Springtime is here and that means it’s time to come enjoy wine country! Napa Valley wineries and Sonoma wineries are going to start bustling with activity soon so take advantage of the ramp-up season to get a great experience without the crowds. Spring here is mild and a great time to visit when you’re prepared properly.
What to Pack
Temperatures in wine country can vary depending on where you are, but on the whole a good jacket with a light shirt or blouse and jeans along with closed-toed shoes would be ideal. It can be raining one minute and sunny and warm the next so dressing in light layers would be the best way to go. And while it doesn’t constantly rain, be sure to bring your umbrella just in case! The Napa Valley wineries and Sonoma wineries operate rain or shine so don’t be afraid to get out there and enjoy everything (while driving conditions are safe of course).
What to Do
Scenic drives will be the name of the game out here too. For only a few months a year the hills of Napa Valley are green and lush so taking a trip through Chiles Valley, Pope Valley or even just a ride up to Calistoga on the Silverado Trail will be a great experience. Driving on the backroads in the Los Carneros region on both the Napa County side and Sonoma side would be unforgettable with the yellow mustard flowers growing happily between the dormant or just-bud-breaking vines. Be sure to visit the Napa Valley wineries and Sonoma wineries in their respective counties in Los Carneros for fantastic Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.
And don’t forget the great events! About 40 Sonoma wineries in Dry Creek Valley have the Passport to Dry Creek Valley event celebrating wine, food and fun in late April. The one coming up is their 30th Anniversary so don’t miss out. Napa Valley wineries this time of year also have the Arts in April events series. One Arts in April event you don’t want to miss is in Yountville for the Art, Sip and Stroll event in on April 27th where you can enjoy great food and wine while taking in the ambiance of beautiful artwork. The 4 day Sarafornia event in Calistoga April 4th-7th focuses on visual art and music along with fantastic wine and cuisine. A great part of Sarafornia is the ENGAGE Art Fair at the Napa County Fairgrounds. With free admission and the opportunity to see fantastic artwork, this should be high on your list of things to do!
There’s way too much to see and do up here in wine country. The Napa Valley wineries and Sonoma wineries aim to please so couple their hospitality with the gorgeous, beautiful landscapes and have yourself a great vacation in our lovely part of California!