Whether you’re visiting Wine Country in California, Oregon, or even Virginia, there’s no better way to get a bird’s eye view than a hot air balloon excursion. Regardless if you’ve got romance on your mind, or are just looking for a fun excursion with friends, hot air ballooning is one of the most memorable experiences you can find in Wine Country. So, when you’re ready to soar high above the vineyards, here are a few top balloon companies to look for – in California and beyond.
Napa Valley is spectacular from any vantage point, but soaring over the vineyards of Napa is truly something else. Since 1980, Napa Valley Balloons, Inc. has remained one of the premier hot air balloon companies in California, offering unforgettable balloon experiences for groups and couples looking to celebrate a special occasion. They even offer packages that pair balloon excursions with bike tours and wine tastings for the ultimate Wine Country experience.
As one of the original hot air balloon companies in Napa Valley, founded in 1978, Napa Valley Aloft has welcomed thousands of people to experience the breathtaking views and unforgettable memories that come with ballooning over the world-famous Napa Valley. From one of three different balloon launch sites, guests will enjoy a serene 40-60+ minute flight, along with the option to enjoy a post-flight Champagne toast to complete the morning adventure. Sign us up.
A prime wine destination for Southern Californians, Temecula offers plenty of sunshine, wine, and good fun year-round; there’s a reason why it’s a top Wine Country region for hot air ballooning. Hop aboard a flight with California Dreamin’ Balloon Adventures and you’ll be taking in epic views of the region’s vineyards, along with citrus groves, mountains, and lakes. On weekends, all flights include a post-flight breakfast at a local winery, complete with eggs, fresh fruit, bread, cheese, and mimosas.
With over 30 years of experience soaring above the Temecula Valley, A Grape Escape knows a thing or two about making the most of Temecula from above. From group flights to private flights, each 60-75+ minute sunrise ballooning experience includes beautiful views of Wine Country, naturally, as well as post-flight mimosas and sparkling wine at a local winery.
With over 200 wineries in Santa Barbara County and mild weather year-round, you can imagine the views over this region are breathtaking – think vineyard, mountain, ocean, and island vistas. After taking in the scenery from above, you’ll cap off your Sky’s the Limit balloon experience with a post-flight Champagne toast. Well deserved, we think. And, while most regions only do sunrise balloon rides, Sky’s The Limit offers sunset flights, as well, which makes for one incredible way to close out the day. Just don’t forget your camera!
While visiting Oregon, you can’t miss making time to explore the Willamette Valley, and while wine tasting may be a big draw here, don’t sleep on the opportunity to take to the sky. With Vista Balloons, you’ll fly over this gorgeous Wine Country for about an hour, touching down back in Newberg where you can easily continue your wine tasting journey at some of the area’s many incredible wineries. It’s a win-win.
While lesser known than 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 1800s. Monticello Country Ballooning will have you soaring over the historic buildings of Monticello (Thomas Jefferson’s Estate), along the valley beside the Blue Ridge Mountains, and even over the University of Virginia. Whether you take a sunrise or sunset flight, your experience includes digital photos and a Champagne toast. Cin cin.