Known as “crush month,” October wraps up the grape harvest that begins each September in the Napa Valley.

The warm, dry days of crush month average in the high 70s and low 80s but give way to crisp autumn nights in the 40-degree range. A little rainfall near month’s end appears as winter begins to make its way into the region and so does a new way to dressing for an afternoon of wine tasting and winery tours.

The beauty of the changing foliage is absolutely breathtaking especially through the valleys most prestigious vineyards, Raymond, Flora Springs & Carter Estates. For women, who wish to go wine tasting Fall brings a few challenges and changes in wardrobe. The afternoons are an average of 62 degrees, which presents somewhat of a problem for those who are seeking a chic approach to wine tasting.

When touring a winery, you’ll want to style your overall ensemble around a pair of comfortable shoes or boots. Think casual elegance when you choose a chemise to wear paired with jeans or slacks. Another essential item to bring is a sweater, open-front knit poncho or light-weight blazer to wear down in the wine cellars, where temperatures are usually in the 50s. In addition, you shouldn’t wear perfume, cologne or any other fragrances when wine tasting, as these subtle fragrances are overwhelming and can easily take away from of the wines aroma.

For those who wish to wear a skirt or dress, both of these options are acceptable to wear while wine tasting, however if you worry about being to cool, always default to denim or slacks with stretch for comfort (as mentioned above). You’ll find during your visit to Napa it’s a casual place where you can stay chic yet casual without losing focus on the premier wine, wineries and scenic landscape abroad.

Finding Fall Fashions in Napa Valley

Try these local Napa Valley stores to make sure your fall wardrobe comes together perfectly: 

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