likely will be behind the bar, and if it’s not too busy he might even pour additional wines.
- Cabernet Franc and Chenin Blanc are on full display at this tiny Napa tasting room, which offers an introduction to five different wines for $35 per person.
- Vermeil Wines — Former NFL Coach Dick Vermeil is a Calistoga native, and his winery produces delicious red wines. The downtown Napa tasting room offers several different tastings:
- The $50 Calistoga Tasting Flight spotlights four different wines made with grapes from the Frediani and Luvisi vineyards in Calistoga.
- $45 Chocolate Pairing matches three wines with three different chocolates. Tastings can be served indoors or out.
- Rebel Vintners — This collective brings together three winemakers from three different labels: Cadle Family Wines, Leaf & Vine, and Uncharted Wine.
- The $30 wine tasting experience includes a white and red from each brand.
- Housley Napa Valley — Comfort takes center stage at this downtown Napa tasting room owned and operated by Adam Housley and Tamera Mowry (yes, one of the actor twins from Sister, Sister).
- Visitors can try five different wines for $20. Snacks such as popcorn, chips, cheese, and charcuterie are available for an additional fee.
- John Anthony Vineyards — John Anthony Truchard is one of the most well-known vintners in the city of Napa, and his eponymous winery has become renowned for its red wines.
- Tastings at the downtown tasting room are $30 and include samples of six different wines. An on-site reserve room hosts tastings for wines at higher price points.
- Brendel — This small-production winery offers two tastings of four wines apiece. Wines in each tasting differ, but both feature bright whites and pinks, as well as a field blend red and a cabernet sauvignon made in the classic Napa Valley style:
- The Essentials ($30).
- The Throwback ($35).
- Gustavo — Gustavo Brambila’s eponymous winery offers a multitude of wine varietals and a variety of different tasting options:
- The First Flight ($47) includes five signature wines that change every week. On Sundays and Mondays, visitors can experience Encanto tastings with Gustavo’s reserve wines.
- The basic Encanto tasting includes three reds, one white, and one dessert wine for $40 per person.
- The $50 Pinot Noir Encanto tasting includes a vertical of five different Pinot noirs.
- Burgess Cellars — Soak up vineyard vibes with the Veranda Tasting at this Napa winery.
- The $50 per-person experience features four wines from Howell Mountain and Oak Knoll and unfolds on the veranda overlooking the gardens and St. Andrew’s vineyard.
- William Hill Estate — There are two ways to get to know the wines at this Napa winery:
- The $45 seated outdoor Estate Tasting is an in-depth exploration of six different Napa Valley Chardonnays and estate-grown Bordeaux-varietal wines; it includes small bites paired with each wine.
- The $30 Overlook Tasting features four William Hill Estate wines in the tasting room or on the terrace.
- Gen 7 Wines — Located inside Vista Collina Resort, this tasting room has indoor and outdoor seating:
- The Signature Tasting ($40) includes five different micro-production wines of a guest’s choice.
- The Reserve Reds Tasting ($50) features six wines, including three different cabernet sauvignons.
- Artesa Vineyard & Winery — This winery, with commanding views of San Pablo Bay and the southern part of Napa Valley, deserved its cameo in the 2019 movie, “Wine Country.”.
- The hour-long Artisanal Tasting spotlights six different wines, including a splash of sparkling to start. The price is $45 per person.
- Truchard Vineyards — Truchard makes some unusual wines each year, including a Rousaanne and a Tempranillo.
- The $40 Vineyard Tour and Tasting at this storied property includes a short walk through the vineyards and caves, followed by a tasting of four current releases.
- Bay Grape — New for 2022, this unassuming wine shop is offering a pop-up tasting room featuring different local winemakers every week.
- Basic tastings include three wines for anywhere from $15 to $30 (depending on the vintner). No reservations are necessary.
- Domaine Carneros — This sparkling wine house offers three distinct tasting experiences at $40 apiece:
- The Sparkling Wine Sampler includes four different sparkling wines.
- Chateau Sampler has two glasses of bubbles and two glasses of Pinot Noir.
- Finally, the Red Wine Sampler comprises four glasses of different pinot noir. Several food options are available for an additional fee.
- Etude — Tucked into the foggy hills of the Carneros region, this winery is one of the southernmost operations in the entire valley.
- The $45 Collectors Tasting includes a flight of four signature red wines that showcase single-vineyard Pinot noirs and a Cabernet Sauvignon.
- Jessup Cellars — Visit this tasting room just up the street from The French Laundry.
- Jessup Cellars offers a three-wine version of its five-wine tasting for $30. The seated experience includes a sampling of current release wines accompanied by artisan cheeses, charcuterie, nuts, and dried fruit.
- Chandon — This Yountville winery, renowned for its sparkling wines, has two distinct tastings for $50:
- The Adventure flight is a one-hour experience that features four sparkling wines of the guest’s choice.
- The Pioneer flight offers a similar vibe with four pre-selected wines. Small bites are available to add to either tasting.
- Paraduxx Winery — Tastings at this winery unfold in the modern tasting room or on the expansive patio.
- The namesake Paraduxx Tasting is $50 per person and highlights current-release blends as well as unique library bottlings.
