Packing for a Weekend in Napa Valley : What to Wear in Wine Country

So you’ve finally booked your trip to visit California’s Napa Valley or Sonoma County, and you can already picture yourself sipping Cabernet in the vineyards, surrounded by gorgeous grape vines and rolling hillsides… but the big question is WHAT DO YOU PACK?! California is one of the most beautiful places on the planet – and NAPA is a whole other level – it’s gorgeous, and you’re going to want to pack some outfits that will match the iconic vibe.

I grew up about an hour from Napa Valley and Sonoma, so over the years I’ve definitely come to understand all of the different Napa styles and seasons, and what goes into the perfect wine country outfit, anytime of year. So whether you’re heading to Napa for a bachelorette party, a girls’ weekend, a romantic getaway, or a honeymoon, here is my Ultimate Napa Packing Guide of everything you’ll need in wine country.

What to wear in Napa in the Fall:

Harvest season in Napa Valley is such a beautiful time to be there – and Fall Napa outfits are just the best. The weather in the early Fall in Napa is some of the best of the entire year (September and October are harvest season and just GORGEOUS in the Valley) but the air is a tad bit cooler than the Summer, so you can bet you can break out your boots, you just might not need those jackets yet.

       

Rails Jasmine Dress in Ash Cheetah

superdown Priscilla Ribbed Top in White525 america Ribbed Short Sleeve Dress in Dusty Lilac

Clare V. Foldover Calf Hair Clutch in Leopard

Privacy Please Arianna Midi Dress in Black & WhiteALLSAINTS Kana Scatter Dress in Black

 

 ASTR the Label Nikita Dress in Burnout Leopard

These are legitimately the best black skinny jeans in the game, y’all. They are SO slimming, and so comfy. I love them.

What to wear in Napa in the Winter:

Winter in Napa is cozy, chilly, and super romantic. Napa is one of the few places in the world I can say I love just as much when it’s pouring down rain in the winter as I do when it’s 85 and sunny in the Summer.

Winter can get chilly and occasionally rainy, but it never snows in Napa. So break out those over-the-knee-boots, adorable sweaters and coats, and a great winter hat to protect your hair from any potential rain.

What I’m wearing: Lulu’s blazer coat (under $100), thermal bodysuit, faux leather skirt, and over-the-knee suede boots.

MAJORELLE Reed Sweater in BlackNine West Women's Alaine Suede Over-The-Knee Boot, Black, 7.5 M US

 

I love this sweater, these over the knee boots, and this black felt hat from Lulus – the perfect winter hat in Napa to shield you from any potential rain while looking super chic.

What to wear in Napa in the Spring:

If you’re planning a trip to Napa this Spring, you’re in luck – Springtime in Napa might be my favorite season of all – it’s warm, but not too hot, and you can get really creative with your Spring Napa outfits. It’s also Mustard season in February/March which is just GORGEOUS – it’s when all the mustard seed flowers bloom over the vineyards, it’s like a yellow version of the Lavender Fields in France. In the Spring, you’ll definitely need to check the weather report since the weather can vary so much (it can be rainy and cold or sunny and Summer-like! Just depends on the day).

Click on the products below to shop my favorite Spring Napa outfits:

SAYLOR Maxine Dress in Ice BlueCleobella Harlow Ankle Dress in Lemon

Rails Sophia Romper in Blue Daisies

ANAAK Maithili Tie Top in Mango

     Clare V. Alice Tote in Natural

   

 

 

 

What to Pack for a Summer Weekend in Napa:

Summer in Napa. Are there three better words in the English language!? Napa’s high season is Summertime- and for good reason. It’s GORGEOUS in Napa in the Summer, the vines are blooming, the skies are blue, and the weather is usually hot-hot-hot.

My general Napa weekend packing list is: A wine tasting outfit for each day you’re there, a nighttime dinner outfit to change into after tasting, shoes to go with each outfit, a workout outfit if you plan on exercising, and a travel outfit for the way there/back to Napa. Here’s what I love to wear in the Summertime.

What to wear in Napa in the Summer:

Click on the products below to shop my favorite Summer Napa outfits:

MAJORELLE Daniella Dress in Baby BlueLovers + Friends Wisdom Midi Dress in BlushLine & Dot Lora Dress in Whiteflorabella Small Napa Lux Bag in Almond & Silver

the perfect tote for carrying around a couple bottles of wine

Tularosa Lily Dress in Yellow Dolly FloralRAYE Anthea Heel in Nude . Privacy Please Melinda Midi Dress in Ivory & Black 

Tularosa Hattie Dress in LatteLovers + Friends Jackson Jumpsuit in White Dot

Capulet Janette Dress in Lucky Floral .

Tularosa Jaslyn Embroidered Dress in Blue & Orange

 .   Tularosa Phyllis Dress in YellowFAITHFULL THE BRAND Noemie Midi Dress in Blue Monette FloralMAJORELLE Katherine Jumpsuit in NaturalLPA Polka Dot Fit & Flare in Tan & WhitePrivacy Please Daffodil Mini in Blue StripeLovers + Friends Day Keeper Midi Dress in Goldenrod DitsyRails Sophia Romper in Blue Daisies

 

   

(I like to pair skirts like this with this bodysuit – which I wear ALL the time. Best purchase ever)

 

           

 

What else should I bring with me for my trip to Napa?

I’m a big fan of bringing a wine carrier to tote around my new bottles that I buy while I’m in wine country (did you know you should NEVER leave your wine in the car? Especially in the Napa heat in the Summer!)

this one’s more expensive but I’m obsessed with the fact that it looks like a purse but is a cooler bag! Great for packing snacks or sticking a bottle or two in.

And, if you’re planning on bringing any wine home with you in your suitcase – you’re definitely going to want to stock up on these! I use them all the time for packing wine for travel in my suitcase, and they are AMAZING!

Another thing I always have with me in my purse is my Wine Wipes – these keep your teeth from getting stained from red wines and keep them nice and white even after a full day of wine tasting! I’m obsessed.

I like to pack a cooler if we’re driving from winery to winery full of some water and snacks so I don’t get too hungry when bouncing from winery to winery (and lots of ice cold La Croix).

Some wineries will have great cheeses and crackers or breadsticks, but let’s face it, when you’re starting drinking Cab Sauv at 10am, that is just not enough. Here are some of my go-to wine tasting snacks that fit right in my purse (and are usually the same snacks I bring on planes!)

This almond butter is so good, so healthy, and so easy to throw in your purse, I buy it by the case! My favorite flavor is “vanilla almond butter!”

Oh Snap Fresh Dill Pickle Snacking Cuts, 3.5 Ounce (Pack of 12)

Thank you, snack Gods, for creating these pickle bites. They are SO good, and so addicting. Perfect snack for a day of wine tasting.

barnana-heads-to-the-salty-snacks-aisle-with-organic-ridged-plantain-chips

These chips are THE BEST. OMG.

And make sure you stop for lunch at one of my Top Places to Eat in Napa Valley!

Have a blast in Napa, and let me know how it goes in the comments!!

PS – have more questions on Napa or any other destination? Join the JETSETTERS secret facebook group to get & give travel recs to our Jetset Christina community and connect with other #JSCJetsetters!

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