While there are many reasons to visit Napa Valley, enjoying incredible wine tasting experiences are surely at the top. As the premier wine region in the United States and one of the top winemaking regions in the world, there are a plethora of wines to taste and wineries to visit, and tasting fees can add up. Check out our guide below to approachable introductory wine tastings at top wineries and tasting rooms & wine shops across Napa Valley with tasting fees at $50 or under per person.

Over the past few years, the trend for wine tastings in Napa Valley has turned towards seated experiences, often 1-hour to 90-minutes in length, and consist of wine educators walking patrons through a flight of three to six wines. The wines showcased are typically small production and/or winery exclusive.

Overall, the range of wine tasting options offered in Napa Valley can be as straightforward or as elaborate as you desire. Elevated experience offerings might include food pairings, or tours of the winemaking facilities, wine caves, or vineyards, and yield a higher tasting fee. It’s worth noting that some wineries will waive or discount tasting fees if you purchase wines during your visit.

Tasting experiences may change seasonally, so make sure to confirm availability, prices, and offers when making a reservation to visit the winery, tasting room, or wine shop/lounge.

 

Downtown Napa

Alpha Omega Collective Tasting Room

The Alpha Omega Collective showcases Chardonnay and Cabernet from Alpha Omega in Napa Valley, Burgundian-inspired Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from Tolosa in the Central Coast of California, and Mediterranean-inspired wines from Spanish winery, Perinet.

  • The “Signature Flight” provides four samples for $50
Brendel

This small-production contemporary winery offers two tastings at its downtown tasting room, each with four organically-farmed white, rosé and red wines.

  • “The Essentials” $30
  • “The Throwback” $35
  • Option for wine by the glass
Chateau Buena Vista

The whimsical, 1920s glitz setting of this extravagant tasting room feautures wines from the historic Sonoma based Buena Vista Winery and bubbles from JCB Collection.

  • The “Taste of Buena Vista” flight provides four samples for $40
Compline Wine Shop

This ultra-cool (literally) wine shop-meets-tasting lounge is the perfect spot to dive into a perfectly curated wine flight led by a knowledgeable somm while listening to music or possibly even getting some work done between sips at the bar.

  • “Wine Without Borders” $40
  • “Champagne” $50
  • “European Classics” $50
JaM Cellars

The wines are easy-to-love and the atmosphere rocks at this tasting room and music studio which is open late and features live music Thursday to Saturday nights. Reservations encouraged; walk-ins welcome.

  • Indoor and outdoor tasting options start at $40
  • Wine by the glass is $13–$20
Mayacamas Downtown

Age-worthy, classically styled Chardonnays, Merlots, and Cabernets can be explored at this hip tasting room. Seated tastings start at $35 and can include a library vintage side-by-side of a current release.

  • “White Wine Selection” $35
  • “Current Vintage Tasting” $35
  • “Red Wine Tasting” $50
Outer Space Wines

Out of this world wines and values can be found at this fun new wine shop off of First and Franklin streets. Themed events on Thursday and Friday evenings offer even more opportunities to taste and often include guest wineries or importers.

  • The daily “Earthly Revolution” tasting for $15 features three wines, and the fee can be offset by wine purchase


Napa Region

Artesa Vineyard & Winery

Innovative architecture, artisan wines, and panoramic views of Carneros and the San Pablo Bay draw guests to this Spanish-owned winery. Fun fact, the winery had a cameo in the 2019 movie, “Wine Country.”

  • Hosted in the salon or Foyer bar, the hour-long “Artisanal Tasting” spotlights estate and single Vineyard wines for $45. Following the tasting, guests are encouraged to walk the beautiful grounds.
Black Stallion Winery

Originally the site of an equestrian center, this picturesque winery has several outdoor seating areas – providing a perfect atmosphere to sip their small production wines.

  • The “Terrace Seated Tasting” includes four samples of wine ($40 mixed wine flight; $50 red wine flight)
  • Book a “Vineyard Garden Picnic Table” (seasonal experience) and bring your own picnic to enjoy along with wine bottle service
Domaine Carneros

This sparkling wine Château is a must visit for the wines, ambiance, and the views. Four tasting flights are offered ($40-$60) with two under $50. Several cheese, caviar, and smoked fish options are available for an additional fee.

