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  • What to Wear to a Winery: A Classic Style Guide for Every Season in St. Helena, CA

    The date is set, and you have your winery visit planned. But suddenly you realize you’ve forgotten an important detail – what do you wear to a winery? Winery style doesn’t have to be complicated. Ultimately, the goal is to craft classic looks and style pairings with a unique twist. You want to choose pieces that are casual yet classy, timeless yet not overdone. A winery visit is not a stuffy or formal event, but it is an elevated one. Relaxed but stylish fashion is key to fitting in perfectly at a winery. Looking for inspiration for what to wear to your upcoming wine tasting or winery event? Keep reading for our classic style guide for every season.

    What to Wear to a Winery: The Basics

    No matter the season, there are a few key rules to keep in mind when styling an outfit to wear to a winery. First up, the ultimate rule of winery style: avoid wearing perfume or cologne. So much of our sense of taste is tied to our sense of smell, and any interference can impact not only your own wine tasting experience, but the experience of those around you. Think of wearing perfume at a winery as wearing a neon minidress to a funeral or a bathing suit to your grandfather’s retirement party – it’s a major faux pas. Instead, bring a small travel size bottle and feel free to apply afterward for the rest of your day. Another cosmetic rule of thumb to keep in mind is to always wear smudge-free lipstick to a winery. After all, you don’t want to leave lipstick residue every time you take a sip from a wine glass. Depending on the winery that you plan to visit, you may want to avoid high heels and opt for flats instead. If you’re going to be touring the winery, heels might not be the most comfortable walking choice, and if you’re visiting a vineyard, the last thing you want to worry about is your heel getting stuck in the grass. Comfortable yet stylish shoes are a better choice for your winery visit. When visiting a winery, it’s always wise to layer. While it may be warm and pleasant outside, you may find the inside of the winery to be significantly cooler, especially if you are touring a wine cellar or cave. Additionally, while the weather in Napa is temperate (with St. Helena trending slightly warmer than the rest of the valley), it does get cooler in the evenings, so it never hurts to have an extra layer to keep warm as the night air starts to cool. Finally, as most wineries do have outdoor components, make sure that you don’t forget the sunblock! There’s nothing like the Napa sunshine, but you don’t want to get burned. V. Sattui’s gorgeous picnic grounds and outdoor tasting events are not to be missed, so apply sunscreen and enjoy while staying safe!

    Winter Winery Looks

    Escape the chill and enjoy a winter winery visit. Winter in Napa begins in late November, and goes through January. While temperatures are cooler than the rest of the year, they are still pleasant, with average temperatures in the high 50s and low 60s during the day and the low 40s and high 30s at night. These mild winter days sometimes come with rain and cloudy skies, but the cooler temperatures also mean less traffic and visitors, so you’re likely to have a more private winery experience with less local traffic during the winter months. When styling your winter winery look, lean into muted earth and wood tones, along with holiday colors and jewel tones as the festivities arrive. Textures such as knit or wool also will add contrast to your outfit and keep you both warm and stylish.

    Winter Style Ideas & Outfit Inspiration

    Here are a few of our favorite outfit ideas for your winter winery outfit.

    Winter Outfit Ideas for Women

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    Option 1 | Casual – When it comes to women’s winter winery fashion, you can keep things simple with a chunky knit sweater that would make Nora Ephron proud and black jeans. Pair the look with boots and a gorgeous long coat to keep you warm and stylish.
    Option 2 | Versatile – For a look that can be dressed up or dressed down, a long skirt and a chic turtleneck is the perfect outfit choice. Lean into neutrals for your base, letting your coat be the statement piece with a pop of color. And if it’s a little extra cold out on the day of your winery visit, you can always wear tights underneath your skirt for an extra layer of warmth.
    Option 3 | Elevated – A winery visit is the perfect time to pull out your classiest little black dress. Pair the look with black tights and a camel-colored jacket to stay warm before finishing off the look with chunky gold jewelry. Remember, heels aren’t the best choice if you have to be outdoors, but if you’re hiding away from the cold at an indoor wine tasting, your favorite black heels will tie the look together perfectly.

