Napa Valley Barrel Auction

Guests walk through one of the tents set up at Charles Krug in St. Helena for the Napa Valley Barrel Auction, held in June 2014.

J.L. Sousa, Register

The Napa Valley Vintners (NVV) nonprofit association invites Napa County residents to visit local wineries for Napa Neighbor Day on Saturday, Jan. 13.

NVV started the Napa Neighbor program in 2001 to connect locals with the wine community. Today, more than 160 NVV member wineries are part of the program, offering benefits like complimentary or upgraded tours and wine tasting, as well as special discounts on wine throughout the year.

On Napa Neighbor Day, many of those wineries will enhance their offers with one-day-only specials, such as behind-the-scenes tours with winemakers, library and reserve wine flights, tastings straight from the barrel, expanded purchase discounts and “club member for a day” privileges.

“We can’t wait to meet our neighbors on January 13,” said Peter Mondavi Jr., co-proprietor of Charles Krug, one of the wineries with an enhanced Napa Neighbor Day offering. “While locals can experience the Napa Neighbor program any time of the year, it’s quieter in January and a perfect time for Napa County residents to visit wineries and receive special attention, just for living here.”

Napa Neighbor offers vary by winery and can be viewed at napaneighbor.com. To protect the agricultural nature of Napa Valley and to promote sustainable wine tourism, Napa County requires many wineries to receive visitors by appointment only. Residents should call ahead to see if appointments are necessary at the wineries they wish to visit and bring along proof they live locally, like their driver’s license.

The Napa Valley Vintners nonprofit trade association has been cultivating excellence since 1944 by inspiring its more than 530 members to consistently produce wines of the highest quality, to provide environmental leadership and to care for the extraordinary place they call home. Learn more at napavintners.com.

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