As we enter the dog days of summer and holidays draw closer, a corporate retreat may be in the cards for you and your team. Having to take the work out of the experience can be a challenge. Bike tours, balloon rides, cooking classes, tastings, and hassle-free transport should all be on your checklist for an exciting and extraordinary business trip under the guise of a tour around Wine Country. Here are our favorite picks for a corporate retreat in Napa Valley, and the perfect excuse to turn on that Out of Office.
For something outside the ordinary, explore Wine & Dine Events. They have been providing exclusive itineraries for discerning corporate clients and luxury leisure travelers since 1990. The details are alluring, the seduction is rich, and the hospitality is cultured. Their unique services include private wine tours, one-of-a-kind special events and conference planning, superb team building, winery cave dinners, luxury lodging, and transportation logistics. Celebrate, explore, and rejuvenate in the Wine Country. Join them for a crash course in the good life.
Insider Tip: Think you’ve been there, done that in Napa? Think again! When was the last time you kayaked blindfolded racing to a wine tasting?
3240 Soda Canyon Road, Napa, CA 94558, (707) 963-8930
With customizable wine tours and transport, explore Napa Valley in a new 2015 Mercedes GL450 along with your driver, Steven Burns — husband of Napa Valley Custom Events‘ owner Sharon Burns. The couple have called Napa Valley home for more than 30 years. With Sharon’s background in event planning (meetings to weddings and everything in between), your corporate getaway is sure to be relaxing with their team taking care of every detail.
Insider Tip: Be sure to ask Sharon what vineyards, flowers, and trees will be in bloom during your trip. As a native, she knows all of the ins and outs of the seasonal foliage and natural beauty.
952 School Street, #359, Napa, CA 94558, (707) 258-1352
Leaving your planning in the hands of MG Concierge means your winery dinners, tours, and transportation will be planned fully without any detail overlooked. Special tastings and tours are offered exclusively to MG Concierge clients and include Sabina Vineyards, Freemark Abbey, Barnett Vineyards, and many more.
Insider Tip: Consider contacting MG Concierge before booking any accommodations. With local connections, they may be able to get an exclusive deal for you and your team.
1621 Pear Tree Lane, Napa, CA 94558, (707) 666-2293
Have a corporate group on the adventurous side? Based in Yountville and with more than 40 wineries within five miles, Napa Valley Bike Tours provide both guided and self-guided tours. All of your wine tasting appointments, van support if anyone in your bike group gets a bit tired and you need somewhere to store your purchases, and a knowledgeable guide are all available to you. Additionally, don’t get hung up on timing — Napa Valley Bike Tours can work out a schedule for a three hour ride or an entire day.
Insider Tip: Don’t worry about pickup — bikes can be delivered directly to your hotel.
6500 Washington Street, Yountville, CA 94599, (707) 251-8687
Balloon rides, tours galore, AND transport to and from the airport make Beau Wine Tours something of a one-stop shop. For those in your group fresh to the Napa Valley scene, a two-day introductory tour which stops in your choice of Los Carneros or Oak Knoll plus Yountville, the Stags Leap District, and St Helena will appeal to visitors looking to dip their toes into the winemaking world. If your group is already well-versed in wines and wineries within this area, take the plunge with the Diamond Mountain District Wine Tours, immersing visitors in the making of cabernet sauvignon and cabernet franc.
Insider Tip: In addition to wine preferences, let your driver know of your culinary preferences — they know most of the hot spots in the area and can find the right fit for you and your team.
21707 8th Street E Suite A, Sonoma, CA 95476, (707) 938-8001
New limos and drivers who understand the Napa Valley are essential for a successful tour. Aside from just providing transportation, Amaxlimo has knowledge of and relationships with wineries in the area and can customizing a Napa Valley tour that will fit you and your group. If you want to grab a fancy dinner before heading to Yountville, Santa Rosa, and everywhere in between, go with Amax. They’ll even send a questionnaire prior to your trip to find out wine preferences, winery must-visits, and what you’d like for lunches in between.
Insider Tip: Don’t worry about fees being tacked on later — AMAX will provide the full cost when you pay, including fuel surcharge and bridge tolls.
190 Camina Oruga #17, Napa, CA 94558, (707) 339-1108
Not finding exactly what you’re looking for? WineCountry Media also offers a free recommendation and referral service for corporate events. For more information, contact our group sales specialist, Matthew Poole, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (415) 518-1402.