Private Tour: Wine Country Day Trip From San Francisco
Experience some of the top wineries in Sonoma County and Napa Valley on this private, full-day guided tour. You’ll be chauffeured from San Francisco across the iconic Golden Gate Bridge and through the Wine Country’s rolling, vineyard-strewn hills. Sip wines at informative tastings and learn about different winemaking techniques the local vintners use to craft the taste of their wines. Relax in the scenic and laid-back town of Yountville for lunch (own expense) and peruse the local art galleries and boutiques. Napa and Sonoma are just as famous for their beautiful country scenery as for their wines, making this tour doubly enchanting.
Your private, full-day guided trip begins with pickup at your San Francisco hotel and a scenic drive across the famous Golden Gate Bridge. On your right you’ll see Alcatraz, known as The Rock to the inmates who once served time there, and on your left, a sweeping view of the Pacific Ocean colliding with Northern California’s craggy coast. A short time later you’ll be greeted in Sonoma by rolling, picturesque hills laced with vineyards.
Savor the views at your first stop, Nicholson Ranch Winery, where you’ll sample some of Sonoma’s best varietals: chardonnay, pinot noir and Syrah. Be prepared to walk through the wineries throughout the day, which sometimes means walking on dirt or gravel. It’s a short drive to your next stop, the Madonna Estate in Napa’s world-renowned Carneros region. Savor the organically grown grapes and estate wines bottled by this family-owned winery as you learn about how natural farming methods and traditional-meets-modern winemaking techniques influences the wines’ taste and quality.
Enjoy a leisurely lunch (own expense) in Yountville, home of the famous French Laundry and the most Michelen-starred restaurants of any city in the world — impressive for a town that is only a few short blocks of intimately sized restaurants and cafés. Peruse the town’s V Marketplace, filled with specialty boutiques, galleries and restaurants. Once known as “Vintage 1870,” it’s located within the historic Groezinger Winery complex.
After lunch, enjoy an afternoon wine tasting at Sutter Home, the second-largest independent, family-run winery in the United States. The winery has been cultivating wines in Napa since the late 1800s, and became a household name for producing white zinfandel in the early 1970s. Take in the scenic Wine Country views outside your window as you depart in the late afternoon for the return to your hotel.
Please note: winery locations and itinerary may change due to traffic or a previously booked special event at the location. Comfortable walking shoes suggested.