Napa Valley is open and welcoming visitors! While indoor masks are still county mandated for everyone regardless of vaccination status, the area’s wineries, restaurants, and resorts are ready to welcome you back, some with no capacity limits or physical distancing required. And with so many sites to see and activities to take part in, there’s bound to be something that lines up with your personal comfort zone.
From wine tastings to hot air balloon rides, most Napa Valley activities right now require reservations. Restaurants and wineries have done their best to make booking online as easy as possible, and many have implemented contactless payment systems for tastings and food and wine purchases.
As the health environment constantly evolves, the best approach is being flexible and patient. While the requirements can change quickly, businesses are committed to giving their guests and visitors the Napa Valley experience they’ve come to expect and love.
Wine Tasting, Napa Valley Style
While many Napa Valley wineries have long used appointment bookings for wine tastings, you should now expect to make a reservation at any winery you want to visit. Group sizes might also be limited. Be sure to check out the websites for the wineries you want to visit, as some are requiring 48-hours notice so they can monitor customer flow and keep everyone safe.
Of course, if you’re planning to visit us at Strala, we can’t wait to share our love of food and wine with you! We’re open daily from 10 am to 5 pm and right now are asking group sizes to be limited to two to eight people. Located on the Brasswood Estate in St. Helena, there are many ways for you to enjoy a wine tasting experience at Strala, including:
- Outdoor tastings and lunch pairings with seasonal and local fare from the Brasswood Bar & Kitchen. There’s no better way to learn about our premium wines than while enjoying them in Brasswood’s laid-back outdoor environment.
- Guided wine tastings that blend food, wine, and culture as you enjoy bites from the Brasswood Bar & Kitchen and check out the art at the Gallery at Brasswood.
And you can continue the Strala experience once you return home with our online virtual tasting experiences led by one of our wine specialists!
Make the Most of Your Napa Valley Visit
Restaurants in Napa Valley are currently permitted to offer both indoor and outdoor seating, and most offer takeout and delivery to nearby inns, B&Bs, and hotels. Don’t forget to bring a light sweater or coverup if you plan to sit outside as the nights can get cool in the valley. Call ahead to ask the restaurant if group size is limited or if they have any other restrictions in place.
Hotels and other lodging establishments are sharing their health and safety guidelines online and offering streamlined check-in and check-out processes. Shops are open and strolling the streets in Napa, St. Helena, and Yountville is always an enjoyable way to spend a few hours during your visit. Why not make a visit to Napa Valley part of your travel plans this year? Everyone’s ready and waiting to welcome you back!