Vineyard in Napa Valley with mountains in the background

If retiring near some of the best vineyards in the world sounds good, here's where to look.

Active adults looking to retire in the Northern California region may be considering the famous Napa Valley. With a landscape and climate that varies throughout the year, many active adults flock to this region to experience the scenery and environment that is hard to find anywhere else in the U.S.

Of course, that's not to mention the wine, with some of the best wineries and vineyards in the country, as well as the world, being located in Napa Valley.

Active adults curious about which wineries or vineyards to explore in the area may try places such as Alpha Omega, which is a family-owned winery popular amongst tourists and locals alike. Alpha Omega is known for its cabernets selection as well as its rustic barn-like tasting room and terrace that allow visitors to sip while they enjoy the sunset.

For wine-lovers who enjoy a more historical taste, Beaulieu Vineyard is one of the oldest wine producers in the county, dating back to 1885. The vineyard even offers tours of the original winery building.

Beringer is one of the largest wineries in the world. Here you can tour the hand-dug caves and cellars, as well as taste historic wines in a Napa Valley landmark, the Rhine House.  

Whether you are a wine-lover or simply looking to enjoy everything Northern California has to offer, the Napa Valley region of California has plenty of active adult communities to consider.

Willowbrook - Napa

Low $500s - Mid $600s

Located just nine minutes from downtown Napa, Willowbrook offers active adult homebuyers a low maintenance lifestyle as the community is composed of 80 attached and condo homes.

This gated community gives residents access to the community clubhouse, multipurpose rooms, an outdoor pool and patio, as well as a spa. Residents also enjoy living in a picturesque setting as the community is surrounded by lagoons with plenty of trails for homeowners to explore. The homes of Willowbrook range from 1,400 to 1,700 square feet and include two bedrooms

Rancho de Napa - Yountville

High $100s - High $400s

Residents of Rancho de Napa live a relaxed lifestyle and have access to a classic set of amenities.

Homeowners enjoy the community’s clubhouse complete with ample space for meeting and gathering with friends in the clubhouse’s multipurpose rooms. Outside, members of the community enjoy the outdoor pool, patio, and spa, as well as their very own bocce court.

The homes of Rancho de Napa range from 1,180 to 1,600 square feet with two to three bedrooms and two bathrooms.

Yountville is a small town in Napa Valley, allowing residents access to a very walkable area. Residents can even walk to local shops and everyday necessities  such as grocery stores and pharmacies.

Leisure Town - Vacaville

Low $200s - Mid $400s

Ideally located in Vacaville, Leisure Town allows active adult homebuyers easy access to Napa Valley as well as San Francisco and Sacramento as it sits about halfway between the two.

Residents of Leisure Town enjoy various amenities as well as activities and clubs. At the clubhouse, residents enjoy a state-of-the-art fitness center, billiards, game room, arts & crafts studio, sewing studio, and library.

Outdoors, homeowners enjoy two pools and patios as well as a cabana. When residents want to stay active they can take advantage of the community bocce ball courts, horseshoe pits, and lawn bowling. Residents also have access to the community garden plots, as well as R.V. parking, and walking and biking trails.

Members of the community can get involved in community groups and events such as bingo, bocce club, bridge, bunko, craft club, as well as organized lunches and much more.

The single-family homes of Leisure Town offer residents a wide range of space options with homes ranging from 728 to 2,204 square feet. Homes have one to four bedrooms, one to three bathrooms, as well as an attached one to two car garage.

Temelec - Sonoma

High $500s - Low $600s

Temelec is an ideal community for active adult homebuyers looking for a quiet community, as it is nestled between the Sonoma mountains and Napa Valley vineyards.

Residents of Temelec can enjoy the amenities offered in Temelec Hall, which include a fitness center, library, meeting center, and two kitchens. Outdoors, homeowners can take advantage of the pool and patio, as well as the picnic area, gardening plots, walking and biking trails, and even a community rose garden.

Homeowners of the community enjoy activities such as bingo, book club, and trivia. The community also organizes events such as ice cream socials, holiday parties, happy hours, and movie nights.  

Chantarelle - Sonoma

High $400s - High $600s

Also located in Sonoma is Chantarell, an active adult community composed of just 120 single-family homes. This makes it an ideal setting for homebuyers looking for a quieter community while still maintaining access to amenities as well as being just 30 minutes from Napa.

Residents of Sonoma enjoy amenities such as the community’s clubhouse, which includes a cozy lounge and fireplace. Outdoors, residents can enjoy the pool and patio, as well as the barbecue area, gazebo, and walking and biking trails.

Homeowners of Chantarelle can also participate in clubs and events such as art club, bunco, bridge, mahjong, and flex exercise. Homes range from 1,273 to 1,600 square feet and feature one to two bedrooms, two bathrooms, and an attached two-car garage.