The Family Guide to Wine Country

A family relaxes on the Village green at the Vista Collina in Napa Meritage Resort & Spa

While those who are serious about their wine find fall as the best season for a trip to wine country, families can (and should!) enjoy a trip there year round.  Family-friendly wineries, play spots and great dining and lodging options means you can make a family trip out of it. We have the entire area and then some covered—be sure to check out our in-depth coverage for Santa Rosa, Healdsburg and Calistoga.

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Editor’s Note: We make every effort to maintain the accuracy of this list. However, policies do change so contact your winery of choice prior to visiting to confirm their policies regarding children, COVID related reservation procedures and specific family days and hours. 

Napa, Calistoga, Yountville and St. Helena

A girl walks down a vineyard
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Frog’s Leap
This “green” winery welcomes children and four-legged furry friends alike (note: on a leash, please! The dogs, that is). After your tasting, you can stroll through their bountiful fruit and vegetable garden (no sampling, please!). 

8815 Conn Creek Rd
Rutherford, CA 

V. Sattui Winery
V. Sattui knows that there’s nothing that pairs better with a great wine than some delicious meats and cheeses. Their artisan deli offers something for everyone—over 200 cheeses, desserts including creme brulee and gelato, and on the weekends you can dig in to some barbecued ribs and wood-fired pizza. Kids will enjoy romping through the over two acres of picnic grounds.

1111 White Lane
St. Helena, CA

Napa Cellars
With bocce ball, ladder ball and corn hole games to keep them busy, this Oakville spot is a natural choice for families. Live music and plenty of picnic tables will make you sit and stay a while. Opt for a tasting or glass and enjoy the sun!

7481 St. Helena Hwy. South
Oakville, CA

Honig Vineyard & Winery
For a leisurely-paced tasting in a gorgeous setting, this is your spot. Drive down the long driveway and opt for an outdoor table. Kids and dogs are welcomed and they usually have snacks and coloring books to keep the little ones occupied.

850 Rutherford Rd.
Rutherford, CA

Alpha Omega Winery
This St. Helena spot offers the coloring book, “Exploring the Napa Valley with Traveler Teddies,” a kid-friendly guide to the Napa Valley, presented with a box of crayons to the youngest visitors and dogs on leash are also welcomed. 

1155 Mee Lane at Hwy. 29
St. Helena, CA

Costello di Amororsa
Nothing screams family friendly winery than an Italian castle replica from the Middle Ages. Book a guided tour which features everything from knight armors to a dungeon and a chancde to meet the winery cats, dogs and farm animals. Little royals can sip grape juice and enjoy coloring in the grand Knights Hall tasting room. Note: strollers not allowed inside the winery.

4045 St. Helena Hwy
Calistoga, CA


Oxbow Public Market
The benefit of visiting this spot is that there is literally something for every taste available. Burgers, cupcakes, oysters and more, grab your fave, pick a table and dig in.

610 & 644 First Street
Napa, CA

Fleetwood at Calistoga Motor Lodge & Spa
This ultra kid-friendly spot should definitely be on your list when you visit wine country. They have an expansive outdoor eating area as well as an indoor dining area with a fun view of the open kitchen that the kids will enjoy. The menu of shareable items has something that everyone will love like the wood oven roasted meatballs, speck ham pizza and burrata with grilled peaches. You’ll love the property’s retro vibe and the kids can enjoy the hammocks and fire pit while you savory your after-dinner drink. 

1880 Lincoln Ave. 
Calistoga, CA

Compline Restaurant & Wine Shop
Upscale dining that is still relaxed and welcoming is the name of the game at Compline. Kids will love the burger (you will too!) that’s made with Five Dot Ranch beef. Start with the cheeseboard to share and the melon gazpacho if the heat is on. Don’t skip the duck fat fries, they will be your new favorite. 

1300 First Street #312
Napa, CA

Boon Fly Cafe
The world-famous Boon Fly Donuts are not to be missed on your next trip to Napa. A bucket of these babies for the kids and spicy bacon Bloody Marys for the grown-ups are the perfect way to start your day. Lunch and dinner offer options like flatbread pizza and fried chicken. If you are there on a Monday, you are in luck as they offer everyone’s favorite breakfast for dinner!

4048 Sonoma Hwy
Napa, CA

Farmstead at Long Meadow Ranch
Dine in this old barn with plenty of seating, an open kitchen to entertain the littles and tasty farm-to-table cuisine that changes with the season. Big portions are perfect for sharing like the “brick cooked” chicken and the mac and cheese with Vella Daisy cheddar. Enjoy live music on the outdoor patio when the weather cooperates and make sure you save room for the Scharffenberger chocolate cream pie—you won’t regret it.