  • The “Sparkling Wine Sampler” showcases the range of styles – from a Brut Cuvee to a Demi-Sec
  • The “Red Wine Sampler” comprises tastes of four different Pinot Noirs
Trinitas Cellars

Located inside The Grand Reserve at the Meritage Resort and Spa, this tasting room welcomes visitors for wine by the glass, flight, and bottle. Taste the elements of sun, soil, and humanity, the “Trinity,” in each bottle.

  • Select from current releases and library wines to taste four samples in the “Trinitas Cellars Tasting” for $50
William Hill Estate Winery

Explore off the beaten path Napa Valley wines at this estate tucked away along the serene Silverado Trail. Two tasting experiences introduce the portfolio of wines that focuses on Chardonnay and Bordeaux-varietal wines.

  • The $45 seated outdoor “Estate Tasting” is an in-depth exploration of estate-grown wines paired with small bites
  • The $30 “Overlook Tasting” features four wine samples


Yountville

Chandon

This Yountville winery, renowned for its sparkling wines, has a fun vibe and sprawling tasting space, gardens, and lawn:

  • The “Adventure Flight” is a one-hour experience that features four sparkling wines of the guest’s choice for $50
Hill Family Estate

The Hill family operation has a long history of grape growing in Napa Valley and their craft shows in the high quality, small production wines on offer at their tasting salon in downtown Yountville.

  • “Wine Tasting” $40
  • “Blind Tasting” $50
Hope & Grace Wines

This artisan winery produces just 3,000 cases annually and focuses on limited production, single vineyard, 100% varietal Pinot Noirs, Cabernet Sauvignons, Malbec, Petit Verdot, Semillon, Chardonnay, and Dry Riesling.

  • “Classic Wine Tasting” $35
  • “Wine & Cheese Experience” $50
  • “Reserve Library Tasting” $50
JCB Tasting Salon

The JCB Tasting Salon is a feast for the eyes and palate! Sip on Sparkling Wine, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Red Blends in a captivating atmosphere.

  • A 60-minute premium tasting flight starts at $50
Priest Ranch

Experience unconventional food pairings or enjoy fine caviar and sparkling wine at this downtown tasting room serving Cabernet Sauvignon, Sauvignon Blanc, Grenache Blanc, and Brut Rosé of Syrah.

  • A “Seated Tasting Experience” starts at $40

These tasting rooms and wine shops in Yountville also offer tastings for $50 and under:


Oakville & Rutherford

Cakebread Cellars

Celebrating 50 years in 2023, Cakebread Cellars has built a tremendous legacy in Napa Valley and proudly welcomes guests to the winery to sample the sustainably-made wine portfolio.

  • Take a communal walk around the grounds while tasting four current release wines with the “Cakebread Classic Tasting” for $50
Conn Creek Winery

For 50 years, Conn Creek Winery has been focused on crafting the highest quality Cabernet Sauvignon, sourcing from nearly all of Napa Valley’s distinct appellations.

  • The $50 “AVA Experience Tasting” shows how diverse the Napa Valley sub-regions are and how wine expressions differ from year to year
Elizabeth Spencer Winery

Set in an historic 1872 brick Post Office, this winery is one of the valley’s best kept secrets – from the delicious and balanced wines to the charming secret garden.

  • The “Signature Flight” includes samples of small-production wines from Napa Valley, Sonoma, and Mendocino for $50
  • Non-drinkers can partake in a self-guided “Kathleen Thompson Hill Kitchen Memories Tour” (appointment only) for $25
Peju Winery

As this family-owned winery celebrates its 40th anniversary in 2023, it continues to innovate and is an integral piece of the Napa Valley landscape. The sycamore tree-lined entrance is a point of interest on its own and guests can enjoy tastings overlooking the gardens and vines.

  • “Classic Tasting” $50
St. Supéry Estate Vineyards & Winery

Known for its exceptional Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Élu and Virtú blends, this winery has a broad and tasty portfolio and wine educators eager to help you explore it! Pro tip – head up to the second floor to view the rotating art gallery exhibit.

