Taste Napa Valley: California Wine Tasting Journey

Legendary grapes and laid-back vibes in California’s spectacular wine country

Itinerary

Destination

Start

Napa Valley California, USA

Finish

Napa Valley California, USA

Early 2023

Duration

4 Days

Format

Guided

Group Size

Small Group

Overview

Vineyard visits ⋅ Farm-to-fork dining ⋅ Terroir-led tastings ⋅ e-bike tour

In Napa the wine, food, art and people pay tribute to the region’s diverse cultural influences, rich traditions and rolling estates of world-class vines. Embrace California wine country’s easy-going way of celebrating life’s joys, where palate-pleasing flavors and warm hospitality set the scene for fun-filled days and long indulgent nights. The exceptional local bounty and lush beauty of Napa Valley is made to share among friends – Napa means “plenty”, after all. Join us on a journey to discover the terroir that gives birth to your favorite sips – with glasses raised and pace slowed, Napa is a place for taking the time to understand what goes into creating the perfect drop.

Did you know?

Before wine became the crop of choice in these parts, the landscape was dotted with plum trees. Today, 99% of the land is cultivated for growing grapes. And the other 1%? Olives.

Highlights

In Napa Valley time seems to slow to the pace of the ripening grapes. Inviting easy going hospitality, leisurely lunches overlooking vine-covered hills, and the sense of connection that walks hand in hand with an exploration of raw, perfect nature.

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01 | CASUAL CALI

Sink into the easygoing charm of Calistoga with a golden hour, sommelier-led stroll along historic, tree-lined Lincoln Avenue

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02 | CRUSHING IT

Taste your way through estate vineyard wines that get their crushable excellence from rich volcanic soil

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03 | FARM-TO-FORK

Raise a glass of spirit-warming Cabernet Sauvignon from small-batch producers over a rustic California casual farm-to-fork meal

Itinerary

Day 01

RAISE A GLASS

Calistoga discovery ⋅ Cool wineries ⋅ Farm-to-fork dinner

Our journey of taste begins in the charming hamlet of Calistoga at the northern end of Napa Valley. Here, we come together for a welcome toast in our boutique hotel’s atmospheric courtyard before setting out for a golden-hour stroll down historic Lincoln Avenue.

Between art gallery visits and window shopping, our first stop is at Napa’s coolest winery, Tank Garage Winery, set inside a vintage gas station and offering unique varieties sourced from some of the region’s most interesting vineyards. Next stop is The LOLA House tasting room to soak up the old-world vibe and taste LOLA’s small-batch, artisanal wines alongside the winemaker’s unusual culinary treat, bottarga.

Tonight, we sample classic California cuisine with a rustic farm-to-fork meal to cap off a fabulous first day.

Day 02

TASTE YOUR WAY

Mumm tasting ⋅ Scenic e-bike ride ⋅ Curated Cab Sav tasting

The morning is yours to hunt down Calistoga’s best pain au chocolat before we depart on a private transfer to start our day the true wine-country way – with bubbles. We go behind the scenes of Mumm Napa to see méthode traditionnelle winemaking firsthand, followed by a relaxed tour of the enchanting property and a relaxed tasting on the prestigious Oak Terrace – sumptuous views included.

Our afternoon begins with a e-bikes pedal along the scenic Silverado Trail to take in the terroir – rolling hills, towering oaks and precious vines. Lunch is served on a spectacular terrace with panoramic views of the Vaca Mountains. We settle into a curated tasting of Napa’s famed Cabernet Sauvignons in a luscious garden setting.

We land in Yountville for some downtime and optional guided art crawl. Dinner is at a roadside eatery beloved by foodies and off-duty chefs – our evening kicks off with a visit to their organic kitchen garden.

Day 03

SIPS AND SAMPLES

Local market discovery ⋅ Cave tasting ⋅ Locally sourced dinner

Start your morning with a restorative soak in the hotel’s natural geothermal mineral pool before we make our way to the hip hub of all things culinary, Oxbow Public Market. Your Tastemaker guides you through tastes, sips and samples of the best locally sourced food and drinks. Grab a gourmet lunch and take a seat among the locals on the outdoor patio for a picnic shared with new friends.

Next we go off the beaten path to find a hidden vineyard, visible only to the eagles who soar over these hills. We’re guided through a terroir-driven tasting of wines farmed from volcanic ash soils, while nestled into a sustainably built hillside cave.

After free time this afternoon to explore downtown Napa, we come together for a final palate-expanding locally sourced dinner set in a fully restored Victorian mansion.

Day 04

CHEERS!

After a relaxed morning it’s time to say goodbye. Until next time!

Accommodation

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Accommodations are hand-selected for each and every trip from a portfolio of rigorously-vetted hotels. Our Trip Design team prioritizes location, comfort, and design to ensure your stay is a winning mix, every time. In Napa, we often stay in hotels such as UpValley Inn.

UpValley Inn & Hot Springs

The newest boutique hotel in Calistoga seamlessly blends rustic-meets-modern elegance. Recognized for its ultra comfortable rooms and wellness offerings including a 100% natural geothermal mineral water pool, UpValley Inn is the ultimate relaxation destination.

What's Included

Almost everything.

Curated activities, local cuisine and libations, new knowledge, delightful travel companions – and so much more.

  • Three nights hotel accommodation

  • Meals as per the itinerary

  • Nightly round of drinks

  • Activities mentioned in the itinerary

    • Wine tastings at 5 unique Napa wineries
    • Walking tour through Oxbow Public Market
    • E-bike adventure along the Silverado Trail
    • Guided art crawl through Yountville
  • Return transportation to from all scheduled activities when required

  • Services of a brilliant local Tastemaker (= trip leader)

  • Tips and gratuities at hotels and at group meals

  • All local taxes

What's Not Included

  • Flights are not included

  • Tours, events, and activities outside those noted in the itinerary

  • Airport transfers

  • Any food or drinks outside except where specified/detailed

  • Personal items and expenses

  • Any additional services at the hotel (room service, phone calls etc)

  • Travel insurance

FAQs

Question

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Answer

  • Spirited Stories are traveling celebrations. Over three to five days we bring people together in a casual way around food and drink. Think the dreamiest long weekend you can imagine, with great local friends doing all the curating. You just turn up and enjoy the fun.

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