738 Main St.
St. Helena, CA


A girl and her grandmother look at grapes on a vinyeard


Cline Cellars Vineyard and Winery
350 acres means something for everyone at this family go-to. And while the grounds don’t look like much driving in, once you’re behind the wall kiddos get treated to a breadth of pretty lawns, ponds, paths and fountains, and the California Mission Museum with its historic display of all 21 missions built to scale in 1939. They’ll love the turtles, fish and exotic birds while you’ll love the wine tasting in a charming 1850s farmhouse.

24737 Arnold Dr
Sonoma, CA

Bartholomew Estate Vineyards and Winery
Bartholomew Estate Winery sits within the 375-acre Bartholomew Park. Guests with children and leashed fur-babies can purchase bottles at the winery and enjoy a picnic at the many gardens, lawns and picnic areas. You can also purchase picnic blankets and to-go-wine cups on site. The park also offers over 3 miles of hiking trails to explore.

1000 Vineyard Lane
Sonoma, CA

Francis Ford Coppola Winery
One of Sonoma County’s most popular family-friendly wineries, has two pools, bocce ball courts, a movie gallery showcasing Coppola film props such as Don Corleone’s desk from The Godfather, and the original automobile from Tucker: The Man and His Dream, and a poolside restaurant where wine and food can be delivered to parents while the littles splash around. rent a cabana for the day for your own private changing area and shower.

300 Via Archimedes
Geyserville, CA


Lou’s Luncheonette
You’ll love this stop as it has many kid-friendly favorites: fried chicken, biscuits, sandwiches, deviled eggs, pimento cheese, collard greens and baked beans. Desserts include fried pies, milkshakes and soft serve. Breakfast is no longer available and service changed from table-side to counter, making for a much faster dining experience. Choose a spot on the patio where the kids can dig in the rocks with the dump trucks.

2698 Fremont Dr.
Sonoma, CA

Sunflower Caffe
Right in the middle of Sonoma’s central square you will find the simple, delicious food of Sunflower Caffe. Open for breakfast and lunch, the lines can get long but it’s worth the wait to grab some farm-fresh eggs or the ever-popular grilled cheese sandwich. Their expansive back patio is full of water fountains and tons of spots to explore or sit for a bit.

421 First St. W
Sonoma, CA

Santa Rosa, Healdsburg and the Russian River Valley

Two children pick grapes at a vineyard in Healdsburg
Paige Green Davero


DaVero Farms & Winery
This beautiful, certified biodynamic farm and winery is home to olive groves, a vineyard, fruit trees, an expansive vegetable garden, as well as chickens, sheep and pigs. Stop over for a wine and olive oil tasting and bring your kids along as they can play in the garden or check out the animals while you sip on some of the best wines of the region.

1766 Westside Road
Healdsburg, CA

Truett-Hurst Winery
The Dry Creek Valley is home to this scenic gem that offers creekside Adirondack chairs and picnic tables where you can enjoy a glass of their Salmon Run Zinfandel and, if you are lucky, spot one of the namesake fish as they spawn in the creek. Ask the winery staff for their special glasses that make spotting the salmon even easier. Kids will also love the goats, chickens and organic gardens on the property.

5610 Dry Creek Rd.
Healdsburg, CA

Matanzas Creek Winery
Plan your visit to this Santa Rosa gem when the lavender is in bloom. The calming scent takes over the property and you will want to spend the day sipping sauvignon blanc as the kids play cornhole under the massive oak trees. Swing by the lavender market if you want to bring home some lavender-scented bath products or even a bunch of lavender grill sticks for your next barbecue.

6097 Bennett Valley Rd.
Santa Rosa, CA

photo: Belden Barns Farmstead & Winery

Belden Barns Farmstead & Winery
While Mom and Dad taste wines at Belden Barns Farmstead & Winery above Santa Rosa in central Sonoma County, the kids can borrow the winery’s scavenger-hunt-style “adventure” backpacks and wander the 55-acre property in search of flora, fauna, and random or whimsical items. The backpacks are filled with field guides to local birds or insects, magnifying glasses, sketchpads, crayons, and a checklist of things to find. The kids are encouraged to check off as many items as possible, searching for things like an acorn, an owl pellet, a feather, something heart-shaped, or a piece of trash. The goal is to keep kids busy and engaged while their parents taste wine. Wine tasting by appointment only.

5561 Sonoma Mountain Road
Santa Rosa, CA

ACORN Winery
Kids are welcomed to this Healdsburg winery with LEGO bricks, crayons and cornhole to keep kids entertained while parents taste. Children may also explore the vineyards adjacent to the tasting room, join parents on a guided vineyard walk and taste grapes during harvest. Appointments required.

