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The map and directions on this page will get you from San Francisco, Oakland or the East Bay or Jan Jose, to the Northern California Wine Country in the Napa Valley or Sonoma County.
Once you are in the wine country use our detailed, interactive winery maps to find specific wineries.
Travel Times will very depending on the season and time of day. Avoid morning and evening rush hour if at all possible. Leave San Francisco or Oakland after 9:00am. Plan on about one hour from San Francisco or Oakland, two and one half hours from San Jose in light traffic.
A designated driver (non-drinking) is highly recommended for the saftey of your passengers and others and to obey the law. If everyone in your party wishes to indulge you may want to take advantage of one of our recommended wine tours.
San Francisco to Napa Valley
Cross the Oakland Bay Bridge on I-80 toward Oakland. Continue North on
I-80 for 32 miles and exit on CA-37 to Vallejo/Napa. Follow the Marine World Parkway for 3 miles then turn right on Sonoma Blvd/CA-121. CA-121 joins CA-29 as it enters the Napa Valley.
San Francisco to Sonoma Valley
Take US-101 north across the Golden Gate Bridge for 22 miles. Exit on CA-37 East towards Vallejo/Napa for 7 miles. Turn North on CA-121 towards Sonoma/Napa 6.5 miles. Stay straight on to CA-116 4 miles to Sonoma.
Driving directions continue below.
Follow links in the blue navigation menu to the right for wine country destination details, winery profiles, photos and maps.
Oakland or East Bay to Napa Valley
Follow the directions above for SF to Napa Valley—I-80 North to CA-37 toward Vallejo/Napa. Take the Marine World Parkway to a right turn on Sonoma Blvd/ CA-121 and stay North till you merge onto CA-29 at the South end of the Napa Valley.
Oakland or East Bay to Sonoma Valley
Follow the directions to the Napa Valley; I-80 North to CA-37 toward Vallejo/Napa. Take the Marine World Parkway to a right turn on Sonoma Blvd/ CA-121, but you will turn left on CA-12 approximately 3 miles out of Vallejo. Follow CA-12 as it turns north and travels through Sonoma on its way to meet I-101 at Santa Rosa.
San Jose to Wine Country
I recommend you take I-880 North until it connects with I-80 at the East end of the Bay Bridge. Follow the directions above for Oakland/East Bay.
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