A stunning destination year-round, Napa Valley’s allure is timeless. It’s graced by sun-kissed summers and the festive ambiance of post-harvest winters. But fall in Napa Valley is special when the region dons a fiery shade of warm orangey red as Autumn weaves its spell through the tranquil forests, grape fields, and rolling valleys. The air carries a gentle chill, and with fewer summer tourists around, the expansive golden hills become your very own private vista.

While Napa Valley’s exquisite, world-renowned wines undoubtedly take center stage, the region offers numerous different experiences found nowhere else. Conveniently located just a two-hour drive from San Francisco, it’s the ideal destination for a long weekend getaway.

Here at Chateau De Vie—a luxurious bed and breakfast beyond traditional lodging—we’re experts in everything Napa Valley. Set in the quaint town of Calistoga, our business boasts over two decades of deep-rooted expertise. We specialize in curating tailor-made itineraries, ensuring your Autumn escape unfolds as a dreamy experience to remember for years to come.

Here’s our complete guide to fall in Napa Valley with recommendations and travel tips.

Fall Weather in Napa Valley

This is one of the best times of year to visit the Napa Valley! Fall weather graces the region from late August until early November. The season welcomes you with mild weather, with temperatures ranging from a comfortable 45-70°F (7-21°C ).

During this time, nature undergoes a breathtaking transformation. By mid-October, deciduous trees paint the surroundings in striking shades of red, orange, and gold, creating a striking scene for all to relish.

Think slow walks through dramatic vineyards, with the gentle crunch of leaves beneath your feet as a calm breeze runs through your hair. Fall in Napa Valley is when winemakers toil diligently to bring in the year’s grape harvest, filling the atmosphere with eager anticipation of the fine wines to come.

What to Pack for Fall in Napa Valley

While the weather tends to be mild, bringing along layers to adapt to the daytime and nighttime temperature changes is a good idea. Remember to pack those trusty, comfy walking shoes for vineyard explorations. And, of course, bring at least one dressy outfit because Napa’s charming wineries provide endless Insta-worthy photo ops.

Here’s one of the best parts of staying at CDV Napa Valley: We’ve got you covered with thoughtful amenities so you can pack lighter. Expect plush white towels and top-notch bathroom essentials from Napa Soap Company.

Quick list:

  • Layers and long sleeve shirts
  • Long johns
  • Leggings and jeans
  • Socks
  • Fall jacket (perhaps denim or a trench coat)
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Bug spray
  • Night Time attire

Fall Events and Excursions in Napa Valley

Events

Napa Valley comes alive with exciting events and festivals to attend in the fall months. Here are some of our favorites.

Harvest Season Celebrations

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Fall is synonymous with harvest season in wine country, as the refreshing breeze carries a strong scent of the grape harvest. Wineries host special harvest parties like grape stomping, vineyard tours, and wine tastings.

Napa Valley Film Festival

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Cinephiles and oenophiles unite at the Napa Valley Film Festival in November, featuring an eclectic selection of independent films and wine tastings, all set against the stunning backdrop of fall in Napa Valley.

Cabernet Season

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As temperatures cool, Napa Valley’s Cabernet Season kicks off, with wineries offering exclusive tastings and tours focused on their renowned Cabernet Sauvignon wines.

Day Trip Ideas

Crave a little adventure on your Napa Valley getaway? The good news is that plenty of neighboring sites are only a short drive away!

Sonoma County

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Less than a 2-hour scenic drive from Chateau De Vie lies Sonoma County. Begin with a visit to Sonoma Plaza, popular for its massive directory of shops, eateries, and cafes. There’s nothing quite like sipping a pumpkin-spiced latte in a cozy cafe nestled in a quaint alley, surrounded by the season’s dramatic foliage.

Next, head to Carneros to visit the famous Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards. And when hunger strikes, find a seat at one of the farm-to-table restaurants to eat a delicious meal. And before returning to Napa Valley, make sure to add a stop at the historic Buena Vista Winery, California’s inaugural premium winery.

Point Reyes National Seashore

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Another fantastic day trip, merely 2 hours away from Napa Valley, is the scenic Point Reyes National Seashore. It covers approximately 80 miles of Northern California’s stunning coastal shoreline.

