10 Napa Valley Tasting Rooms Open After 5 p.m.

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10 Napa Valley Tasting Rooms Open After 5 p.m.

By Daisy Barringer February 21, 2024

One might think that it would be easy to taste wine in Napa Valley at almost all hours of the day, but while there are lots of bars and restaurants that offer excellent wines by the glass and bottle, “last call” for tours and wine tastings at most Napa wineries is well before the sun sets over the vineyards.

Still, if you’re not much of a daytime drinker or are looking to keep tasting Napa Valley wines into the late afternoon/early evening, there are a few excellent wineries and tasting rooms where you can snag a reservation (or even walk in) until at least 5:30 p.m., including one that’s open until midnight.

Please note that hours of operation are subject to change and it’s always a good idea to check with the winery before visiting. Additionally, some wineries may have limited hours during certain seasons or days of the week.

PEJU
Photo Courtesy of PEJU Winery | Katie Gallogly

If you want to taste most of this small family-owned winery’s estate-grown wines, including the popular Cabernet Franc, you have to either join their wine club or visit the winery’s tasting room. The latter sits inside one of the more recognizable buildings in Napa Valley, a copper-roofed, stone-faced building with a 50-foot tower at the end of a Sycamore tree-lined driveway and surrounded by gorgeous gardens with meandering walkways and outdoor sculptures. (Be sure to make time for a self-guided tour.) Reservations are recommended for all wine tastings and pairings, which are seated, with the last one offered at 5 p.m.

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

Arch & Tower
Photo Courtesy of Arch & Tower

Part of the larger Robert Mondavi Estate, Arch & Tower is the legendary wine label’s newest addition (and the only place to taste from the Mondavi portfolio while the iconic winery undergoes renovations this year and next). Located in the center of downtown Napa, Arch & Tower serves as a spot for unique events and experiences with beautiful views overlooking the river. Tastings include the Napa Exploration, The Taste of To Kalon, and The Legend Lunch, all paired with a select menu of everything from small bites to three course meals, depending on which option you choose. Arch & Tower is open daily, although their schedule does vary seasonally. Hours are from 11:00 am to 7:00 pm and tastings are only available by appointment until 4:00 pm. Some tastings, like The Taste of To Kalon, can only be reserved until 2:45.

930 3rd Street, Napa, CA 94559, (888) 766-6328, ext. 2

Lithology Lounge
Photo courtesy of Lithology

Alejandro Bulgheroni, the mastermind behind Lithology, has brought together an all-star team to craft small-lot wines from esteemed vineyards throughout Oakville, Rutherford, and St. Helena. Explore the stunning portfolio of wines at the brand’s downtown tasting room and bar, known as The Lounge. Here, you can get a taste of the winery’s precision and care, with the last tasting starting at 4:30 pm (the tasting room is open until 6 pm).

1040 Main Street, #101, Napa, CA 94559, (707) 690-9923

Domaine Carneros
Courtesy of Domaine Carneros | Aubrey Anzelmo

There is nothing quite like sitting on the terrace of the Château at Domaine Carneros while sipping sparkling wine and looking out at the vine-covered vineyard hills of Napa Valley’s Carneros AVA. It is truly an idyllic Napa Valley experience, especially when paired with caviar, crème fraîche, and potato chips. Reservations (available from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.) are required, and the last pour is at 5:00 p.m. Be sure to give yourself time to tour the beautiful formal gardens as they are truly spectacular.

1240 Duhig Road, Napa, CA 94559, (800) 716-2788

Alpha Omega Collective
Photo Courtesy of Alpha Omega Collective

Three very different wineries collide to form the Alpha Omega Collective in downtown Napa. Vintners Robin and Michelle Baggett pride themselves on producing the best varietals from across the world—including Burgundian wines at SLO’s Tolosa, Bordeaux-inspired wines at Napa’s Alpha Omega, and Mediterranean reds from Perinet in Spain’s Priorat. Select from three different tasting options, including their Signature Flight ($50), Curated Flight ($75), and Flagship Flight ($100). Not interested in a full tasting? They also offer wine by the bottle and glass. Should you start to get a bit snacky (don’t we all during a wine tasting?), Alpha Omega Collective encourages sippers to order from The Dutch Door, their next door neighbors who focus on sustainably made and locally sourced American classics. Tastings are by reservation only and run from noon until 7:00 p.m.

