When you think of Napa, you probably think of wineries. Not us! After learning that the Jelly Belly Factory is in near Napa, we will never think of Napa the same again!
We've never been huge fans of Jelly Beans, but Jelly Belly isn't an ordinary jelly bean, is it? The 100+ flavors, most made from juices and purees makes Jelly Belly the gourmet king of beans.
We started our day in Napa by visiting the Jelly Belly factory in Fairfield, California, just minutes from Napa. The factory offers a wine and chocolate pairing that we highly recommend. For $20 you get to try 6 wines from 6 local wineries as well as 6 different chocolates paired perfectly with these wines. You also get a Jelly Belly souvenir wine glass.
If that isn't enough value, they also have cards for free or buy one get one wine tastings at the wineries that you tried as well as to the olive oil and vinegar company next door. That is a huge value considering most wineries in Napa charge $20-$35 for tastings. Now you have six more wineries you go explore at a fraction of the cost!
Before you head out to explore those wineries, don't forget to take your free tour of the factory to see how Jelly Bellies are made. Do you know that it takes 7-14 days to make a Jelly Belly There is some fun Jelly Belly artwork throughout the factory and at the end you get a free bag of Jelly Bellies plus you can sample other flavors including the nasty Bamboozle flavors that have become an Internet sensation. Don't miss the Jelly Belly Gallery filled with sculptures and wall art made of Jelly Bellies!
After we completed our tour we decided to head to the V Sattui winery for lunch at their Italian Deli. This winery is very scenic and romantic, and has a beautiful outdoor space with picnic tables for you to eat your lunch and drink your wine from their Deli.
There are many wineries to tour here in Napa as well as in neighboring Sonoma and Suisun valleys. If you cannot decide and have the extra money, hop on the wine train and let them decide and drive for you!
If you intend on drinking, please make sure you have a dedicated driver so you can relax and enjoy the beauty of wine and jelly bean country!