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rfbk50 Feb 21st, 2007 06:39 AM

When does the harvest start?
When does the grape harvest start in the Napa Valley? When would be the best week to go to visit different wine festivals? Thanks (We are not wine experts)

Ike Feb 21st, 2007 06:48 AM

The harvest starts in August. I would guess Mid September would be best time to visit wineries during the harvest. You should contact individual wineries though to see when/if they allow visitors.........

Hazelmn Feb 21st, 2007 06:51 AM

some of the wineries have some fun, exclusive events for "members only" or their wine clubs. it might include getting the 1st taste of a new wine, or taking off your shoes and stomping some grapes during harvest.

In some cases, a membership is only $50 or $100, so could be worth the price of admission for a fun experience.

I think that you would likely also get a year's worth of discounted wines through your membership.

TrvlMaven Feb 21st, 2007 06:56 AM

Most wineries don't "charge" you to become a member--but you are obligated to receive shipments of wine. Be sure your state allows shipment of wine!

PamSF Feb 21st, 2007 08:22 AM

The crush is usually the beginning of October or late September. Make your reservations ASAP. The valley fills up. BTW~August in the valley is HOT. October is beautiful.

kleroux Feb 22nd, 2007 08:18 AM

Try visiting Sonoma County, instead of Napa...its beautiful, lots of wineries..not as hot as Napa.... there is the town of Sonoma, and also Healdsburg...but do make reservations quickly. For some different places to stay that might not be booked yet, try ... Have fun.

rfbk50 Feb 22nd, 2007 01:35 PM

Thanks for all of the help. We will have to get busy and make some plans.

mrscha Feb 24th, 2007 05:57 AM

I live in Napa for 4 years on a overlooking Vineyard. Absolutely beautiful.
During Harvest time August, Mondavi has weekly concerts on their vineyard. Prices depending on who are
If you want free wine tasting, good place to go Satoui. Also don't skip on Sterling Vineyard, make sure you ride gondola =)

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