9 Napa Valley Wineries Open After 5 p.m.

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What’s a wine lover to do after 5 p.m. in Napa Valley? Most wineries close their doors at 5 p.m., but if you want to keep tasting into the evening, we have you covered. Below is a list of some of the best wineries and tasting rooms that stay open after the sun goes down, so you can keep the wine tasting party rolling.

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John Anthony Vineyards
1440 1st St
Napa, CA 94559
(707) 265-7711
Hours: Sunday – Wednesday, 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.. Thursday – Saturday, 10 a.m. – midnight
Reservations: Not required for the bar, required for VIP tastings

John Anthony’s tasting room couldn’t be any more convenient to start or end your evening, being located in downtown Napa on bustling 1st Street, next door to the swanky Andaz Hotel.

The Truchard family serves their wines in this classic wine country-luxe setting, with friendly staff and several seating choices, from bar to private table. Drop in at the bar or schedule a late night VIP tasting, both are great ways to taste Napa Valley at night.

Insider tip: If you purchase a bottle, you can reserve the table you want in advance online. Choose the table by the window to watch Napa’s nightlife unfold, or pick the cozy table in the back for a private conversation.

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Capp Heritage Vineyards
1245 Randolph St
Napa, CA 94559
(707) 254-1922
Hours: Friday – Saturday, open until 10 p.m.
Reservations: Not required

The Capp family has been farming in Napa Valley since 1973 and selling fruit to some of the best wineries around, and they are now producing their own delicious wines. Centrally located in downtown Napa, the tasting room features turn-of-the-century San Francisco décor, including the original bar from the famous Noyes Mansion (now Wine Spectator’s Napa Valley headquarters).

Hang out here, or slide next door to their Deco Lounge, outfitted like it’s the height of 1920s Art Deco mania, including the what’s probably the coolest fireplace you’ll ever see.

Insider tip: Live music starts at 7:30 p.m. on most Saturdays, call ahead to find out who’s playing.

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St. Clair Brown Winery
850 Vallejo St
Napa, CA 94559
(707) 255-5591
TripAdvisor: 4.5 stars, 132 reviews
Hours: 12 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Reservations: Not required, recommended on weekends

An urban winery in the middle of Napa, St. Clair Brown Winery feels like a secret treasure only you have discovered. The wine is made in a warehouse (they’ll soon brew beer here too), and the tasting room—called the Garden Eatery—is located across the street. The name is fitting, since the tasting room consists of a converted greenhouse and outdoor seating in a culinary garden.

Sample a flight of the excellent wines on the garden patio, and if you’re feeling peckish, order some bites. They are based on what’s ripe in the culinary garden that day, and are not to be missed.

Insider tip: Tuesday nights are Local’s Nights, with special drink deals, including half off all bottles of wine.

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Romeo Vineyards & Cellars
1224 Lincoln Ave
Calistoga, CA 94515
(707) 942-8239
Hours: Friday – Sunday, 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Reservations: Not required

Romeo Vineyards & Cellars acts as the gateway to Calistoga; it’s one of the first places you see as you turn off Highway 29 into Calistoga’s downtown. The Romeo family farms 30+ year-old vines with great pride, which shows in how excited they are to share their wines with their guests.

The Tasting Garden contains ties to the vineyards in the form of stepping stones harvested from their vineyards two miles away, and you can enjoy a tasting, a glass or a bottle under ancient Redwood trees.

Insider tip: The tasting room is at the beginning of a four block stretch of Calistoga’s best restaurants, so begin your evening here and then stroll on to dinner.

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Girard Winery
6795 Washington St
Yountville, CA 94599
(707) 968-9297
TripAdvisor: 4.5 stars, 21 reviews
Hours: Open daily 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Reservations: Not required for the bar, required for private tastings

Girard’s tasting room is a great stop on your way back to your hotel if you’re up for one more sip after a day of wine tasting. Girard focuses on making classic Napa Valley Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon, but they’re also (very successfully) experimenting with old vine Zinfandel and Petite Sirah. Pop in for a bar tasting, or schedule an appointment for a seated tasting or food pairing.

Insider tip: Girard is a stone’s throw from some of Yountville’s best restaurants, including Redd Wood and Ciccio, both of which can have long waits, so relax here while waiting for your table.

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Somerston Wine Co. Tasting Room
6490 Washington St
Yountville, CA 94599
TripAdvisor: 4.5 stars, 15 reviews
Hours: Open daily 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Reservations: Not required for the bar tasting, required for a private tasting

Somerston Wine Co.’s tasting room is like a cowboy in a tuxedo: rustic but elegant. The plush sofas inside or tables on the patio are both welcoming spots to enjoy a wine tasting at the end of the day. Two of Somerston’s brands, Highflyer and Priest Ranch, are poured here, and you can get a taste of their signature wines, Somerston, if you book a private tasting.

Insider tip: They often host live music during the summer. Visit their website or give them a call to find out what’s coming up.

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Alpha Omega Winery
1155 Mee Ln
St Helena, CA 94574
(707) 963-9999
TripAdvisor: 4.5 stars, 151 reviews
Hours: Open daily 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Reservations: Required for groups of six or more

Conveniently located on Highway 29 in Rutherford, Alpha Omega is worth squeezing in at the end of your day as you head back to Napa. Winemaker Jean Hoefliger has teamed up with famous international consulting winemaker Michel Rolland to create luscious Chardonnays and Cabernet Sauvignons from some of Napa Valley’s best vineyards. Enjoy a tasting in the barn-like tasting room or on the beautiful outdoor terrace.

Insider tip: Visit between October and February, when the sun sets over the Mayacamas Mountains before the winery closes. The expansive terrace gives you a front row seat to the show.

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Elizabeth Spencer Wines
1165 Rutherford Rd
Rutherford, CA 94573
(707) 963-6067
TripAdvisor: 4.5 stars, 51 reviews
Hours: Open daily 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Reservations: Recommended

If you somehow missed this gem during the day, you can catch it after hours, as they’re open until 6 p.m.. Taste at the bar in the adorably tiny brick tasting room, or take it out back to the picturesque courtyard and welcome dusk with a glass of crisp Sauvignon Blanc. Owners Elizabeth Pressler and Spencer Graham create a comfortable and relaxing experience, and it doesn’t hurt that the wines are phenomenal.

Insider tip: Let your inner wine geek loose with the blind tasting experience, where your host will guide you through how to identify wines when tasted blind.

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Long Meadow Ranch Winery
738 Main St
St. Helena, CA 94574
(707) 963-4555
TripAdvisor: 4.5 stars, 57 reviews
Hours: Open daily 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Reservations: Not required

Long Meadow Ranch offers in-depth tours and food and wine pairing experiences on their ranch in the Mayacamas Mountains, but for something more central and casual, their tasting room is a great option. Located inside a restored farmhouse built in 1874, the tasting room is warm and inviting.

The wines are superb, from the lemony-fresh Sauvignon Blanc to the bold Cabernet Sauvignon. Bonus round: their locally made olive oil is also available for tasting here!

Insider tip: After your tasting, walk next door to Farmstead, the restaurant at Long Meadow Ranch, for a delicious dinner and some famous winemaker-spotting.

Clearly there is no shortage of places to drink after 5 p.m. in Napa Valley, so you won’t go thirsty on our watch. Keep this list in your back pocket for any evening exploring you do, or better yet, pick a few of these great wineries and plan your evening around them. Welcome to how Napa Valley does happy hour!