Wine Lovers Wine Country Tour
With a small group size usually no more than 12, you'll get to know your fellow wine lovers and have some input into which parts of the southern Napa Valley and Sonoma Valley to visit.
Whether novice or experienced wine lover, you don't have to be on your honeymoon to appreciate this tour, though sharing it with a special someone is recommended.
After your guide provides information about options such as the trade-off between visiting more closer wineries or favorites that may be further away (Napa Valley is further than Sonoma for instance) suggestions will be taken for refining the itinerary. Concentrate on a single "neighborhood" or visit both valleys and you will typically visit from four to six boutique wineries.
As your travel your guide will share the colorful history of California, grape growing and the science and art of wine making and wine tasting.
Approximately 650 of Californa's 1400 plus wineries are located in San Francisco's backyard of Sonoma and Napa Counties. The list is first narrowed with reasonable distance and then we use our years of experience to whittle it further to those friendly wineries with good wine, a good presentation and other amenities such as nice scenery, interesting history, etc.
Wine tasting at wineries in Los Carneros, Rutherford, Oakville, St. Helena, Yountville or Stags Leap on the Silverado Trail or Sonoma Valley including, but not limited to; Valley of the Moon, VJB Vineyards and Cellars, Kenwood Vineyards, Schug Carneros Estate Winery, Viansa Winery, Homewood Winery, Cline Winery and Loxton Cellars in Sonoma and V. Sattui Winery, Vintage 1870 Winery (multi-winery tasting room in Yountville), Silverado Winery, Mumm Napa Sparkling Wines, Madonna Estate Winery and Grgich Hills in the Napa Valley are possible stops on this wine lovers tour.
Along the way we’ll find time to grab a tasty lunch in between the wine tasting, or possibly at one of the wineries!
Some wineries offer complimentary tastings, but most charge a fee ranging from $5 to $10 (or more), and winery hosted tours usually cost extra. But that is up to the group—we can adjust the route, within reason, and we’ll do our best to make it a treat for everyone. Your guide will use experience and knowledge to help the group decide where to go within the southern portions of both famous valleys, give hints about where the best deals are to buy or ship wine home, and make suggestions to maximize the visual attraction, while minimizing the tasting fees and the driving time.
Just come prepared to have fun with people from around the world in Wine Country!
Itinerary - Wine Lovers Wine Country Tour - times approximate
8:00-9:00 Pick-up at your San Francisco hotel or Fisherman's Wharf.
9:00-9:10 Cross the Golden Gate Bridge to Marin Headlands (possible photo stop).
9:10-9:20 Pick-up in Sausalito if necessary.
9:20-10:30 Travel north on U.S. 101 to Sonoma Valley and beyond—you're in Wine Country!
10:30-12:00 Visit wineries (1-3) before lunch. Learn about wine making and wine country.
12:00-1:00 Find some lunch! Depending on where we are may be at a winery or Sonoma.
1:00-4:00 After lunch visit more wineries in Napa Valley or Sonoma likely ending in Carneros.
4:00-4:45 Optional scenic Sausalito stop to enjoy the view or take the ferry to SF (fare not included).
5:00-6:00 Travel back across the Golden Gate Bridge for drop off at your San Francisco hotel.
Price: Adult $129, Child $65 (online savings)
Wine Lovers Tour Highlights:
• Complimentary hotel pick-up
• Semi private luxury tour, 4-6 winery stops
• Partially Customizable
• Wine tasting fees not included
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