Is there any cheap Napa wine tasting left? We are asked this question a lot. The best answer we can give is, sort of. Most wineries are charging $25 per taste on the low end. You can pay over $100 on the high end. The days of leaving your wallet at home are clearly at an end. So, where does the cheap Napa wine tasting fit in?
Napa Wineries offering free tastings
First off, there are a handful of wineries that still offer free tasting. When you are looking for cheap Napa wine tasting, these are the gold standard.
This represents a very small percentage of the total wineries in Napa. Most of these wineries are also a bit out of the way. If you are feeling adventurous and really don't want to find cheap wine tasting in Napa, you can create an itinerary with the wineries above.
Napa Wine Tasting Clubs
The next step for keeping your costs down in Napa is looking into tasting clubs or apps. Most of the free tasting coupons from wineries are gone. The wineries negotiate discounts directly with these clubs or apps. This means the wineries don't have to administer the discount programs.
Priority Wine Pass - You buy an annual membership to this tasting club. Discounts are pre-arranged with roughly 50 wineries. The discounts range from complimentary tastings to free upgrades. If you are wine tasting with a companion, one of you will taste for free at many wineries in the club. Many of the most popular wineries in Napa offer discounts through the club. Here are a few sample wineries from the list.
More Cheap Napa Wine Tasting Tips
Finally, you can try to economize by using a few of these tips. You may not consider these cheap options, but they will help save you some money on your Napa wine tasting trip!
- Try to visit in the offseason. November through May is considered the slow season in Napa. You can find hotel deals, find restaurant specials and get more attention at the wineries during this time.
- Buy a bottle of wine. Many wineries still offer to waive tasting fees when you purchase a bottle. It's nice to save on the tasting fees and even nicer to drink the wine later!
- Talk to your hotel concierge and ask about tasting coupons. Many wineries have relationships with local hotels. They know the hotels are full of wine lovers, so they want the concierge to recommend you visit their winery.
Alternatives to Cheap Napa Wine Tasting
If none of the above options strike you as cheap, maybe it's time to look somewhere else for wine tasting. Napa is by far the most famous wine region in California, but it's not the only one. If you are really looking for a budget wine tasting experience, the Sierra Foothills may be the place for you. There is a long history of winemaking in the Sierra. The number of quality wineries is exploding now and most offer free tasting. Find out more about the sierra wine country here.
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