- Cakebread Cellars — One of the valley’s most eco-conscious wineries.
- Cakebread offers an introductory tasting of four wines for $50. Dubbed the Classic Tasting, the experience includes current releases, and lasts about 45 minutes. It also includes a short tour of the winemaking facility.
- The $40 Winemakers Selection tasting at this Rutherford winery includes samples of four red and white wines from the sustainably farmed Napa Valley Rutherford and Dollarhide Estate Vineyards. For those who just like whites.
- There’s a separate $40 flight that spotlights three Sauvignon blancs and one Moscato.
- Elizabeth Spencer Winery — Wines at this Rutherford winery are refined and balanced. On nice days ask for a table in the garden.
- The Signature Tasting, at $50 per person, includes samples of five small-production wines from Napa Valley, Sonoma, and Mendocino.
- V. Sattui Winery — This family-owned property located in the heart of Napa Valley was founded in 1885 and makes more than 60 different wines with dozens of 90+ point rated wines among its current vintages:
- Guests can try a flight of five vintage and estate wines for $45 in the Marketplace Tasting Room.
- A flight of four sparkling wines on the Stone Winery Terrace for $45.
- Beringer Vineyards — As Napa's oldest continuously operating winery, Beringer is an American wine icon built on 140 years of winemaking tradition.
- Guests can partake in the $45 Legacy Indoor Tasting, which includes five wines from their collection of limited release wines.
- Orin Swift Cellars — A coin flip (or, of course, personal preference) determines which of two tastings to have at this sleek and hip downtown St. Helena tasting room. Both tastings are $50 per person:
- The Heads Flight comprises one white wine and three reds.
- Tails Flight features four cabernet sauvignon-based red blends.
- Rombauer Vineyards — One of Napa Valley’s most storied wine brands.
- Introductory tastings at are $20 for six different wines, including the fan-favorite Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignons as well. Over the course of the hour-long experience, hosts regale guests with information about limited-production and single-vineyard bottlings as well.
- Raymond Vineyards — Everything is over the top at this St. Helena winery, owned by Jean-Charles Boisset:
- The Tasting in the Grove experience is $50 and includes an ever-changing selection of limited production wines (mostly Cabernets) served beneath the sycamore trees.
- The Taste of the Valley tasting is $35 and unfolds in the winery’s Raymond’s vibrant main tasting salon. After each tasting, visitors are encouraged to walk through some of the sensory exhibits Boisset has put together.
- Spring Mountain Vineyard — Established in the 1880s, the tasting room at this St. Helena winery pours wines from three distinct vineyard properties.
- The $50 Cottage Tasting lasts a maximum of 45 minutes and features four wines: one Sauvignon blanc, two Cabernet Sauvignons and the award-winning flagship Bordeaux blend, Elivette. Reservations required.
- Louis Martini Winery — One of the most iconic St. Helena wine brands revamped its facility in 2019, creating a series of inviting new spaces to taste.
- The Crown Bar tasting includes five wines, including some of the winery’s small-lot releases. The price: $40 per person.
- Ballentine Vineyards — Grab a seat on the outdoor terrace on Betty’s Vineyard with a picturesque backdrop of Mount St. Helena.
- Explorer tasting—an experience that includes four different wines for $40. Some of the wines included might be chenin blanc, zinfandel, and cabernet sauvignon. An optional chocolate pairing is available for an additional $10.
- Nichelini Winery — The oldest family-owned winery in Napa Valley dates to 1880, and the vibe at the historic winery is still very much a throwback.
- Tastings are $25 apiece and feature five wines, including the estate Cabernet Sauvignon.
- Bennett Lane Winery — Situated on one of the most picturesque vineyard properties in the northern part of the valley, Bennett Lane offers two tastings under the $50 threshold:
- The Reserve Seated Tasting in the garden is just over $42 per person and spotlights four reserve wines, including a Chardonnay and three reserve Cabernet Sauvignons.
- The Signature Seated Tasting is about $23 per person and features four signature wines, including the Maximus Red Feasting Wine, and Cabernet Sauvignon.
- Brian Arden Wines — Cabernet Sauvignon is a highlight at this modern Calistoga winery, which offers spectacular views of the Palisade Mountains.
- The $45 Wine Flight Tasting includes five handcrafted, small-lot wines. On nice days, most tastings are held outdoors on the spacious wraparound patios. Small bites are available for an additional fee.
- Tank Garage Winery — You'll find this tasting room in an old service station in Calistoga.
- The $30, 75-minute Lubrication Tasting features four different wines – all of which are made with small batches of grapes from around the region. Tasting fees are waived with the purchase of three bottles.
- Olabisi Wines — The wine is crafted by Ted Osborne, who formerly made wine for Storybook Mountain Vineyards. Osborne and his wife Kim frequently lead tastings themselves.
- For $30 apiece, reservation-only tastings at this downtown Calistoga winery spotlight five wines: a Sauvignon blanc and four different reds.
- Romeo Vineyards & Cellars — Jasmine- and rose-adorned arches lead guests through a lovely garden to the restored 1800s Carriage House that doubles as Romeo’s tasting room.
- Here, guests can taste four different Sempre Vive Wines for $30 per person. Tasting fees are refunded with the purchase of two bottles of wine.