Best Time of the Year to Visit the California Wine Country
January 2018 – Now is the best time to visit the wine country
Why January is the best time to visit wine country: Wine Country is in slow motion in January. The pace is slow and relaxed. Mustard is in full swing in the Napa Valley and Sonoma County. Wild mustard plant growing between the vines is one of winter season’s great delights. This is the month to avoid the crowds and to take advantage of many lodging specials. Enjoy the tranquility of wine country in January. On a bright and crisp day, wine country is at its best.
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What each time of year brings to wine country
December and January in wine country
The wineries are much less crowded. You won’t need to fight the crowds and the traffic, particularly in the more famous wine regions of the Napa Valley and Sonoma Valley. The vines are dormant, showing rows and lines of bare trellising. There are many sunny and bright days mixed with rainy weather. More on December Weather, January Weather in Wine Country
February in Wine Country
Wild mustard flowers bloom in the vineyards in Napa and Sonoma. Wildflowers begin to grow among the vineyards. It’s photo opportunity time in the wine country. More on February Weather in Wine Country.
March and April in Wine Country
The vines awaken and begin to bud. Wine country wildflowers are in bloom and a delight to view. Visitor season starts in earnest.
May and June in Wine Country
These are some of the most pleasant months in wine country. The weather is warm, and the vines are growing rapidly. Thinning of the vine leaves takes place during these months. Tourists season is well underway.
July and August in Wine Country
In July, verasion takes place. Veraison is the onset of ripening. It is hot in most areas of the wine country, and there are high expectations for the coming harvest. Many tourists travel during this time and weekend crowds be considerable. Tourist season is in full swing.
September and October in Wine Country
It is harvest time in the wine country. It’s great fun to visit a winery during the harvest. The harvest time varies depending on the climate and region. It is a busy and bustling time at a winery. Beware of the crowds at this time of the year.
November in Wine Country
The vines and trees show off fall colors. This is indeed the most beautiful time in wine country. It is our favorite time in wine country. It’s a photographers delight!
More on the November Weather in Wine Country
This video is an excellent look at what happens during a vineyard year. You can clearly see what each season brings to the wine country.