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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

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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 plenty of 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?


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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

Best Napa Picnic Spots
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

Amizetti

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

How to Plan a Last Minute Napa Picnic

Last minute picnic planners should head to Inglenook, a beautiful historic winery with a cozy bistro that has all of your picnic supplies and wines perfect for a Napa Summer day. Inglenook is owned by famous filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola and the winery is filled with interesting exhibits, some historical and some film related. Grab a bistro table, a bottle of wine and some bread and cheese and watch the afternoon drift away in the most pleasant way. Coming with kids? Send them to sail model boats in the fountain while you sip your wine.

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

Beringer

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

Cairdean

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

Best Wine and Food Pairing in Napa?

One thing is for sure, stopping for lunch at a restaurant can burn up a lot of valuable wine tasting time. If you want to maximize your tasting time then schedule a food and wine pairing around lunchtime. One of the best is at B Cellars where a the food is nearly as important as the wines. A stroll through the gardens, a sip in the caves, then seated tastings with delicious bites that make up a nice light lunch.  Delicious reds, some of the best in the valley, and scrumptious food make this a great alternative to a picnic. Wine Pass members get a special offer as well - sweet!

Cairdean Winery in Napa

Cuvaison

In the Carneros area, modern winery with great views. Whites from $26, reds (pinot, syrah, cab) start at $40. Reserv. required.

 

Cuvaison Winery Official Site

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

Inglenook

Pleasant bistro with bread, cheese, meats, & affordable wines. No better way to spend and afternoon. No resv. req.

 

Inglenook 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

Rombauer

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


Wm. Hill Winery Napa picnic area

Wm. Hill Estate

Reservations only, picnic are open to those doing tastings or who buy a bottle, $25 minimum per person.

 

Wm.Hill Estate Official Site

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