north-america Details

Visiting the wine country- Napa Valley/ Sonoma.

December 26, 2017

Napa and Sonoma are jointly known as California famous wine country, but despite being separated just by a mountain range — they are far from interchangeable. Being a wine lover myself, Napa became one of my most favorite place to visit in California. I fell in love with the scenery, art, food and of course the wine! This is why every year visitors from all over the world flock to this area to hike, bike and swim in a pool of wine, and eat rich food. It is what Tuscany is to Italy and Bordeaux is to France.

Accommodation

Lodging in Napa/ Sonoma is undeniably expensive. The best way to save on accommodations is by getting an Airbnb. There are several listings for the wine country with some costing a mere $65-100 per night for a private room. If you don’t mind driving a bit more, we stayed 40 minutes away from Napa which is in Vallejo and found rooms for only $40/ night. Lastly, the majority of travelers suggest to sightsee in Napa Valley, but dine and lodge in nearby Sonoma where prices are budgeted.

Transportation

 

Wine country 😍

A post shared by Bree Briones (@thetravelingbree) on

Unless you have an assigned driver who is willing to stay sober the whole day, driving in Napa Valley is not the best option. Therefore, it is better to find other means of transportation. You can hire a motorbike for about $45 per day. Conversely, you can join group tours organized by local tourist companies that cost around $100 per day. Nonetheless, I wouldn’t say Uber is the cheapest option specially if you are winery hopping, but it could be your last option to go see the wine country.

Food

Following are the top quality restaurants to suit your premium-value meals;

• Napa Valley Wine Train
• Terra
• The French Laundry
• The Restaurant at Meadowood
• PRESS

Following are Napa Valley and Sonoma Restaurants for $20 or less:

• Auberge du Soleil, Rutherford
• Kitchen Door, Napa
• Gott’s Roadside Burgers, Napa
• Redd Wood, Yountville
• El Molino Central, Sonoma

NIGHT LIFE

The Napa Valley is renowned for good food and fine wine. Getting tipsy during the daytime is pretty common for the people visiting. However, if your energy is not done for the day and you still want to party the night out, then hit the downtown area to catch some live shows or dance at the Calistoga area.

WHAT TO DO IN THE WINE COUNTRY?

Napa’s Wineries

Napa’s chardonnays and cabernets boast international fame and some of the most authentic wineries in the world can be found in Napa. Of course, they are expensive, costing anywhere from $15 to $65 for a tasting of 4-6 wines. However, that does not mean you cannot find more affordable wineries. Make a point to visit Merryvale Vineyards, Whitehall Lane, Jericho Canyon Vineyard, Davis Estates and Hill Family Wines for fantastic wine-tasting experience on a budget. Moreover, do visit Heitz Cellars which is the only winery in Napa Valley to offer free tastings.

My top 4 favorite wineries:

1. Castello Di Amorosa
2. Robert Mondavi Vineyards
3. Beringer Vineyards
4. Grgich Hills Estate

Sonoma Wineries

Sonoma’s wineries are more spread out, laid-back and intimate with lower tasting cost the farther you get from main roads. Put together they also offer a greater variety of wines compared to Napa that primarily concentrates on classic Bordeaux varietals. Sonoma vintners make everything from Zinfandel to pinot and Gewurztraminer to Charbono.

 

 

Tempted to eat these grapes off the vine 🍇

A post shared by Bree Briones (@thetravelingbree) on

Activities to do:

1. Grape stomping

Grape-stomping is a part of the process of maceration used in conventional winemaking. Jump in the bucket and crush those grapes! The experience is unique and you’ll definitely enjoy the activity. Most Grape stomping places offers a souvenir with your wine foot print embedded to the shirt.

2. Napa Valley wine train

The Napa Valley Wine Train is handled by the Napa Valley Railroad. It is a privately operated excursion train that operates between Napa and St. Helena, California.

3. Wine Cave tour

 

Wine cave 😍 #NapaValley

A post shared by Bree Briones (@thetravelingbree) on

4. Winery tour

And it felt so good, I wanna do it again 🎶

A post shared by Bree Briones (@thetravelingbree) on

In my opinion, 3 to 4 days in Napa Valley and Sonoma are more than enough making weekend trips all the more possible for this place.

0 Comment(s)

5 Comments to Tips and checklist on what to pack for a vacation.

  1. Patrick says:

    Spot on with this write-up, I really feel this website needs a
    great deal more attention. I’ll probably be back again to see more, thanks for the
    info!

  2. Smithc248 says:

    Nice read, I just passed this onto a friend who was doing some research on that. And he actually bought me lunch as I found it for him smile Thus let me rephrase that Thanks for lunch! agdfbegdcbecdfaa

  3. Johnk546 says:

    This design is wicked! You obviously know how to keep a reader entertained. Between your wit and your videos, I was almost moved to start my own blog well, almostHaHa! Wonderful job. I really enjoyed what you had to say, and more than that, how you presented it. Too cool! kdeaedgfcccc

  4. Smithc200 says:

    Its like you read my mind! You seem to know so much about this, like you wrote the book in it or something. I think that you could do with a few pics to drive the message home a little bit, but other than that, this is great blog. An excellent read. I will certainly be back. dbegfddeegdbdabd

  5. Johnd399 says:

    Wow, this article is fastidious, my younger sister is analyzing these kinds of things, thus I am going to convey her. cggkkafbccca

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Sign up to our newsletter!


No Blog Found In This Region .