Best time to visit Napa Valley, CA

Napa Valley Harvest Season

Watch Napa Valley come to life with the thrill and rush of the harvest

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Last updated: by Olga Valchyshen
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Fall is a beautiful time in Napa Valley, but it's also the busiest time of the year when workers of the wineries and the vineyards hurry to pick grapes at their peak ripeness. The peak season lasts from August through October, but some grape varieties can be harvested till late December. During this period, the whole valley is filled with unbelievable harvest fragrances, and the ideal warm autumn weather is here for you to enjoy.

Grapes used for sparkling wines are the first to be cautiously picked. The first harvest happens in early August and marks the start of the "crush" season. Then, a major part of the white grapes is harvested to be crushed. Harvest progresses through late October and early November—for red wines, just because it takes a bit longer for them to reach full maturity. Harvesting of Cabernet Sauvignon grapes in Napa Valley usually starts later and takes more time than other varieties. The production of late-harvest wines requires grapes to stay on the vines longer to allow them to get riper. Harvesting of these grapes can continue through December.

Here, in Napa Valley, you may also find numerous harvest dinners, parties, grape stomping, and other activities since harvest season is the peak season to visit Napa Valley.

The number of wineries around Napa is impressive, so why not get lost in William Hill Estate, Stags' Leap Winery, Odette Estate Winery, Chimney Rock Winery, Black Stallion Winery, and others?