Celebrate Napa Valley’s 2023 Harvest Season

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Celebrate Napa Valley’s 2023 Harvest Season

By WineCountry Collective September 5, 2023

Harvest is like Christmas come early in Napa Valley. Starting in August or September, the sweet smell of fermentation permeates the air during Wine Country’s busiest and most exciting time of the year. You don’t want to miss out on the magic, so we’ve rounded up some of the best ways to celebrate harvest in 2023—which may or may not result in grape-stained fingers and plenty of amazing pours.

Just remember: events are selling out faster than your wine-o uncle downs a glass of wine at family gatherings… so book quickly, as many of these events won’t have availability for long.

Winery Parties

Celebrate the 2023 vintage with wine, food, and outright fun at one of these Napa Valley winery harvest parties.

group toasting with wine

Date: September 16, 2023, 2 – 5 PM
Cost: $175 per person, $125 for wine club members

Celebrate Paraduxx winery’s 20th harvest by tasting their Red Blend X2, noshing on their signature fried chicken, besting your friends at lawn games, and partaking in some good old-fashioned grape stomping. If you want to take the experience up a notch, sign up for the VIP X2 Vertical Tasting which includes a special tasting with Winemaker Cardiff Scott-Robinson and private access to exclusive wines.

7257 Silverado Trail, Napa, CA 94558, (707) 945-0890

Date: September 17, 2023, 11:30 AM – 2:00 PM
Cost: $180 per person, $155 for Club Members

Dive into a symphony of flavors at PEJU Winery’s harvest luncheon! This experience begins with a sensational tasting of new releases and favorite library vintages, along with some rare gems from the Peju family’s own cellar. Afterwards, gather around the harvest table for an unforgettable seasonal lunch, each dish thoughtfully paired with PEJU wines.

8466 St. Helena Highway, Napa, CA 94573, (707) 963-3600

Date: September 24, 2023, 3 – 5 PM
Cost: $95 per person, $55 per person for Club Members

This fun annual celebration will find you delighting in the tastes, sights, and sounds of harvest, from delectable sips of premium wines and barrel samples to the finger-licking flavors of BBQ fare. Engage in carnival-inspired games in between sips as you sway to the country rhythms of JourneyDay. It all adds up to one memorable day in Wine Country.

1000 Main Street, St. Helena, CA 94574, (707) 963-2225

Date: September 30, 2023, 7 – 10:30 PM
Cost: $350 per person, $300 per person for Heritage Society Members

Savor a delectable Italian-inspired meal (some of the Coppola family’s favorite dishes) under the stars at this historic Napa Valley chateau, where guests will be treated to an evening of dinner, dancing, and delicious wine. What more could you ask for?

1991 St. Helena Highway, Rutherford, CA 94573, (707) 968-1100

Date: October 15, 2023, 12 – 5 PM
Cost: $150 per person, Complimentary for Equine Club Members

Tamber Bey’s biggest party of the year is a chance to revel in the harvest season. Celebrate the grapes being brought in and new release wines while savoring perfectly paired nibbles, live entertainment, and, of course, free-flowing wine. While the crew may or may not be taking a break to join the fun, the only heavy lifting required of you is bringing delicious food and wine up to your mouth.

1251 Tubbs Lane, Calistoga, CA 94515, (707) 942-2011

Hands-On Harvest

You can’t properly celebrate the grape harvest without getting your hands a little (or a lot) dirty. Don’t worry, your hard work will be rewarded.

harvest season, cutting grapes from the vine

Date: September 16, 2023, 10 AM – 4 PM
Cost: $280 per person, $224 for wine club members

At their annual Hands-On Harvest, the historic Trefethen Vineyards will take you step-by-step through the harvest process. Start by picking grapes out in the vineyard before dining al fresco under the shade of an ancient walnut tree. Afterwards, follow the vintners back to the crush pad where the grapes you just picked will soon become juice. The day culminates with tasting the fruits of your labor, just much further along in the fermentation process.

1160 Oak Knoll Avenue, Napa, CA 94558, (707) 255-7700

Date: September 10th, 2023, 11 AM – 2 PM
Cost: $375 per person, $325 for wine club members

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be a winemaker? The Day in the Life experience at Round Pond Estate will give you an idea. Over the course of this three-hour experience, you’ll work closely with the winemaking team as they go about their daily harvest responsibilities, sampling wine in its different states—from fresh juice to the finished product—along the way. You will most definitely be covered in sticky grape juice by the end of it, but in return, you’ll enjoy a seasonally inspired lunch paired with Round Pond Estate wines, all prepared by the Estate Chef.

875 Rutherford Road, Rutherford, CA 94573, (707) 302-2575

Love what you’re seeing? Then check out all the Harvest Events in Napa Valley and Sonoma County.

friends toasting with wine

Conclusion

From hands-on grape adventures to joyous winery celebrations, Napa Valley in 2023 offers a bouquet of experiences as rich and varied as its vintages. Whether you’re a seasoned wine aficionado or just dipping your toes into the world of winemaking, these moments are sure to create memories as timeless as a well-aged Cabernet. So, come toast to nature’s bounty and be a part of the harvest magic!