California Wine Country: A Snapshot
With a world-class reputation and thousands of wineries at your fingertips, it’s hard to believe wine is only the beginning.
Boasting a gourmet culinary scene, Mediterranean-worthy weather, and some of America’s most scenic landscapes, there's something to suit every donor's taste.
Key Destination Info
Tucked between California's shimmering West Coast and majestic mountain ranges, this destination boasts not one, but two of the world's premier wine regions.
Donors can expect a no less inviting stay in Temecula. Blessed with cool ocean breezes and sun-drenched valleys, this Southern California region offers donors a taste of Tuscany in easy reach of San Diego, LA, and Palm Springs.
When to Visit
High season isn't the only season in wine country.
With over 280 sunny days a year, the Golden State is an ideal wine destination year-round.
August to October's harvest season is particularly enchanting, when vineyards are ripe with grapes and the air is filled with the scent of winemaking.
NorCal summers are an equally popular time to visit, with daily temps in the mid 80's-90's. Wineries seize the fine weather for outdoor tastings and lazy hot air balloon rides over the valleys.
For an idyllic experience without the crowds, Spring brings mild and inviting weather and stunning wildflower blooms.
With a wine history dating back to the 19th century, California is steeped in rich viticultural tradition. Here, centuries of European expertise is infused with a laid-back Californian spirit.
The Ritz of Wine Country, Napa invites donors to splurge with its Michelin-star restaurants, luxury boutique lodgings, and high-end wineries.
Those looking for a more relaxed country feel will be right at home in Sonoma or Temecula, where sipping Syrah or sparkling wine patio-side is the trend.
What they all share? A passionate artisanal culture, soulful and sustainable approach, and of course world-class wines.
What Donors Will Love
Boasting America's finest blends and varietals, great vino is always on the menu in California Wine Country. Donors can soak up every drop, from Napa's savory Cabernet Sauvignons and fruit-forward Merlots to Sonoma's distinct Red Blends and zesty Chardonnays.
With thousands of wineries dotting the countryside, donors are spoiled for choice - from intimate vineyard tours and sommelier-led tastings to more casual stops in the company of friends.
"If wine is the life of Napa Valley, then food is its soul.”
With a renowned culinary scene, donors won't have to look far for the perfect wine pairing. Many wineries offer grazing menus for visitors to savor on-site, as well as generous banqueting rooms, event spaces, and charming outdoor venues.
Gourmet eateries also abound, from Napa's Michelin-star restaurants and artisanal food trucks to Temecula's craft beer, honey, and olive oil. A farm-to-table approach infuses each region, inviting donors to relish in fresh, local flavors.
Boasting some of America's most scenic landscapes, California Wine Country has plenty to offer beyond the vine.
World-class hiking winds through NorCal's many State and National parks revealing towering redwoods, panoramic vineyard views, and bucolic picnic spots. Further South, horseback riding is an enchanting way to discover the trails of Temecula.
For a more relaxing experience in nature, donors can cycle through vineyards, soar over the valley by hot air balloon, or unwind at one of the area's luxury spas.
Why Choose a Wine Country Package?
It's no secret wine experiences make one of the best raffle, silent, and live auction item ideas. And thanks to a Cali Wine Country escape, your donors don't have to cross the ocean for a European-worthy wine experience.
This is particularly attractive to donors on the West Coast facing 12-hour flight times to Italy or France.
With an appeal that ranges from wine enthusiasts to long-weekenders and millennials to the Silent Gen, Wine Country covers your major fundraising event demographics.
Exclusive Private Homes
Guests can soak up the beauty of Wine Country in total privacy with luxury amenities including private pools, expansive outdoor terraces, and vineyard views.
Our vast network of homes also makes donor upgrades and custom fundraising event packages a breeze, ensuring the perfect fit for your bidders.
Our California Wine Country experiences are designed turnkey for your auction with authentic wine experiences and professional fundraising marketing material all included.
Post-auction, our VIP Concierge and Reservations teams are ready to seamlessly service trip winners, from home bookings and personalized travel itineraries to arranging tastings, restaurant reservations, and more.
Best Activity Additions
Pairing trips with exceptional local experiences is a powerful way to drive bidding on your auction vacation packages. Raise more funds than a stay alone with bespoke wine activities fully customizable to your event or donors.
No stay in Wine Country is complete without a tasting at one of the region's countless acclaimed wineries.
Let donors discover the rich notes of California Cabernets and creamy Chardonnays amidst stunning natural surroundings. Options are endless, from full or half-day chauffeured tours to more laid-back à-la-carte tastings.
Hot Air Ballooning
Soar into the skies on a dreamy hot air balloon ride and experience the beauty of Sonoma, Napa, and Temecula from a whole new perspective.
Donors will love gliding peacefully over scenic vineyards, breathtaking valleys, and endless rolling hills as they witness some of America's most beautiful landscapes. This is one Wine Country staple donors simply can't miss.
For wine enthusiasts, tastings are only the beginning. Discover the wine-making process, meet winemakers, and explore the vineyards that produce some of the world's most renowned vintages.
From picnic lunches and horseback riding through the vines to winery cellar tours, it's a connoisseur's dream come true.
Chef and Spa Services
What better way to indulge in Wine Country than an evening of in-home chef service? Sip your wine discoveries alongside gourmet, tastefully-designed menus showcasing the region's finest produce.
After a day of tours and tasting, donors will also relish relaxing massages and spa treatments from the comfort of their luxury home.
Best Auction Item Ideas
Placing auction travel packages in California Wine Country is simple and risk-free. Our fundraising consultants work with you one-on-one to assess your charity event and provide high-impact marketing materials to accelerate your fundraising.
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