"Wine and friends are a great blend," ~Ernest Hemingway
If you’re looking for a special way to spend New Year’s Eve day, Pure Luxury recommends visiting the beautiful Napa and Sonoma Wine Country. With wineries open until the afternoon and early evening, you’ll have plenty of time to sip on Napa and Sonoma Valley’s finest wines before any other New Year’s Eve festivities. So before the eating, drinking, dancing, lighting of fireworks, and making of resolutions begin, gift yourself and a group of friends and family with a wine-lover’s escape.
Robert Mondavi Winery
One of the most well-known wineries, Robert Mondavi Winery will be open until 3 p.m. Experience world-class, award-winning Napa Valley wines from this legendary winery dedicated to stellar wines, sustainability, and the Napa Valley community.
Open until 3 p.m., their appointment-only tasting room is located off the beaten path on Napa Valley’s Silverado Trail, in the heart of southern Napa. Taste exquisite wines created by Winemaker Mark Williams’ team, on William Hill’s beautiful 140 acre estate.
Are sparkling and Pinot Noir wines your favorite? If so, make an appointment for a tasting of award-winning estate sparkling wine and Pinot Noir at Domaine Carneros. Sip and nibble inside their beautiful chateau at your private table with pairings of cheese, caviar, and smoked salmon from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Domaine Carneros is also one of the few wineries open New Year’s Day. New Year’s Day hours are 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Fans of Cabernet Sauvignon are sure to be pleased with a visit to this family-owned winery. Open regular hours on New Year’s Eve day, Clos Du Val offers warm hospitality along with their highly acclaimed wines that have captured the loyalty of wine drinkers across the globe.
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Francis Ford Coppola Winery
Located in the heart of Alexander Valley, visit Francis Ford Coppola Winery for tastes of their highly acclaimed wines. This unique winery also features a full-service restaurant, Rustic Francis’s Favorites. Serving international & traditional Italian dishes, Rustic has won numerous Open Table awards including Best Ambiance, Scenic Views, and Great for Lunch. Francis Ford Coppola Winery and Rustic are open regular hours on both New Year’s Eve day, and New Year’s Day.
This beautiful, historic estate founded in 1973 is open until 3 p.m. Sip Chateau St. Jean’s award-winning, critically acclaimed wines in the heart of Sonoma Valley while enjoying their lush Mediterranean-styled gardens and vineyard views.
Taste outstanding Italian varietals from California inside the Tuscan-style villa that houses the VJB tasting room, marketplace, and deli. Their Italian varietals include a smooth Estate Montepulciano, full-bodied Estate Aglianico, well-structured Primitivo, food-friendly Estate Sangiovese, and much more. Open until 4 p.m., this is also the perfect stop for a wide selection of delicious food to enjoy with your favorite bottle of VJB wine. Choose from a selection of artisan cheeses, imported salumi, fresh local breads, panini sandwiches, homemade Mozzarella, and more.
Family-owned and operated since 1987, this boutique winery, consistently produces award-winning, critically acclaimed, limited production handcrafted wines. Roche wines are not sold in stores. Visit their tasting room in downtown Sonoma just off Sonoma Plaza until 6 p.m. on New Year’s Eve day. Want to visit Roche on New Year’s Day? No problem. They’re open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Whatever you plans for the New Year, make sure to contact Pure Luxury for safe, and luxurious private, chauffeured transportation.