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Napa Valley: Guided Wine Tour with Picnic Lunch

1. Napa Valley: Guided Wine Tour with Picnic Lunch

Explore the picturesque Napa Valley, the most celebrated wine region in North America, on a small guided group wine tour. Discover world-renowned wine and its unique scenic landscape. Visit boutique wineries that are hand-picked by your tour guide. Enjoy your guide’s stories and information about the wine-making process. Marvel at extraordinary views of Napa Valley. Eat a tasty picnic lunch served at a winery. Taste delicious wines (tasting fees not included), stroll through the wineries and have the picture-perfect day in Napa Valley.

Sonoma Valley: Guided Winery Tour with Picnic Lunch

2. Sonoma Valley: Guided Winery Tour with Picnic Lunch

Explore Sonoma Valley, a world-class wine region, on a small group guided tour. Enjoy the charm of the area as you learn about its history from your knowledgeable tour guide. As you journey through the Sonoma Valley, you'll visit three boutique wineries, many of which are still family-owned. Taste some delicious wines (winery tasting fees not included) and learn about local winemaking practices, history, and culture. You'll also get to see some of the production areas and get to enjoy a tasty picnic lunch served at one of the wineries.

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

3. 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: Napa and Sonoma Valley Wine Tour

4. San Francisco: Napa and Sonoma Valley Wine Tour

Discover the secrets of winemaking on a guided day trip to the Napa and Sonoma Valleys from San Francisco. All tasting fees are included at 3 wineries, giving you the opportunity to sample local wines at each location. Board the air-conditioned bus. Admire the landscape of rolling hills and vineyards as you drive out of the city. Enjoy guided visits to three different wineries in the area. Learn the region's history, from Spanish missionaries who brought grapevines from Europe, to the Forty-Niners who served wines in their saloons. See how the grapes are picked, crushed, blended, and bottled. Walk through the beautiful vineyards and get the chance to taste the finished product, with wine tasting fees included at each location. During the tour, you’ll stop for lunch (at your own expense) in the historic Sonoma Plaza, or The Marketplace in the heart of Napa.  Lastly, after all these activities head on back to San Francisco, where you’ll be dropped off at the local partner’s office.

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

5. 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.

San Francisco: Small-Group Sonoma Wine Tour with Tastings

6. San Francisco: Small-Group Sonoma Wine Tour with Tastings

Discover Sonoma Valley and some of its best wines on this small-group, full-day tour. Learn about the history and traditions of winemaking in the region from your expert guide and taste wines from 3 wineries. Your adventure begins with a pick-up from your hotel/accommodation in downtown San Francisco. Get to know your travel companions for the day as you head out of town and across the Golden Gate Bridge. Learn about the region from your friendly and knowledgeable guide and sample many of the delicious wines that have made Northern California a world-renowned wine-producing region. Travel with a small group (limited to 13 people) to three of Sonoma's finest boutique wineries and spend approximately one hour at each winery. This journey also includes a stop in scenic Sausalito, a stop at the Golden Gate Bridge, and a lunch stop (lunch not included) in the historic town of Sonoma where you can select from one of the many fantastic restaurants on the square. If you’re feeling adventurous, take a walk into the past at Mission San Francisco Solano. After the final winery stop of the day, relax as your guide drives you back to your accommodation in San Francisco.

Sonoma Valley Half-Day Wine Country Tour

7. Sonoma Valley Half-Day Wine Country Tour

This is the only half-day wine tour in San Francisco that departs from Fisherman's Wharf at 12:30 and heads North across the Golden Gate Bridge, through Marin County into the world-famous Carneros Wine Region in the town of Sonoma. The wine country tour is a pleasure for anyone who enjoys a good glass of wine, or for those just wanting to experience the beautiful scenery of California’s wine region, but have limited time. Included on the tour are visits to 2-3 wineries in beautiful Sonoma, spanning from mass production wineries to smaller, boutiques. This fun and informative tour not only offers a taste of superb wineries in the region, but it also offers a chance to enjoy the splendor of the beautiful vineyards and picturesque Sonoma County, as your guide escorts you from place to place.

