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Escape to California’s famous wine country on this full-day tour from San Francisco! Taste regional varietals at three different wineries in Napa and Sonoma, including both big-name and family-run estates. Learn about the winemaking process during guided tours of vineyards and barrel rooms, and savor the area’s gourmet culture with a stop for lunch in charming Yountville. 

Highlights

  • Full-day trip from San Francisco to Sonoma and Napa Valley wineries
  • Drive over the Golden Gate Bridge for views of the Bay Area and Alcatraz
  • Admire the rolling hills and vineyards that make up America’s premier wine region
  • Visit three celebrated wineries for guided tours and tastings (all tastings included)
  • Enjoy free time for lunch and shopping in Yountville, a Napa Valley gem!
  • Learn about the history of winemaking from your expert guide
  • Transport by luxury, air-conditioned coach including onboard restroom and free Wi-Fi

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

Experiencing wine country is easy on this immensely popular tour. The tastings are all included and feature lots of different wines, so you're sure to find a favorite. Plus, your friendly and knowledgeable guide offers insightful commentary between wineries.

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What You Can Expect

Napa and Sonoma Wine Country Tour

Napa Valley, Califormia

Let your guide handle the driving and relax as you sip your way through California’s wine country! After morning pickup at your San Francisco hotel, settle into a luxury coach equipped with onboard amenities including a restroom, reclining seats and Wi-Fi. Hear tales of Spanish missionaries and Gold Rush fortune seekers from your guide as you cruise across the Golden Gate Bridge and through the rolling green hills and pastures of Sonoma Valley. 

Your first stop is the family-run Nicholson Ranch Winery, a villa-like estate nestled in the southern foothills of Sonoma. Taste fantastic chardonnay, pinot noir and merlot varietals while savoring views of gently sloping vineyards from the patio. Continue on to the world-famous Napa Valley for a tour and tasting at Madonna Estate, a family-run winery that produces organic wines in the acclaimed Carneros winemaking region. 

Indulge your appetite with a stop for lunch in Napa’s charmingly chic town of Yountville (own expense). Choose from Michelin-starred restaurants, casual bistros or picnic provision spots, and enjoy free time to browse specialty shops like Kollar Chocolates, local art galleries and the historic V Marketplace. 

Next, it’s time for more wine at Sutter Home, your final stop of the day. Sip different varietals in the tasting room while learning how this Napa Valley classic grew from a small, family-run operation in the late 1800s to one of the most recognized winemaking names in the United States. 

Back on the coach, savor the late afternoon sun and your wine-induced glow on the return drive to San Francisco, where your tour concludes with hotel drop-off.

Itinerary

Hop aboard a luxury coach at your San Francisco hotel in the morning and relax on a scenic drive over the Golden Gate Bridge. Savor the last views of San Francisco Bay and Alcatraz before making your way north to wine country. Your coach comes with tons of amenities including a restroom, reclining seats and Wi-Fi, ensuring the most comfortable ride possible. Throughout your tour, your expert guide will teach you about the region’s winemaking history, from the early Spanish missionaries who brought grapevines from Europe to the Forty-Niners who served wines in their saloons.

When you reach Sonoma Valley, your first stop is Nicholson Ranch Winery, whose vineyards are planted in one of the world's most prized grape-growing regions. This family-owned artisan winery produces premium grapes for chardonnay, pinot noir, merlot and Syrah, which you'll taste during your visit.

Continue driving to Napa Valley to visit Madonna Estate, located in the world-renowned Carneros region. During your tour and tasting, learn about why this family-owned winery uses organic farming methods and combines traditional and modern winemaking techniques.

Once you’ve worked up an appetite, make your way to the charming yet sophisticated town of Yountville for lunch. This gem in the middle of Napa Valley is filled with a myriad of Michelin-star restaurants, including Thomas Keller's world-famous The French Laundry.

You’ll have plenty of free time to explore Yountville at your own leisure and expense. Grab a pastry or baguette from Bouchon Bakery, have a sandwich and glass of wine at a sun-bathed picnic table, and satisfy your sweet tooth with a chocolate tasting at Kollar Chocolates. Don't miss V Marketplace, once known at Vintage 1870 -- a historic, 140 year-old Groezinger Winery complex home to countless specialty boutiques, galleries, restaurants and a wine-tasting cellar.

Hop back on the coach and continue to Sutter Home in Napa, your last stop of the day. Established in the late 1800s, this famous winery has become a household name for its white zinfandels. Learn how it has become the second-largest independent, family-run winery in the US!

After your last tasting, settle into your seat on the coach and unwind as you enjoy a scenic drive through wine country back to San Francisco.

Please note: Winery locations and itinerary may change due to traffic or a previously booked special event at the location.

Customer Reviews

Elizabeth A. A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

We had a wonderful time, loved every minute of it. I would have liked to have more information about where to eat as those of us on a budget all ended up at the deli as we only had a limited amount of time. Maybe post menus ahead of time so people can preorder meals and cost. Our driver was amazing!!! I loved that a marathon was going on because we were able to start on one end of the bridge and return over the main San Francisco bridge. Highly recommend this!!

James W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Gordon, our tour guide, was a wonderful and charming character.
The wineries were a good mixture of small and large vineyards.
Young ills was a quaint town for lunch.
Enjoyed the tour very much.

Wah C C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

The trip was well organized. The bus driver/guide was very informative and well researched. I would recommend this tour.

Julia H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

I went with two girlfriends and had great time for a great value! Loved the small town of Yountville for lunch and enjoyed each of the three wineries. Would highly recommend this tour to anyone!

Theresa P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

The bus driver was excellent not only on interesting facts about San Francisco and wine country but also about wine it was a great tour

Daniel B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Great tour! Everything ran like clockwork.
The stops were very informative and entertaining second only to our great guide Gordie!

Erica C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Really pleasant afternoon, good value. Did a lot of research before booking this tour, and since my boyfriend and I were on a budget we paid close attention to price. This package is the best deal I could find - includes transportation to and from San Francisco, complete with a tour guide, and tastings at three vineyards.

Michael J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Excellent value for money, well organised trip to three quite different vinyards.

Douglas A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

driver had just a bunch of information on the city and area as well as the vineyards.

Faith B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

This tour was amazing!

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