Plan an amazing Napa Valley wine tour. Learn about Napa wineries, gourmet restaurants, and unique accommodations. Discover fun and exciting things to do in this popular destination.
Located an hour’s drive north of San Francisco, there are more than 400 Napa Valley wineries producing world class wines surrounded by breathtaking scenery. Wine tasting is the main reason people visit the Napa Valley. However, there are many other fun things to do while on a Napa Valley Wine tour.
The Napa Valley is a fun destination any time of the year. Discover unique wineries, enjoy winery tours and sip fabulous wines. It’s always best to call ahead for reservations, but there are still many wineries that allow walk-ins. We have all the information about the wineries of the Napa Valley.
Scroll down and explore Napa Valley Wineries by clicking on each town. You will find addresses, hours each winery is open, and links to their websites – everything you need to plan a Napa Valley Wine Tour.
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Towns of the Napa Valley
The valley is only 30 miles long and ranges from 1 to 5 miles wide. There are two main routes through the valley: Highway 29 is the main road running through all the valley towns. This highway takes you right past some of the area’s most famous wineries and restaurants. It’s a beautiful drive; but it can be crowded, especially on weekends during the summer or early fall.The Silverado Trail is another main road running parallel to Highway 29. There’s less traffic on the Silverado Trail because this route does not go through the towns of the Napa Valley. There are many wineries along this route as well and you will find that traffic moves faster.
There are numerous small roads that connect Highway 29 with the Silverado Trail. Depending on which wineries you plan to visit, use this Napa Valley Winery Map to plan your route.
Napa is the largest town in the Napa Valley. Enjoy wine tasting at the many wine tasting rooms located in downtown Napa as well those located outside the city limits. If you have time, explore the art galleries, unique shops, theater, restaurants, and other fun things to do in this charming town. The Napa Valley Wine Train departs from Napa. If you’re looking for a different experience, they even have an escape room.
Yountville is a charming little town well known for being home to a number of world class restaurants including The French Laundry, Bouchon, Ad Hoc, and Bistro Jeanty. It’s also a great stop for shopping, wine tasting, and lodging.
Oakville is famous for the fabulous Cabernet Sauvignon produced in the area. Oakville does not have a retail area except for the historic Oakville Grovery Store. This is the place to go to purchase picnic supplies as you meander through the valley enjoy the scenery and the wine.
The wineries of Rutherford are known for their high quality Cabernet Sauvignon. This photo was taken
at Auberge du Soleil in Rutherford. Enjoy lunch or dinner outside on their patio for one of the best views of the Napa Valley.
In addition to fantastic wineries, St. Helena is the place to go in Napa for shopping. There are many unique upscale shops in downtown St. Helena. The St. Helena Premier Outlets is located a few miles north of downtown. You’ll also find restaurants and lodging opportunities.
In addition to wine tasting, people travel to this laid-back community to relax and unwind in the mineral waters, mud baths, and spa treatments that Calistoga is famous for. There are restaurants and great places to stay as well.
Best Napa Valley Restaurants
Ad Hoc is owned by chef Thomas Keller. Ad Hoc opened its doors in 2005. The 4 course menu changes daily and features classic American dishes. This is comfort food at its very best. Incredible food and great service. The restaurant is located in downtown Yountville, home to many fabulous restaurants.
Auberge Du Soleil
Auberge Du Soleil is the best restaurant in Napa Valley if you are looking for a stunning view. Make reservations to dine on the outdoor patio overlooking the vineyard covered hills and orange groves. Enjoy incredible food, attentive service, and a panoramic view of the Napa Valley.
Bistro Don Giovanni
Enjoy Italian and Country French cuisine at Bistro Don Giovanni. This is a local’s favorite with excellent food at prices that are reasonable for Napa. Make reservations to dine outside or on the small patio by the fireplace.
This French bistro is located in downtown Yountville in the heart of the valley. When you walk into the restaurant, you feel at home. The atmosphere is casual and intimate. The yellow walls, soft French music, and blazing fire in the fireplace create a feeling of warmth and intimacy. And. . . the food is great.
Cindy’s Backstreet Kitchen
Cindy’s Backstreet Kitchen is located in downtown St. Helena. It’s own by famous chef, Cindy Pawlcyn. Once a house, the restaurant has been meticulously restored. The atmosphere is intimate and cozy. The food is incredible!
Tra Vigne Pizzeria
If you’re in the mood for pizza, head to Tra Vigne Pizzeria in St. Helena. Enjoy the best pizza in the Napa Valley prepared with fresh local ingredients. They also offer a variety of pasta dishes and an amazing gelato.
Fun Things to Do in the Napa Valley
Hot Air Balloon Ride
Sail over the gorgeous Napa Valley in a hot air balloon for an experience you will never forget. There are a number of companies that offer these excursions. Most offer a champagne toast. Some even provide a meal. Click on this link to learn more.
Napa Wine Train
Board the Napa Wine Train for a unique wine tasting experience. Travel from downtown Napa to Saint Helena and back. This train offers a variety of dining options. Special events include Murder Mysteries, Santa Trains in December, and other holiday themed excursions.
Bothe Napa Valley State Park
Hike or camp at Bothe Napa Valley State Park. There’s also picnic tables for day use. This park is located just off Highway 29 near Calistoga. Take a break and enjoy listening to the sounds of a bubbling creek flowing through the redwood forest.
Discover Art in the Napa Valley
Many wineries have art on display for visitors to enjoy. You will also find a variety of galleries displaying art both indoors and outside. The cities of Yountville and Napa have sculptures publicly displayed through their downtown areas.
Click here to learn more about art in the Napa Valley.
Is it time to pamper yourself? Make reservations now for a spa treatment at one of the fabulous spas in the Napa Valley. Click on the link above to learn about the variety of services available.
Napa Cooking Schools
The Napa Valley is almost as famous for its many world class chefs as it is for its outstanding wines. Napa is the place to go for a cooking classes. Experiences range from just a few hours to 5 day opportunities. Learn more about the classes available now.
We hope your Napa Valley Wine Tour is lots of fun!
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