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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.

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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, 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.

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San Francisco: Small-Group Sonoma Wine Tour with Tastings

3. 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.

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Gourmet Wine and Food Pairing Tour

4. Gourmet Wine and Food Pairing Tour

Meet your friendly guide in historic Healdsburg Plaza and begin your half-day tour with a brief orientation to the town. You’ll stop by a French bakery that features hand-crafted breads and the most extensive dessert cart in Sonoma County. You might choose to experience one the treasures of Healdsburg, a SHRUB beverage that will tease your taste buds. Next you’ll head out on your first of 3 winery visits, where you’ll enjoy a private seated wine and food pairing, complete with tasty bites and a traditional port. Enjoy an afternoon stop sipping premium, luxury teas before delving deeply into the subtle flavors of cabernet sauvignon with an appellation comparison that offers the chance to taste the difference that growing regions make in the final product. Your tour comes to an end with a guided tasting of award-winning olive oils, and then an exclusive, seated wine and cheese pairing, including tastes of 6 wines. No gourmet day on the town would be complete without a sweet treat, which in this case involves an artisan chocolate tasting.

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Sonoma Valley: Guided Winery Tour with Picnic Lunch

5. 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.

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

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

Your day starts 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-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 3-5 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. You’ll be back in San Francisco before dinner time so be ready to head out for a night on the town.

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Point Reyes Station: Food and Farm Tour with Lunch

7. Point Reyes Station: Food and Farm Tour with Lunch

Discover the coastal farms of West Marin and Sonoma County which offer an unrivaled collection of epicurean delights for any hungry traveler. Nestled between the edges of the famed California wine country and the protected Pt. Reyes National Seashore, this unique region offers an incredible variety of high-quality produce, artisan cheeses, wine, local oyster beds, grass-fed beef, and more.  This exclusive, 5-hour food tour offers a unique opportunity to sample some of the best the region has to offer and learn the fascinating history that makes the area so unique. Starting at the small town Pt. Reyes Station, home to a locally-loved weekly farmers market, meet your guide and any additional members of your group over pastries from the renowned Bovine Bakery. Receive a quick overview of the tour and region before heading to the Cowgirl Creamery for 7 to 8 samples of award-winning cheeses. From there, meet a local bread maker and go into the bakery (not open to the general public) to see how they use their wood-fired brick oven to make naturally leavened bread and meet the awesome women who built the business. Next, set off to lunch where you can either visit the acclaimed Marin Sun Farms for grass-fed beef burgers (vegetarian options available) and buffalo-milk gelato or head to the shore of Tomales Bay for a mouth-watering (and informative) lunch of sustainable seafood. After lunch, visit a meadery where you can try local honey and toast with samples of champagne-style sparkling mead (honey wine) and sit down, picnic-style, at the famous Hog Island Oyster Company to savor locally grown oysters on the half-shell. The day concludes with a walking farm tour of an organic micro-farm that grows fruits, veggies, and flowers for the local community. Depending on the season, there may even be stuff to pick and enjoy right on the farm!

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Guided Private Wine Tour to Napa and Sonoma Wine Country

8. 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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Sonoma County: Half-Day Wine Tour

9. 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.

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Sonoma County: Small-Group Wine Tasting Tour

10. Sonoma County: Small-Group Wine Tasting Tour

Join a group of no more than 8 guests and experience the flavors of Sonoma County. Depending on the day, the tour takes you to Alexander Valley, Dry Creek Valley, Russian River Valley, or Sonoma Valley and no two days are quite the same.  Visit both large production and small boutique wineries and at some, you will have the opportunity to meet the owners and tour the production facilities. During the tour, take a short break to enjoy some cheese, crackers, salami, and fruit. Bottled water will be plentiful to keep you hydrated. Tasting fees charged by the wineries are not included in this tour. Tasting fees can range from $15.00 to $25.00, depending on the winery. Most wineries will waive fees if you purchase a bottle or two or join their wine club. The goal of this tour is to introduce you to different Sonoma County Wines and to wineries you may not be familiar with. If you are concerned about getting your wine home, we will be happy to assist you by making shipping arrangements. At the end of the tour, hotel drop-off will be provided.

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What people are saying about Sonoma County

Marc went over and above to get to know the travelers and provide great service, making extra bathroom stops, drop offs, and even side trips to show us sites. He was full of knowledge about the history behind the wine industry. We really enjoyed the group and the wineries we visited. The transportation was very comfortable and safe. We really enjoyed our trip.

A very knowledgable coach driver who shared his own experience and appreciation of wines; 2 very different wineries who provided a decent selection of tastings; informative staff at the wineries and a beautiful location. A fun half day out. Highly recommended!

Our guide was incredible. Really friendly, knowledgeable and entertaining. He also set us up at excellent vineyards and the whole days itinerary was planned perfectly.

Great wine tour and we had a really nice tour guide!! Definitely recommend

It was a lot of fun! People were so nice. Highly recommend!