Best Time of the Year to Visit the California Wine Country

fall colors on westside road
Beautiful fall colors along Westside Road in the Russian River Valley of Sonoma

November 2019 – Why now is the best time to visit wine country

Please Note: The media has one believing that all wine country in California is affected by wildfires. As of November 5, wineries and tasting rooms are open in Sonoma and the Napa Valley. The air is clean, and the views beautiful. Travel to wine country and enjoy this lovely time of Fall.

Why November is the best time of the year to visit wine country.

This is fall color time in wine country. This is without any doubt the most beautiful time in wine country. Different grape varietals change color and different times creating lovely patchwork quilt views. Thanksgiving weekend is busy but outside of that, this is quite time in the wine country. Have your camera phone or regular camera at the ready.

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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

Watch 4 Seasons in the Vineyards

February in Wine Country

Wild mustard flowers bloom in the vineyards in Napa and Sonoma. 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 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.

More on March Weather in Wine Country, April Weather in Wine Country

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 proliferating. Thinning of the vine leaves takes place during these months. Tourists season is well underway.

More on May Weather in Wine Country, June Weather in Wine Country.

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.

More on July Weather in Wine Country, August Weather in Wine Country

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.

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 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 see what each season brings to the wine country.