When to Visit Wine Country

Best Time of the Year to Visit the California Wine Country

When to visit wine country? Any time is a great time to visit the California wine country. Each time of the year brings its own unique aura and feel to a wine country getaway. Even a cold raining day is a “cool” day in wine country.

Plan your trip as early as possible to enjoy wine country at its finest. For time of the year we describe what to expect in wine country.

Now – August 2014

This growing season is two weeks ahead of normal. The vines are lush with grape clusters. Harvest has started with sparkling wine grapes. By late August “The Crush” will be in full swing.  It is a great time to be in wine country.

Check the weather in August with this handy weather widget.

Here is a list of the best lodging in the Napa Valley and the best Napa Valley restaurants.


December and January in wine country

The wineries are much less crowded. You won’t need to fight the crowds and the traffic, particularly in the more popular wine regions of the Napa Valley and Sonoma Valley. The vines are dormant, showing rows and lines of bare trellising. Watch 4 Seasons in the Vineyards

February in Wine Country

Wild mustard flowers bloom in the vineyards in Napa and Sonoma. Wildflowers begin to grow among the vineyards. It’s photo opportunity time in the wine country.

March and April in Wine Country

The vines awaken and begin to bud. Wine country wildflowers are in bloom and a delight to view. Visitor season begins in earnest.

May through August in Wine Country

The vines are full of vegetation, and the grapes show magnificently. It is hot in most areas of the wine country and there are great expectations for the coming harvest. Many tourists travel during this time and weekend crowds be considerable.

September, October in Wine Country

This is harvest time in the wine country. It’s great fun to visit a winery during the harvest. The harvest time varies depending on the climate and region. This is a busy and bustling time at a winery. Beware of the crowds at this time of the year.

November in Wine Country

The vines and trees show off fall colors. This is truly the most beautiful time in wine country. It is another great photo opportunity.