Legendary Napa Valley has become prominent as America’s great wine capital since the “Judgement of Paris” in 1976. Just an hours drive North from San Francisco, Napa Valley is an oasis for the food and wine enthusiast within. Napa consists of 16 distinct American Viticulture Areas as the variance of terroir has a wide range in such a small valley and is home to over 650 wineries. Given these stats, many do not realize that Napa’s wine production accounts for only 4% of California’s total wine output. This helps put the quality and integrity of the wine from this region in perspective. We invite you to explore further under our guidance, as we take you deeper into this truly incredible world of wine. WCD is proud to offer the best of the best when it comes to event planning in Napa Valley.
2016 WCD OFFERINGS
Private Wine Excursions
After many years of living in the Wine Country we have developed amazing connections and no one can get you exclusive access like we can
Our usual day of wine tasting consists of 3 hand selected wineries, often not open to the public. Group sizes can vary from 2 to 30, depending on the wineries visited and experience desired.
Horseback Through the Vineyards
Feel like you are stepping back in time as a vineyard rancher from the good ol’ days. Our riding expert will ensure you a safe, fun experience as he selects the right horse for the right personality. Your ride will include a bit of viticulture education as you tour through the vines as well.
After your journey through the vineyards, enjoy a glass of wine with some delectable pairings from the local property.
Hot Air Ballooning
The most peaceful way to see the Napa Valley from above. Float high over the vineyards and enjoy the beauty of this wonderful appellation. This is a great way to start a day of wine tasting as times are only available in the early morning.
In order to beat the winds of the later day, ballooners must awake early to make the 6:30 arrival time for the experience. A champagne toast & bunch is served upon the flights landing.
Biking Through the Vineyards
The guide for the day will promptly meet you at your hotel with all the gear and bikes necessary for your days adventure. Bicycle from winery to winery as your support vehicle is there for any roadside assistance.
This is an incredible and healthy way to get outside while enjoying the beauty of the area in an up-close and personal setting. It’s also a great way to meet other fellow cyclists as this is a very popular area for such an adventure.
Farm to Table Experiences
Napa Valley isn’t just known for their incredible grapes, this land is truly an amazing agricultural area where you can literally grow anything. With the return to focus on sustainability and biodynamics, organic gardens are becoming direct suppliers to restaurants and farmers markets up here.
Take a tour and learn what it takes to grow such healthy and vibrant produce and livestock as you tour the farms and taste for yourself.
Napa Valley is world renowned for the culinary options it offers. No where else in the world can you find two 3 Michelin Star restaurants so close in distance. And it’s not only these locations that will blow you away, Napa has become a true culinary destination.
Allow us to select your dining options to match your taste, booking all reservations and perhaps even pulling some strings to bump you up on the list for the French Laundry.
Napa Valley Wine Train
The Napa Valley Wine Train provides a relaxing three-hour, thirty-six mile round-trip journey from the historic town of Napa, through one of the world’s most well known wine valleys to the quaint village of St. Helena, and back.
Guests aboard the Wine Train enjoy a freshly prepared lunch or dinner inside a fully restored 1915-1917 Pullman Dining Car or 1952 Vista Dome car as they pass the vineyards and wineries of Napa Valley. They also have the option of pre-purchasing a winery tour.
Private Chefs & Cooking Classes
With all the culinary magic that Napa Valley has to offer, you are sure to want to get your hands wet with our many options for private cooking classes. Varying from private residences to the Culinary Institute of America, there is sure to be a great fit for your adventure palate.
If hands on is not your cup of tea, then we also offer private chefs to come to your accommodations and put on a show just for you and your guests as they whip up local ingredients into a culinary delight.
What better way to experience the Napa Valley than by helicoptering from winery to winery. See the beauty from above as our professional pilot and guide guides you on this journey amongst the clouds.
Another great benefit is avoiding the traffic when hopping from spot to spot. Not all wineries allow helicopter access, but the ones that do definitely stick out from the crowd.
Luxury Hotels & Villa Rentals
The level of luxurious accommodations that Napa Valley has to offer is hard to match. From LEED Platinum Certified hotels to an assortment of private villas, there is sure to be a fit that will make you feel like a king or queen.
Booking through WCD usually allows for special upgrades, hotel credits and welcome packages. Just let us know your tastes and we’ll find the right fit for you.
Wine Blending Seminars
Did you know that most wines that you’re drinking at your dinner table are actually blends of multiple varietals? Our wine blending seminars will teach you the dynamics of how the pros sit down and hash out their final elixirs.
These seminars are great for team building or couples wanting to add some diversity to their day of wine tasting. We at WCD feel that wine education is an integral part of what we offer and highly recommend this experience.
Access to Private Art Installations
What is fine wine without fine art? Napa Valley has some incredible art exhibits that are often located at wineries. Sip a glass of cab as you indulge the sense of sight at these world class installations.
We offer private guided tours to get you deeper into the mind of the artists and away from the crowds.
Painting in the Vineyards
Whether you are new to painting or an experienced painter, Napa Valley Vineyards are an enchanting place to paint. We will provide paint, brushes, easels, canvases and everything else you will need for your vineyard painting experience.
You will learn the skills needed to compose and paint your own Napa Valley Vineyard landscape. Learn how to begin, how to create a composition that works, how to use colors in ways that work harmoniously, how to tame your inner critic and more! Wine tasting and lunch at the winery follows.
Safari in Wine Country
No need to go all the way to Africa to experience this wild safari. Here you’ll find the spirit of Africa in the heart of wine country this 400 acre private preserve. Climb aboard the 10 passenger off road vehicles as your safari guide brings you through this beautiful land full of water buffalo, zebras, giraffes and more!
Get up close with cheetahs and stroll through the exotic bird preserve, or watch the lemurs jumping around. Also, wake up with the sounds of the savannah echoing in your dreams with available tent and cottage accommodations.
Luxury Spa Packages
It’s no question that Napa offers some of the best spa experiences in the world. The level of luxury that the hotels and accommodations in the area offer is accentuated by the unique and relaxing experiences of their spas.
From mud baths to couples massage to grape seed facials, there is sure to be the right fit for that soothing experience you soul desires.
Audi Driving Experience
We speak from personal experience when we say this is one of the most exciting adventures we are proud to offer at WCD. Your day will consist of professional driving instruction with maximum time in the paddock and track. Audi has also recently upgraded their fleet of R8’s to the V-10 525 horsepower models which are guaranteed to make you smile just from the acceleration g-force alone.
A gourmet lunch is also served during lunch in the Audi Lounge and in-car videos of the day are available as well to have proof of who was faster at the end of the day.
Private Luxury Transportation
From luxury sedans to 50 passenger coaches, we have all your transportation needs covered. Here are some examples vehicles we offer:
Tesla Model S
Bentley Flying Spur
10 Passenger Limo
15 Passenger Stretch Limo
40 Person Luxury Coach
and many more options...
Meeting professionals rely on WCD as the premiere local DMC with an insight into unparalleled options to assist them to create the perfect program. Our experienced and qualified planners are confident and recognized as experts in the area.
From team building activities and adventures, to private group wine tastings and specialty dinners at unique venues, we will ensure your company gains a productive and stellar experience while meeting your objectives.