    Winter Outfit Ideas for Men

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    Option 1 | Casual – For a simple winter winery outfit that is casual but classy, you can’t go wrong with a crewneck sweater over a button-up shirt. Paired with tailored slacks and a comfortable but stylish pair of sneakers, you’ll be ready for wherever your day in wine country takes you.
    Option 2 | Versatile – For a versatile men’s look that’s perfect for a winery in the wintertime, utilize basic pieces that can be dressed up or dressed down, focusing on seasonal colors. A dark burgundy is perfect for winter, and pairs effortlessly with white and black pieces. Simple, clean staples are ideal when dressing for a winery, and give you the freedom to spend the rest of your day however you please.
    Option 3 | Elevated – Men’s elevated winter fashion is layered with a high-class touch. For your next winter winery visit, consider layering a classy vest over a sleek turtleneck. When finishing the look off with a jacket, give yourself the opportunity to play with textures and patterns that create a unique pairing with the other layers of your outfit. Wear with tailored pants and dress shoes.

    Spring Winery Looks

    Spring is the season for watching the world come back to life again, and nothing welcomes the sunshine back in quite like a trip to your favorite Napa winery. Spring in Napa runs from February to May, and it’s an exciting time in the valley as we experience “bud break” and watch our crops begin to thrive for the season. February is Napa’s wettest month, and rain is likely. Spring temperatures generally linger in the mid to high 60s, rolling into the mid 70s as May arrives. The evenings are often still chilly, averaging in the mid to high 40s. The colors of the valley are beautiful this time of year, with greens and yellows everywhere that you turn. Mustard blooms blanket the vineyards, and there’s nothing more beautiful than the California poppies. Bringing these colors into your outfits will set the tone for the season. And amidst the fluctuating weather, don’t forget your layers!

    Spring Style Ideas & Outfit Inspiration

    Wondering what to wear to your springtime winery visit? Here are a few of our favorite ideas.

    Spring Outfit Ideas for Women

    Option 1 | Casual – Keep it casual for your next winery visit with a pair of wide-legged ripped jeans and a stylish crop top. Add a cropped jacket for extra warmth, and accessorize with stylish jewelry and a wide-brimmed hat. You’ll be comfortable and look great all day long.
    Option 2 | Versatile – Jumpsuits are a great transition piece between seasons. More elevated than a top and pants but still comfortable and not too dressy, a jumpsuit is the perfect winery outfit for your time in Napa. If your visit to wine country falls on a cooler day, you can layer a jacket on top to make sure you stay warm!
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    Option 3 | Elevated – A gorgeous maxi dress is the perfect spring style for a winery visit. Timelessly stylish and flowing, it’s the perfect elegant look for a day in Napa. Embrace florals for the season, and accessorize with a wide-brimmed hat if you plan to spend the day in the sunshine.

    Spring Outfit Ideas for Men

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    Option 1 | Casual – Spring men’s fashion is light and fun, and this spirit carries over into planning your outfit for a winery. A striped button-down is a classic choice that still infuses your own personality, and slacks and sneakers keep the look comfortable and casual for an enjoyable day at the vineyard.
    Option 2 | Versatile – The spring season brings light colors back into full rotation, and your trip to the winery is an excuse to make use of those pieces. Light neutrals enhance the feel of the season, and keep you comfortable on those days that are beginning to creep towards summer.
    Option 3 | Elevated – It’s hard to beat a button-up and a crisp jacket for upscale winery attire. Swap the jeans in the image above out for nice slacks, and pair with a classy pair of dress shoes for an elegant and timeless look.

    Summer Winery Looks

    There’s nothing like summer in Napa, and it’s the perfect time to plan your wine country adventure. Summer is an ideal chance to relax and unwind, and what better way to do so than with incredible wine in one of the most beautiful places in the world? Summer lasts from June to early August in Napa, and is filled with sunkissed days and warm nights. The temperatures can get rather high, ranging from the high 80s to mid 90s, depending on how far north you travel, but the glorious lack of humidity makes the heat far more pleasant. Evenings bring a break from the high temperatures, generally ranging in the 50s to low 60s. Everything is green in the summertime in Napa, so you can lean into the bright, beautiful saturation of color. Light clothing pieces are your friend in the summertime, and it’s the perfect time to pull out that new sundress or linen button-down.

    Summer Style Ideas & Outfit Inspiration

    Ready to enjoy a stunning Napa summer? Here are some of our favorite ideas of what to wear.

