Dude- planning a trip to wine country is STRESSFUL. Here's a few helpful tips that will keep your brain from exploding.
The rules of planning a successful wine country trip:
- Grab food first - don't drink on an empty stomach
- Make reservations (even if it's only a few days in advance)
- Don't plan too much, you can comfortably do 2 wineries in a day. 3-4 is pushing it. You don't want to rush the experience because it's expensive.
- Make sure you know how far away your wineries are from each other.
- Also, make sure that your driving path is logical, so you're not driving back and forth on Silverado trail.
- Grab food after - don't drive on a wine stomach
- Make sure you can sit outside, so you get the whole Napa Valley experience
The wineries in this itinerary have great outdoor seating and allow picnicking (ask them when you make your reservation). Also, with respect to Napa Valley prices, they're quite affordable. PS - I wasn’t comped for these wineries, so these reviews are unbiased.
Grab some lunch / snacks here. The complex has a pizza oven, which means legit wood fired pizzas. This is a great stop for picnic items / kitschy snacks. It's quaint and has great outdoor seating.
SUMMERS ESTATE WINERY ($25 per tasting)
They're on a small, but secluded lot with gorgeous outdoor seating. Wine club members can sit under a canopy of beautiful flowers and get an excellent view of the valley. This winery is known for their reds.
DAVID FULTON WINERY ($15 per tasting)
This is one of the oldest wineries in Napa Valley. That being said, it's slightly off the main road and has a small winery vibe. The owner is SO much fun and is knowledgeable about the wine. The patio has a lot of tree cover, which is perfect for a summer day.