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Aug 2, 2011 10:23 PM

Napa Valley wineries with picnic areas

I've seen this topic brought up in a bunch of different threads, but I'm wondering if I can get a definitive list of wineries in Napa Valley that allow you to bring a picnic lunch to their grounds.

It's been a couple years since I've been to the area (I tend to go to Sonoma or Santa Cruz Mountains area more often), but we are coming back in August for a few days and would like to picnic for at least a couple of the days (particularly since most of our budget's going to dinners and buying wine). In the past we have had a very good picnic experience at Diamond Oaks in Oakville. Since we're staying in downtown Napa, we'll probably pick up picnic supplies at Fatted Calf (which I love!) and Oxbow Cheese Merchant.

Here are a few places that are on my radar, based on posts that I've seen. Are there any places that I've missed? Btw, I've deliberately not listed v. sattui since we're focusing more on smaller, less well-known (and less crowded) wineries.

Diamond Oaks - Seems like they've been sold so not sure if they're still open
Dutch Henry
Barnett Vineyards
Pride Mountain Vineyards
Reynolds Family Winery

Do these or any other wineries have specific requirements to be able to picnic onsite?

Really appreciate everyone's help!

Fatted Calf
644-C First Street, Napa, CA 94559

The Oxbow Cheese Merchant
610 First Street, Napa, CA 94559

Pride Mountain Vineyards
4026 Spring Mountain Rd, St Helena, CA

Reynolds Family Winery
3266 Silverado Trl, Napa, CA

Dutch Henry Winery
4300 Silverado Trl, Calistoga, CA

Barnett Vineyards
1230 Spring Street Suite B, Saint Helena, CA

Fatted Calf
320 Fell St, San Francisco, CA 94102

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  1. Great smallish winery in Dry Creek Valley, not too far from Napa...
    Lambert Bridge Winery. Take Dry Creek Road to Lambert Bridge Road,then take a left and the winery is on your right possibly -- 1/2 mil. 4085 W. Dry Creek Road, Healdsburg, CA. They have picnic tables with sun umbrellas. They don't offer food, but might require you buy some wine. Many maps that you could pick up in any visitors center should offer details on wineries (open hours and picnic site etc).

    Lambert Bridge
    4085 W Dry Creek Rd, Healdsburg, CA

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    1. re: weezy1074

      I was just in the Healdsburg/Dry Creek area some months ago so will probably pass this time...looking for something more in the Napa Valley area for this trip (it does seem easier to find places that allow picnics in Sonoma County).

      Thanks for the suggestion though...we usually go to Sonoma county at least once a year so I'll definitely put it on the list for next time.

    2. Pride and Barnett are on top of Spring Mountain, 20 minutes up a Very windy road from downtown St Helena. The view is great, they need reservations, so why not ask while you're doing that. A couple of others are Phelps (picnic tables) and StagS' Leap (nice, deep veranda).
      Again reservations...

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        1. re: Dawgmommy

          I've had a lovely picnic at Joseph Phelps picnic area and the wine is one of my fave's..
          Rombauer might have some areas..don't know for sure.

        2. There's no definitive list, but it is more likely that a winery will let you picnic there than not. Since you said you are interested in smaller and more obscure wineries, they will generally have a "by appointment only" permit, so you should call ahead for your appointment and to ask if they have tables where you can relax and eat your lunch.

          1. You will not find a better view anywhere than at Pride. You look out onto the entire Napa Valley.
            Your 2,600 feet up and the view is spectacular. Directly east is Howell mountain and looking a bit north is Mt St Helena.
            Just make a tasting appointment (necessary), its a great informative tasting. Buy a bottle from them, stroll over to the picnic tables and enjoy!

            1. Here's a list of wineries with picnic areas from Napa Valley Vintners

              76 wineries are on the list, so that's probably pretty definitive.

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              1. re: Junie D

                Wow, what a great list...I'll hang on to this one!

                Thanks all for the replies. We have made appointments for Pride Mountain and Dutch Henry, mainly from all the great reviews from this board. Will report back after my trip!

                1. re: arlenemae

                  If you are really particular you may want to bring your own bocce balls to Dutch Henry, I would.