Three Great Ways to Celebrate Moms on Mother’s Day and Beyond in California Wine Country

May 6, 2013

Looking for last-minute ideas to celebrate your mom this weekend or the next time you get together?  California’s wine regions have you covered with three great ways to celebrate that fit her unique style.  For a complete list of Mother’s Day celebrations in California’s wineries and wine regions check out the events calendar at or click here.


For Bold Moms: Adventures in California Wine Country

If your mom has a thirst for adventure, there are some fun ways to share memorable moments that she’ll never forget, from horseback rides to zip-lining through vineyards.


  • Zip-Lining with Mom Over Vineyards at Ancient Peaks Winery in Paso Robles Wine Region (Central Coast):  Soar over vineyards, valleys and oak trees on four epic zip-lines with Margarita Adventure Tours, then head over to the Ancient Peaks tasting room to discuss your adventures over artisan wines from the vines you both flew over ($99 per person).



  • Horseback Ride and Music at Cooper-Garrod Estate Winery in the Santa Cruz Mountain Wine Region (Central Coast):  Start your morning at Garrod Farms where you can take a guided horse ride through Cooper-Garrod’s certified sustainable vineyards ($45 per hour). Order a delicious lunch from Picnic Guild (by May 8 for delivery to the winery on Mother’s Day) to enjoy in front of the historic Fruit House tasting room with wines ($5 tasting). That afternoon, the winery is hosting Music at the Vineyards, featuring flamenco guitarist Tans Gauntlett under the trees with wines for purchase by the bottle or glass



For Foodie Moms: Culinary Activities and More in California Wine Country

If your mom’s idea of adventure is more about diving into all things wine and food, then there’s no better place than California, which produces 90 percent of American wine and boasts nine of the top 10 agricultural counties in the U.S. Here is the best place to immerse yourselves in the locavore — and locapour — experience, sampling wines, foods and the artisans behind them in our diverse regions.


  • Wine & Cheese Pairing at Robert Mondavi Winery in Napa Valley (North Coast): Few pairings are more decadent than wine and cheese, and your mom will love exploring this delicious kinship a little deeper as Robert Mondavi experts show her how to pair wines with artisanal cheeses from California. The one-hour program includes a tour of the beautiful estate ($45 per person).



  • Pair Art, Food and Wine at Kenwood Vineyards in Sonoma County (North Coast): If your mom loves art and wine, head over to the Art, Food and Wine Experience at Kenwood Vineyards now through May 26, where you’ll enjoy gourmet appetizers expertly paired with wines while viewing the renowned Artist Series Collection (Reservations Required – $30 per person).


  • Wine and Cheese Pairing Experience at Clos LaChance Winery in San Martin (Central Coast): A special tasting experience for moms centered around the amazing wines and cheeses of California.  Five artisan cheeses are paired with our Reserve and Designate wines. Guests will learn about each dairy and cheese-maker as well—and leave with thorough knowledge of cheese and wine pairing techniques.



  • Meet the Winemakers on the Madera Wine Trail (Inland Valleys):  Enjoy an intimate wine tasting experience at 12 wineries on Mother’s Day weekend, where you can meet with the winemakers on the tour, enjoy delicious food, live music and local art.


  • Click here for more on the many brunches and tastings going on throughout the state.


For Relaxation-loving Moms: Pampering in California Wine Country

If you want to take your Mother’s Day gift beyond flowers and chocolates, why not treat her to a day of pampering?  Whether it’s sipping wine during a spa day at a California wine country resort or at a great winery concert featuring her favorite music, your mother and her senses will appreciate the special treatment.


  • Mother’s Day Champagne Brunch and Spa Package at South Coast Winery in Temecula (Southern California):  Pamper your mother’s palate in grand style with a gourmet champagne brunch in the Vineyard Rose Restaurant. Kick it up a notch by treating her to a Mother’s Day Spa Package at the resort’s Grapeseed Spa now through May 30, featuring three body treatments and facial ($185 per person).


  • Mother’s Day Picnic and Free Concert at Heritage Oak in Acampo near Lodi (Inland Valley):  Treat Mom to live music, a picnic, and a glass of wine at Heritage Oak Winery. At 1 pm, enjoy music by Jackie Floyd and Swing Shift, performing favorite songs from the ‘60′s and 70′s.


  • Mother’s Day Celebration at Lava Cap Winery in Placerville (Sierra Foothills): Enjoy wine, food and complimentary music by Julie and the Jukes from 12 noon to 3 pm. Grab a spot on the deck or in the garden and enjoy!  Gourmet deli items and picnic baskets available for purchase.



Beyond Mother’s Day

Other great wine-centric events in May you can treat mom to include the Paso Robles Wine Festival (May 17-19), Taste Alexander Valley in Sonoma County (May 18-19), Anderson Valley Pinot Noir Festival in Mendocino (May 18) and ZinFest: Wine, Food & Fun at Lodi Lake in Lodi (May 19). For more wonderful events and activities at wineries and wine regions for Mother’s Day and beyond go to


About Wine Institute

Wine Institute is the association of 1,000 California wineries and wine-related businesses dedicated to enhancing the environment for the responsible production, consumption and enjoyment of wine.  California is the fourth largest wine producer in the world, making 90 percent of all U.S. wine.  Each year, nearly 21 million tourists visit wine regions throughout the state to explore and enjoy the wines, the cuisine and cultural offerings associated with California’s signature industry.  September, during California Wine Month, is a great time to visit to experience the annual winegrape harvest first hand.  Go to: for more information.



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