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Wine Tours in California Wine Country
Napa Valley, Sonoma County, Carneros AVA and Livermore Valley Winery Tours
Wine tour enthusiasts can have an almost unbelievable variety of experiences visiting hundreds of California wineries in several regions throughout the state.
Wine tasting is the basis of most winery visits but you'll soon discover that each region, wine trail and individual winery strives to provide distinctly unique adventures with amenities such as vineyard, winery and wine cave tours, wine clubs, art collections, gift shops, picnic areas, beautiful gardens and impressive architecture.
Our wine region, wine trail and individual winery descriptions, pictures and interactive winery maps let you begin your wine tour right here. Once you've settled on a destination take advantage of the many tour options our partners provide to safely tour and taste wine in California.
Use the links in the blue column to the right to navigate through California wine regions, learn about food and wine pairing, wine storage and wine tasting tips.
Follow the links in the near right sidebar to learn about and book a wine tasting tour from San Francisco to the Napa Valley or Sonoma County wine country.
Among the many options are full or half day wine tasting tours, wine tours ending with a ferry boat ride back to san francisco, wine tours combined with a visit to the redwood forest at Muir Woods National Monument, group or private tours and a combination of morning San Francisco food tour and afternoon wine tour.
Wine tasting can be as casual as a visit to a wine bar or as educational as a comprehensive vineyard and winery tour followed with a private vertical tasting supervised by one of the world's most recognized winemakers.
Wine tasting venues vary from a simple table or barrel top in the corner of a warehouse, to a marble topped bar or white cloth covered tables in a cool wine cave to majestic architectural showplaces in the style of a French chateaux, Tuscan castle or Persian city.
Orderly rows of vines fill valleys and cover hillsides throughout the state providing a pleasant visual contrast to adjoining natural landscapes.
California's best known wine region, the Napa Valley, has more wineries than you could reasonably visit in a month of wine touring.
We provide descriptions and photos, along with an interactive winery map to nearly fifty wineries on the Silverado Trail alone.
Many more are in and around the town of Napa at the southern end of the valley and along highway 29 as it hugs the other side of Napa Valley in the towns of Yountville, Oakville, Rutherford and St. Helena—each with there own highly accurate winery location map.
Even more Napa Valley wineries are in and around the town of Calistoga at the north end of the valley.
Sonoma County is another well known and respected California wine region with many wineries rivaling those in the Napa Valley both in quality of wine and impressiveness of architecture with a variety of wine tasting experiences.
Wineries in Sonoma Valley are clustered around the towns of Sonoma, Glen Ellen and Healdsburg in the Alexander, Dry Creek and Russian River Valleys.
Although wine grapes are the largest dollar crop in Sonoma County it is less of a monoculture than the Napa Valley with milk, livestock and poultry, nursery (ornamentals, bedding plants, grapevines), vegetables, apples and other crops and livestock contributing to its diversity.
The Carneros AVA (American Viticultural Area), also known as Los Carneros, straddles the southern end of both the Napa and Sonoma valleys and is the closest wine region to San Francisco. Many wineries located further north in both valleys own vineyards in Carneros, or purchase fruit from growers there, to take advantage of its unique soil and marine climate.
While all wineries in the Carneros AVA are actually in either Sonoma or Napa Counties we list them here because of the unique climate and variatals grown in this region.
The twenty Los Carneros wineries we profile range from the palatial Italian villa style Jacuzzi Vineyards and hilltop, partially earth sheltered Artesa Vineyards & Winery to smaller family run operations such as Ceja Vineyards, Homewood Winery and Robledo Family Winery where your wine tasting adventure may be in a restored country farmhouse or barn.
Livermore Valley wineries got started soon after those in Sonoma County and Napa Valley. We profile forty plus Livermore Valley wineries with descriptions, pictures and an interactive winery map to plan your visit.
Whether your preference is for armchair touring, private tours, small or larger group wine tours or self drive wine country touring, have a safe and enjoyable visit to California Wine Country.
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