Get A Bird’s Eye View Of Wine Country: Where To Go Hot Air Ballooning

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Whether you’re visiting wine country in Washington, California, or even Virginia there’s no better way to get the bird’s eye view than a Hot Air Balloon excursion. Whether romance is on your mind, or just an excursion with friends, most balloon companies have packages that include wine and food in addition to the aerial views. Whichever wine country you’re visiting, there’s a balloon excursion there for you.

California


Napa Valley

Napa Valley Balloons, Inc.
4086 Byway East
Napa CA 94558

707.944.0228
800.253.2224
TripAdvisor: 5 stars 1437 Reviews

Soaring over the Napa Valley, Napa Valley Balloons is the best way to see one of the most famous wine regions in the world. In addition to your sunrise flight, a post flight breakfast is included with every package at the picturesque Domaine Chandon Winery. Amazing packages are available with opportunities to pair the balloon excursion with bikes tours and wine tasting.

Insider Tip: Make it a full day excursion with a wine tour package with Beau Wine Tours.

Sonoma County

Up and Away Ballooning
2200 Airport Blvd,
Santa Rosa, CA 95403
(707) 836-0171
TripAdvisor: 5 Stars 725 Reviews

Up and Away Ballooning shows you the majesty of another valley, Sonoma. Enjoy your early morning flight, watching as the mists of the morning slowly burn off in the rising sunlight. For a real treat, get the Balloon, Bikes and Brews package, which includes an early morning balloon excursion, then biking through the valley on your way to local breweries. After all, Sonoma County isn’t just known for wine, but for it’s amazing beer as well.

Insider Tip: Best time to book a hot air balloon excursion in Sonoma County? Between August and October when the leaves are turning for harvest. Incredible!

Temecula

California Dreamin’ Balloon Adventures
33133 Vista Del Monte Road
Temecula, CA 92591
800-373-3359
TripAdvisor: 5 stars 323 Reviews

California wine country isn’t just in Napa and Sonoma anymore. California Dreamin’ Balloon Adventures will have you soaring over the hills of Southern California. With views from the ocean to the mountains, champagne and breakfast upon landing, it’s a romantic and fun way to see Southern California wine country!

Insider Tip: After you ballooning adventure you’ll be greeted with cheese, fruits, coffee, mimosas and birthday cake if you’re celebrating something special. Let them know in advance.

Santa Barbara

Sky’s the Limit Ballooning Santa Barbara
2432 Railway Ave
Los Olivos
Santa Ynez, CA 93441
760-602-0295
TripAdvisor: 5 stars 27 Reviews

With over 100 wineries in the Solvang-Santa Barbara area and near-perfect weather, the views over Santa Barbara wine country are breathtaking. Sky’s the Limit Ballooning, out of Santa Ynez, has packages that not only include the balloon excursion, but wine tasting at a few of the local wineries. This company also offers balloon excursions in Southern California as well, specifically Del Mar and Temecula.

Insider Tip: Ever been bored to tears on a sightseeing adventure? Fear not, pilot James especially offers a ton of local history, none of that boring stuff but cool facts about Santa Barbara and surrounding areas.

Oregon


Willamette Valley

Vista Balloon Adventures
1050 Commerce Parkway
Sportsman Airpark
Newberg, OR 97132
TripAdvisor: 5 Stars 235 Reviews

While visiting Oregon, you can’t miss Willamette Valley (pronounced Will-AM-it). The best way to see the rolling hills of this wine country is with their 3 hour excursion, soaring over volcanoes, the Willamette River and amongst other brightly colored balloons. After soaring through the sky, touch down again and enjoy a gourmet brunch, to be followed by a 5 hour wine tasting with Triangle Wine Country Tours.

Insider Tip: Obviously it’s all up to the wind, but if you’re lucky you’ll hover up and down the Tualatin River. Because there’s no motor noise you’ll be able to dip silently into the river and observe the wildlife up close.

Virginia


Charlottesville

Monticello Country Ballooning
1900 Pepsi Pl.
Charlottesville, VA 22901
434-996-9008
TripAdvisor : 5 Stars 110 Reviews

While less well known that the wine regions of California and the Pacific Northwest, grapes have been grown in Charlottesville and Albemarle County since Thomas Jefferson started cultivating them in the late 1800’s. Monticello Country Ballooning will have you soaring over the historic buildings of Monticello ( Thomas Jefferson’s Estate ), along the valley aside the Blue Ridge Mountains and over the University of Virginia. Enjoy your post flight champagne and then head over to one of the regions 100 wineries, including Barboursville and White Hall, to sample the best of what Virginia Wine Country has to offer.

Insider Tip: After exploring VA wine country by air what to do next? Explore the many historic landmarks and wineries in and around