Who says fall foliage is only something that happens in New England? Here in Wine Country, shorter days and crisper air bring with them changing colors across the vineyards, making an already spectacular landscape even more beautiful.
Some leaves turn red. Others go yellow. Still others end up somewhere in between, almost like a reddish-orange. Then, of course, there’s pink. After months of seeing the vineyards as a sea of green, the kaleidoscope autumn hues are quite a sight. Here, then, are some of our favorite Wine Country destinations for leaf-peeping.
Our favorite part of every visit to this Calistoga winery is the cable car ride from the parking lot to the tasting room. When you visit in fall, whether you’re headed up or down the hill, be sure to look south down the Napa Valley for an incredible patchwork of colors laid out before you.
This Napa Valley winery sits like an island in the middle of vineyards, making it a perfect spot from which to ogle the changing colors of grape leaves below. A preponderance of maples (and Japanese maples) in the gardens on the property bring fall foliage up close and personal, as well.
One of the best-kept secrets in the Carneros region is Cuvaison, nestled in the hills just south of Domaine Carneros. From the tasting patio on a fall day, Cuvaison’s vineyards fan out like multicolored waves on the ocean. These are the views that make fall fun.
Trattore Estate Wines
Perched at the top of a hill toward the back of the Dry Creek Valley, this Geyserville hotspot offers panoramic vistas of the valley floor—the perfect vantage-point from which to witness the splendor of leaves changing color. Go on weekends and enjoy oven-fired pizzas on the terrace, as well.
Iron Horse Vineyards
The palm tree-lined driveway at this Sebastopol winery and sparkling wine house leads to rolling hills of vineyards, as far as the eye can see. During fall, leaves turn yellow and red, making the vistas appear to burst with color.
While the vineyards out in front of this Alexander Valley vineyard often change colors in the fall, we love this spot for its elevated and panoramic views of the entire valley. From the patio in front of the main winery, you can see red, orange, yellow, and pink leaves for miles.