Napa Valley sees visitors from all across the world. For some visitors, Napa Valley is one of many stops in a state, and sometimes a county, that they have never seen before. Families planning a vacation will often list Napa Valley as one of the places they’d like to visit. With over 400 wineries to choose from in Napa Valley, Napa Wine Tours has compiled a list of 10 Family Friendly Wineries in Napa Valley that are able to accept guests under the age of 21.
Alpha Omega Winery
Visitors to Alpha Omega Winery can taste wines in the tasting room or out on the patio decorated with lush, comfortable, outdoor furniture. The patio deck stretches along the side of the building. While relaxing in the warmth of the sun, guests enjoy a view of vineyards as the backdrop to a large pool of water that features a unique fountain spraying water out of several jets. The picnic area is large and shaded. If you’re planning on bringing snacks to enjoy a picnic lunch, make sure to call ahead to see if the picnic area has been reserved for any special events.
Castello di Amorosa
Castello di Amorosa was created to mirror a 13th century medieval Tuscan-style castle. Children under 5 are not allowed on the tours; however, there is a discounted rate for tours for minors between 5 and 20 years old. The tours vary in length and can include visits to different parts of this expansive castle. Parents with children of any age can also enjoy their visit without a tour. Admission into the castle covers tasting fees and additionally grants access to the two main levels of the castle. During the busiest time of year, a private tasting area is set up just for parents with children. While parents enjoy tasting Castello di Amorosa wines, their children enjoy coloring and sipping grape juice.
Clos Pegase Winery
Clos Pegase Winery offers tours of the winery, caves, and their resident art collection. There is also a self-guided tour of the art located in and around the winery. Visitors can set their own pace then enjoy a break in the picnic area with any tasty treats they’ve brought for lunch.
A visit to Hess Collection is truly an adventure. The road to Hess Collection is a long road that winds through the forest. Nestled in the hills that provide a boost for a beautiful view of the valley is a stone building covered in ivy – this is the remodeled, historical building belonging to Hess Collection. Inside guests can decide to taste and take a self-guided iPod audio tour. Upstairs, the Hess Collection Contemporary Art Museum is open daily. Make sure to stroll through the gardens; they are a work of art themselves.
The first thing visitors notice about family owned and managed Monticello Vineyards is that the tasting room and the Jefferson House Reserve Room are surrounded by trees. Once inside the tasting room, the wood paneling on the walls, exposed ceiling beams, and tasting counter built from old barrels creates a soothing coziness. The picnic area is located on a lush lawn.
Pine Ridge Vineyards
Pine Ridge Vineyards offers outstanding wines and outstanding views of the surrounding cliffs. Children are not allowed on tours; however, they are welcomed to enjoy the awesome scenery.
Robert Mondavi Winery
Visitors to Napa Valley make sure to stop at Robert Mondavi Winery. The entrance to the winery, built using mission-style architecture, includes a fountain, and a towering statue. There are different rooms offering different tastings and a selection of tours. Children under 13 years old are not permitted on the Signature Tour but children of all ages are allowed on the 30 minute Discovery Tour. Beyond the entrance is a lawn area that stretches along the back of the winery offering a view of the hills in the distance. Robert Mondavi winery also features an art collection of sculptures, artifacts, and paintings.
Rubicon Estate offers many choices for tastings and tours. One of the most unique, family friendly choices for wine tasting is in Rubicon’s Mammarella Wine Bar. Rubicon Estate wines can be purchased by the glass in the Mammarella and visitors can choose between enjoying their wine indoors or outdoors. Outdoors includes a courtyard fountain where small, wooden sailboats wait for children to set them to sail.
St. Supery Vineyards & Winery
Visitors to St. Supery Vineyards can enjoy their gallery, a self-paced tour, and a game of petanque. Petanque is similar to Bocce. St. Supery supplies equipment and instructions for guests.
A visit to Sterling Vineyards is a visit to a winery with one of the best views of Napa Valley. To reach the top of this amazing view from 300 feet above Calistoga, visitors ride an aerial tram that takes them up the hill and over the beautiful landscape. There is special pricing for visitors under the age of 21 and all visitors under 3 years old ride for free. Once at the winery, the views continue from the building inspired by Greek architecture.