Winter vines and mustard in Napa Valley

Winter in Napa Valley

Discover the cozy charm of winter in Napa Valley

Enjoy crackling fires, wine tastings, and breathtaking views

You'll find a tranquil escape in winter in Napa Valley, with fewer crowds, picturesque vineyard views, and cozy tasting room experiences.

December, January, and February see fewer crowds at the most popular wineries and restaurants

It's the time to enjoy intimate wine tastings, scenic hot air balloon rides, and indulgent spa treatments amidst the serene beauty of the valley.


Winter Weather in Napa Valley

Winter is the rainiest and coolest time of year in Napa Valley. But keep in mind, it's still California, and it's much more comfortable than the cool climate of many other places. Average high temperatures are upper-50s to lower-60s Fahrenheit.

The Mediterranean climate of Napa Valley usually brings rainfall in the winter. The rain is variable each year, some years bringing less rain than others. When it's not raining, the sun is warm and the skies are clear.

Insider Tip: Even if it rains, you'll only need a medium-weight, waterproof jacket or an umbrella. Be sure to pack boots or comfortable shoes for winery tours.



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What are the best wines to drink in the Winter?

Cabernet Sauvignon! Its bold and rich flavors, often accompanied by notes of dark fruits and spices, make it the perfect companion for cozy winter evenings by the fireplace or hearty winter meals.

Ultimately, though, you should drink the wine you enjoy! If you prefer a Chardonnay or Sauvignon Blanc, then sip it year-round!


Napa Valley

What to Pack and Wear in Napa Valley

What to Pack and Wear in Napa Valley

So you've planned the ultimate Napa Valley vacation, now you need to figure out what to pack and how to prep for days filled with world-class wines, vineyard-view hikes, and farm-fresh cuisine. Here are a few travel tips and some ideas for what you should have in your suitcase, no matter the season.

Wine Tastings $50 and Under

Wine Tastings $50 and Under

Several Napa Valley wineries offer great wine tasting introductions for a relatively approachable price. We’ve pulled together a list of wineries, tasting rooms, and wine shops with tasting fees at $50 or under to help guide you on some affordable wine tasting options. While there are many reasons