Napa Valley is without a doubt one of the most famous and popular places for wine tasting in the country, let alone California. From the rolling hills to the stunning vineyards, Napa Valley is a must-see for locals and visitors alike. Though wine tasting is typically seen as a 21+ activity, there are actually several family-friendly wineries in Napa Valley.
As we start to explore more of our favorite spots in Northern California with our daughter, I’m on the hunt for places we can all go together. Napa is always a favorite day trip for us and while we have our go-to’s, a few we can’t bring her with us. So after a bit of digging around, I found quite a few wineries we can definitely all go together to.
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Whether you’re planning a weekend in St. Helena or you simply want to explore the entire region, it is important to map out your plans and make reservations ahead of time. Despite the fact that some wineries allow you to walk in without an appointment, it is always best to make a reso when traveling with kids so as to avoid any annoying hiccups. That being said, here are some of my favorite family-friendly wineries in Napa Valley.
Planning a trip to Napa Valley? Here Are My Top Picks for the Best Hotels in Napa Valley:
- Archer Hotel, for the best downtown hotel
- The Meritage Resort & Spa, for the best resort hotel
- Four Seasons Resort Napa Valley, for the best family-friendly hotel
- North Block Hotel, for the best budget-friendly hotel
The Best Family-Friendly Wineries in Napa Valley
1. HALL Wines (St. Helena, Rutherford)
With locations in both St. Helena and Rutherford, HALL Wines is a must-see when visiting Napa Valley. However, when it comes to planning a family-friendly trip, the St. The Helena property is much better. The Great Lawn is the perfect place to post up for a picnic with the kids after picking out your favorite bottle in the tasting room.
Address: 401 St Helena Highway South, St Helena, CA 94574
2. Cakebread Cellars (Rutherford)
From the outdoor courtyards to the vibrant culinary garden, Cakebread Cellars in Rutherford is a family-friendly winery in Napa Valley that is perfect for those looking to spend more time outside. In addition to having an amazing selection of wines, Cakebread Cellars also has tons of gourmet recipes that pair nicely with their wines so you can experience this brand at its fullest once you return home.
Address: 8300 St Helena Hwy, Rutherford, CA 94573
3. Brasswood Estate (St. Helena)
St. Helena’s Brasswood Estate is a fan favorite when it comes to sophisticated wines that are accompanied by tasty bites. This huge estate has more than 17,000 square feet of caves where they produce their own wines along with multiple tasting rooms, a sensory room, and a bottle shop. There is also an on-site restaurant called the Brasswood Bar + Bakery + Kitchen in case you find yourselves getting hungry.
Address: 3111 St. Helena Highway North, St. Helena, CA 94574
4. Charles Krug Winery (St. Helena)
Charles Krug Winery is the oldest winery estate in all of Napa Valley. This St. Helena staple is a must-visit for any first-timer exploring the region, and if you like Cabernet Sauvignon, this is the spot for you. There is so much to explore on this massive estate. Some highlights include the Carriage House, the Vintage Selection Library, and The Great Lawn.
This is a great family-friendly winery in Napa Valley for those hoping to get some extra steps in and burn off some energy. There is also an on-site restaurant called Cucina di Rosa that serves delicious Italian cuisine that is intended to enhance your tasting experience. Visit between May and early November to indulge in one of their famous pizzas made in a Mugnaini Pizza oven.
Address: 2800 Main St, St Helena, CA 94574
5. Long Meadow Ranch Winery (Rutherford, Philo)
From The Ranch to The Farmstead restaurant, Long Meadow Ranch Winery has a few different sites scattered through Napa Valley. However, the Anderson Valley Tasting Room in Philo is where you can enjoy everything wine and olive oil tastings. While they do accept walk-ins, it is best to play it safe and make a reservation, especially if you are visiting with young kids. Keep in mind that this family-friendly winery doesn’t have as many outdoor activities as some of the others, so it might be a better option for kids who are a bit older.
Address: 9000 CA-128, Philo, CA 95466
6. Peju Winery (Rutherford)
Peju Winery in Rutherford is a great place to enjoy the outdoors with the family while sipping on some renowned Cabernet Sauvignon. Thanks to the large lawns and gardens, visitors can walk around freely as they explore the grounds and take in the idyllic setting. There are also koi ponds and splashing fountains, providing kids with plenty of entertainment.
Address: 8466 St. Helena Highway, Rutherford, CA 94573
7. V. Sattui (St. Helena)
V. Sattui Winery is located in the heart of St. Helena and has more than two acres of stunning picnic grounds. In addition to its tasting rooms, V. Sattui has an Artisan Deli and Marketplace where you can grab some sandwiches and snacks to-go before posting up on the lawn and soaking up some sun.
While reservations are necessary when booking a tasting or a tour of the underground wine cellars, no reservations are needed for planning a picnic on the lawn. The estate gardens and museum caves are both also worth checking out. This family-friendly winery is for sure one of the most beautiful in the area, and parts of it truly look straight out of Tuscany.
Address: 1111 White Ln, St Helena, CA 94574
8. Castello di Amorosa (Calistoga)
Castello di Amorosa in Calistoga is an iconic castle winery that looks straight out of a fairytale. The rolling green vineyards that surround the castle are completely transportive, and your kids will be just as “wowed” as you. The general admission price for all people under 21 is $25 and it includes a cute cup of grape juice so that they can feel included while you taste the good stuff.
Young kids are also given coloring supplies so that they can be entertained throughout the experience. Keep in mind that strollers are not allowed inside the castle, so be sure to plan accordingly.
Address: 4045 St Helena Hwy, Calistoga, CA 94515
9. Frog’s Leap (Rutherford)
Frog’s Leap in Rutherford has been one of the most popular organic wineries in Napa Valley for more than 30 years. Though they have a few different tasting options, family-friendly tastings must be booked over the phone and are only available before noon. The setting is stunning and your kids will love getting a peek at the iconic bright red barn.
Address: 8815 Conn Creek Rd, Rutherford, CA 94573
10. Honig Winery (Rutherford)
If you live anywhere in California, you’ve probably heard of Honig Wines. Their solar-powered winery in Rutheford has tons of outdoor tables, beautiful vineyards, and serene views. People under 21 are allowed to be booked on the Classic Experience for $10 per child. This is a very relaxing activity that allows you to spend time outside and take in the mountain views and surrounding vineyards from the patio.
Address: 850 Rutherford Road, Rutherford, CA 94573
11. Beringer Winery (St. Helena)
Though most of the activities at Beringer Winery in St. Helena are restricted to guests who are 21+, families are welcome to take a self-guided tour of the legendary Beringer estate. The tour is $30 for adults who will be drinking and $10 for kids from age 12 to 20. Children under 12 get in for free. The tour takes around an hour to complete, and apart from the wine-aging caves, the entire tour is outdoors.
Be sure to wear comfy shoes and attire since you’ll be doing a lot of walking. You’ll also need to make sure that your phone is fully charged so that you can use it on the tour as you scan the various QR code to learn more about the 145-year-old history of Beringer wines.
Address: 2000 Main St, St Helena, CA 94574
12. Inglenook (Rutherford)
Rutherford’s Inglenook has rolling green vineyards, an on-site museum, and a lovely bistro that you can eat during your tasting. Though you don’t have to be 21 to visit, the winery does ask that only children ages 12 and above join.
Address: 1991 St Helena Highway, Rutherford, CA 94573
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