Whether you are a wine connoisseur with a rack of quality wines or a novice who wants to learn, you will just love this day tour to California's delightful wine country.
Travel to one or both of California's top wine regions – the Napa and Sonoma Valleys. Enjoy the varied scenery from lush dairy farms to redwood forests to neat lines of green vines standing out against red hillsides. Learn all about wine-making in California and the art of tasting, choosing and presenting wine. With help from your knowledgeable guide, sample fine vintages from four to six of the best and most hospitable wineries around.
This luxury excursion feels like a private tour because the size of the group is small and, along with other guests, you have a say in deciding details of the route. You also get the chance to purchase excellent wines at fantastic prices, as well as advice from your guide about which to buy.
Thursday, Friday, Saturday & SundayDuration
Approximately 9 hours (including hotel-pick-up)Start time
Start time: Pick up from San Francisco hotel in downtown or Fisherman's Wharf area from 8:00am - 9:00am
Your hotel in downtown San Francisco or Fisherman's Wharf area.
(Please mention your hotel details at the time of booking. If you do not have this information now, please contact the local activity operator 48 hours prior to the start of the tour with these details.)
Your hotel in downtown San Francisco or Fisherman's Wharf area
Become an expert on Californian wines in just one day on the California Wine Country Luxury Tour from San Francisco!
At around 9:00am you will cross the Golden Gate Bridge and stop for a photo opportunity if the weather allows it before heading north to the wine region.
California has approximately 1400 wineries. Nearly half of these are in Napa and Sonoma counties, within 100 miles from San Francisco. Nature and history have blessed this region with a variety of soil types, terrains, micro-climates, and an influx of European wine-making talent to create a world-class wine-producing industry. There are about 650 wineries in Napa and Sonoma counties, representing some of the most famous brands in the U.S., and even the world. This constitutes what many people call 'The Wine Country'.
Your guide will spend time in the first hour discussing the options and taking suggestions. The group can decide to go to both Sonoma and Napa Valleys, or concentrate on just one 'neighborhood'. On the rest of the drive north, your guide will fill you in on the colorful history of California and wine-making in the state. And the short drives between wineries afford time to talk about the science and art of wine making, and wine tasting, and other fascinating topics.
Depending on the group decision, you could visit wineries from various Napa regions such as Los Carneros, Rutherford, Oakville, St. Helena, Yountville or Stags Leap, and/or the Sonoma Valley region. And you'll have time to grab a tasty Picnic lunch in between the tastings, or maybe at one of the wineries!
You will enjoy tastings at four to six boutique wineries on this tour. Some wineries offer complimentary tastings, but most charge a fee ranging from $5 to $20 (or it could be more). (Wine tasting fees are not included in the tour price.) Your guide will use experience and knowledge to help the group decide where to go within the southern portions of both famous valleys to maximize the enjoyment while keeping tasting costs down.
Wineries visited on the tour could include some of the following: Loxton Cellars, Cline Winery, Homewood Winery, Viansa Winery, Schug Carneros Estate Winery, Kenwood Vineyards, VJB Vineyards and Cellars, Valley of the Moon, V. Sattui Winery, Vintage 1870 Winery, Silverado Winery, Viansa Winery, Mumm Napa Sparkling Wines, Madonna Estate Winery, Madonna Estate Winery.
The wineries range in size from small and homey to large and grand but all offer visual appeal, friendly atmosphere, attractive presentation, and good value.
You will also be able to purchase wines and have them shipped to your address. Most wineries provide exclusive deeply discounted rates for guests on this tour.
On the way back to San Francisco you have the option of stopping at scenic Sausalito, home of thousands of sailboats, hundreds of floating houses, and a beautiful view of the Bay. You could also opt to leave the tour at this point and take a ferry (fare not included) back to San Francisco, landing in either Fisherman's Wharf or at the Ferry Building (and find your own way back to your hotel). If you stay with the tour, your guide will take you back to the Golden Gate and stop to let you take pictures high above the Bridge, if it was not possible to do so in the morning.
At the end of the tour, sometime between 5:00pm and 6:00pm, you will be dropped back at your San Francisco hotel.
Please call the activity operator at least 48 hours prior to start of the tour to confirm your pick up details.
For children's safety tour guests must bring a car safety seat for all children under 8 years who are 4' 9" or taller or weighing less than 60 pounds. Failure to provide a seat for your child will result in forfeiture of seats on the tour without refund.
Wine tasting fees are not included as often the tour is tailored to the wishes of the group. You will enjoy tastings at four to six boutique wineries. Some wineries offer complimentary tastings, but most charge a fee ranging from $5 to $20.
The local activity operator reserves the right to cancel, modify or alter any tour due to weather or unsafe conditions. They will always do what they can to make your trip enjoyable, but safety is top priority, so the route and itinerary may be changed due to snow depth, road conditions, construction projects and detours. Vehicle selection is determined by the tour operator.
The tour vehicle does not have a wheelchair lift, passengers need to have the ability to step up onto vehicle. Collapsible wheelchairs can be accommodated.
Fuel surcharges may apply
Changes are subject to a 10% or US$25 fee, whichever is greater.
Additional wine tasting fees may apply
Should you miss the hotel pick up please contact the activity operator. An alternative pick up location may be arranged, subject to availability. Any guest who misses their tour entirely will forfeit their seat on the tour and no refunds will be issued.
There should be minimum 4 passengers for guaranteed departure. Should this number not be met for your chosen date you will be offered an alternative date or a full refund.
I had a great time on this tour. As a single, it was nice to meet with other people and enjoy the wine/scenery. I was surprised when the tour didn't include Sausalito or...Amanda M Mason, United States, 20/Sep/2013