  • The $40 “Winemakers Selection” tasting includes four red and white wines from their sustainably farmed vineyards

These wineries and wine shops in Oakville and Rutherford also offer tastings for $50 and under:


St. Helena

Beringer Vineyards

As Napa's oldest continuously operating winery, Beringer is an American wine icon built on 145 years of winemaking tradition. Explore the unique history and expansive grounds of this timeless classic.

  • The $45 “Beringer Backyard Social” is an outdoor experience with access to the Bocce Ball Court and one bottle of wine, served with a charcuterie board
  • The $20 outdoor “A Stroll Around Beringer with a Glass of Wine” experience is family- and dog-friendly
Clif Family Winery

“High quality, low impact” is Clif Family’s mantra and something tasters can feel good about!

  • The $50 “Seasonal Wine Tasting” pairs small production wines with culinary bites highlighting ingredients from their organic farm and artisan foods
  • The new $35 “Farm Elixir Mocktail Flight” non-alcoholic experience is paired with small bites and highlights fun, seasonal combinations of their farm preserves, Solar Grown Honey, and fresh produce
Raymond Vineyards

Proprietor Jean-Charles Boisset created a dynamic destination to inspire its guests’ passion for fine wine and encourage exploration with sensory exhibits.

  • Sample signature Cabernet Sauvignons beneath Baccarat chandeliers in a working wine cellar with the “The Crystal Cellar” experience for $50
  • The $40 “Taste of the Valley” introduces guests to several wines from the portfolio while seated in the vibrant main tasting salon overlooking the vineyards
Rombauer Vineyards

Nestled on a tree-covered hill, Rombauer Vineyard’s Napa Valley winery offers stunning valley views and gardens to wander.

  • Enjoy a Tasting Flight for $25, including the fan-favorite Chardonnay
  • Wines by the Glass or bottle are offered in an outdoor garden experience
V. Sattui Winery

This family-owned winery was founded in 1885 and makes more than 60 different wines! It is a must-see destination to enjoy great wines, bites from the deli, picnic areas with scenic views, gardens, and wine caves (by appointment).

  • The $40 “Premier Indoor Tasting” includes five wine samples at the Marketplace
  • The $50 “Premier Outdoor Tasting” includes up to five wines and scenic views
  • The $45 “Bubble Bar Tasting” includes four samples of sparkling wine on the iconic Stone Winery Terrace


Calistoga

Bennett Lane Winery

Situated on one of the most picturesque vineyard properties in the northern part of the valley, Bennett Lane welcomes visitors for an educational wine tasting and incredible views of the Palisades Mountains.

  • The $33 “Signature Tasting” features four wines, including the Maximus Red Feasting Wine and Cabernet Sauvignon
Castello di Amorosa

Affectionately known as “The Castle” this authentically-styled 14th century Tuscan castle winery is a Napa Valley landmark.

  • A $50 “Standing Reserve Tasting” allows guests to taste a flight of five wines from the extensive portfolio and enjoy a self-guided tour of the Castle and grounds
Picayune Cellars

Picayune (pronounced {pee-ka-ˈyün}) means a little bit in regional French. Following the classic French Negociant model, two good friends, Claire and Jennifer, buy small lots of grapes to make great wines. The wine lounge in downtown Calistoga is accompanied by a curated selection of artisan goods.

  • The “Classic Tasting” includes five samples for $25
  • Taste reserve wines of limited production for $35
Tank Garage Winery

Toast to vintage California culture in this 1930s era gas station turned wine tasting room. Waive a tasting fee with purchase of any three bottles or by joining the wine club.

  • The $30 “Lubrication Tasting” features four one-of-a-kind wines, made by hand using small lots of grapes

These wineries and tasting rooms in Calistoga also offer tastings for $50 and under:

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With more than 70 wine tastings with fees at $50 or under per person, there is a delightful range of options to wet your palate!

And since it is recommended to plan for two tastings (and no more than three) in a day, a great strategy could be to plan for a few approachable tastings peppered in with one or two splurge-worthy tastings for an epic Napa Valley trip itinerary! Don’t forget to plan to sip safely with a designated driver.

 

Main photo credit: Joanna Salazar at V. Sattui Winery