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Family-Friendly Napa Valley Wineries: 10 Fun Places that Welcome Kids

Are you visiting Napa Valley with kids and want to do a little tasting? Not sure where to go?

Check out my list of the top family-friendly Napa Valley wineries. These are places where your kids will not only be welcome, but will have something to occupy their time as you sample some of Napa's best wines.

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1. Sterling Vineyards

Note: Sterling is temporarily closed for renovations. Stay tuned for more info about their reopening in Spring/Summer 2023. 

One of the best family-friendly Napa Valley wineries is Sterling. The fun starts immediately with an aerial tramway ride to the top of the hill. This is the only way to get to the tasting room from the parking lot.

As you ascend, you will get amazing views around the valley. Kids love it as they get a bird's eye view of the valley below.

Aerial Tram at Sterling Vineyards

When you arrive at the top and check in for your tasting, your little ones will receive a coloring book. Sterling also offers great views, snacks, and juice for those under 21.

If your kids are old enough, they can also enjoy the self-guided tour. It shows the winemaking process and is a great way to learn about it.

2. Castello di Amorosa

Another one of the top family-friendly Napa Valley wineries is Castello di Amorosa. This authentic Tuscan castle design has 107 rooms and plenty of spaces to explore.

Your best option here is to take one of the guided castle tours, on which kids of all ages are welcome at the general admission price. Your entire family will get the chance to see secret rooms and interesting chambers.

At the end, you will also do a little wine tasting. In addition to the coloring book, kids will get a cup of grape juice so they can join in on the experience.

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3. Frog's Leap

You will find this winery in the heart of Napa in the Rutherford District. They have an amazing selection of varietals, including Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Zinfandel. I also love their whites, which include Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, and Chenin Blanc—perfect on a warm sunny day.

The reason Frog's Leap is one of my favorite family-friendly Napa Valley wineries is that they offer some fun things for kids on their farm, where the little ones can meet the chickens or watch the fish swim around in the pond.

They can also check out the lovely garden. This keeps them busy so you can do a little tasting during your visit. Family-friendly visits are available by reservation before noon. 

4. V. Sattui

The perfect spot for lunch in St. Helena is V. Sattui Winery. They have wonderful outdoor area that includes a number of picnic tables, as well as an on-site deli and Saturday food truck.

V. Sattui Winery in Napa

Their artisanal deli features salads and sandwiches, paninis, and specialties like Dungeness crab cakes and lasagna. On Saturdays, the food truck serves up yummy BBQ ribs, truffle parmesan fries, and more. 

Each selection on their menu shows you the best wine to pair with it, so you can enjoy a glass or bottle of wine with lunch. Both spots offer great desserts as well. 

This stop gives the kids some time to play around outdoors as you finish your tasty V. Sattui treats.

5. Honig Vineyard and Winery

Another great place to take the kids is Honig Vineyard and Winery. They have a selection of fun things for your entire family.

They offer a tour of their vineyard on an open-air cart. Kids love this tour as they get to ride around in a cool cart while soaking in the amazing views around the valley.

Inside the winery, there are also games and toys for kids of all ages. In addition, they offer the kids snacks to keep them satisfied.

6. Dutch Henry Winery

Dutch Henry is another good lunch spot and a great option for older kids.

They have a great selection of red wines. I love their Syrah and Grenache wines. They also make Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Zinfandel.

Unfortunately, a massive fire destroyed the tasting room in 2020, but fortunately, this family-owned operation is back up and welcoming visitors again. 

The best part is they have a good outdoor area with bocce ball and picnic tables. You can grab some lunch on your way over and it enjoy it at one of the outdoor tables.

7. Alpha Omega Winery

Alpha Omega Winery is another one of the best family-friendly Napa Valley wineries. For younger kids, they offer coloring books and crayons upon arrival.

They also have a lovely outdoor area that is perfect for your family. You can taste their wines outdoors as the little ones get some fresh air.

Their selection of wines includes everything from Cabernet Sauvignon to a wonderful Late Harvest wine.

8. Beringer

The next stop for families is Beringer. They opened their doors in 1976 and is the longest continually operated winery in California.

Beringer Winery in Napa

There are a few things that will keep your kids busy here. They can explore some of the rooms inside this 17-room historic mansion. Outside, you will find a bocce ball court and picnic tables.

Kids are welcome to join the 30-minute cave tour as well. Overall this is a great stop for families.

9. Raymond Vineyards

Raymond Vineyards is ideal for visiting with kids because of its gorgeous grounds that are not only well kept, but also curated for the perfect outdoor learning experience.

While sipping your wine, you can take your family around to explore the Theater of Nature. First you'll enter through a white curtain that opens to the picturesque setting of the vineyard's organic and biodynamic farm.

There is a self-led tour through five acts that children of all ages will love as they discover the plants, sheep, chickens, and goats that contribute to the winery. Meanwhile you'll get the satisfaction of seeing how the delicious wines you're tasting came from sustainable viticulture. 

Plus, the photo ops are incredible. Stop at the "hanging frame wall" and the big white chairs for some fun backdrops. 

10. Inglenook

Inglenook is a historic property owned by Francis Ford Coppola. Construction began on their gorgeous chateau in 1881 with their first harvest in 1882. It stayed in the hands of the original owner, Gustave Ferdinand Niebaum, and his family until the 1960s. Coppola and his wife purchased it in 1975.

If you are traveling with kids, I recommend stopping here for lunch or a snack. They have a wonderful Bistro with outdoor dining. Their outdoor space features a reflecting pool and they allow the younger guests to borrow wooden sailboats to sail around the courtyard fountain.

Both you and the kids will a great experience here. You can sample some of their tasty wines at the Bistro, which is why it's one of my favorite family-friendly Napa Valley wineries.

While children are welcome, it's recommended you call ahead to let them know if you're traveling with children aged 12 or younger.

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