Here’s the ultimate guide to creating the perfect lineup of wines at BottleRock Napa Valley this Labor Day weekend.
After two years of waiting, BottleRock is finally back. Napa Valley’s version of Lollapalooza or Coachella, this three-day festival features the food and wine that make Napa Valley world famous, along with 70 performers and bands, including Guns & Roses, Chris Stapleton, the Foo Fighters, G-Eazy, Megan Thee Stallion, Miley Cyrus and a slew of emerging artists. Many of the most famous chefs and restaurants will be serving culinary delights, and wineries of all shapes and sizes will be there to host you in their lounges while you sip their favorite wines.
Here is a quick guide to the wineries you’ll absolutely love:
The wines are easy to sip and found everywhere at this festival, including the JaM Stage, where people dance, sing and rock out with DJs and artists who are also performing on the main stages.
Led by winemaker Heidi Barrett (aka “The First Lady of wine”), Amuse Bouche makes some of the most coveted wines in the valley.
This 100% solar-powered winery has been owned and operated by Dave and Emily Miner since 1996. Minery makes a ton of unique wines and is known for having something truly tasty for all palates in red, white and pink.
A cabernet sauvignon specialist and Napa Valley staple of 50 years, Camus is known for making the iconic big, dark, rich, and fruity reds that made this valley famous.
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One of the most celebrated global brands in the world, Duckhorn is known for consistency and quality from vine to bottle without being stuffy or ostentatious.
A winery that takes vino seriously but lives life with a sense of lightness and zest, Coup De Fordre is a perfect spot for those looking to try some of the finer wines from a bespoke brand.
This winery was founded 20 years ago by Cheryl Emmolo as a way to keep her family’s name alive. Now her daughter, Jenny Wagner, is continuing that tradition as winemaker—this is a perfect example of the family-owned wineries that are keeping the Napa Valley traditions alive.
Located in Calistoga, this historic winery is known for making some of the best sparkling wines in the world and for its cave tours (in case you’re sticking around after the festival) and has been around since the 1860s.
If you haven’t heard of Rombauer, you’re probably new to the wine world, which is a wonderful thing to be! Try the chardonnay, because that’s what brought this winery fame… but don’t stop there.
BottleRock offers a range of top-notch drinks to sip throughout the day.
Mumm makes great bubbles, and the minds behind the winery know how to have a good time. Don’t miss this winery or any of their easy-drinking, fine sparkling wines.
The winery is a renovated Prohibition-era barn that includes comfortable couches, a picnic area and lawn games. The couches might be tough to bring to the festival, but the vibe will be relaxed, and the bean-bag toss game… we shall see.
Sure, this winery is known for great wines, but the “Lairdapalooza” era begins this Friday, so visit if you want to win prizes, play games and get on the Gram!
Trilogy is the name of the winery’s flagship bottle, so it seems appropriate to check it out over the three-day weekend.
“If the grapes are the heart of the wine, the people are its soul.” Head over to the Oberon cabana to learn about its 45 years of Napa Valley roots with a glass of Red wine.
Grab a drink before heading to the stage.
Family owned and operated, Peju is one of the founding families of Napa Valley and will be the only winery pouring near the Plaza stage—so, it’s easy to find and one you shouldn’t miss.
A boutique winery that makes easy-drinking wines from vineyards farmed in Napa Valley, or from the vineyards of their friends. Smith Devereux is small, local and partners every year with famed wine country designer Richard Von Saal for a lounge that’s always a cool place to hang.
Patrons will always discover great wines and a good time with Bonita Bonita. As a matter of fact, the winery is releasing its sauvignon blanc this weekend!
Want to shake things up and try some rock-style wines? Visit Anarchist wine near the main stage, and make sure to try the Rosé Against the Machine.
This winery’s devotion to the art, especially the art of music, makes it a perfect fit for Bottlerock weekend. This is the spot for those who appreciate the arts as much as they do the wine.
Stop by this cabana to try some killer pink wines—meet the winemaker and participate in some of the giveaways and other fun events planned.
Photography by: Photos courtesy of BottleRock Napa Valley