Calistoga and the Napa Valley are well-known for vineyards, wineries, restaurants and stunning vistas but this time of year is special. Mustard season in the region typically refers to the blooming of mustard plants in the vineyards during late winter and early spring. Mustard plants are often planted as cover crops between the rows of grapevines to prevent erosion and add nutrients to the soil.
The mustard season in Napa Valley usually occurs from late January to early April, with the peak bloom typically in February and March. During this time, the mustard plants carpet the vineyards with vibrant yellow flowers, creating a stunning and picturesque landscape. Many visitors and locals enjoy taking scenic drives or walks through the vineyards to witness the beauty of the mustard season.
In addition to its aesthetic appeal, planting mustard as a cover crop serves practical purposes for the vineyards. The mustard plants help control weeds, reduce soil erosion, and contribute organic matter to the soil when they are later plowed under.
If you plan to visit Napa Valley during mustard season, it's a good idea to check with local wineries or tourist information centers for the most accurate and up-to-date information on the timing of the mustard bloom, as it can vary slightly each year depending on weather conditions.
Inside Tip: Criss Cross the valley between Highway 29 and the Silverado Trail using Oakville Cross Road, Lodi Lane and Bale Lane to get up close to the vineyards, just be respectful as it is someone's property.