Wine Country Tour
Get a taste for Northern California on our full day wine tasting tour through the Napa Valley and Sonoma Valley wine region. One hour drive from San Francisco, the California Wine Country is one of the most popular destinations for people visiting the Bay Area. Along with the aromatic wines, California Wine Country offers incredible sightseeing opportunities as well with its rolling hills and beautiful valleys. California is home to approximately 3,000 wineries, with 650 of them being located in Sonoma and Napa counties. Whether you’re a first time wine taster or an experienced connoisseur whose cellar is full of rare and vintage wines, our experienced guides will provide you with insightful information about the region that’s been providing the world with its fine wines for over 60 years. Our small group oriented tours also allow the tour to be custom tailored to your wine palette, allowing us to suggest and visit wineries more aligned with your tastes, which is something you won’t get from a large bus tour.
The small and winding roads of California Wine Country could easily cause you to spend the majority of your day lost, roaming around, trying to figure out where you are, rather than divulging your senses in the local wine. So, let us pick you up from your hotel, chauffeur you around to see the best sights, taste the best wines, eat the best foods, and return you to your hotel safely and free from having to limit your tasting consumption in order to stay sober enough to drive. If you are a wine aficionado and know exactly which wineries you want to visit, pick four or five of the top ones that you’d prefer and we will create an itinerary that will incorporate as many of your choices as time permits. Or, if you know a general area or “neighborhood” of wineries you’d like to explore our small group tour will allow us to accommodate that sort of request as well. Distance and travel time dictate that we don’t venture too far away from San Francisco, so our time is generally spent in the southern reaches of both valleys. After picking you up from your hotel, we begin the tour by crossing the Golden Gate Bridge. The bridge immediately rewards you with sweeping views of San Francisco Bay, Alcatraz Island, the San Francisco skyline, and the vast expanse of the Pacific Ocean. Next we leave the rush of the bustling city life behind us and make our way through the beautiful meeting point of mountain and sea that Marin County has to offer. Once the soothing sites of Marin County has set the relaxed tone for the day we will approach the Carneros Region. This region is world renowned for their Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and sparkling wines and it’s here that we will see the first vineyards of this amazing day tour. Once we’ve arrived in wine country we will visit 2 or 3 small, Sonoma wineries, spending 45 minutes to an hour at each place. After a few tours and tastings we will break for lunch, which can be done in either Sonoma or Napa Valley. Sonoma offers small town charm, history, unpretentious sophistication, and rustic gourmet sensibilities while the famous Napa Valley is home to not only world-class wineries, but world-class restaurants as well. The afternoon will incorporate 2 or 3 more wineries for more wine tasting in the prestigious Napa Valley. A landscape of rolling hills laced with rows of wine grapes is impressing and will provide a romantic backdrop for memorable photographs. This tour will provide the opportunity to sample wineries from various Napa regions such as Los Carneros, Rutherford, Oakville, St. Helena, Yountville or Stags Leap and/or Sonoma, home of some of the oldest wineries in the California Wine Country and place of birth of the California Statehood. The wineries require a fee, typically ranging from $10 to $30 (not included). Winery hosted tours can also be taken, at an additional fee (not included).
Daily tour departures From San Francisco year-round (other locations may be available) Pick-Up Location: San Francisco downtown or Fisherman’s Wharf (other locations may be available) Average Duration: 8 hours Pick-Up Time: 9:00 a.m.
Up to 6 guests 8 Hours: $ 650 Additional Hours: $60/hour Groups with more than 6 guests: Please ask for a quote, whereby we charter a Van. What is included in price:
- Our prices include all taxes with no hidden fees or surcharges…what you see is what you pay.
- Meals, winery tours and wine tasting fees are not included.
- A gratuity (tip) is customary for a good service and will be appreciated.
We reserve the right to modify or cancel tours due to vehicle breakdowns, weather or road conditions. Click here for cancellation policy.
• Pick-Up & Drop Off at your SF Hotel downtown or Fisherman’s Wharf (other locations may be available) • Fully narrated tour by a multilingual guide in English, Spanish & Italian (not just an audio tour) • Bridge toll
NorCal Destinations offers Private and Small Group Tours of San Francisco, Muir Woods Redwoods, Napa and Sonoma Wine Country, Carmel, Monterey, Yosemite. Our services are professional and designed to make each tour a personal and a memorable experience. You get personal attention. We put attractions into their historical context, going where you want to go, and helping you remember you’re on vacation. We can go anywhere. Our comfortable SUV goes places buses, VANs and limos are not allowed. Our tours are flexible. Have a question? We’ll take time to answer it. Want more time to visit a monument or attraction or for a small walk? No problem. Someone else does the driving. You see the city instead of fighting traffic, one-way streets and steep hills, searching for elusive parking spots. Our Tours are unique and fully customizable. We customize our private tours to your particular travel needs and expectations. We travel on back roads where generic tours do not go.
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