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  • Location: San Francisco, California
  • Duration:  9 hours (approx.)
Leave the hustle and bustle of San Francisco behind and enjoy a day in the famed wine regions of Napa and Sonoma. Taste various award-winning Sonoma and Napa Valley wines, soak up views on an intimate vineyard tram tour at Benziger Family Winery, and learn about the art and science of biodynamic winemaking. Your professional guide will teach you everything you've ever wanted to know about wine on this Sonoma and Napa Valley wine tour!

Highlights

  • Napa and Sonoma wine tour from San Francisco
  • Soak up incredible vistas of these world-renowned wine regions' rolling hills and lush vineyards
  • Taste various award-winning wines at four to six wineries in Sonoma and Napa, Oakville or Yountville
  • Take a scenic, relaxing tram tour at Benziger Family Winery for up-close views of the vineyards
  • Learn about the art and science of biodynamic winemaking from your expert guide
  • Enjoy a delicious gourmet picnic lunch at a local winery

What You Can Expect

Vine to Wine Napa and Sonoma Day Trip with Tastings and Organic Winery Tour

Tour Through the Benziger Barrel Caves

After pickup from your San Francisco hotel, relax on a comfortable drive north to wine country. Before you head out of the city, there is quick stop at a local market to pick up any refreshments you may like or lunch for later (if option is not selected). Then, travel across the Golden Gate Bridge and enjoy sweeping views of San Francisco Bay, Alcatraz and the city skyline. Wind through the coastal mountains of the Marin Headlands and along the base of Mt Tamalpais, leaving the rush of the city behind and setting the pace for a relaxing day out in the country. Get ready for a day of wine tastings in Sonoma and Napa Valley!

Once in Sonoma County, admire the rolling hills and beautiful valleys that have supplied the world with fantastic wines for more than 60 years. Your professional guide will describe the region and its wine in detail so that you can truly appreciate your experience.

Your first stop is Benziger Family Winery, where you'll hop on a 45-minute tram tour to enjoy up-close views of the biodynamic vineyards, fermentation facility and crush pad. This intimate tram tour lets you follow the winemaking process from the roots to the glass and see how wine is made, bottled, aged and distributed.

Back in the tasting room, you can enjoy the fruits of these labors! Enjoy a special tasting of the winery's award-winning wines and walk through the barrel caves. You'll learn all about the art of biodynamic viticulture, an increasingly popular process that uses organic methods of farming without the use of pesticides and other artificial chemicals.

For lunch, you'll settle down in central Sonoma -- a city that combines small-town charm, unpretentious sophistication and rustic gourmet sensibilities -- and picnic on a shaded patio at a local winery or at a picturesque park with your deli lunch (see below for a sample menu).

In the afternoon, travel over to Napa County to continue wine tasting in Oakville, Yountville or in the city of Napa itself. The landscape of rolling hills laced with rows of wine grapes is truly awe-inspiring, and provides a romantic backdrop for memorable photos.

On your return trip, make one more photo stop above the Golden Gate Bridge -- a must-do for first-time visitors! You'll arrive back at your San Francisco hotel in the evening.

Itinerary

Sample Menu (choose one)

Ham, prosciutto and sausage sandwich
  • Ham, prosciutto and spicy andouille sausage sandwich with yellow mustard, organic Swiss cheese, fig jam and pickles
  • Raw vegetable salad with lemon thyme dressing over kale, red cabbage, carrots, cucumber, radish and red onion
  • Fingerling potato salad made with shallots, chives, Champagne vinegar, French truffle oil and tarragon
Chicken sandwich
  • Grilled chipolte organic chicken sandwich with organic jack cheese, romaine lettuce, red onion, cucumber, tomato and chipotle veganaise
  • Caramelized onion and cremini mushrooms with tofu
  • Raw vegetable salad with lemon thyme dressing over kale, red cabbage, carrots, cucumber, radish and red onion
Beef sandwich
  • House roasted organic eye of round beef sandwich with organic Swiss cheese, mixed greens, red onion, pickles, tomato and horseradish veganaise
  • Fingerling potato salad made with shallots, chives, Champagne vinegar, French truffle oil and tarragon
  • Roasted red beet salad
Tempeh sandwich (vegetarian)
  • Tamari-roasted tempeh sandwich with caramelized onion and cremini mushrooms, arugula and sesame tamari veganaise
  • French lentil salad with red wine vinaigrette
  • White quinoa with Medjool dates, hazelnuts, mint, honey and cinnamon

All options include a fresh-baked cookie. Drinks are not included with lunch.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2014

Our tour guides Mitch + Marie went above and beyond to make a truly wonderful, memorable day! My daughter + I were able to visit wine country + enjoy the tastings without worring about driving. There is not enough space for me to praise "M and M" as much as they deserve! Thank u 4 an unforgettable day!!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2013

This was a wonderful tour.Our tour guide Molly was very knowledgeable and accommodating. She made great recommendations and made it a very relaxing and enjoyable day.Starting at Benzinger's we learned a lot about actually making wine which made the rest of tour even better.

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