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.