Common Questions

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How long is it from San Francisco to Napa?

Driving from San Francisco to the Napa Valley region typically takes an hour but can be dramatically affected by traffic in the Bay Area. Rush hour times in particular can add an extra 60 minutes+

What is the best way to tour Napa Valley or Sonoma Valley?

The Napa Valley and the Sonoma County are fairly large geographical regions making a car rental an excellent choice. If you decide to visit multiple wineries in a single day, we recommend a using a wine tour service like ours. Not only for the safety aspect, but the guided tour with a local pro truly enhances your trip. With Destination Napa Valley, you can customize your tour as you see fit, so just relax and enjoy!

What are the best wineries to visit in Napa Valley?

We get this question a lot and we normally respond with: “What’s the best Deli in New York City?” There are so many variables that define “The Best”:

  • Who are you traveling with?
  • How big is your group?
  • Are you celebrating something special?
  • Proposal, Anniversary or Birthday?
  • Is this your first visit?
  • How many days will you be here?
  • If you have a wine cellar, are you trying to add more?


There are many Napa Valley wineries that are simply stunning to visit based on the location. Others offer cult-status wines. Our goal is to create your itinerary with all of the above.

How many wineries are in Napa Valley, California?

There are approximately 450 brick-and-mortar wineries in the Napa Valley. Another 425 in the Sonoma County offering no shortage of choices for the wine enthusiast. Most wineries are open from 10:00 am to 3:30 pm

What is unique about Napa Valley wine?

The Napa Valley enjoys warm, dry, sunny summers and mild, wet winters. The climate provides optimal grape growing conditions during a long, relatively stress-free season between April and October. The Napa Valley has 16 sub-appellations and each one has it’s own “micro-climates” allowing for a wide variety of grapes from Sauvignon Blanc to the King of Napa varieties, Cabernet Sauvignon. South Napa offers Pinot Noir and Chardonnay due to the proximity to the cool winds from the San Pablo Bay.

What is the best town to stay in Napa Valley?

It’s hard to go wrong staying anywhere in the Napa Valley, with each town offering it’s own unique charms. Our top pick is the town of Yountville. Yountville is located in middle of the valley, minimizing drive time to wineries and offering Michelin Star restaurants within walking distance from each hotel. However, the town of Yountville becomes a sleepy time by 9:30 pm.

Downtown Napa is also great fun as it has more competitively priced hotels, window shopping, a cigar lounge, 12+ wine tasting rooms and great restaurants.

Do Napa Valley wineries charge a tasting fee?

Yes. Many wineries will charge a $50-$150 tasting fee per person. Many of the wineries will waive the tasting fee if you buy a few bottles of wine or sign up for their wine club. The smaller wineries are hoping for long-term relationships and referrals. Tasting fees are often an opportunity to set expectations but the boutique wineries would much prefer selling a few bottles of wine than charging a tasting fee.

What is the best time of year to visit Sonoma and Napa?

Napa and Sonoma are blessed with wonderful weather all year long, though the winters, while mild, can be wet from December until late February.

The default answer for this is “Harvest Season”!! Starts in August and usually finished by late October. During this exciting season, guests will enjoy the wineries processing the fruit, have an opportunity to taste freshly press juice, and enjoy the intoxicating aroma only one can understand once they experience it.

Springtime, aka, “Mustard Season”, is also great fun to visit as the mornings and evenings are cool with the afternoons hovering near 80 degrees.

What is the best airport to fly into to visit Napa Valley?

If your flying private, the Napa Jet Center (APC) is the best. Then:

  • Sacramento (SMF); smaller international airport. Easy in, easy out, easy drive to Napa.
  • Santa Rosa (STS); small local airport with limited service with American Airlines and Alaska Airlines. Located near Healdsburg in Sonoma County.
  • Oakland (OAK); Large Intl airport. Traffic is an issue, but it’s easier than SFO!
  • San Francisco (SFO); The most common, but often times very busy and if you arrive after 1:00 pm, expect lots of traffic.