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From San Francisco: Napa & Sonoma Valley Full-Day Wine Trip

1. From San Francisco: Napa & Sonoma Valley Full-Day Wine Trip

Discover the wine-making traditions of Napa and Sonoma on a full-day scenic tour from San Francisco. Enjoy panoramic views along the coast and stop at 3 wineries for tasting. Traveling in small groups, drive to the Golden Gate Bridge - stopping for a photo opportunity - and continue to the Napa and Sonoma Valleys, home to acclaimed Californian wines and artisanal cheeses. Following magnificent views of San Francisco Bay and the Marin Headlands, journey through the rolling hills of Napa and Sonoma. Stop at 3 different wineries to taste several different types of wine, and learn about the area and its wine production history. During the day, you will also make a lunch stop at the gourmet Oxbow Public Market in Napa, where plenty of delicious food options await, along with the chance to try more wines for the true afficionado.

San Francisco: Small-Group Napa Valley Tour for Wine Lovers

2. San Francisco: Small-Group Napa Valley Tour for Wine Lovers

On this all-Napa, all-highlights wine tasting tour from San Francisco, you will be delighted with the history, architecture, gardens, and memorable toasts. Your wine enthusiast guide will prepare you for experiences at the Castello di Amorosa and two other celebrated Napa Valley wineries. Once there, you will be treated to reserve wines in the California Wine Country. Your San Francisco wine tour to Napa Valley begins as you cross the Bay Bridge and take in incredible views of the city skyline. As you travel, learn about the many microclimates and soil types that combine to produce some of the world’s best winemaking grapes – Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Merlot, Zinfandel, Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc. Wine corks pop first at Castello di Amorosa, a medieval-styled Tuscan castle winery constructed using more than 200 containers of European materials and furnishings. On your way to vaulted wine cellars, check out the moat, drawbridge, towers, courtyards, and armory. Thankfully, Castello di Amorosa puts the same love and attention into its wines which are elegant, intensely flavored, and well-balanced. Next, your Napa wine tasting tour makes a fun photo stop at the Napa Valley Welcome Sign. Your lunch break is in charming Calistoga, California. Among its hot springs, elegant spas and yoga studios, you’ll have no trouble finding the perfect lunch spot and perhaps sampling another locally crafted wine with your meal. After lunch, your small group heads to the intimate, yet modern winery, Twomey Cellars. Founded by the Duncan Family, owners of highly-regarded Silver Oak, the winery uses the same philosophy: use locally harvested fruit to make exceptional wines that are deliciously drinkable upon release. A laid-back Napa Valley vibe is created by their farmhouse-style tasting room that opens up onto a sun-filled courtyard and Sauvignon Blanc vineyard with views of the Calistoga foothills. The Duncans apply their 40 years of winemaking experience to create single-vineyard Pinot Noirs and estate Sauvignon Blancs that pair beautifully with food. Complete your day in the charming and historic St. Helena building that houses Merryvale Vineyards and has roots as a winemaking facility reaching back to the 1930s. Napa luminaries Robert and Peter Mondavi, the Christian Brothers, and H. William Harlan have all practiced their craft under its arched ceiling. Family-owned Merryvale Vineyards is renowned for small production lots of world class wine, especially rich, powerful Cabernet Sauvignons and Chardonnays which you can enjoy sitting under the century-old 2,000 gallon casks that line the stone walls of the cellar room. On the journey back to San Francisco, we’ll make one final stop (weather permitting) at a scenic look-out point with sweeping views of the Golden Gate Bridge for you to snap some keepsake photos of Marin Headlands, San Francisco skyline, and Alcatraz Island.

Napa Valley Tour by Private Car from San Francisco

3. Napa Valley Tour by Private Car from San Francisco

Avoid crowded bus tours and head to the Napa and Sonoma wineries that interest you most on this guided tour. The local part will recommend some wineries for tours and tastings, but you’ll make the final decisions! You’ll be picked up by private car at the location of your choice in San Francisco and head north into wine country. Enjoy a scenic drive from San Francisco to California’s Napa Wine Country. Visit 3 or 4 wineries, such as Domaine Chandon, Domaine Carneros by Taittinger, Robert Mondavi Winery, and Staglin Family Vineyard. There will be time for lunch in Sonoma, Santa Helena, or Yountville. You’ll be back in San Francisco to see the sun setting by the Golden Gate Bridge.

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Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 213 reviews

We had a very enjoyable day tour in Napa Valley with our guide, Fred. He was very polite and professional, the car was perfectly clean and comfortable. Fred has good knowledge of the Napa Valley area and before the tour we talked about our interests and helped us choose the best places to visit. During the tour he shared interesting stories about the places to visit and Napa Valley in general.

This was a fun day trip. We went to 3 wineries and stopped for a nice lunch. The guide gave us time to enjoy each place and shared information with us along the way. The hosts at each of the wineries were very good.

Great trip to three excellent, and very different, family . Guide/driver was knowledgeable and a lot of fun. Highly recommend!

Fred was so nice and we learned a lot about San Francisco as we drove along. We recommend him wholeheartedly.

The Guide Randall was outstanding. Personable and knowledgeable