Best Napa Wineries for Large Groups: Bachelorette Parties, Reunions | Local Wally's Guide to Napa
Napa's BEST wineries for big groups! Bachelorettes and wedding parties, reunions, big corporate events, take note - you CAN get discounts if you pick the right wineries to visit!
COMING TO NAPA WITH A BIG GROUP? Best Wineries for Large Groups
Best Napa Wineries for Large Groups
Bachelorette parties, corporate outings, college friend reunions, take note! Most Napa wineries require groups of 8 or more to make reservations if you want to taste. And not all group friendly wineries are created equal - some will charge you a premium for your group, some will put your group in the long line of crowds to fend for yourselves, while others will actually give you discounts.
Wait, what? That's right, some wineries actually will welcome your group with reservations as well as give you discounts on your tastings if you have a Priority Wine Pass, the handy two for one card for Napa and Sonoma.
Just remember that no matter what you do to make those reservations. Pop in groups of 8 or more are rarely welcome in the wineries so plan it out before you come.
How Do I Do Group Tastings Without Driving?
One of the biggest expenses in tasting with a big group will be your transportation. It's probably not a great idea to drive yourself unless you have a designated driver (better buy that person dinner!). You can hire people to drive your own cars or rentals or hire a limo, all expensive. Or you can hire Platypus Tours to drive your group around, small shuttles who do all the planning for you. They'll pick you up at your hotel and take you away to Napa or Sonoma, lunch included. They're the best of the tour bunch and Local Wally approved - tell them I sent you! (Platypus Tours Info)
NEW! LET LOCAL WALLY PLAN YOUR GROUP VISIT to napa or sonoma FROM START TO FINISH!
If you're coming with a group of 8 or more, whether for a bachelorette party or a corporate event, email me and I'll help you put the entire day together. I can arrange transportation, set up winery reservations, and get you discounts along the way, all for free. And yes, I can get you better prices than if you do it yourself since I already know the wineries and tasting room managers. Here's how it works:
- You email me with your total number of people and date you will be here. Give me at least 2 weeks notice. Let me know if you want lunch and transportation as well.
- I'll contact the wineries and check for availability.
- I'll send you the agenda. If you like it and want to book it you don't pay me, you book through the Priority Wine Pass. They will make all of the arrangements and send you a confirmation letter and contact names at the wineries.
- Interested? Email me!
Napa Wineries Who Offer Discounts to Groups
The following wineries accept the Priority Wine Pass and offer discounts to your group. If you're the one planning the outing I recommend that you purchase the passes for everyone - get one pass for for every two people - and then collect the money (around $20 per person) from each person the day of event. This is way easier than trying to make sure that everyone buys a pass. Order it here to get my discount, still just $39.99 for every two people.
For big groups I suggest you email me directly as I can sometimes get you a group discount on the passes.
The wineries below will not only love to see your group but will typically offer some sort of special price. Contact them directly for details and let them know you have the Priority Wine Pass!
ANDRETTI WINERY: Beautiful old world winery with a nice outdoor area, picnic area. They can do groups up to 40 people.
AUBURN JAMES: Exclusive offer, Auburn James Winery is a boutique tucked away from the crowds with a lovely tasting room, bocce ball, and they can even cater a Dean & Deluca lunch for you. Groups up to 12. Highly recommended!
BELL WINERY: One of the best experiences for groups, Bell's Grape to Glass tour is a 90 minute private tasting with a bit of history and info on the winery. Normally $50 per person but 2 for 1 with Wine Pass. Limited to groups of 8 or less.
BENESSERE: I love this winery with its Italian style wines. Groups up to 12.
BRIAN ARDEN: Fantastic winery, perfect for groups up to 75, taste in their caves, catered lunch or dinner, you can even rent out the entire property or patio or cave room. This one's a winner, email me for more info.
CANIHAN WINERY: At the south tip of Sonoma is Canihan Wines, a true small family winery where you'll taste in their barn and sometimes served by Bill Canihan himself. Authentic experience. Limited to groups of 8 or less.
CHIMNEY ROCK: Iconic winery, beautiful setting, and great wines, up to 100 people.
JUDDS HILL: Off the beaten path and tucked away in the vineyards, a terrific winery with an outdoor tasting area. 2 for 1 with wine pass. Limited to groups of 20 or less.
MAXVILLE WINERY: Off the beaten path and fantastic setting, can accommodate groups up to 200! Email me for more info.
V. SATTUI: Extremely popular picnic spot and winery with inexpensive pours, show up with your Wine Pass and get 2 for 1. Deli area, picnic area, no special treatment but groups welcome.
VEZER: Cute as a button winery, up to 30 people.