1245 First Street, Napa, CA 94559, (707) 294-6960

Acumen Wine
Photo Courtesy of Acumen Wine

Perched on the slopes of Napa Valley’s Atlas Peak, Acumen crafts mountain-grown Cabernet Sauvignon and Sauvignon Blanc. Guided by famed Winemaker Phillip Titus, these wines express Napa’s mountain terroir through their small production PEAK wines and their vibrant and alluring Mountainside wines. Acclaimed for their beauty, balance, and age-worthiness, you can try these wines at the Acumen Wine Gallery in downtown Napa. Reservations are required and the tasting room is open Thursday through Monday until 6 p.m. (and Tuesday and Wednesday by appointment)—perfect timing for enjoying a late afternoon glass before dinner.

1315 First Street, Napa, CA 94559, (707) 492-8336

Louis M. Martini
Photo Courtesy of Louis M. Martini

This historic St. Helena winery is best known for being one of the first wineries to open in Napa Valley after Prohibition and has built a reputation around its world-class Cabernet Sauvignon. The renovated historic winery has large glass walls that let in tons of natural light from outside, as well as one behind the Crown Bar in the main tasting room that offers wine tasters a view into the expansive oak barrel room. Louis M. Martini offers food pairings, an underground cellar experience, and cabana tastings, but that aforementioned bar is where guests who want to taste wine in the late afternoon will be. The winery is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., seven days a week, and reservations are required with the last one at 4 p.m.

254 St. Helena Highway S, St. Helena, CA 94574, (707) 968-3362

Priest Ranch Winery
Bacon & Wine Tasting Experience at Priest Ranch Winery

This Napa Valley winery is known for adventurous yet approachable wine made with minimal intervention. The tasting room is located in the heart of Yountville and features a large oak table and floors made with wood from the ranch, as well as a glass, temperature-controlled wine fridge that holds over 1,000 bottles. Walk-ins are welcome, and reservations are available until 6 p.m. (although if you want to explore something unique and pair your wines with bacon, the last reservation for that guest experience is 4:30 p.m.).

6490 Washington Street, Yountville, CA 94599, (707) 944-8200

John Anthony Vineyards
Photo Courtesy of John Anthony Vineyards

It’s somewhat difficult to find a place to taste wine after dinner in Wine Country, but at John Anthony Vineyards’ tasting lounge in the heart of downtown Napa, you can enjoy late night tastings. Sample the popular small-production Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Sauvignon from the outdoor patio, in the tasting room, and in the private Reserve Room until 10 p.m., Sunday – Wednesday, and midnight on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. You can walk in, but reservations are encouraged.

1440 1st Street, Napa, CA 94559, (707) 265-7711

In the event that there is someone in your group who doesn’t enjoy wine, or if you just want your furry friend to join you, this pet-friendly winery AND brewery is the place to go. Located in the Rail Arts District of Napa proper, St. Clair Brown’s greenhouse tasting room is the only place to get your hands on their hand-crafted wines and beers, which are produced in extremely limited quantities – best enjoyed with small garden-inspired share plates. Tasting reservations are available from noon until 6 p.m. Friday through Monday. Private bookings are also available from Tuesday through Thursday.

816 Vallejo Street, Napa, CA 94559, (707) 255-5591

Conclusion:

So, whether you’re looking to fit in “just one more” tasting, or are getting a late start on your day of Napa explorations, you’ll have some great options for tasting your way through Napa Valley as the sun goes down over this magical valley