    Summer Outfit Ideas for Women

    Option 1 | Casual – Wondering what to wear to a winery in the summertime? Keep it simple with a long, flowing maxi dress and cute chunky sneakers. You’ll stay cool and comfortable throughout your vineyard tours, and the resulting look is effortless Napa style.
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    Option 2 | Versatile – Show off your tan with a short little black dress, perfect for a summer winery visit. A little black dress pairs perfectly with boots and a hat for a fun Californian flair that can be dressed up or dressed down with the right gold jewelry and accessories.
    Option 3 | Elevated – No classy summertime look quite matches the elegance of a bodycon maxi dress. This light yellow color is breezy and perfect for summer, keeping you cool all day long. And while we would recommend sticking with flat sandals instead of the heels pictured, this look is our favorite elevated choice for the season.

    Summer Outfit Ideas for Men

    Option 1 | Casual – Summer prints are fun, fresh, and perfect for your next winery trip. Summertime in Napa can get hot, so don’t be afraid to wear a short-sleeved button down, and remember, light fabrics are your friend! Pair with a light pair of pants and stylish white sneakers for a bright and airy look.
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    Option 2 | Versatile – What winery style guide is complete without a polo? Polo shirts are such a versatile piece for men, as their timeless style can easily be dressed up or down to fit any occasion.
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    Option 3 | Elevated – An evening in wine country calls for class. A blue shirt and a white suit jacket paired with navy slacks and slip-on dress shoes is the perfect refined choice for a summer wine tasting.

    Fall Winery Looks for Harvest Time

    Fall is one of the most popular times to visit Napa Valley. Running from mid-August to early November, it’s one of the most beautiful and interesting times to visit wine country. Everyone is busy with the harvest, and tours are often at an all-time peak. Additionally, it’s hard to beat the area’s autumn weather – temperatures in the high 70s and low 80s, dropping down into the 50s at night. Rain is rare, and the foliage is stunning. Everyone needs to experience a Napa harvest at least once in their lives. When planning what to wear, lean into the warm autumn tones and stylish, comfortable transitional pieces such as sweaters and boots.

    Fall Style Ideas & Outfit Inspiration

    Unsure of what to wear for harvest season in Napa? We have you covered with the best outfit inspiration.

    Fall Outfit Ideas for Women

    Option 1 | Casual – Casual fall winery fashion is simple and effortless. Neutral colors like gray or black add an instantly timeless nature to your outfit, and photograph well against the fall foliage. Pair simple layers on top with a nice pair of jeans, and give the outfit a pop with your shoes. These boots with a touch of plaid autumnal flair work perfectly!
    Option 2 | Versatile – Fall is poncho season, and a plaid poncho is the perfect way to add a touch of autumn warmth to your outfit. Let your poncho be the statement piece of your outfit, and keep the rest of the look simple with black and denim. Finish off your outfit with a pair of flat or wedge boots.
    Option 3 | Elevated -Looking for an effortlessly elegant outfit for your next trip to wine country? A long silk skirt and a cropped turtleneck is the perfect blend of trendy and classic. Style the look with a wide-brimmed hat, gold jewelry, and a stylish pair of boots – and don’t forget a light jacket to keep you warm during the crisp autumn evenings.

    Fall Outfit Ideas for Men

    Option 1 | Casual – Fall is the season for plaid, and you can’t have a style guide without including a casual plaid option for men. Nothing says fall quite like a plaid shirt, nice jeans, and classic lace-up boots, accessorized with a stylish watch.
    Option 2 | Versatile – Cashmere sweaters are known for their versatility. They can easily be dressed up or dressed down, and are the perfect piece to center your outfit around for an autumn visit to the winery. Stick to autumnal tones like tan, burnt orange, or deep green, and stick to a dark or light palette for the rest of the look.
    Option 3 | Elevated – Embrace a classic, upscale look with this monochromatic style. With a base of a traditional white button-down, you can easily layer a light vest and stylish coat over top in complementary colors. Nice slacks and dress shoes finish the look off to perfection.

    Come Experience the Seasons at V. Sattui Winery

    Located in the heart of Napa Valley, there’s nothing like a visit to V. Sattui. Feel as though you’ve been whisked away to a Tuscan estate as you indulge in award-winning wines and culinary delights while surrounded by beautiful Italianate gardens and stunning vineyard and mountain views. Whether you’re looking for the perfect place to host your next event or simply want to enjoy the complete Napa d’ Italia experience, there’s nothing like our warm, authentic hospitality and world class wines – no matter the season.

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