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By Guest Bloggers /

Harvest time is coming to California’s wine country!   This means there is no better time to plan your California adventure vacation and experience amazing cycling tours through the Napa region. Not only is the weather fantastic in Napa in the fall, but there is a special energy in the air.  The excitement and anticipation of great wines to come is all around. The grape leaves are beginning to change color only adding to the breathtaking beauty of the area.  The days are still warm and the evenings are cool making it the perfect time to explore all that the region has to offer.

The annual grape crush begins in late August and continues until October, which makes the fall an extremely exciting time to be in wine country.  This is the perfect time to see the area in the full swing of wine production.  The flurry of activity picking grapes starts before dawn and the grapes are whisked away to the crusher as quickly as possible, yet the smell of freshly picked grapes lingers in the air all day.  It is a time for festivity and to celebrate the harvest, wineries offer rare barrel tastings, special production tours, unique wine pairing dinners and opportunities to blend your own wine.  During this exciting time you can even find a few places that offer you the opportunity to participate in an idyllic barefoot wine stomp.  You will find the small towns are buzzing with cooking classes, workshops, special events and festivals.

Fill your days with the perfect combination of hiking, biking, kayaking and winery tours and tastings.  There is no better way to explore wine country than by bicycle.  It allows you to slow down and take it all in.  An afternoon of hiking and exploring historic Jack London State Park will take you back to the simpler time of Jack London’s adventures.  Stroll along the beach after a morning kayak until you find your perfect seashell souvenir.  End your perfect day in wine country with a farm fresh dinner and a glass of local wine.

A few days in wine country will leave you relaxed, rejuvenated and ready to plan your next visit.  Come celebrate the finer things in life with the people of California’s wine country this fall!

Your friendly wine loving travel consultant,

Melissa Ladvala

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