From August through October, winemakers and their co-workers work overtime to pick grapes at the peak of ripeness and submerge them into fermenting barrels, so they can begin to creating their bottled masterpieces. The fall harvest is our very favorite time of year, for obvious reasons. Not only do we have an excuse to travel to some beautiful vineyards, we also get to watch and participate in the annual wine harvest, mainly by eating and drinking our way through the many delights that the fruits of the earth have to offer.
Because it’s now peak harvest season, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite events in Napa Valley. We’ve also included a description of the events and dates, so you can decide what you want to check out when it’s convenient for your schedule. It’s peak season for these vineyards, so do plan a little in advance to ensure lodging and tickets.
For a full listing of all fall harvest events in Napa (and there are a lot) check out Napa Valley Vintners Wine Calendar.
Saturday, September 9 – 10:30 am to 12:30 pm, $85
Celebrate Harvest 2017 amongst the vines and be the first to taste our newly-released reserve collection, including the highly-anticipated 2015 Barrel Experiment. Each guest receives three tasting tickets to enjoy pours of 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve, 2014 Cabernet Franc Reserve and 2015 Barrel Experiment. Harvest Celebration guests will be the first to receive access to this vintage of the Barrel Experiment – which sells out every year – two days before the rest of the public! In addition to the exclusive reserve tasting, join us in the heart of the HB Vineyard to sip on your Peju favorites paired with light snacks from Chef Alex’s wood-fired oven.
Saturday, September 9 – 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm, $325
Join Tim and Sabrina Persson, fifth generation Hess Family, and the winemaking team for the annual Release the Lions Dinner. A memorable evening is planned, starting with a garden reception followed by a formal dinner by Executive Chef Chad Hendrickson in the Hess Art Museum.
Saturday, September 16, 4 pm – 7pm, $75
The 2017 harvest season is coming up! Join us at the winery for an evening of fun and celebration. We are featuring our Estate Grown wines, new wine releases, fire grilled pizzas, BBQ and music.
Friday, September 22 – 6:00pm, $349
“Listen to the vines – they will tell you what to do” is a piece of advice that the Staglin Family has not forgotten since it was told to them in 1992 by famed enologist Andre Tchelistcheff. This very special winemaker dinner, with proceeds benefiting the One Mind Institute, will showcase the vines in their Rutherford Bench estate and the close collaboration that the family has with their winemaker and vineyard manager to carefully farm the land and coax optimal ripeness, complexity and intensity from the vines with each harvest.
Sunday, September 24, 5 pm – 9pm, $100
Featuring live music and delectable small bites expertly paired with current wines, rare library vintages and large formats. Tour the caves and gardens. Winemaker Philippe Melka will present the premier release of our 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon.
Saturday, October 14th, 6pm, $225
We invite you to join Merryvale’s Proprietors, René and Laurence Schlatter for an elegant Harvest Dinner in our Historic Cask Room! Escape to the romance and beauty of the wine country for dinner in one of Napa Valley’s most spectacular destinations.
We begin the evening celebration at 6pm with delicious appetizers and our Solstice sparkling wine; following the reception, we transition to the beautiful Cask Room to enjoy a fabulous dinner prepared by Nash Cognetti, former Executive Chef of the legendary Tra Vigne restaurant. The elegance of the evening would not be complete without fantastic Merryvale wines selected by the proprietors themselves! Celebrate the bounty of Napa Valley in style with Merryvale Vineyards for our annual Harvest Dinner.