Reasons to Visit Napa Valley this Cabernet Season
From November through April, Napa Valley celebrates Cabernet Season. For those in the know, this is the best time to visit. Following the late-summer harvest, the crowds have dwindled, the pace slows down and, as its moniker suggests, the region’s famed Cabernet Sauvignons are released. It’s a time to relax, savor, and restore. Special hotel deals and winery experiences are also available. Here’s a highlight of what Napa Valley has to offer this season.
Where to Stay
Guests who book three nights at the Inn on Randolph, a 19th century property located in Napa’s historic district, will receive the fourth night complimentary.
Rates start at $239 per night (before the fourth night free).
Milliken Creek Inn & Spa, a former Gold Rush-era stagecoach stop, will offer the “Wine Country Uncorked” package, which includes 20 percent off the starting rate, $50 spa credit, and complimentary breakfast.
Rates start at $239.20 per night (including discount).
Receive 15 percent off on best available rates with the “Napa State of Mind” package at the River Terrace Inn, a relaxing sanctuary set along the Oxbow Park Preserve.
Rates start at $229 per night (including discount).
Home to two PGA championship golf courses, Silverado Resort and Spa, will offer 25 percent off best available rate for guests who book two nights or more. A $50 resort credit and one winery tasting pass is also included in the stay.
Rates start at $127 per night (including discount).
Guests will receive 10 percent off stays and complimentary tasting flight of Napa Valley Cabernet wines at The Westin Verasa Napa, steps away from the tasting rooms in downtown Napa.
Rates start at $239 per night (including 10 percent off).
Where to Sip
Set 1,200 feet above the Napa Valley floor, Burgess Cellars, will offer 25 percent off the Mountainside Tasting: a 90-minute experience with selections from the Burgess Cellars Library, a collection of wines aged more than 30 years.
Cost: $45 per person (including discount). The experience is available daily at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. , reservations are required.
Calistoga offers the Winter in the Wineries Passport – a onetime fee for a ‘passport’ giving guests access to complimentary wine tastings at seventeen Calistoga wineries.
Cost: $60 per person. Valid Dec. 1, 2018 through Feb. 3, 2019.
Clif Family Winery, owned by the family behind Clif Bar, will offer the Howell Mountain Cabernet tasting, which includes a wine pairing experience with bites from the family’s own farm.
Cost: $40 per person. Includes wine flight and food pairing. The light bites have been added to this offer exclusively for Cabernet Season.
The Barrel Blending Experience at Conn Creek Winerywillallow guests to become a “winemaker for the day.” Participants will blend any combination of the Cabernets to create their own personalized wine, which is then bottled, hand-corked, and labeled on-site.
Cost: $125 per person. The experience is offered daily at 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m., reservations are required.
The winery will also feature a series of special Cabernet Sauvignon tastings in November and December in their Anthology Salon, a private seated tasting room.
Cost: $45 per person for wine and a cheese pairing. Appointment required.
Family-owned, V. Sattui Winery offers special weekend events, including “Cab & Fondue” pairings and “Short Rib Stew & Cab Fireside” tastings.
Cost: Ranges between $25-75 per person, depending on the selected tasting. Appointment required.
A tasting of six Cabernets will be available atVintner’s Collective | Napa Valley– all of which fall within the $90-$250 price range and are crafted by renowned local winemakers such as Philip Titus, a second-generation vintner who has had a passion for wine since the age of 12.
Cost: $100 per person.
In celebration of its 50th anniversary, ZD Wines invites guests for special tastings available on the weekends in February and March 2019. The seated experience includes sips of current and library selections of Cabernet Sauvignon, plus a barrel sample.
Cost: $50 per person. Reservations are required.
About Visit Napa Valley
Visit Napa Valley is the official tourism marketing organization for the Napa Valley, with a mission to promote, protect and enhance the region’s position as one of the world’s premier wine, food, arts and wellness destinations.
The Napa Valley, conveniently located just an hour from the San Francisco Bay Area, consists of the following distinctive towns, including, from north to south, Calistoga, St. Helena, Rutherford/Oakville, Yountville, the city of Napa, American Canyon, and the outdoor recreation area of Lake Berryessa.
The Napa Valley Welcome Center, located at 600 Main St. along the riverfront in downtown Napa, provides visitors with expert Concierge services from Napa Valley Ambassadors who offer complimentary Napa Valley Guidebooks, maps, brochures and winery tasting passes. The Welcome Center, open daily 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., also offers complimentary Wi-Fi and a mercantile shop featuring locally sourced gift items.
For additional information on the Napa Valley, or to plan your Napa Valley experience, please explore VisitNapaValley.com, and follow us on Facebook and Instagram @VisitNapaValley.