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Local Wally's BEST Napa Picnic Spots | Napa Tourist Guide

Local Wally's guide to Napa's BEST picnic spots and wineries, coupons, discounts, 2 for 1 wine tasting.


Napa's Best Winery Picnic Guide

Downtown Napa

How to Plan a Picnic at a Napa Winery

There is nothing more romantic, more quintessential Napa, than the thought of tossing down a blanket in the vineyards and having a picnic.  But the reality is going to hit you like a Two Buck Chuck headache when you get shooed away before that champagne cork even hits the ground.  That's because most Napa wineries don't have permits to legally allow picnics.

But don't give up. There are still some wineries in Napa that do allow picnics and the best ones are here in this guide, some as popular and as crowded as Woodstock and others tucked away and off the beaten path. Most make you buy a bottle so pay attention to their prices so you don't end up opening a $100 bottle to go with your Cheez-its.

Remember to grab that spare blanket and a bag of ice from the hotel!  Looking for Two for One Wineries?


Best Places to Get Picnic Foods in Napa

Bouchon Bakery:  Thomas Keller of French Laundry fame has sandwiches and breads "to go" in this popular Yountville bakery.  TripAdvisor

Dean & Deluca:  Upscale gourmet market in St. Helena with sandwiches and other provisions, large store, foodie paradise.  TripAdvisor

The Fatted Calf:  Upscale butcher shop in downtown Napa with house-cured meats, sandwiches, & gourmet foods.  TripAdvisor

Model Bakery:  Two locations, one in downtown Napa and the other in St. Helena. Sandwiches "to go".  TripAdvisor

Oakville Grocery:  Country market with upscale foods, Oakville Grocery has sandwiches, breads, cheese, meats.  TripAdvisor

7-2018 UPDATE:  I am in the process of updating this page.  Napa wineries that allow picnics are becoming more scarce these days with most of them requiring purchase and a number of them no longer allowing outside food.  If you are here on this page and coming shortly please email me as I have some connections to wineries who will allow picnics for my readers and I am happy to share this with you personally until I can get this page updated!  Thanks Wally

Best Napa Picnic Spots

TIP:  Contact the winery before you lay down your picnic blanket as rules and regulations change without notice. If you find a winery on my list that no longer allows picnics please let me know and I'll update it. 

Alpha Omega Winery

Alpha Omega

Open to public M-Thurs, first come, first served. Fri-Sun, Wine Club Members only. Whites from $40, reds from $90.


Alpha Omega Official Site

Amizetti Winery Napa


Take the drive to the top of the mountain for spectacular views. Merlots and Cabs only, $65 to $75. Reservations required.


Amizetti Official Site

Behren's Winery

Behrens Family

Small family winery that produces small batches of reds, priced from around $75 on up. Reservations required.


Behren's Family Winery Official Site

Bennet Lane Winery in Napa

Bennet Lane

Buy a bottle and get access to their members garden. Whites and award winning reds from $35. Resv. req.


Bennet Lane Official Site

Beringer Winery in Napa


First come, first served picnic area. Beautiful winery, wines start in the $30 range, both whites and reds.


Beringer Official Site

Cairdean Winery in Napa


Onsite restaurant & deli, bring your blanket and start your picnic. Whites from $25, reds from $45. No resv. req.


Cairdean Estate Official Site

Chateau Lane Winery Picnic in Napa

Chateau Lane

Far off the beaten path with a great picnic area, recently sold so check back again for more info.


Chateau Lane Official Site

Clos du Val picnic area in Napa

Clos Du Val

Called "most romantic" by some, limited but popular picnic area, resv. required. Whites & reds from $25.


Clos du Val Official Site

Clos Pegase picnic area in Napa

Clos Pegase

Sit near the vines under a shady tree, a near perfect picnic spot. Whites start around $30, reds from $35.


Clos Pegase Official Site

How to Get a Winery to Bring You Lunch

Sure, picnics are awesome but so is maximizing your wine time in Napa.  The problem with picnics is that they often turn into naps on the blankie which turns into wine time you'll never get back.  Avoid this rookie mistake by going to wineries who bring in lunch.  Use your Priority Wine Pass and get special lunch deals at Auburn James (sandwiches from Dean & Deluca), Durant & Booth (new addition to Oakville Grocery), and V Sattui (full deli and two for one tastings with pass).  No Wine Pass?  Are you crazy?  Get yours here for $39.99 per couple to get these lunch deals!

Get a Wine Pass

Why in the world would you want to pay full price for tastings when you can get half off? Save on average $100 per day!


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Charles Krug picnic area Napa

Charles Krug

First come, first served for picnics on the lawn. Bottle purchase required for table use. Red and whites, starting around $25.


Charles Krug Official Site

Dutch Henry Winery Picnic Area in Napa

Dutch Henry

Tables & bocce ball, first come, first served. Funky friendly winery, must love dogs. Reds from mid-$50 range. Calistoga area.


Dutch Henry Official Site

Inglenook Coppola Winery, Napa


Family run winery on the Silverado Trail, unpretentious and friendly with plenty of wine choices, whites starting in the $20's.


Hagafen Official Site

Frank Family Winery Picnic Area Napa

Frank Family

Picnic tables, first come, first served. Nice grounds, away from crowds, reds and whites start around $35.


Frank Family Winery Official Site

Louis Martini picnic area Napa

Louis Martini

Popular shaded picnic area behind the historic winery. Reds only, $20 to average of $50 per bottle.


Louis M. Martini Official Site

Napa Cellars picnic area

Napa Cellars

Napa Cellars / Folie a Duex, wonderful picnic area with reasonably priced bottles. Wine Pass discount.


Napa Cellars Official Site

Pine Ridge Winery Napa picnic area

Pine Ridge

First come, first served picnic tables. No purchase required though you can white and reds from $30.


Pine Ridge Official Site

Rombauer Winery Napa picnic area


Beautiful hidden picnic area in wooded gardens, top pick. Reds and whites from around $35. First come, first served.


Rombauer Official Site

Rutherford Hill Winery picnic area

Rutherford Hill

Often called best picnic area due to views of the valley. Make reservations, red & white wines start from $30.


Rutherford Hill Official Site

St. Clement Winery picnic area Napa

St. Clement

Walk in's welcome, picnic area is first come, first served. Whites and reds start around $30. St. Helena area.


St. Clement Official Site

V. Sattui Winery picnic area Napa

V. Sattui

No outside food, get everything you need onsite. Busy and popular, whites start around $25, reds $35.


V. Sattui Official Site

Andretti Winery Napa picnic area

Andretti Winery

Coming with a large group? Andretti is your place for a catered picnic. Call them for info.


Andretti Official Site

Priority Wine Pass Jamie

Wine Pass

Napa on a Budget? Get 2 for 1 tastings at over 75 wineries in Napa and Sonoma. $39.99, one pass per couple.


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Book Platypus

My hands down favorite tour compnay, if you want to just get in the shuttle and go taste wine this is the one to book!


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