The Winemaker’s Guide to Napa Valley Harvest Season

August 24, 2017  |  Wine

Harvest season in Napa Valley

Fall is as busy a time as ever on the XOJET event radar, but it’s not just because of primetime sporting events like the U.S. Open of tennis or World Series of baseball. Chief among private charter destinations is the annual spectacle of wine happening not far from our operations command center in Northern California, namely harvest season in Napa Valley and Sonoma.

September—and sometimes early October—is the vintage climax, and judging by the comments from the winemakers we interviewed for this article, it could very well be a ‘hang-time vintage.’ There was a lot of rain in the spring, a lot of heat this summer, and now the grapes are in the clubhouse turn. Below are five wineries on which you can place your bets, with firsthand vintage evaluations from the owners and winemakers, in addition to their favorite places to hang out when they’re off-duty.

As for getting there, XOJET can touch down at any suitable airport of your choice and arrange direct service to your final destination. We recommend landing at either Napa County Airport or Sonoma County Airport, both of which are conveniently located near the region’s finest hotels and, of course, the vineyards themselves.