Spring is an excellent time for a trip to wine country! The first small clusters of grapes start to form, and the lavender fields and brightly colored mustard plants are in bloom. Napa Valley also has numerous exciting events to check out in springtime. Culinary extravaganza Flavor! Napa Valley, the Napa Valley Marathon, and the Yountville Live music festival are all held in March.
Auberge du Soleil
Pamper yourself at Auberge du Soleil, one of Napa’s most luxurious resorts. Auberge du Soleil’s amenities are anything but ordinary, including free use of Mercedes-Benz cars, an outdoor sculpture garden and olive grove, and rooms with private fireplaces, outdoor terraces overlooking the rolling hills of wine country, and free minibars. Create your own Napa Valley experience with their Celebration of Napa package, which includes sparkling wine when you arrive, breakfast for two each morning, and a four-course dinner for two. Top it all off with your choice of a hot air balloon ride, a six-hour private winery tour, or a massage for two.
Oxbow Public Market
Get a taste of Napa at Oxbow Public Market, a 40,000 square foot marketplace that houses local restaurants, vendors, and shops. It features an outdoor deck that overlooks the Napa River and makes a great place to enjoy a glass of wine and a mid-afternoon snack. You’ll want to check out Whole Spice, where you can taste and purchase spices and spice blends from all over the world, as well as Napa Bookmine, an independent bookstore selling fun gifts and books of all genres.
Need to stop and refuel in between wine tastings? Gott’s Roadside, located in Oxbow Public Market, uses local ingredients to craft specialty burgers, tacos, and salads. Order their Ahi Poke Crispy Tacos, stuffed with Ahi tuna, avocado, green cabbage, cilantro, green onions, sesame seeds, and spicy mayo, and an order of garlic fries. Gott’s Roadside also offers local wines and craft beers.
Napa Valley Wine Train
The Napa Valley Wine Train is a gourmet restaurant aboard a functioning antique train. Most of the train’s cars were built in 1915, and have been restored to maintain their early 1900s style. The Wine Train journey is 36 miles round trip, about a 3 hour ride through the valley. Explore each train car’s unique style and enjoy a glass of wine while you watch the countryside drift by, then indulge in a gourmet meal on board. You can also book the train’s Winery Tour packages to stop for tours and tastings at select Napa wineries.
Artesa Napa Valley
Artesa’s 350 acres offer sweeping views of wine country. The winery, which is most known for Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, is built into the estate’s highest hill and features impressive avant-garde architecture. Artesa has a variety of tasting experiences, including seated tastings and design-your-own wine flights, as well as tours of the winery. Artesa also hosts food and wine pairing events featuring Tapas, cheese, and chocolate. Sign up for the Pintxos and Wine Tasting, which pairs five wines with Pintxos, skewered small plates that are the Basque version of Tapas.