Best Time of the Year to Visit the California Wine Country
October 2017 – Now is the best time to visit the wine country
With a good portion of the harvest completed, the air is filled with fermenting grape juice. It is a wonderful smell! There is excitement inside the winery with a fever pitch of activity. The harvest continues with the later harvesting grapes of Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah. Towards the end of October, many of the vines will begin turning color. Spend at least one weekend in the wine country in October.
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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 clear 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 begins 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 truly 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 a great look at what happens during a vineyard year. You can clearly see what each season brings to the wine country.