There has been a lot of talk about the expansion of the donation-funded Napa Valley Vine Trail. And the popularity of the current 12-mile trail is on the rise. “Last year we were seeing 350,000 uses of the Vine Trail per year between Yountville and South Napa, and this year, with Covid and despite the fires, that number has jumped to a projected 500,000 uses,” says Chuck McMinn, chair of the Vine Trail Coalition. Eventually the trail will span 47 miles and connect the entire Napa Valley, from Vallejo to Calistoga.
Want to get in on the fundraising efforts and spoil the wine collector on your Christmas list? The new Vintner Collection program “lets wine lovers all over the country help to complete the Vine Trail while enjoying fantastic wines in a first of its kind cross-winery bottle design,” adds McMinn. The program is a collaboration between 10 Napa wineries, each of which will craft three barrels of custom cabernet sauvignon. Two bottles will be released each year over the next five years. When the collection is complete, the bottles can be placed side by side to illustrate the Vine Trail in its entirety. Check out the trail website for more ways to give and get involved.