My husband and I have tasted our away around Napa and Sonoma Wine Country many times over the years! He’s in the wine industry, so we’ve had some incredible experiences on our vacations. Here’s a round-up of our favorite things to do and wineries to visit that you can plan, too!
Tips for planning your Wine Country vacation
My husband creates the itinerary for our wine country vacations. Usually, we vacation without much of a plan – but on these visits, I can say without a doubt that having a clear plan makes all the difference. Otherwise, you’ll miss out on unique experiences and be overwhelmed by all of the wineries. Here are some tips:
- Have a plan. Going to Napa and Sonoma can be overwhelming without a plan on which wineries to visit because they are EVERYWHERE. We usually schedule two (the right amount!) – sometimes three (too much!) appointments per day, giving time for a lunch and early dinner. All of the wineries have a bar and you can walk up and pay for a tasting without a reservation, but you can also plan incredibly interesting and fun wine experiences at the different wineries.
- Schedule wine experiences. Many of the wineries have cool experiences and tours that you do in a small group so you can really learn about the winery, the wines, and ask a lot of questions. We’ve had property tours, food pairings, and mountainside tastings. By far, the coolest experience we have ever scheduled is the wine blending seminar at Conn Creek – maybe it’s the first time that understanding the winemaking process “clicked” for me, or maybe it was the beakers measuring out various Cabs, but it stands out as a must-do wine experience.
- Don’t overschedule. Only plan for 2-3 wine tastings a day. This gives you time to relax, avoid feeling rushed, and you won’t drink too much!
Northern Sonoma Wine Country Things to Do + Wineries
Geyserville, Healdsburg and Dry Creek
Wineries to visit
- Flowers Winery
- Toad Hollow
- Dry Creek Vineyard
- Rodney Strong Vineyards
- Ferrari-Carano Winery
- Geyser Peak
- Francis Ford Coppola Winery
- Jordan Winery