Filming in Napa

Filming in Napa

Many films, travel programs and commercials are shot on location in Napa Valley. The city of Napa is happy to help facilitate filming and photography in our community whenever possible.

It is common that we are asked for information about locations, but this is not a service we provide and encourage you to contact one of the location scouts who specialize in this work. It is also common that we are asked about filming in vineyards or wineries, but there are very few locations inside the city limits that can provide these settings. Most often, the sites envisioned are outside the city and will need consent from either private property owners or from the County of Napa.

If a shoot inside the city limits is desired, and the shoot will impact traffic circulation, consume parking spaces, close off sidewalks, make use of public property like a city park, or cause other inconvenience to businesses and/or residents, a Film/Photo Permit is required. The permit is not difficult to get – all that’s typically needed is the completed permit application, insurance certificate and payment of use fees.

Film Permits information can be found at by selecting the Permits and Licenses link from the Quick Links menu. The city’s Special Event Coordinator, Kelly Abernathy, in the Park and Recreation Services Department, issues permits. Contact Kelly at 707-257-9529 or email

For information not available through the permit process or other questions, contact Barry Martin, Film Liaison in the city Manager’s office, at 707-258-7843 or email

For information about other parts of Napa County please visit

Barry Martin (Film Liaison)
City of Napa
955 School Street | Napa, CA 94559


Scout Napa Valley, LLC
Patrick Sprinkel

Scout Napa Valley® is the premier Napa Valley location and production company, the only location company based in the heart of wine country. Long-time Napa Valley resident Patrick Sprinkel and his team of local associates are truly at home here, with the local knowledge to find precisely the location you’re seeking. Their trusted relationships with local property owners mean you’ll have access to stunning estates, homes, vineyards, ranches and many more venues that other location scouts cannot provide. What’s more, our innovative Online Location Library lets you conduct custom searches to quickly choose the ideal location from hundreds of beautiful settings. Our local expertise also enables us to offer concierge-level production services to make your next Napa Valley shoot a productive, pleasurable and memorable experience. We live it. You’ll love it. Learn more at or call 707-888-8565.

Mint Locations
Cynthia Osborn

Mint Locations is the blue chip resource for the finest villas, extraordinary estates, rustic ranches and outstanding private homes in the Wine Country, northern California and greater Bay Area environs. Cindi Osborn, the proprietor of Mint Locations, has over 20 years of photo and film production experience. Mint Locations has the keys to get you behind the gates and on location – on time and on budget! Please visit for a preview of locations and services. Access to our database of properties is free of charge. Please contact Cindi Osborn at 415-671-9091 for personal service.

Joe Madalena
707-539-3778 or 707-481-6024

Joe Madalena has 20 years experience in Los Angeles as a TV commercial producer and as a location manager for the major Hollywood studios. He is an expert on the prime film sites in Napa, Sonoma, Marin, Mendocino and Humboldt counties. Offering a free preview of more than 9,500 location site files, all strung in a 180-degree panorama mode, what you see is what you get. He is the recipient of the California On Location Award for “Location Professional of the Year” Still Photography: 2003.