2016’s Must Visit Events for Napa Valley Harvest

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As summer turns to fall, the most exciting time of the year begins in Napa Valley: harvest season! From vineyard parties to street festivals, harvest time in Napa Valley is full of can’t-miss events, so when this season rolls around, add these items to your schedule.

V. Sattui Harvest Ball

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V. Sattui Winery
September 17, 2016 – 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
1111 White Lane
St. Helena, CA 94574
(707) 963-7774

V. Sattui’s Harvest Ball is the Napa Valley party you dream of. Spend the evening meandering through their amazing property. The main dinner event takes place in the middle of their Vittorio’s Vineyard. Let V. Sattui’s warm and friendly staff pour their very best wines for you all night long. Wines will include Reserves, older vintages and large format bottles. Italian chefs with Michelin Star credentials will prepare the multi-course meal, and guests will enjoy the music of Super Diamond, the best Neil Diamond tribute band. Live music continues after dinner in their Barrel Room where you can kick up your heels! End the night on the Vittorio Terrace with a nightcap of their Madeira, Port and cigars if you wish. $225 for V. Sattui Wine Club Members, $250 for Non-Members. 

Insider tip: Guests love dressing up for this fabulous event, be sure to dress in your finest!

Napa Valley Harvest Discovery Day

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The Culinary Institute of America at Greystone
September 24 and 25, 2016 and October 1 and 2, 2016 at 10 a.m.
2555 Main St
St. Helena, CA 94574
(707) 967-1100

If you want to learn what harvest season in Napa Valley is all about, sign up for the Napa Valley Harvest Discovery Day. This one-day class is held on four days throughout harvest season, and is taught by CIA’s top wine instructors and special guest vintners. During the class, you’ll be treated to tours of local wineries, wine tastings, and discussions about what harvest season entails. It’s all topped off with a three-course sunset meal with all the local wine you can drink—the perfect end to a day in Napa Valley’s vineyards.

Insider tip: Before your class begins, take a self-guided tour of the beautiful Greystone campus. You can pick up historical information about the school at information desks throughout the campus.

Annual Harvest BBQ at Rutherford Ranch Winery

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Rutherford Ranch Winery
September 25, 2016 at 1 p.m.
1680 Silverado Trail South
Saint Helena, CA 94574
(707) 968-3200

If you love burgers and hot dogs fresh from the grill, don’t miss Rutherford Ranch Winery’s annual backyard harvest barbeque, where you’ll find live bluegrass music, lawn games, and plenty of Rutherford Ranch Wines available to try. If you want a more in-depth look at Rutherford Ranch’s new wines, head to Rutherford a little earlier: at 11 a.m., the winery hosts Wine Club Day. Here, you’ll be able to try four of Rutherford’s wines paired with culinary bites. Tickets for Wine Club Day and the barbeque cost $75 for non-members, and tickets for just the barbeque are $45.

Insider tip: Want to learn more about winemaking? Sign up for one of Rutherford Ranch’s blending or sensory seminars.

St. Helena Harvest Festival

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St. Helena Harvest Festival
October 15, 2016
11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Oak Avenue
St Helena, CA 94574
(707) 963-5706 or (707) 968-9222

Held annually in October, the St. Helena Harvest Festival is an affair with events for everyone in the family. The festival features live music, an artists’ stall, kids carnival, and more. When you get hungry, sample local cuisine in the food alley, and then taste test locally made wine in the wine lounge. If you’re a runner, sign up for the One Mile Fun Run held in the morning. And be sure not to miss the cute pet costume parade. All the festivities begin at 11 a.m. in downtown St. Helena.

Insider tip: If you’re planning on hanging around St. Helena after the festival, check out Bothe-Napa Valley State Park. Located just north of St. Helena, this park has amazing hiking trails and old mills to explore.

Clos du Val Grape Stomp

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Clos du Val
September 17, 2016
10:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.
5330 Silverado Trail
Napa, CA 94558
(707) 261-5251

There’s nothing more fun than stomping through a bucket of newly picked grapes. At Clos du Val, you can experience this tradition at the annual grape stomp. The day starts with a light continental breakfast, and then the stomping begins. Afterwards, you can relax on the lawn with oven-fired pizza and plenty of Clos du Val wine. Be sure to leave your nice clothes at home—you’re going to get messy. Tickets for this event cost $75 for wine club members, and $100 for non-members.

Insider tip: Don’t miss the bocce ball lawn set up right next to the vineyard. If you don’t know the rules to bocce ball, just ask the friendly staff—it’s easy to learn.

Clif Family Farm Fest

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Clif Family Farm
September 17, 2016
3 p.m. – 8 p.m.
709 Main St
St Helena, CA 94574
(707) 968-0625

If you’re looking for a harvest event for the whole family, check out the Clif Family Farm Fest. After you arrive at the Clif Family Farm, you’ll be taken in a shuttle to the festival venue where you’ll get to listen to live music, eat delicious local dishes, watch food artisan demonstrations, take tours of the farm, and taste plenty of wine. Tickets for this event cost $75 for adults, $20 for kids between the ages of 12 and 20, and $50 for wine club members. Kids 12 and under are free.

Insider tip: If you want a little exercise after your day of eating, rent a bicycle from the Clif Family Farm. They’ll create a customized route for you, and even give you a Clif bar for the road.

X2 Release Harvest Celebration

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Paraduxx Winery
October 1, 2016
2 p.m. – 5 p.m.
7257 Silverado Trail
Napa, CA 94558
(866) 367-9943

Celebrate the release of Paraduxx Winery’s 2013 X2 Napa Valley Red Wine at the X2 Release Harvest Celebration. Paraduxx will also be debuting some of their other elite wines, and there will be live music and seasonal bites to try. Plus, you’ll get an exclusive barrel tasting of Paraduxx’s future single vineyard wine. Tickets for this celebration cost $75 for Wine Club members; $100 for non-members in pre-sale; and $115 at the door.

Insider tip: Before the celebration, check out the nearby Rector Reservoir Wildlife Area. The three-mile trail yields amazing views of Napa Valley.

Inglenook Harvest Party

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Inglenook Vineyards
August 13, 2016 at 7 p.m.
1991 St. Helena Hwy
Rutherford, CA
(707) 968-1144

On August 13, the historic Inglenook Vineyard throws their harvest party—their only party of the year—open the public. This year’s theme is “Fire and Wine,” and the party will feature fire pits where guests can relax and warm themselves, as well as fire dancers, and a live band that will play late into the night. There will also be plenty of Inglenook wine to sample throughout the festivities. Tickets to this party cost $160 for non-members and $120 for members.

Insider tip: Inglenook’s boutique store is full of one-of-a-kind antique wine accessories and vintage collectibles, curated by the winery’s owners. Be sure to stop by before the party begins.

Peju Harvest Celebration

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Peju Winery
September 17, 2016 at 6:30 p.m.
8466 St Helena Hwy
Rutherford, CA 94573
(707) 963-3600

In mid-September, Peju Winery will debut their new large format bottles of wines at their harvest celebration. There will be Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon to taste, and a delicious farm-to-table meal that guests will enjoy under the stars. Tickets to this harvest celebration cost $255 for Peju Wine Club members and $275 for non-members.

Insider tip: Be sure to take a stroll through Peju’s gardens. They’re carefully maintained and change every day, and feature sculptures made by local artists.

With tons of parties, festivals, and events, harvest season in Napa Valley is a very busy, but very fun, time of the year. If you’re planning to visit Napa Valley this fall, take advantage of these great harvest events.