12040 Old Redwood Hwy.
Healdsburg, CA

Landmark Vineyards
Hop aboard the complimentary Horse Drawn Carriage Tour. Led by third-generation Sonoma Valley farmer Pat Prather, this tour dives into estate viticulture practices, winemaking techniques and Sonoma wine history. It’s the perfect outing for a warm afternoon (available Saturdays May-September).

101 Adobe Canyon Road
Kenwood, CA

photo: Furthermore Wines

Furthermore Wines
This Russian River Valley spot welcomes your two-legged and four-legged children to join you for a day of bocce ball and picnicking at their Sebastopol winery. Known for their laidback vibe and outstanding pinots, Furthermore is definitely a spot to spend the day. Check out their lineup of events to increase the fun even more.

3541 Gravenstein Highway North
Sebastopol, CA

Preston Farm and Winery
As the name implies, this winery is also home to animals like sheep, hens and occasionally pigs. Kids will love the many cats that roam the property (but leave Fido at home for this visit). Grab one of Preston’s famed Rhône varietal wines and enjoy it with a picnic lunch on the grass. Grab some pastured eggs and ground lamb in the shop to take home with you (along with your vino, of course).

9282 West Dry Creek Road
Healdsburg, CA

Alexander Valley Vineyards
Kids can join in winery and cave tours with their parents, visit the vineyards and enjoy the winery’s picnic area.

8644 Highway 128
Healdsburg, CA

photo: Nella duBon-Koch


The Barlow
This 12-acre outdoor market district features delicious food, wine crafts and so much more from over 30 local merchants. Stroll the dog friendly campus, that was once an applesauce cannery, sip some local wines while the kids enjoy some organic ice cream and romping around on the lawn. Be sure to check out the edible landscape.

6770 McKinley St.
Sebastopol, CA

Stockhome Restaurant
Husband and wife restaurateurs, Chef Roberth and Andrea Sundell, know what it’s like to dine out with kids. Parents to four kids themselves, they opened Stockhome in their Petaluma hometown with a keen eye to what would be convenient for families. The counter-service restaurant serves the popular cuisine of Stockholm including Swedish favorites like meatballs with lingonberries, mashed potatoes and gravy.

Other favorites include the kebab plate with pommes frites and the little gem salad with fried garbanzo beans. Kids will especially love the massive-but-delicate Swedish pancakes with fresh berries and vanilla cream and the pita pizza. Bonus: you can be sure they’ll behave during the meal as you can bribe them with some of the restaurant’s authentic Swedish candies. A few dozen varieties are available for purchase by the pound at the counter, after you finish what’s on your plate, of course.

220 Western Ave.
Petaluma, CA



Generations of parents have made a pit stop at TrainTown, located just a mile down the road from Sonoma’s main plaza. Take the 20-minute train ride around the park and then check out the other old-school rides—a carousel, Ferris wheel, dragon coaster and more. Visit the miniature town and petting zoo before you head out.

20264 Brodway
Sonoma, CA

Epicenter Sports and Entertainment Complex
This state-of-the-art fun and fitness center features a trampoline park, an arcade, bowling alley, an indoor soccer field, laser tag, dining and more. Put this on your list in case you encounter a rainy day on your wine country weekend.

3215 Coffey Lane
Santa Rosa, CA

Charles M. Schulz Museum and Snoopy’s Home Ice
Kids of all ages will enjoy learning about long-time Santa Rosa resident and Peanuts creator Charles M. Schulz at this museum with interactive exhibits, animated Peanuts specials, original comic strips and more. Then head next door to the ice rink that Schulz had built in 1969 for some family skate time and snacks at the Warm Puppy Cafe.

2301 Hardies Lane
Santa Rosa, CA


Safari West
For a real adventure, spend the day in the Sonoma Serengeti at Safari West. This accredited zoo offers guests who are four and older a tour of the 400-acre property in a safari Jeep. Younger guests will enjoy a walking tour where you can meet a flamboyance of flamingos and a tower of giraffes. Extend your stay in one of the property’s tent bungalows and wake to the sounds of wildlife.

3115 Porter Creek Rd.
Santa Rosa, CA

Christine Lai

The Napa Valley Wine Train
Part living history museum and part culinary experience, the Napa Valley Wine train takes families on an idyllic journey up and down Napa all without the traffic. Train and food lovers alike will delight in this indulgent trip—this is one of our absolute favorite things to do in Napa.

1275 McKinstry St
Napa, CA

The Petrified Forest
Take a walk through this ancient forest where a volcano eruption turned trees into stone. You can explore on your own or take the docent-led 1.5 hour walk to learn about the area’s history.

4100 Petrified Forest Rd.
Calistoga, CA

Old Faithful Geyser of California
Spend a few hours exploring the property and watching the geyser erupt. Grab a picnic table or enjoy a game of bocce ball. The kids will be amazed to see the property’s animals which include llamas, four-horned sheep and the famous fainting goats!

