For wine lovers and connoisseurs, Napa Valley is one of the most famous winemaking regions in the world. It houses well-known wineries that produce some of the best tasting and award-winning wines. No wonder tourists flock the place year after year.
Although Napa Valley has other offerings, it is mostly visited because of its wines. If you already know your wines, you may be able to pick and choose your favorites without having to taste them. However, for those who are new to wine or those who want to discover something new, the best way to learn more is to take part in wine tasting. Many wineries in the valley offer this experience for anyone who wishes to taste their products. Some tastings require reservations. This is common for popular wineries while others have a limit on the number of people they can accommodate because the wineries are small.
If going to Napa is already on your itinerary, the next question that you might want to ask is how much are you going to spend on wine tasting?
The price of wine tasting in Napa Valley varies from one winery to another. For a simple tasting, it can cost around $10 to $50 per person. Some fees can even be waived when you purchase a bottle after the tasting. If you want to elevate the wine tasting experience with food pairing or a complete winery tour, the cost will eventually rise to around $75 to $150 or higher per person. On the other hand, if you want to be part of an exclusive club, there is also the option of obtaining a wine club membership where wineries give discounts on wine tasting experiences to its members and be the first to know about a winery’s new releases.
Wineries have different approaches to give a great wine tasting experience to its guests so it’s best to read up on what they have in store before visiting Napa Valley. It is highly suggested to look up different wineries so that you will have an idea whether you need to get reservations. Take, for example, Fantesca Estate & Winery in St. Helena wherein you need to request an appointment first before you can enjoy a private wine tasting experience for $150. The cost can also be refunded if you purchase a bottle. You can also join their mailing list to get first-hand updates and discounts.
With the combination of good climate and fertile soil, Napa Valley is indeed home to some of the best wines in the world. This is the reason why people always go to the region and get a chance to take a sip of these great-tasting wines. Wine tasting is a humbling experience and it has been a favorite activity for tourists and wine lovers alike whenever they go to Napa. The stunning landscapes and views also add to the experience.
If you are planning on going to Napa Valley for wine tasting, make sure to plan ahead and organize your itinerary so that you will not be overwhelmed. Contacting wineries directly and asking how much their wine tastings cost will also help you budget accordingly. It’s also recommended to visit only 1 to 3 per day so that you can enjoy the wines better.
There are so many things you can experience in Napa. From wine tastings to winery tours, you will surely have the time of your life.