Looking for a little R&R and a lot of wine? This itinerary is for you!
I spent the weekend in Napa staying in the most beautiful resort and vineyard, The Meritage Resort & Spa. There are over 700 wineries in Napa Valley and I visited a ton of them! I can’t wait to share with you which ones are a must see while on your visit. Here’s all the details of my Napa Valley itinerary. Enjoy!
Where I Stayed
I stayed at The Meritage Resort & Spa. It was a beautiful resort nestled along a vineyard that the resort owns. Along with making their own wine at the resort, they also have a cave spa. Caves are super common in Napa because caves make the perfect temperature to age wine, but this cave was their spa. If you stay here I can’t recommend the spa enough. It’s a great splurge and a relaxing treat before a weekend of a lot of wine!
Enjoy Bubbles at Mumm Napa
I love champagne so when in wine country, bubble wineries were on the top of my must-see list. I did the bubbles tasting at Mumm on their patio and it was fantastic. You get to taste 3 of their most famous bubbles for $30 and they will let you taste a little of anything off the menu after your tasting. Not only is the wine fantastic but so was the view off their patio, it opens up out onto their vineyard. They also have an art gallery that you can walk around while you sip your bubbles.
Take in the View from Duck Horn
While I am not much of a red wine drinker, I enjoyed Duck Horn’s property a lot. They are nestled along the mountains and have a gorgeous property full of grape vines that you can walk through and enjoy the views. I enjoyed their tasting along with their cheese board that they let you keep the actual board the cheese is on at the end which makes for a great souvenir!
Grab Dinner at Downtown Joe’s Brewery
After a day full of wineries, I was looking for dinner somewhere pretty casual. I went downtown Napa and found Downtown Joe’s Brewery. It was a great spot right along the river with live music out on the patio. I enjoyed some nachos and a bloody mary. Downtown Napa is so pretty because it is right along the river. There are a ton of restaurants, breweries, wine tasting rooms, and boutiques. It was a great ending to a spectacular first day in Napa!
Enjoy the Tasting at Hess
Hess was one of my favorite wineries I visited from the weekend. The road you take to get to Hess is straight up the mountains so it is windy and a lot of tight turns, but so worth it. Since it is on top of the mountains, you are surrounded by mammoth sequoia trees as you sip on Hess’s delicious wine. I was so sad that the tour was fully booked because you take the tour through their vineyards on ATV’s, but the tasting was just as fun! You get to taste 4 of their wines in their tasting room that feels like you are in a castle in the South of France. After the tasting, you can buy wine by the glass and take it out to their patio. The views are almost as fantastic as their wine.
Grab a Quick Brunch at the Oxbow Public Market
After Hess, I was really hungry after starting my day off with wine instead of breakfast. Oxbow Public Market was recommended to me by a friend as a great place to walk around and grab a quick grab-and-go lunch and it did not disappoint. Within the Market their are so many options for food or a sweet treat. I also enjoyed walking around the market and tasting olive oils, spices and even wine!
Sip Champagne at Domaine Chandon
Domaine Chandon is where all my bubbly dreams came true! It is a grand winery with bubbles everywhere. I did the bubbles tasting and it was lovely. Four different bubbles in the tasting and it is free if you’re a wine club member, which I am because I love bubbles, remember? If you are looking for a smaller family owned winery vibe, this is not the place for you. It’s grand and busy because it is one of the most popular wineries to visit. But, if you love bubbles Chandon needs to be at the top of you list. We got there early and the day so the crowds weren’t that bad.
Grab a Glass of Wine at Peju Winery- Voted The Best Winery in North America
Peju Winery is an incredible winery where the ambiance makes you feel like you are sipping wine in Italy. The architecture and stone covered walls are grand and beautiful. Take in the views of the castle and moat as you sip their wine on the patio. Peju was voted Best Winery in North America and the pictures can’t do it justice. You have to go and experience the magic for yourself and I recommend their 2017 Sauvignon Blanc .
Savor the Delicious Pasta at Bottega
What pairs great with wine better than pasta? After a day of wineries I wanted pasta. I made reservations at Bottega after it came highly recommended. I sat outside under their covered patio and it was gorgeous. The weather was perfect, especially in the shade. Not too hot and just cool enough. I enjoyed a pesto pasta special and headed back to my resort for an evening spa treatment.
Take the Cave Tour at Benziger
I started my morning off with the most incredible cave tour at Benziger Family Winery . Benziger is a 100% organic and self maintaining vineyard. They start you off with a glass of wine before you hop on a golf cart and get a tour of their vineyard. It is so fun to learn about the different grapes used to make different wines and how they sustain their organic practices. We then headed into caves and saw rows and rows of wine barrels. The coolest part of this cave tour was the barrel tasting. They pour you a sip straight out of the barrel that’s not quite aged all the way yet so you can taste the difference from an aged wine and a young wine. After the barrel tasting, we sat down in the caves and tasted over 6 different wines. It was an incredible experience at a beautiful family winery.
Enjoy the Bite and Sip Menu at Round Pond Estate
I wanted to try one more winery before I had to catch my flight in Oakland. Round Pond Estate came recommended to me for it’s small family owned vibe. I decided on the small bites and wine tasting option off their menu. I sat outside on their patio overlooking their vineyard. They have a chef that makes everything fresh and local that day and the menu changes every day depending on what is in season and fresh. I highly recommend the lunch pairing or small bites plate here, as their chef is wildly well known in Napa for his innovative cooking creations. The wine was spectacular as well.
This wraps up my Napa Valley itinerary! I packed my days full, but I love to make the most of my time when I’m somewhere new. Any other recommendations for next time?? Comment below!