1299 Tubbs Lane
Calistoga, CA

CIA at Copia
If you are looking for an epicurean experience to share with the whole family, book a Sunday family cooking class at the CIA at Copia in downtown Napa. Here you’ll get an interactive demonstration experience making dim sum, eclairs, mac and cheese and more. Each class has a different theme and you just might get to sample your creations at the end!

500 1st Street
Napa, CA



Wildhaven Sonoma
This spot right on the Russian River just opened and you are going to love it! Safari tents with actual beds are available for families with communal BBQs on site. Walk a few steps down to the river and spend the whole day tubing, catching fish and enjoying the sun. Read all about Wildhaven here

2411 Alexander Valley Rd.
Healdsburg, CA

Solage, Auberge Resorts Collection
If you are looking for the ultimate in comfortable, luxury accommodations, this is the spot. Located in the quiet town of Calistoga, Solage has everything your family will need for their wine country stay. Cottage-style suites provide privacy for your family including outdoor patios to enjoy morning espresso or an afternoon glass of wine. The two-bedroom Estate Suites offer even more private outdoor space and your own personal hot tub for relaxing in the evenings. 

Head to the pool to enjoy the newly-opened Picobar with poolside service (we definitely recommend the Cowgirl Creamery queso and the whipped avocado to share). Bikes are available to borrow throughout the property, s’mores are offered on Friday and Saturday nights and spa services are available on-site. 

755 Silverado Trail N
Calistoga, CA

Carneros Resort and Spa
With 100 cottages, suites and residences, Carneros Resort and Spa is your go-to spot for a luxurious family getaway. During the summer months, parents can enjoy a night out while kids enjoy a delicious dinner, an array of fun and exciting games and a kid-friendly movie. Carneros Kids’ Night will also include a game room complete with ping pong, foosball, shuffleboard and an array of board games. Sounds like a win-win!

4048 Sonoma Hwy.
Napa, CA

Bothe-Napa Valley State Park
Camping in wine country! You can set up your tent, rent a cabin or reserve one of the yurts that sleep up to six people at Bothe-Napa Valley State Park. The park has a spring-fed pool that’s great for cooling off when the days get hot. Explore the park’s pioneer cemetery, hike to the Bale Grist Mill to learn about the milling process and enjoy the trails and creeks. Old Faithful Geyser is just up the road.

3801 St. Helena Hwy.
Calistoga, CA


Sweeping views of Napa Valley at Meritage Resort and spa with a girl running in the foreground
Christine Lai

Meritage Resort & Spa
Family fun and wine country are perfectly paired at this family-friendly hotel. Poolside cabanas invite families to long, lazy days by the pool while a bowling alley will challenge little bowlers to get their strikes on. We loved the Village green with its food trucks and lawn games while the adults wine tasted at one of the four tasting rooms. Acres of a working vineyard on site lets kids roam freely and is absolutely gorgeous at dusk. A short hike up to the famous “Crusher” statue will reward you with sweeping views of Napa Valley at your feet. 

875 Bordeaux Way

The Sandman Santa Rosa
Right off of 101, The Sandman’s Santa Rosa location is super convenient for families visiting wine country. The welcoming staff and chill mid-century modern decor will make you feel relaxed the minute you arrive. Families will especially love the family suite—with a king bed and a twin-over-full bunk bed everyone is able to spread out. Spend your days lounging by the heated pool where you can purchase snacks, ice cream and their homemade Froze (for the parents) at the Pool House & Bar. Summers at The Sandman bring their food truck nights and live music by the pool.

3421 Cleveland Ave.
Santa RosaCA

Flamingo Resort
This family-friendly hotel just completed some major renovations and it’s the mid-century modern resort of your dreams from the minute you walk into the gorgeous lobby. Families will love the deluxe family king room that has a king bed for parents and a bunk bed in a separate room (with a door that closes! Hooray!). A mini fridge will keep your beverages chilled and the room’s electric kettle is perfect for morning tea or hot cocoa.

Spa facilities are available onsite so definitely book your massage to take full advantage. You can also check out the yoga classes and other wellness programs offered at the health club. 

2777 4th St.
Santa Rosa

Hyatt Regency Sonoma Wine Country
This hotel has lots of great options for families including rooms that sleep up to four, some with Nintendo consoles for when you really need some kid downtime. The large pool lets kids cool down while outdoor fire pits in the evening and lawn games will keep them entertained. The charming downtown of Santa Rosa is nearby for window-shopping and restaurants and we stumbled upon one of the best hand-crafted ice cream stores we’ve ever had. Bonus: their grilled cheese sandwiches are also out of this world!

170 Railroad St.
Santa Rosa

—Christine Lai, Nella DuBon-Koch, Kate Loweth & Mae Respicio Koerner

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