Begin at Point Reyes Station, a lovely town known for its art galleries, boutique shopping, and organic dining. Then, venture into Point Reyes National Seashore, where you’ll encounter dramatic cliffs, pristine beaches, grasslands, and hiking trails.

Excursions

Plan one or more activities on a relaxing vacation day in Napa Valley:

Winery Hopping

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Napa Valley’s vintage vinos are among the best in the world, rivaling even those from France. It would almost be criminal to leave Napa Valley without a visit to the many tasting rooms and cellars available. But 400+ wineries make it intimidating to pick. We’ll help you narrow things down.

Castello Di Amorosa

Castello Di Amorosa is an ideal choice for first-time Napa Valley visitors. For just $45 per person, you can sample a delicious glass of wine while touring a medieval castle. What’s more, it’s a mere 10-minute drive from Chateau de Vie, making it perfect for visitors short on time.

Stags Leap Winery

A 30-minute drive along Silverado Trail leads you to the remarkable Stags’ Leap Winery — an unquestionably worthwhile trip. This iconic spot boasts a winemaking legacy that stretches back to the late 19th century. It has earned a well-deserved reputation for its exceptional Cabernet Sauvignon, celebrated for its bold and refined characteristics.

Autumn is the best time of year for their porch wine tasting. Take in the fall colors while sipping on silky wine in this exclusive outdoor experience. Don’t forget to layer up; Autumn evenings at Stags Leap Winery can turn quite chilly.

Hot Air Balloon Ride

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Seeking romance and adventure with a spectacular bird’s-eye view? Book a hot air balloon ride in Napa Valley. Picture yourself gently ascending with the morning sun as the valley’s hills sprawl beneath you, bathed in daybreak’s soft, warm light.

As you drift, you’ll spot countless vineyards and the medley of warm colors of gorgeous fall foliage from a rare perspective. It’s a peaceful trip, occasionally punctuated by the gentle whoosh of the balloon’s burner. Napa Valley Balloons is a reputed company offering tailored hot air balloon rides.

The Napa Valley Wine Train

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Taking the Napa Valley Wine Train involves a sophisticated 36-mile round-trip to St. Helena, with meticulously chosen stops at esteemed wineries. Set off on a ride aboard a vintage train, elegantly restored, winding past vineyards and picturesque landscapes.

Sample a four-course gourmet meal with sparkling wine as you ride the rails through the heart of Napa Valley. Ready to book? You can select from two trip options: a 6-hour expedition or a more indulgent 8-hour full-day train excursion.

Bothe-Napa Valley State Park

Bothe-Napa Valley State Park takes on a total makeover in the autumn months, perfect for leaf peeping. As the leaves change, the park’s trails with towering oak and maple trees transform into a kaleidoscope of warm, fiery colors. Fall in Napa Valley is an ideal time for hiking, with cooler temperatures making the trails even more inviting.

Grape Stomping at Grgich Hills Estate

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Experience the timeless tradition of grape stomping at Grgich Hills Estate, an essential aspect of the classic winemaking process. Step into a barrel filled with luscious grapes, where the initial unfamiliarity gives way to pure enjoyment as you squish the grapes beneath your feet.

The air becomes infused with the sweet scent of crushed fruit while contagious laughter and the shared joy of grape stomping envelop all participants. So, for visitors willing to kick off their shoes and get their feet dirty, grape stomping at Grgich Hills Estate during fall in Napa Valley is a must.

The Grape Stomping Experience is open seasonally, from September 4, 2023, to October 15, 2023, and only from Sunday to Thursday.

Indulge in a Napa Valley Fall with CDV Napa Valley

Your choice of accommodation in Napa Valley can significantly elevate your Autumn escapade. Get to know the brilliance of this fall with Chateau De Vie.

Set in the heart of wine country, our villas are luxurious sanctuaries with a focus on refinement and indulgence. Picture tranquil evenings spent by cozy fireplaces or in your private garden jacuzzi, sipping a glass of exquisite wine from a local vineyard. Gaze out the wide windows and admire the brilliant hues of fall across the landscapes.

We invite you to visit Napa Valley and stay in our beautiful villas to create memories that will linger long after the autumn leaves have fallen.

Book a Napa Valley Villa today!