Here Are All the Best Outdoor Wine Tasting Experiences Open Now in Napa Valley, Sonoma, Healdsburg and Calistoga
Napa Valley and Sonoma County are open for visitors right now – but only for outdoor wine tasting experiences and dining in the wake of COVID-19. While it’s a beautiful time to visit the wineries of Napa Valley, and it’s one of the best places to travel in the US right now, there are certain things to keep in mind when planning a Napa trip this Summer or Fall, whether you’re flying in from afar or looking for the perfect romantic California road trip destination.
- Plan your visit well ahead of time. Wineries are operating at low capacity to create lots of space, so book appointments early. Most wineries in Napa and Sonoma are open by appointment only right now.
- Always wear a face covering and social distancing while visiting wineries and downtown areas. Only take off your mask once you’re seated with your group to taste the wine.
- Wineries are doing their part to maintain a safe environment by cleaning frequently and between visits. Make sure you’re doing your part by washing your hands frequently and sanitizing frequently (I like these travel hand sanitizers here) to help keep everyone safe and of course make sure you stay home and away from others if you aren’t feeling well.
Here are the best wineries in Napa Valley and Sonoma that are open for tasting right now
This place is SO good, you guys. Their chardonnay may just be my favorite in Napa, and the reds are amazing too. AXR offers private tours and tastings at their beautiful historic estate. Tastings may be hosted on the patio or in the estate house. They’re also able to arrange in-person/virtual combo tastings.
Book a tasting at AXR (tell them Jetset Christina sent you!): (707) 302-8181
Or via Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Appt URL: https://www.axrnapavalley.com/See-The-Vision/Visit-Us
Alpha Omega Winery
Alpha Omega’s spacious terrace is ideal for outdoor tastings. Reservations are required for all experiences. Maximum party size is six guests.
10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
This is one of my favorites! Such a gorgeous winery, and delicious summery wines. Seated tastings and private tours are available by reservation with optional food pairings that can be ordered day of.
Open daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. by reservation only
The iconic Napa staple, Beringer, is offering various outside experiences throughout our scenic property. Try a seated luxury experience on the Veranda at the historic Rhine House. Or try a tasting on our Promenade in front of the original winery. Tastings are 21 and over. Looking for a family experience? Enjoy a glass of wine in the Plaza or Backyard.
Open Thursday through Monday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. by appointment only
Another one of my absolute favorite chardonnays. I just booked a tasting here for when I go to Napa later this month.
They are offering private tastings for up to 6 guests in the gardens and nine private tasting rooms.
Open daily from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. by appointment only
Castello di Amorosa
Castello di Amorosa is one of the best Napa wineries to go with a group, or any first-timer visitor to Napa – it is GORGEOUS, and they’re currently open and offering a variety of wine tasting experiences like the Diamond Estate Tour and Reserve Tasting and the Il Passito Seated Reserve Tasting. Visit their website at www.castellodiamorosa.com for more information.
Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Appt Phone: (707) 967-6272
Appt URL: https://castellodiamorosa.com/tour-tasting2/
Another one of my favorite spots in Napa is Caymus – they have a gorgeous outdoor garden area that is open right now. From the moment you arrive until your departure, your safety is our highest priority. They’ve also put into place touch-less Apple Pay and Android Pay to make things even safer.
Open daily 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. by appointment only
Book a tasting: https://www.wagnerfamilyofwine.com/come-visit/
Appt Email: email@example.com
Duckhorn’s phenomenal Napa Valley wine tasting at Duckhorn Vineyards has beautiful outdoor settings and vineyard views, so social distancing here is easy.
Open daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., reservations required, attendees must be 21 or older
Appt URL: https://www.duckhorn.com/Visit/Tastings
Appt Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Appt URL: www.farniente.com
Tastings will be conducted on Grgich’s super-cute Ranch House patio with increased health and safety procedures designed to promote a safe environment in the age of COVID. Please call the winery at (707) 963-2784 to book your tasting.
9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. by appointment only
I love wine tasting at HALL – it’s sleek, contemporary, and their wines are SO GOOD. They also have one of the best outside wine tastings in Napa. Their art of Cabernet tasting flights are available in all of their beautiful outdoor locations.
Open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. by appointment only
Current alfresco wine tasting experiences include:
- Chateau Block Vineyard Tasting
- Paris on the Terrace
- Vineyard Hike
- Picnic Days at Jordan
- Library Tasting
Book a tasting: (707) 431-5250 , tell them Jetset Christina sent you!
Photo from Jordan’s Picnic Days, from their website
Head straight to the outdoor Terrace Tasting featuring a selection of Joseph Phelps current release wines, including their world-famous Insignia. This is a great outdoor, safe, relaxing and intimate Napa Valley wine tasting experience.
Wednesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; by appointment only
Appt URL: https://josephphelps.com/visit-napa-valley/
Current Hours: 10 am to 3 pm, Thursday through Monday by appointment only
If you’re looking for a winery that will blow your mind (with its wines, its views, and its technology), Palmaz is it. Their tagline is ‘the fusion of tradition and technology’ and that’s exactly what tasting there is about. It is a GORGEOUS winery is tucked away all by itself in Napa and is owned by an Argentinean family, who have a love for food, and, of course, meat!! Their legendary Argentinean cookout parties are what club members rave about, and when you join their wine club you even get a beautiful traditional steak knife.
I recommend Palmaz to anyone looking for a really unique tasting, with AMAZING wines.
6 persons maximum, by appointment only.
To make an appointment: 707-226-5587 or email@example.com (as always, tell them Jetset Christina sent you!)
This absolutely stunning property is open and it is a small production, cult-following wine that you will want to take CASES home of. The caves are absolutely breathtaking and Kelly’s eye for design is felt throughout the stunning property. They only take 8 visitors a day so it’s a super exclusive tasting – Loved this spot.
Highly recommend their ‘big pour’ cabernet sauvignon.
Hands down one of my all-time favorite cabernet sauvignons and a must-do stop on any trip to Napa. Silver Oak is open for an outdoor wine tasting experience under the covered patio or in our courtyard. Seated tastings by appointment only.
Open Friday, Saturday and Sunday, by appointment only
Appt URL: https://silveroak.com
Appt URL: https://www.trefethen.com/Visit-Us
Appt Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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