What to Wear for Wine Tasting in Napa

 In Tour Tidbits

Our guests often ask us “What should I wear to my Napa wine tasting?” or “Is there a dress code for wine tasting?”

Don’t worry, there’s no dress code – but we have some tips to help make your wine tasting tour more comfortable.

Check out our photo gallery to help you decide what to wear wine tasting in Napa and Sonoma. *Note: These photos are of real guests on our real Wine Country tours, not stock photos.

Napa Wine Tasting Clothing Tips

#1: Dress in Layers

Wear layers for wine tasting

That’s the first thing we tell guests when they ask us what to wear wine tasting in Napa and Sonoma. Weather in the San Francisco Bay Area can change within minutes, and there can be quite a contrast between mornings in The City and afternoons in Wine Country. 

As Mark Twain has been quoted as saying, “The coldest winter I ever spent was a summer in San Francisco.”

The San Francisco fog is infamous. Sometimes, it’s almost like a miracle when you head north from San Francisco across the Golden Gate Bridge and find sunshine and warmth on tours to Napa and Sonoma.

So start the day with a jacket or sweater even in the middle of summer. You can leave that layer in our secure vehicle as temperatures rise and wine warms the body. We promise your guide will keep your belongings safe while you’re enjoying a day in Wine Country.

#2: Dress Comfortably

Dress Comfortably for Napa

Our second suggestion is to dress comfortably. Napa and Sonoma definitely exemplify California’s laid-back lifestyle, especially when it comes to attire. Basically, there’s no dress code. However, we urge you to wear comfortable shoes since some walking is necessary especially during lunch and free time.

#3: Wear Something Fun

Wear something fun for wine tasting

Recommendation No. 3 is to wear something fun. Wine Country is fun so you’ll want to look good in the pictures you take during the best day of your vacation.

#4: Remember to Smile

Dress up or down

Dress up or down. Wine Country welcomes everyone no matter the attire. Just remember to wear a smile for all the amazing photos you’re going to take.

#5: Shorts, Jeans and T-Shirts are Ok

Shorts and Jeans are Okay

Shorts are definitely okay for men and women. Jeans and T-shirts are also cool. What you wear wine tasting really is up to you!

#6: Wear Sunglasses

Wear Sunglasses

We strongly suggest wearing sunglasses. There’s a good chance one or two tastings will be held outdoors weather permitting. You’ll also have free time for lunch and to walk around a Wine Country town, so sunglasses will come in handy.

#7: Wear Comfortable Shoes

Wear Comfortable Shoes

Please wear comfortable shoes. We’d hate for you to miss out on an extra pour in a vineyard while the wine server is telling the group about what makes their wine the best.

#8: Hats Come in Handy

Hats Come In Handy

Hats are certainly optional, but may come in handy during vineyard strolls or free time or lunch. Bonus points for couples with matching hats.