THE BEST WINERIES WHERE YOU CAN PICNIC (AND DRINK OF COURSE) IN NAPA VALLEY AND SONOMA
27 AUGUST 2015 , BY AWINETRIP
If there’s one thing that Northern California knows what to do well, it’s wine. If you’re heading that way on a wine adventure you probably have either Napa Valley or Sonoma County set firmly in your sites, perhaps even both. Napa Valley certainly is the more famous of the two but don’t leave Sonoma out, there’s some great wines to be explored there too. One thing that makes this part of the world so remarkable at producing wine is its glorious sunshine, and what’s the best thing to do with some sunny weather? Enjoy a picnic with a glass of wine. But which are the best wineries in these two regions to get your picnic blanket out? We’ve picked our favourites from each region for you to explore….
V Sattui Winery www.vsattui.com
V Sattui Winery is an organically farmed winery in St. Helena, Napa Valley. They produce more than 60 types of wines, from 20 different varieties of grapes, many of which are award winners so a visit here for you picnic is a must. They have an Italian Marketplace so outside food is not allowed, but then again, you won’t need it.
Clos Du Val www.closduval.com
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Picnickers are warmly welcomed at Clos Du Val where you can visit their picnic grounds in the heart of Napa Valley. You can choose to take your picnic on their front lawn overlooking the vineyard, or hidden within the shade of their olive grove. Buy a bottle from them, unpack your picnic and relax in the beautiful surroundings. Clos Du Val are a friendly and welcoming vineyard but they get very busy so they recommend that you call and book your picnic spot in advance. Frank Valley Vineyards www.frankfamilyvineyards.comFrank Valley Vineyards is one of Napa Valley’s best picnic spots on the valley floor. It’s located in the famous Larkmead winery in Calistoga, which is the 3rd oldest winery in Napa. Owned by former Disney Executive, Rich Frank, this winery creates a friendly and unique guest experience. Here you can enjoy your picnic under their giant elm trees, and relax with a bottle of their sparkling wine while you enjoy the spectacular vineyard views.
Louis M Martini www.louismartini.com
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Louis M Martini were one of the very first wineries to open in the heart of Napa Valley after prohibition lifted in America. As well as being home to world-class Cabernet Sauvignon, they also offer some rare wines for the region including rosé and Amabile Moscato. Here you can enjoy a bottle of their wine in their picnic area which is an enclosed, shaded area behind the winery.
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The Nichelini Winery is the oldest family run winery in Napa Valley. It was established in 1890, so if it’s beautiful heritage you’re after then this is the spot for you. While you sit and enjoy your picnic in their idyllic picnic area you may also decide to try a bottle of their unusual white Sauvignon Vert.
Chateau St Jean
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If you’re looking for a picnic worthy of the Queen of England herself, then Chateau St Jean might be the place for you. Their impressive grounds and architecture have a very grand and stately feel to them, but they welcome picnic blankets and have ample space for larger groups. They’re famous for their Chardonnay and award winning Bordeaux blends.
Hop Kiln Winery www.hkgwines.com
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The Hop Kiln Winery is famous for taking old world techniques and perfectly combining them with modern techniques to create some truly marvellous blends. This visually impressive winery is perfect for smaller groups who want to picnic while enjoying their wines. Forgotten your picnic? Don’t worry, the Hop Kiln Winery also has an impressive selection of gourmet food for you to try.
Cline Cellars www.clinecellars.com
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The first thing that you might notice about the Cline winery are all the rose bushes! In fact there are over 5,000 rose bushes here and Cline Cellars invite you to enjoy your picnic in their picnic area which sits amongst them, there’s even a recused aviary!
Imagery Winery www.imagerywinery.com
Imagery Winery is not your standard winery, in fact it’s as much an art gallery as it is a winery. Here, they are famous for using rare grapes and a wide diversity in their offering. They also have an expanse of grounds which are perfect for throwing down the picnic blanket and enjoying one of their wines from a bottle with a unique artist-commissioned label. There are many more wineries you can visit in Napa Valley and Sonoma where you can picnic, we’ve just given you a taster of some of our favourites. If you think we’ve missed some corkers off the list please comment below or let us know about them on (link to social accounts.)
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