If you’ve ever gone to the wine country over the summer or during the September and October harvest season in the Northern Hemisphere, then you know just how busy it can get. Millions of wine lovers all across the globe travel to the vineyards during this time each year just to see the grapes in full swing. However, if you don’t love long lines and hot weather, November is the month for you! Here are 5 reasons why:
1. No Crowds
Wineries can get extremely crowded during peak season, and one of the busiest times to schedule a tour. November draws in much smaller crowds as the harvest is over, and people begin to prepare for the holidays. Not only is this an excellent time to visit due to low tour demands, but the staff may be able to give you a little extra one-on-one time as well.
2. The Weather
You can avoid summer heat spells! The weather is typically sunny, but brisk. The mornings are much cooler, and the afternoons are warm, but by the time evening arrives, it can get chilly. You’ll be wearing a coat and scarf in the morning and taking it off by noon. November is the perfect month for layers, and a great time to don your chic autumn wine country wear!
3. Beautiful Scenery
Two words: fall foliage. In November, the views are absolutely breathtaking. There aren’t too many places in California where you can see the color changes as drastic as in the wine country. So before the winter sets in, grab your camera and head to wine country for some incredible photo opps (and selfies of course!).
4. What Traffic?
During the month of November, not only will you discover a more peaceful environment, great weather and beautiful scenery, but the traffic flow is substantially low compared to traffic in the high seasons; and nobody likes traffic!
5. Show Me The Money
Visiting the wine country doesn’t have to cost you a fortune. For all those wine enthusiasts out there on a budget, November is one of the least expensive times of the year to visit, especially if you’re looking for a relaxing wine tasting experience and want to avoid premium hotel pricing.
Still, no matter what time of the year you decide to plan your travels, the wine country is beautiful all year round!