Best Time of the Year to Visit the California Wine Country
Wine country is open! If you are traveling to wine country, you must plan your itinerary and book your tastings well before your trip date. Reservations are becoming the norm. Most wineries will not accept visitors without a reservation.
Wine Country in August:
The vines are lush with grape clusters. Early August brings veraison, the red wine grapes turn in color from green to purple. Late August brings maturity to the grapes and the early ripening grapes will be ready for harvest. It is a great time to be in wine country.
With climate change, be wary of extreme temperature days. Be prepared!
What each time of year brings to wine country
Winter – December to 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.
February in Wine Country
Plan your Valentine’s trip. There is also President’s Day around the same time. Wildflowers begin to grow among the vines. It’s a photo opportunity time in the wine country. More on February Weather in Wine Country.
March to April in Wine Country
May to June in Wine Country
These are some of the most pleasant months in the wine country. The weather is warm, and the vines are proliferating. Thinning of the vine leaves takes place during these months. The tourist season is well underway.
July to August in Wine Country
Veraison 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 can be considerable. The tourist season is in full swing. More on July Weather in Wine Country, August Weather in Wine Country
September to 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. More on September Weather in Wine Country, October Weather in Wine Country
November in Wine Country
The vines and trees show off fall colors. November is indeed the most beautiful time in the wine country. It is our favorite time of the year. It’s a photographers delight! More on the November Weather in Wine Country
A Vineyard Year
This quick slide video depicts each of the seasons in a vineyard year. The video will present all the events and changes that take place from bud-break to harvest, and more.