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San Francisco: Half-Day Wine Country Excursion with Tastings

1. San Francisco: Half-Day Wine Country Excursion with Tastings

Discover some of San Francisco's best wines on this half-day outing. Visit 2 wineries and 3 to 5 tastings. Enjoy scenic views from your comfortable coach. Start your day in the afternoon, as you head north to the Golden Gate Bridge. Enjoy a scenic drive over the Golden Gate Bridge and marvel at the San Francisco skyline in the distance. Next, drive through the beautiful town of Sausalito, a seaside Mediterranean-like village harbored across the San Francisco Bay and famous for its sweeping views. As the vine-covered hillsides come into view, you will visit 2 favorite wineries of the region for wine tastings and an exclusive estate tour. Experience the inner workings of the wineries and their family history in Napa and Sonoma Valley as an expert wine host walks you through the fermentation process, barrel-aging, bottling, and, of course, tastings of some award-winning varietals. At each winery, enjoy up to 3-5 tastings of their signature blends. Your day concludes with a scenic drive back over the Golden Gate Bridge and into San Francisco as the sun slowly starts to set into the Pacific Ocean.

San Francisco: Napa and Sonoma Valley Wine Tour

2. 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, stop for lunch (at your own expense) in the historic Sonoma Plaza. Lastly, after all these activities, head on back to San Francisco.

San Francisco: Wine Country Tastings Tour with Muir Woods

3. San Francisco: Wine Country Tastings Tour with Muir Woods

Savor wine tastings at three wineries in the Sonoma and Napa Valleys on a guided trip from San Francisco. Gaze up at the world's tallest trees at Muir Woods National Monument and strike a pose by the Golden Gate Bridge. Begin your morning with a convenient pickup from most San Francisco hotels. Cross the Golden Gate Bridge on your way to Muir Woods National Park. Explore the leafy trails and marvel at the giant sequoia redwood stretching above you. Then, enjoy a scenic ride into the heart of California's wine country. Admire your picturesque surroundings as you relax on board. Listen as the tour guide shares stories from the region's early winemaking history and learn how the industry evolved over the years. Visit three wineries showcasing the diversity of wine and tradition in the region. Meet the winemakers and discover their vineyards, winemaking process, and ingredients. Savor three wine tastings with selected wines produced in the region. At midday, enjoy a lunch break and explore the boutique shops and restaurants that surround the charming Sonoma Plaza. Finish the trip with a photo stop at the Golden Gate Bridge before being dropped off at your San Francisco hotel. If you select the lunch options, please specify your choice of one item per course during the booking process. All courses are paired with wine. First Course - paired with Sparkling Wine, 3 oz • Petite cheese plate with Vella’s Mezzo Secco, Double Cream French Brie, Gruyere, and fresh fruit Second Course - paired with Sauvignon Blanc, 3 oz (choose one) • White bean and vegetable soup topped with almond-arugula pesto • Classic Caesar Salad romaine hearts with the Bistro’s home-made Caesar Dressing Main Course - paired with Pinot Noir, 3 oz (choose one) • Rigatoni Bolognese braised ground beef and pork in a house-made marinara sauce • Fusilli Pasta* tossed almond-arugula pesto and parmesan cheese • Chicken Piccata with mashed potatoes, sautéed spinach, and caper butter sauce • Grilled Vegetable Sandwich with fresh mozzarella and pesto spread on focaccia with a side of baby mixed greens tossed with citrus vinaigrette

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

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

Indulge yourself in luxury on this full-day tour of California’s wine regions from San Francisco. Visit 3 different wineries for tasting and a tour, and enjoy a stop at historic Downtown Sonoma Square. Take in panoramic views of California on the way toward Napa Valley and Sonoma Valley, 2 of Northern California’s famous wine regions. Enjoy the services as a professional guide for a tour featuring wine tastings at 3 of the local partner's favorite wineries. At each winery, learn about wine-making techniques on a tour of the estate, and enjoy extraordinary wines at your tastings. In addition to visiting wineries, your professional guide will take you to see other famous sites in California’s wine country, including a lunch stop at the historic Downtown Sonoma Square. Here, enjoy eclectic dining options and boutique shopping during your lunch break.

San Francisco: Small-Group Sonoma Wine Tour with Tastings

5. 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.

From San Francisco: Muir Woods Wine Tour with Napa & Sonoma

6. From San Francisco: Muir Woods Wine Tour with Napa & Sonoma

On this full-day guided wine tasting and nature tour, explore the towering coastal redwoods in Muir Woods before indulging your more sophisticated side with wine tasting in Napa Valley and Sonoma Valley. Take an eco-friendly bus ride across the Golden Gate Bridge to the Muir Woods National Monument. Upon arrival, enjoy an hour-long hike, with fresh forest air. Arrive at historic Sonoma Plaza to grab some lunch (price not included). Continue to Napa and Sonoma Valley to taste red, white, and dessert wines from renowned producers such as the Larson Family, Cline Cellars, and Robledo Family wineries. Finally, stop at the Golden Gate Bridge for photos — fog permitting.

Napa Valley: Guided Wine Tour with Picnic Lunch

7. 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.

