"Napa Valley - A Wine Lover's Paradise!" Top 5 Page for this destination Napa by Herkbert

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Wining, Dining and Loving Life

Napa Valley is one of our favorite travel destinations. We try to get back at least every other year. If you enjoy wine, it would be hard to find another place that would be better than Napa Valley.

If you enjoy a luxurious holiday, Napa Valley can offer you resorts, spa treatments, golf, hot-air balloon rides and fabulous restaurants to go with your wine tasting experience.

If you enjoy a simple getaway, Napa Valley provides so many things to do and see it's hard to count. Hiking, biking, fishing, boating, sight-seeing, and wine-tasting - it's all there and more.

Visiting during the harvest.

Napa Valley is beautiful any time of the year, but in my opinion, the time to go is between August and October during the harvest and crush. The sight of the big plump grape clusters hanging from the vines, the smell of grapes being crushed into your favorite wine varietal, and the hustle and bustle of the grape pickers in the valley is just wonderful. Yes, it can be a little more crowded, but wine was made to share!

People make the difference

While Napa Valley and Sonoma County produce some of the best wines you will ever drink, the one thing that we've found to be even better then the wines are the people. We have met some of the nicest people you could ever want to meet while touring the various wineries. Sometimes the people own the wineries, sometimes they make the wine, other times they are just friendly people who are there to make your visit a terrific experience.

"Let us drink heartily, say crazy things to each other and have a good time!"
- Orestes, Act II, La Belle Hélène

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  • Pros:Great wine, great food, beautiful weather and nice people!
  • In a nutshell:It's all about the grapes!
  • Last visit to Napa: Sep 2006
  • Intro Updated Jan 27, 2008
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  • toonsarah's Profile Photo
    Jul 18, 2014 at 11:44 AM

    Napa is on my radar for a return visit to California, hopefully quite soon. I knew about the wineries of course, but I hadn't realised till I saw your photos how varied and lovely the scenery is here! I'm curious how you combine touring by car with wine tasting? Do you have a "designated driver"? Or is it possible to go on a tour to several wineries? Or do you simply have to show some restraint - we would find that tough!

    • Herkbert's Profile Photo
      Jul 18, 2014 at 2:32 PM

      Hi Sarah.. There is definitely a lot of different scenery as you travel up and down the valley and over to Sonoma. As for the tastings, most times restraint is the answer. I usually do most of the driving, so I usually will only enjoy a couple tastes. There is also the opportunity to take the "wine bus", a trolley that goes between a few of the wineries. There are also a couple of places that you can go where you can taste wines from multiple wineries. Any way you choose, go and enjoy.

  • hunterV's Profile Photo
    Jul 5, 2011 at 4:50 AM

    I see it's a great destination! Thanks for your description, Tom!~

  • Jim_Eliason's Profile Photo
    Feb 2, 2011 at 7:55 PM

    Great tips!

  • riorich55's Profile Photo
    Sep 4, 2010 at 6:25 AM

    We'll be heading toward Napa in late October. Toward the end of the picking season or slightly after. So while you're drinking wine in WA and OR we'll be a little further down the coast.

  • BruceDunning's Profile Photo
    Aug 21, 2010 at 12:04 PM

    YOu cover picture is fabulous and the balloon ride must have been a memory for long lasting times. Great Comments on your enjoyable trip

  • balhannah's Profile Photo
    Jan 9, 2010 at 4:43 PM

    Nice page! After reading your tips, I think you would have a great time at our Wineries, especially in the Wine regions of South Australia.

  • cjg1's Profile Photo
    Mar 11, 2009 at 6:46 AM

    Great Napa Page Tom! The ballon ride pics are great! I personally am afraid of heights so I don't think that's in the cards for me...

  • garridogal's Profile Photo
    Sep 27, 2008 at 6:32 AM

    Your photos here are just gorgeous. Thanks for stopping by and most of all, thanks for the b-day greeting. It ain't easy growing old gracefully!

  • tere1's Profile Photo
    Jul 12, 2008 at 10:18 AM

    Great photos and tips, Tom. This is such a beautiful region!!!

  • Sininen's Profile Photo
    Dec 23, 2007 at 9:44 PM

    As a young woman I read many books set in Napa Valley, so it was really interesting to see what it looks like. Excellent page! Happy Birthday! Merry Christmas! Happy New Year!

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