Napa is one of the biggest wine regions in California with over 400 wineries, numerous highly rated restaurants and lavish resorts. Wine tasting is a must when visiting Napa, but what if you are traveling with your kids? No worries, there are plenty of kid-friendly wineries in Napa and I am here to share five of the best Napa Wineries for families that you will love.
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4045 St Helena Hwy, Calistoga, CA 94515
Family Friendly – Castle – Guided Tours – Non-Alcoholic Options – Animals – Eco Friendly
This winery is a 13th-century style castle built from 8,000 tons of hand-chiseled local stone about one million antique bricks imported from Europe nestled within Napa Valley. You and your kids will feel like you’ve just stepped into a fairytale at Castello di Amorosa. You will definitely want to explore this magnificent medieval inspired castle, complete with a moat, drawbridge, five towers, high defensive ramparts, courtyards and loggias, a chapel, stables, an armory, and 107 uniquely decorated rooms. There is even a torture chamber where you can see the original Iron Maiden or The, “Virgin of Nuremberg!” Book a guided tour for an hour-long walking tour of the 136,000 square foot castle, including the underground wine caves and cellars. Kids are only allowed on guided tours if you book a private tour for your group.
Castello produces Italian-style wines. Currently, wine tasting is by reservation only and you do need a reservation to be on the property. Kids are allowed for their own kid-friendly tasting to enjoy alongside mommy and daddy. A child reservation is $25 and includes a cup of grape juice and a table with coloring pages. Kids will also enjoy the cute animals that call Castello di Amorosa home, like goats, sheep, emus, pigs, peacocks, dogs, cats, and geese. Of course, check their calendar, because there are also fun events and live music going on at the castle!
850 Rutherford Rd, Rutherford, CA 94573
Family Friendly – Animals – Eco Friendly – Kids Snacks
This family-owned and operated winery in Napa is focused on reducing their impact on the environment with certification in California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance and Fish Friendly Farming. In fact, many animals call Honig Vineyard & Winery home, like sheep, dogs, birds and bees. These animals aren’t just cute to look at, but they actually play an important role in the vineyard’s sustainability efforts.
Honig Vineyard & Winery exclusively produces Sauvigon Blanc and Cabernet Sauvignon, offering a variety of tasting experiences. They even offer a family-friendly tasting on the patio when you book a Classic Tasting. For $10 per child, they will receive juice boxes, Goldfish crackers and coloring books to keep them entertained while mom and dad enjoy a sampling of four current release wines and some breadsticks.
6204 Washington St Napa, CA 94558
Family Friendly – Animal Sanctuary – Accommodations – Eco Friendly
This family-owned and operated winery is also very family-friendly. Not only is Hoopes Vineyard a family farm, but they are also an animal sanctuary where many rescue animals, including a herd of pigs, goats, chickens, mini horses, Cleo the turkey, puppies, and a donkey named Jack-E O’Asses now call home. Your kids will love seeing all the animals in this tranquil vineyard setting.
Hoopes is definitely a resort for animals, but it can also be a resort for you too. On the property you can rent a charming farmhouse AirBNB, complete with a sparkling pool. For those of you just visiting for the day, you can expect a lovely casual family atmosphere where tasting is by the mini bottle in lieu of traditional tasting. Hoopes also hosts a seasonal farmer’s market where you and your family can enjoy healthy snacks.
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1155 Mee Ln, St Helena, CA 94574
Family Friendly – Kids Activities – Eco Friendly
At Alpha Omega you and your family can enjoy a day at this beautiful estate among the water fountains and reflecting pond. The friendly, picturesque estate welcomes families to come and enjoy the grounds and wine. Kids even receive coloring books and crayons to enjoy while mom and dad enjoy the award-winning wine. For a relatively new winery, opening in 2006, Alpha Omega has made a splash with their impressive wines and you can feel comfortable bringing the kids along for a day on the vineyard.
8815 Conn Creek Rd, Rutherford, CA 94573
Family Friendly – Animals – Kids Activities – Historic Barn – Eco Friendly
The fun and playfulness of Frog’s Leap Winery is evident as soon as you spot the big red historic barn and frog weathervane. The name of the winery was inspired by a combination of original historic property’s past as a commercial frog farm in the late 1800’s and that the owners’ first barrel of wine was made from borrowed grapes from Stag’s Leap Winery. The property is beautiful and families will love exploring the grounds of the winery, walking through the gardens and visiting the chicken coop.
All guests need to make reservations to book an experience at Frog’s Leap and for families, the Signature Seated Tasting will accommodate children. Kids can sit at the same tasting table with their parents, enjoy the wifi and complimentary coloring pages. Due to limited availability, reservations that include children are encouraged before noon.
That’s a Wrap!
Raise your hand if you’re thirsty? Me too! Napa not only has great wines, but also has beautiful land and amazing wineries from castles to historic barns and beyond. The only thing left to do is pack up your bags and your family, and get to Napa!
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