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

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

On this Napa Valley wine tasting tour from San Francisco, be delighted with the history, architecture, gardens, and memorable toasts. Your wine enthusiast guide will prepare you for touring and tasting reserve wines at the Castello di Amorosa and two other celebrated Napa Valley wineries. Your San Francisco wine tour to Napa Valley begins enjoying the views from the Bay Bridge. As you travel, learn how Napa’s microclimates and soil types combine to produce the world’s best winemaking grapes – Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Merlot, Zinfandel, Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc. Corks pop first at Castello di Amorosa, a medieval-styled Tuscan castle winery constructed with authentic 13th-century 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 elegant, intensely flavored, and well-balanced wines. 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. V. Sattui is a family-owned business started by Vittorio Sattui in 1885. Nationally acclaimed winemaker, Brooks Painter, oversees a “vine to cork” blend of artistry, time-honored traditions, and innovation to consistently produce award-winning, small lot 90+ point wines for a wide range of tastes. The sprawling estate in St. Helena has beautiful manicured gardens and an underground wine cave for tastings by a friendly, knowledgeable staff. This quintessential Carneros AVA property, once cultivated by the Michael Mondavi Family Estate, is surrounded by rolling hills of planted vineyards. Ru Vango loosely translates to “Road to Art”. Fittingly, the winery’s tasting salon features a collection of Winn Slavin Fine Art. From a wrap-around porch overlooking a sun-soaked vineyard, enjoy a reserve flight of three complex wines made from grapes grown 2000 feet above sea level and in the pathway of cool San Pablo Bay breezes. On the journey back to San Francisco, we’ll make one last stop (weather permitting) at a scenic look-out point with sweeping views of the Golden Gate Bridge for you to capture some keepsake photos of SF skyline.

San Francisco: Muir Woods, Sausalito, and Wine Country Tour

9. San Francisco: Muir Woods, Sausalito, and Wine Country Tour

Discover all that San Francisco's surroundings offer on a tour from the city by bus.  Explore the ancient redwood forest to see the renowned towering trees, marvel at the scenic landscape from Sausalito as you tuck into a delicious lunch, and round off your day out with a wine tasting in the world-famous Wine Country. Start your day with a scenic drive over the Golden Gate Bridge to an isolated canyon filled with ancient coastal redwood trees. Arrive at Muir Woods National Monument and immerse yourself in the forest's peaceful tranquility.  Stroll through the cool, moist air, as you admire 1000-year-old trees towering 260 feet tall. As you wander in and out of Mother Nature's redwood alleyways, experience the awe and mystery of the forest surrounded by Northern California’s signature fog. Next, enjoy a 1.5-hour lunch break in Sausalito, the seaside Mediterranean-style village across the San Francisco Bay.  Sausalito is famous for its sweeping views, timeless sophistication, local boutiques, and cafes, and your tour guide will offer a list of popular local eateries for you to grab a bite to eat.  Don’t forget to snap a few panoramic shots of the picturesque San Francisco skyline in the distance before the tour continues. After lunch, head north into the vine-covered hillsides of the world-famous Wine Country. During your venture, visit 2 local wineries for wine tasting sessions and an exclusive estate tour.  Experience the inner workings of the wineries and their family history in Napa and Sonoma Valley, as an expert wine host walks you through the fermentation process, barrel aging, bottling, and of course tastings of some award-winning varietals.  At each winery, enjoy up to 3 to 5 tastings of their signature blends. At the end of an exciting and unforgettable day, sit back, relax, and enjoy the scenic drive back over the Golden Gate Bridge and into San Francisco as the sun slowly starts to set into the Pacific Ocean. Return to San Francisco by dinner time, so be ready to head out for a night on the town.

San Francisco: Napa Valley Winery Tour with Tastings

10. San Francisco: Napa Valley Winery Tour with Tastings

Discover Napa Valley on a guided tour from San Francisco. Visit two select wineries and taste a variety of wines with an expert host for an experience sure to impress both novices and wine connoisseurs alike. Start your afternoon with a picturesque drive over the iconic Golden Gate Bridge and take in breathtaking views of the San Francisco skyline. Then, journey through the charming seaside town of Sausalito, known for its stunning vistas and Mediterranean-inspired architecture. During your journey to the wineries, admire the sight of lush, vine-covered hillsides. Your host will guide you through each winery and give you an inside look at their family histories, fermentation processes, barrel-aging, and bottling techniques as you meet the winemakers. After learning about the winemaking process, taste some award-winning varietals, with 3 to 5 tastings at each winery. Savor the unique flavors and aromas of signature blends. Finally, enjoy a scenic drive back over the Golden Gate Bridge, watching the sunset on the Pacific Ocean.

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Danilo was an excellent guide and a very comfortable bus. The trip visited two Sonoma wineries (Roche & R Cohn) and one Napa Winery. I would have preferred 2 Napa Wineries with one being from further back in valley. A small quibble.

I had such a great time! Tom was an amazing driver and tour guide, he made sure we were in schedule and was responsible when it came to pick up times. I loved all the three wineries.

We loved this trip! Credit to Steve the driver and all the three of the Wineries. Amazing experience. The only thing that could improve was more food to be available.

It was great. Anthony (I hope I got the name right) was informative, funny, and provided extra layers of information on the Bay Area.

Enjoyed the tour. Jeffrey was great guide. Enjoyed the Napa winery a lot and the chance to see Sonoma Square.