A visit to Napa Valley is a wine lover’s dream come true. With its picturesque vineyards, renowned wineries, and world-class wines, this California region offers an unforgettable wine tour experience. The first grapes were planted almost 200 years ago by Charles Calvert Young, whilst in 1861, Charles Krug is credited with establishing Napa Valley’s first commercial winery. Since then, the area’s reputation has grown and evolved into the wine-making behemoth it is today.
Whether you’re visiting the long dark, dramatic caves underground of Chateau Boswell or exploring the 1880 estate of Far Niente Winery, it’s smart to bring along a few key items that will enhance your enjoyment and ensure a seamless trip.
Let’s discuss four essential items to bring on your Napa Valley wine tour.
Reusable water bottle
Napa Valley can get hot as the region faces extreme climate change. Winemaker Aaron Whitlatch of the Green and Red Vineyards explains how temperatures could top 100 degrees and dehydrate the grapes, turning the once-juicy berries into absurdly high-cost raisins. This has wineries transporting water by truckload to be used for irrigation.
Just like grapes need water to grow and thrive, tourists visiting the Napa Valley need to keep themselves hydrated. You can’t just drink wine! Having a water bottle on hand will help you stay cool and comfortable as you explore vineyards and participate in wine tastings. Some wineries even have water stations where you can refill your bottle.
Some vintners cover their vines with shade cloth to prevent burning, Whitlatch explains. Tourists should consider the same – wear sun protection to enjoy the sights and not get too much sun. Wearing long-sleeved shirts of breathable fabrics provides better air circulation and UV protection.
Protect your face with a wide-brimmed hat and your eyes with sunglasses. You can even choose the lens colors for a better visual experience. Brown lenses, for instance, enhance contrast and can make the greens of the vineyards even more vibrant. Shop for sunglasses by lens color and polarization online. Whether it’s the Ralph by Ralph Lauren or the Mega Wayfarer of Ray-Ban, you can find sunglasses are sure to match any outfit, and stay fashionably protected while touring Napa.
Napa Valley is renowned for its exceptional wines, and you’ll likely want to bring a few bottles home with you. A wine carrier is essential to safely transport your wine purchases.
Look for a wine bag that provides cushioning and protection for the bottles, ensuring they remain secure during your travels. Many wineries offer shipping services. However, having a reliable wine carrier, like the suitcase from VinGardeValise, allows you to bring your favorite bottles back with you, share them with friends, or even enjoy them during your trip due to its TSA-approved utility as a carry-on bag.
Wine tours are often lengthy and informative at wineries and vineyards, and food options can be limited. Packing some snacks and picnic supplies is wise to keep hunger at bay and maintain your energy levels. Easy, light, portable snacks like cheese, crackers, dried fruits, or nuts pair well with wine. Some wineries have beautiful picnic areas where you can enjoy your snacks amidst the scenic views, very special and memorable.
A wine tour in Napa Valley is a remarkable experience for wine enthusiasts and travelers alike. So, pack your bags with these essentials and get ready for an unforgettable journey through Napa Valley’s picturesque vineyards and exceptional wines.
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Portugal’s Douro River
France Burgundy Valley
Italy’s Wine Region
Spain’s Wine Country
Chile’s Maipo Valley wine tours
California’s Napa Valley
Vail’s Taste of Vail Wine Event
Washington’s Woodinville Tasting Rooms near Seattle
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