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Best things to do in Napa Valley

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Top 15 things to do in Napa Valley

1. Balloon Rides, Napa

Appreciate the breathtaking scenery of a world-famous wine region while floating over its sprawling vineyards and rolling hills during a Napa balloon ride. Climb a comfy basket attached to a colorful hot air balloon and rise up in the air as the sun rises over the valley. The experienced and chatty pilot will gladly answer any questions you might have about the area. After landing safely, celebrate the exhilarating ride with a champagne toast and a buffet breakfast at one of the region's renowned wineries. The tour takes about 3-4 hours.
Suggested duration: 2h 30 min
Tours from $320 › Learn more about Balloon Rides

2. Wine Tours & Tastings, Napa

Delve into the gourmet culture of a world-famous wine region on a guided tasting tour of Napa Valley. As you admire the lovely scenery of sprawling vineyards and rolling hills, your engaging guide will provide a bit of history behind both big-name and family-owned estates. You can cycle (regular or electric bike) down country trails, hop on the historic Napa Valley Wine Train or Sonoma Wine Trolley, lounge on the comfy seat of a private limo or party bus, or join a walking tour of Healdsburg. Choose from a number of combo tours, some of which include trekking in Muir Woods or a visit to a medieval-style castle. The duration of these tours is flexible, spanning from 60 minutes to 2 days.
Suggested duration: 8 hours
Tours from $125 › Learn more about Wine Tours & Tastings

3. V. Sattui Winery, St. Helena

Known for its large retail store and picnic area, V. Sattui Winery produces over 60 wines from 20 varieties of grapes. During your visit, you will be presented with wines to taste, as well as with pates and deli-style offerings. Tasting takes place in a wine room with wooden cabinets and extravagant wine-handling tools. The picnic grounds sit near giant oak and walnut trees and feature a barbecue, pizza, and mozzarella bar. If you're hungry, be prepared to purchase wines and delicacies on-site, as outside food and drink is not allowed.
Suggested duration: 2 hours
Tours from $392 › Learn more about V. Sattui Winery

4. Small-Group Wine-Tasting Tour through Napa Valley

FROM $130
Join us on a full-day, small-group wine tour of the Spectacular Napa Valley wine country! You’ll visit three charming, back roads wineries and be served a picnic lunch in an idyllic winery setting. Your tour guide will tell fascinating stories and share many interesting tidbits about local history, culture and wine making. Our specialty is intimate, light hearted and truly memorable experiences. Your guide will set up a tasty picnic lunch for you at a picturesque winery. Once the tour concludes, you will be dropped off from where you were picked up. The tour typically has 8-12 guests on board.
Suggested duration: 6h 30min
Tours from $130 › More about this tour at viator.com ›
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5. Castello di Amorosa, Calistoga

Sample fine wines and tour a 13th-century Tuscan-style castle at Castello di Amorosa. With a general admission, you explore the first two levels of the castle. Spend extra for the guided tour if you prefer to see more of the grand building. Discover the moat, chapel, drawbridge, and torture chamber, home to a 300-year-old iron maiden torture device. The great hall's frescoes took two Italian artists a year and a half to complete. Climb up one of the defensive towers to take in far-reaching views of the countryside. Once you have finished exploring, descend into tasting rooms to sample wines from the castle's vineyard.
Suggested duration: 1h 30 min
Tours from $313 › Learn more about Castello di Amorosa

6. Sterling Vineyards, Calistoga

Sterling Vineyards is one of the most famous Napa vineyards, due to its great Bordeaux and the enclosed tram that travels above the grape fields. Take a walking tour with tasting stations along the way, or pay extra to get into the wine barrel and stomp some grapes. In the fall, the winery hosts grape stomping events and a pumpkin carving competition. Most of the events are for guests over 21.
Suggested duration: 1h 30 min
Tours from $197 › Learn more about Sterling Vineyards

7. Domaine Carneros, Napa

Taste the sparkling Pinot Noir at Domaine Carneros, or enjoy a cheese plate and a tour around the château. Both the château and the production area are constructed in the French style, making this a more Old World experience than you'll find at other California wineries. For some extra decadence, limousines are available for hire. Almost all of the fruit processed here comes from estate vineyards, and it’s all certified organic.
Suggested duration: 2 hours
Tours from $197 › Learn more about Domaine Carneros

