If you’re out wine tasting, nothing is better than enjoying a picnic in the vineyards. However, due to strict regulation, many wineries do not have a permit (yes they need a permit in order for guests to enjoy food on premise) to allow picnicking on their property.
The following is a list of our favorite picnic friendly wineries as well as great places to pick up food in the Valley!
One of our favorite spots for fine wining and picnic dining is magical Madrigal Winery in St. Helena. Madrigal offers a wonderful private picnic lunch in the vineyard with either a choice of steak, salmon, or an assortment of vegetarian options. In addition, they have wonderful sides, pair with a wine of your choice. Their cabernet sauvignon and pinot grigio are fan favorites; crisp and refreshing for summer picnic days. Wine Pass members get priority as well as special pricing for this experience. The tasting and lunch costs $85pp, a beautiful picnic lunch in the center of a vineyard, Wine not?
Email: Alejandro firstname.lastname@example.org and tell him you’re a Wine Pass member. If you’re not a Wine Pass member you can use promo code ‘jamie2’ to receive a special rate and VIP treatment here!
This property is full of life and zest! St. Helena is a rustic gem with an old style Italian deli, a variety of cheese, and delicious wine. This winery fills up fast on the weekends, so remember to bring a picnic blanket and enjoy the atmosphere while sipping on your favorite wine!
Use your Priority Wine Pass to receive a 2 for 1 or 50% off tasting for two, then buy a bottle of your favorite wine and grab a sandwich or a salad from their deli! Forewarning, they DO NOT ALLOW OUTSIDE FOOD! Please keep that in mind. Reservations are not necessary.
This lovely family-owned property is enchanting— especially its tasting room picnic area. Their outdoor seating is surrounded by greenery that sets the mood for a calm and relaxing afternoon. Just down the street is a quaint deli where you can grab lunch and enjoy at Hagafen. I recommend calling in advance and telling them you’re a Priority Wine Pass member (they offer a 2 for 1 or 50% off tastings except on Saturdays) to make a picnic and tasting reservation! (707) 252-0781
This winery is a great destination winery for family fun. They have a lovely picnic area with all types of games: human size Jenga, “corn hole”, and more. With the Priority Wine Pass you receive 2 for 1 Reserve tasting for two. No reservations are necessary, just show up and enjoy (they do charge $10pp so FYI). I would recommend grabbing a deli lunch from the Yountville Deli on your way up!
White Rock: Napa
This very exclusive winery is a favorite to the infamous Bill Murray. They are known for the french wines and are by appointment only. They do however allow picnics after the tasting at no charge.
Ceja is a wonderful casual spot (only open Thursday-Monday) they have some fantastic Chardonnays and Pinots. In addition, their family owns the brewery (Carneros Brewery) across the parking lot. They also have a fantastic picnic area near a lake with corn hole and other games. It sometimes gets busy and they don’t take reservations so to be safe I always say bring a picnic blanket! With the wine pass, you get 20% off purchases and it’s nice to taste through their wine, buy a bottle, and then enjoy a great picnic by their small lake!
Andretti has some of the friendliest tasting room staff and always take such great care of their customers. Their Sangiovese is hands down one of my favorites in the valley. They too have a nice picnic area with several tables near their vineyards (please note reservations are required to picnic and they do charge $10pp (but this includes a glass of wine with lunch and linens). With the wine pass I would again suggest doing a tasting (2 for 1 tasting here or 50% off tasting for two with the wine pass) as well as 10% off any 3+ bottles. Grabbing a bottle of wine to enjoy with your lunch!
This hidden gem tucked away off of the famous highway 29 stretch is a perfect spot for picnics. You do need to reach out to email@example.com to make reservations with your wine passes and you CAN NOT bring outside food but rather they have a boxed lunch waiting for you and you simply purchase a bottle to go along with it. A rare location and the perfect way to enjoy a meal!
With one of the best views in the valley Rutherford Hill is an ideal place to picnic. In addition to the scenery you will also never find it over crowded here. The reason is that you MUST make reservations for the tables. They charge $75 per table or you can purchase 3 bottles of wine and they will waive the fee. With the wine pass you can receive an upgraded tasting to taste many of their delicious wines then you can determine what you’d like to enjoy with your lunch after!
Known for their Italian Style wines this winery has some of the best prices you’ll find in Napa for the quality! I’ve bought several cases of their Pinot Grigio and Sangiovese. A casual environment with a friendly demeanor Benessere is one not to miss. With the wine pass, you receive a Complimentary Tour and Extra Pour of their Reserve Wine with reservation: email firstname.lastname@example.org (tell him Jamie sent you and you’re a wine pass member!) After you can enjoy a picnic lunch at one of their picnic tables or patio tables. I would suggest grabbing lunch at Sunshine Deli in downtown St.Helena or at Dean and Deluca
Off the beaten path and down the cobbled road, this winery is worth the adventure. The friendliest of people, great wines, and a wonderful laid back atmosphere. They offer our members a 2 for 1 or 50% off tasting for two with your Priority Wine Pass membership. No reservation is required but it’s nice to give them a heads up as you’ll receive extra special treatment ☺ (707) 965-1246 I would again grab some lunch from Sunshine market or Dean and Deluca
Known for their organic red wines, this winery is 100% sustainable. They have a rustic barn tasting room with dogs and chickens and sometimes cats running around. Making it also very pet-friendly. You can grab some lunch from Sunshine market or Dean and Deluca and enjoy lunch at one of their picnic tables either in the shade or near the vineyards and bocce ball court. You can start off with your first tasting (a 2 for 1 or 50% off tasting for two with your Priority Wine Pass membership) to pair along with your lunch. No reservations are required.C
If you’re a fan of cabs this is a must visit spot! They’re fun boutique and of course, have delicious wine. They require reservations and we recommend giving them a call in advance and letting them know you’re a Priority Wine Pass member for a Complimentary Upgrade to a Private Seated Tasting (707) 942-6684 after the tasting you can enjoy the rest of your wine with your lunch.
Known for their beautiful Patio with a view of the Calistoga Geysers this winery is a favorite to enjoy lunch at. Their wine is also fantastic and they recently released a Rose that is a favorite of mine as well as an excellent Malbec. It’s not always promised to see the Geysers go off but it’s a nice treat when it does. They too offer a 2 for 1 or 50% off tasting for two with the wine pass membership.