What is Crush Season & How to Celebrate in Napa Valley

What is Crush Season?

Also known as “Harvest Season,” crush season is when winemakers decide that the grapes are ready to be picked after a fruitful growing season. This exciting time in Napa begins in early August and continues through late October—and it’s the most vibrant time to visit wine country!

Learn about where to celebrate the season. From harvest parties to grape stomping, and so much more!

Where to Experience Crush Season?


Harvest Parties

V. Sattui Winery

Location: 1111 White Ln, St Helena, CA 94574

This beautiful winery is celebrating crush season with their 35th Annual Harvest Ball where wine aficionados can dress to impress and enjoy a multi-course dinner prepared by a Michelin-starred chef, and drink award-winning wines from V. Sattui Winery. This event sells out quick, so be sure to secure your accommodations at RiverPointe Napa Valley and reserve your tickets.

Rutherford Hill Winery

Location: 200 Rutherford Hill Rd, Rutherford, CA 94573

Toast to the years spectacular wine harvest with Rutherford Hill Winery’s 8th Annual Barn Bash release party. Enjoy a special selection of wines paired with authentic BBQ fare, along with live music and stunning vineyard views.

Markham Vineyards

Location: 2812 St Helena Hwy, St Helena, CA 94574

Enjoy Markham Vineyards Annual Harvest Celebration Dinner in St. Helena. This event includes a gourmet dinner in their historic stone cellar and a special library of wines.

Grape Crushing Experiences

V. Sattui Winery

Location: 1111 White Ln, St Helena, CA 94574

Not only does V. Sattui Winery have a Harvest Ball, but they also have a Crush Party where guests are invited to observe behind-the-scenes of a working winery, complete with an old-fashioned wine stomp.

Raymond Vineyards

Location: 849 Zinfandel Ln, St Helena, CA 94574

Be a “Winemaker for a Day” at Raymond Vineyards where guests will learn the art of winemaking and create three different blends of red wine. And following the blending session, guests can take home a bottle of your very special blend, featuring your own custom label. This experience is perfect during prime harvest season!

Round Pond Estate

Location: 875 Rutherford Rd, Napa, CA 94558

Be a winemaker for a day at the “Day in the Life Event” at Round Pond Estates. Hosted by their winemaker, guests will be educated on the wine process, and join the winemaking team on the crush pad for an immersive hands-on experience.

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