There is nothing quite like having a picnic at a Napa Valley winery with your friends and family. The weather in the valley is very mild throughout the year, which makes for the perfect al fresco dining experience. During your trip, be sure to include a stop at one of these wineries to enjoy vineyard views while sipping delicious wine over lunch.
NOTE: A lot of wineries can’t allow outside food and you cannot bring any outside alcohol on any property
Here are the best Napa Valley wineries to have a picnic:
Bring your own food
Picnic tables are scattered throughout the grounds and are available to reserve with purchase of a bottle of their wine. Lawn games such as ladder ball and corn hole are also available.
Clos Du Val
Guests are welcome to use their picnic facilities as long as they do a wine tasting or purchase wine to enjoy with their picnic. Groups of 8 or more must do a tasting (reservation required) to use their picnic facilities. Reservations are highly recommended.
For the ultimate view, bring your gourmet lunch and dine in Rutherford Hill’s amazing oak groves. $100 minimum on wine purchase required to use picnic tables. GoVinos wine glasses are provided for tastings. Tables are available by reservation or first-com-first-serve basis.
Charles Krug welcomes picnickers Monday-Friday on both the front and back lawns. Picnic tables are designated for visitors to enjoy while sipping Charles Krug wines. Groups of 10 or more must reserve at least 24 hours in advance and will be charged $10 per adult. They also feature “Pizza on the Lawn” on Saturday & Sunday from 11:00-4:00 p.m., featuring brick-oven Italian pizzas, espresso drinks, cheese plates and wines by the glass. (no outside food allowed Sat. & Sun.)
The winery has 5 picnic tables tucked away under shade trees that their guests can use. They are available on a first come first serve basis if they have not been reserved. If guests would like to reserve them, they may call 707-259-6777 ext. 229. The fee is $20/table and is waived if guests do a tasting or purchase a bottle of wine.
Eat their food
Picnic on their patio with a meal provided by Oakville Grocery surrounded by vineyards. Enjoy their current releases with the lunch. 1 hour, 48-hour notice required, $50 per person. Tables available on a first come first serve basis if you bring your own food (no coolers allowed), and you must purchase of a bottle of their wine.
Picnic grounds are open daily for guests of Cairdean Estate. Their onsite bakery/deli/market, Butterscot’s, offers tasty fare daily from 7am to 5pm that would make the perfect picnic. No outside food or drinks allowed.
This is the only winery in the valley with an artisan deli and Italian-style marketplace. Enjoy your meal outside at one of their picnic tables or bring a blanket to sit in the grass. No outside food or drinks allowed.
The Clif Family tasting room in St. Helena is also home to the delicious Bruschetteria food truck. Grab a few items from the truck and enjoy it with some of their wine on their beautiful terrace. No outside food or drinks allowed.
Current wine club members and guests with tasting reservations are welcome to enjoy a boxed lunch and wine tasting flight. Starting at $45.00 per person. No outside food or drinks allowed.
Photo credit: Bob McClenahan