Sonoma County: Half-Day Wine Tour

8. Sonoma County: Half-Day Wine Tour

In just half a day, discover the best of Sonoma County, California’s famous wine county, on this guided group tour from San Francisco. Taste the best wines of the region, enjoy the Sonoma Valley scenery, and learn about the county’s history. Starting with pickup in San Francisco, cross the Golden Gate Bridge where the San Francisco Bay meets the Pacific Ocean and stop at the Marin County Vista Point for magnificent views. From the vista point, see the Golden Gate Bridge, Angel Island, Alcatraz Island, the East Bay cities of Oakland and Berkeley (home of the first UC campus), and the Bay Bridge which connects them to San Francisco. Continue the journey by passing above the hillside houses and yacht marinas of Sausalito and traveling north through the rolling hills of Marin County. Just 35 minutes from the bridge begins beautiful Sonoma Valley, the site of the first winery of California. Today, Sonoma Valley is a world-famous producer of fine wines, cheeses, and olive oils. Visit two wineries (typically one small, one large) chosen by your knowledgeable guides with your enjoyment and the diversity of wines in mind. Enjoy an included tasting at one of the two wineries and an optional second tasting at the other. Lunch is available for purchase at a winery or during a visit to downtown Sonoma Plaza, a park surrounded by historic buildings including the last Franciscan Mission, restaurants, cafes, shops, and wine tasting rooms. This experience concludes with drop-off back to your hotel.

Sonoma: Private Sidecar 3 Winery Tour

9. Sonoma: Private Sidecar 3 Winery Tour

Ride in a fun tandem sidecar on the open road on a private guided wine tour of Sonoma. See beautiful California scenery, taste local wines, and learn about the city's fascinating history from your guide. Meet your guide and begin your private guided ride throughout the Sonoma area. As you ride in style in a tandem sidecar, feel the wind rush past and marvel at the beautiful scenery. Hear about the sights you pass from your sidecar driver. Throughout your tour, enjoy stops at local wineries, where you can see the making of wine up close. Feel free to purchase wine/wine flights at each tasting room, and decide for yourself which local wine is your favorite. Finish your tour with a visit to scenic destinations. Depending on your tour, visit locations such as Homewood Winery, Robledo Family Winery, Cline Family Cellars, or Viansa Sonoma Winery. Return to the meeting point full of wonderful impressions of this area.

Guided Private Wine Tour to Napa and Sonoma Wine Country

10. Guided Private Wine Tour to Napa and Sonoma Wine Country

Embark on a wine tasting adventure with a local, expert guide on a one-of-a-kind private wine tour to Napa and Sonoma Wine Country. Enjoy the exclusivity of having a tour guide and vehicle all to yourself and your group. Enjoy the convenience of getting picked up at your accommodation or a location in San Francisco, Marin, Sonoma or Napa. Your experienced tour guide will work with you to create a customized itinerary (see sample itinerary) that suits your exact interests and preferences as well as your budget. Typically, you and your group will visit 3-4 wineries depending on travel time, where you would like to go, and how much time you would like to spend at each location. With over 1000 wineries to choose from, your group will not be short on options. Explore endless possibilities from family-run operations with rustic tasting rooms or a larger winery with gorgeous landscaped gardens. You can even do a cave tour for an additional cost and elevate your wine country adventure. Discover the many scenic towns in Napa or Sonoma or both that offer lunch options to satisfy all tastes and preferences.  Relax and reflect on your day as you get dropped off at your preferred drop-off point in Marin, Sonoma, Napa, or San Francisco.

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We had a very enjoyable day touring three separate family owned wineries in Napa Valley with Platypus Tours. We had a fairly fun and friendly group of people to share the day with, and that helped! Our guide was knowledgeable and professional. We learned a LOT about the Napa Valley area and the history of the wine making industry there. We especially liked the visit to the first winery that included a tour of their facility, a walk through the vineyards tasting grapes, and a very thorough explanation of the history of the winery and the science involved in making a good wine each season. The wine maker explained how different grapes are processed or aged/blended differently to get the best from each harvest. We bought 6 bottles of good wines to take home, and prices were reasonable. All of the wineries refunded our tasting fees ($25 each) when we purchased one or two bottles. We would definitely recommend this as an introductory tour.

Absolutely Incredible!!! Paul was an amazing tour guide who took us all over San Francisco, showing us various sights we wouldn’t have been able to see if we weren’t on the tour. The entire drive to the winery was filled with learning various facts about San Francisco and Sonoma. The wineries were amazing as well, all a little different but equally enjoyable. I can’t say enough good things about this tour!!!

We were picked up right at our hotel and dropped off at our hotel. We didn’t have to worry about any driving. We had never been up in Napa Valley so it was nice to have the day planned out. The description for the day and what to expect was exact. Our guide was great. Very knowledgeable and super friendly. We had a nice group of people on our tour. I would do it again.

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!