When to Visit Wine Country

Best Time of the Year to Visit the California Wine Country

October 2015 – Now is the best time to visit the wine county

With a good portion of the harvest completed, the air is filled with fermenting grape juice. It is a wonderful smell! There is excitement inside the winery with a fever pitch of activity.  This year the harvest was early and 95% was completed in September. There is still plenty activity in the cellar during the month of October. It is exciting.  Many of the vineyards will begin turning towards their fall colors.

Check the Weather in October with this handy weather forecast widget.

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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. There are many sunny and clear days mixed with rainy weather.  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.

This video is great look at what happens during a vineyard year. You can clearly see what each season brings to the wine country.