Wineries can be terrific spots for hikes, but the challenge is knowing which ones to go to and where the trails are. And preparing for the wine or food that is surely to accompany, or cap, the hike. Some are overrated, but some are literally diamonds in the rough.
The Bartholomew Park Winery in Sonoma stands out for me, but I’ve heard of a few others that are worth noting. Here are just a couple with upcoming scheduled dates for your calendar, but feel free to add any you know of in the comments section below. (There’s actually a cottage industry that has started over hiking in wineries, so if you need something more organized, that’s an option too.)
Kunde Family Winery
Kunde offers several types of guided hikes, including some special dog-friendly ones. The 2012 schedule runs on nine Saturdays over the next eight months and starts March 31. Prices vary, based. Check out this page for more information.
di Rosa Winery, Napa
Location: Sculpture Meadow and Milliken Peak
Spring is the perfect time for art and nature
lovers to visit the di Rosa and its unique and significant collection of Northern California art. This year di Rosa’s Spring Nature Hikes are offered in April 28, May 5, May 19, and June 9 beginning at 10:00AM. Join experienced guides for the exclusive opportunity to hike to the top of Milliken Peak at di Rosa, the highest summit in the Carneros region of Napa Valley with sweeping views of the North Bay, including vistas of the Napa River and San Pablo Bay. The hikes are moderately strenuous, children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Hikes are free to members, all others $15. More information here.