While harvest season is winding down, other events in Napa Valley are going full steam ahead. From November through March visit Napa Valley during Cabernet Season to enjoy the wine country when it’s a little less crowded and a lot more cozy. Join us in the coming months for these three fantastic up valley events.
St. Helena’s Little Book of Big Experiences
Now – March 2017
St. Helena’s top wineries, restaurants and hotels welcome guests to cozy up in this small town with their “Little Book of Big Experiences”. They’ve put together 25 Big Experiences that will entice you to visit once, twice or more and stay for several days each trip. Choose from incredible experiences that aren’t typically offered on a daily basis. Enjoy access to wine member benefits, exclusive cave tastings, complimentary appetizers, upgraded room amenities and more.
With so many incredible opportunities they invite you to plan multiple trips to wine country this winter season. Perhaps one weekend will include a stop at Conn Creek for a private, seated tasting in their Anthology Salon. Followed by a stop at Freemark Abbey for a historical wine tour and private courtyard tasting. All while enjoying a special room at Harvest Inn including complimentary cocktails at Harvest Table, in room bottle of wine and more. That’s just one day! Imagine all the experiences that await you as you dive into the twenty-five incredible opportunities planned for you.
Yountville’s Festival of Lights
November 25th, 2016
Kick off the holiday season in the Napa Valley town of Yountville. Celebrating its 28th annual Festival of Lights, Yountville invites friends, families, neighbors and visitors to gather in the heart of Napa Valley for a feel-good family event. The entire town will be twinkling with merriment to rival any Dickens fantasy – a welcome diversion from Black Friday madness. Adults can taste, sip and swirl their way through Festival of Lights. With tastings poured by more than two dozen wineries and nibble on creative and tasty seasonal bites by some of Yountville’s award-winning restaurants. Kids can also get their own passport to enjoy special kid-friendly snacks and activities geared just for them.
Yuletide carols are somehow sweeter in the town of Yountville. Several music ensembles will lend their voices, music and talent to the festivities. Cozy horse-drawn carriage rides will be clip-clopping down the sparkling lanes of downtown Yountville. Always the highlight of the festival, Santa and Yountville Mayor John Dunbar will light the tree in the Community Center Plaza promptly at 5:45 p.m.
Calistoga’s Winter In The Wineries
December 3rd, 2016 – February 17, 2017
With the Winter in the Wineries Passport, you can explore Calistoga at your own pace. From December 3rd to February 17th, each passport holder can indulge in one tasting at each of the 15 participating wineries, and receive special discounts and offers for local lodging, restaurants, retail, and transportation. Passport holders enjoy the opportunity to swirl and sip in celebration of the Napa Valley’s Cabernet Season with each passport stamp.
Participating wineries include boutique wineries and main street tasting rooms as listed below. The better known wineries participating include Chateau Montelena famous for their role in the Judgment of Paris in 1976 that put Napa Valley on the map. As well as Castello di Amorosa, 13th century inspired Tuscan castle replete with a torture chamber.
Napa Valley Film Festival
November 9th – 13th, 2016
Napa Valley Film Festival will soon fill our valley with the best of wine, food and films this coming November! We’ve written in more detail about the festival here.
Beau Wine Tours is the perfect transportation option for these wine tasting events. Whether you’re going as a couple or a large group, we have many vehicle options. Not sure which wineries to visit? Give our knowledgeable concierges a call and they’ll help you book the right vehicle and plan the perfect itinerary.