8. Sonoma Valley Wine Trolley Including Lunch

FROM $125
Experience the Sonoma wine region in a unique way – on the Sonoma Valley Wine Trolley. Hop aboard this historical replica of a San Francisco cable car and grab a seat on a special wine tasting adventure you will never forget. This open-air trolley will let you experience the picturesque vineyards like no other tour. On this tour, your friendly and knowledgeable guide will take you to three wineries for tastings. You will visit Sonoma's top historic landmarks and enjoy lunch during one of the scenic stops. The tour starts at 10:00 and and ends around 4:30. Must be 21 years or older to take this tour.
Suggested duration: 4h - 5h
Tours from $125 › More about this tour at viator.com ›

9. Hess Persson Estates, Napa

A stone winery restored in a fusion of traditional and modern styles is home to Hess Persson Estates, featuring mostly large installations along with several paintings, sculptures, and mixed media pieces. Swiss entrepreneur Donald Hess bought these vineyards in Napa Valley in 1978. Walk through the landscaped gardens, underneath wisteria vines, and among contemporary sculptures. While admiring the art, take the opportunity to sip a glass of fine cabernet sauvignon or chardonnay, and nibble on cheeses and truffles served with specialty nuts and seasonal fruit.
Suggested duration: 2 hours
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10. Pride Mountain Vineyards, St. Helena

A strong tradition of Californian winemaking thrives atop Spring Mountain at Pride Mountain Vineyards. These 34 hectares (83 acres) of vineyards straddle the line between Sonoma County and Napa Valley, providing an interesting climate for the grapes and a specific approach to winemaking. This winery has vines dating back to the 19th century, and its winemakers are happy to educate you on the history and process of winemaking. Daily tours include a tasting, tours of the vineyard (weather permitting), and a visit to the winery's caves where around 2,400 barrels are kept. Reservations are required.
Suggested duration: 2 hours
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11. B Cellars Vineyards and Winery, Oakville

Tour the vineyards, gardens, and unusually spacious caves of B Cellars Vineyards and Winery, the only Napa Valley winery where you can see the life-size sculptures by American artist John Seward Johnson II scattered throughout the property. Sample award-winning wines in the elegant wine tasting room built around an open kitchen where chefs prepare small bites that perfectly accentuate the wines.
Suggested duration: 1h 30 min
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12. Wine Country Hot-Air Balloon Ride from Yountville

FROM $338
Experience world-famous wine country from the air on an early morning hot-air balloon ride. Then climb into a comfortable basket to take to the skies as the valley below you awakens. Enjoy a bird’s-eye perspective of rolling hills, expansive vineyards, and elegant estates during your flight. Your pilot will offer insights on ballooning and the landscape as you float above it all! * Wine Country Hot-air balloon ride * Learn about the world famous Wine Country as your soar above it all
Suggested duration: 3h - 4h
Tours from $338 › More about this tour at viator.com ›

13. Old Faithful Geyser of California, Calistoga

A smaller version of the famous geyser of the same name, Old Faithful Geyser of California shoots water into the air every 30 minutes. Purchase a ticket to view the geyser at the visitor center, and wait for the next eruption. While you wait, relax in the log cabin ambiance or visit the animals outside. You can see Tennessee "fainting" goats, llamas, and Jacob's Four-Horn Sheep.
Suggested duration: 2 hours
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14. Oakville Grocery, Oakville

Suggested duration: 2 hours
Tours from $449 › Learn more about Oakville Grocery

15. Napa Valley Wineries Tour Including Picnic Lunch

FROM $125
Ride in style to Napa Valley wineries. During this 5-6 hours of tour, a professional driver guides chauffeurs you to three premier wineries for an easy Wine Country outing with other wine lovers. Monday through Thursday: Hotels in downtown Napa, American Canyon, Outsider can meet us at the Oxbow Public Market at 610 1st St, Napa, CA 94559. Friday through Sunday: Hotels in downtown Napa, American Canyon. An outsider can meet us at the Oxbow Public Market at 610 1st St, Napa, CA 94559. Disclaimer: Wineries listed in the itinerary are tentative and subject to change depending on availability and group size.
Suggested duration: 5h - 6h
Tours from $125 › More about this tour at viator.com ›