May 17, 2023
We are continually scouting out new hotels, restaurants, and wineries which keeps us well informed as to the best things to do in Napa. Why? We are Danielle Gibson Events, an event company that plans, designs, and produces corporate events, social celebrations, and weddings in Napa Valley, the San Francisco Bay Area, and beyond. Our event planning business keeps us on the pulse of the best things to do in Napa and we share all our findings here on our blog.
Before you start to make winery reservations for your visit to Napa, here are some tips.
When planning your trip contact wineries a few weeks to months in advance to make an appointment to taste wine. Select a winery that’s right for you. Which varietal of wine do you like? What is your price range for a tasting and how much would you like to spend on a bottle of wine? Knowing these answers will help with your winery selections. Wine tastings and wines come at all different price points in Napa. When visiting a winery, do the right thing, buy a bottle or two and leave a tip for your host.
Use this Napa Winery Map to help navigate the area, I always send this to friends and clients who are visiting (click to enlarge and download).
Plan to visit no more than 2-3 wineries a day. Each wine tasting will be about 1-1.5 hours in length. Many visitors get excited about visiting wineries and want to try as many wineries as possible when visiting Napa. This is a big mistake, because you end up being on a tight schedule and exhausted from drinking wine by the time dinner rolls around. Make sure you have a designated driver in your group who is taking care of driving you around safely. If you need to hire a driver I recommend Napa Valley Wine Excursions.
To keep your visit to Napa more about relaxing and less about driving, try to keep your meals in a location near the wineries you are visiting. Reservations are highly recommended for most restaurants. If you want more details on Napa restaurants, see our other blog – Best Restaurants of Napa.
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