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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

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

Tour the barrel caves at Benziger Family Winery.

After pickup from your San Francisco hotel, relax on a comfortable drive north to wine country. 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 at Benziger Family Winery and picnic on a deli lunch. You'll have the option to indulge on a turkey, roast beef, ham, or vegetarian sandwich, accompanied by a pasta salad, piece of fruit, and cookie.

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.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

So awesome our tour guide was amazing we had such a great great time would recommend to everyone thank you Meghan O Connell was the best Mary Peterson and Stan Vogel

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

The tour didn't happened with Viator as supposed because there were not enough participants to run the tour on the day I booked it. The company transfered me to another company for the wine tour which was kindly appreciated! The price difference between the two tours were refunded to me by Viator. I greatly appreciate that initiative from them. According to all the assistance offered, the experience with Viator was great.

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.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2011

Excellent tour, wonderful tour guide. A tremendously enjoyable experience!

4 star rating: Recommended February 2014

Very nice tour to the Benziger Family and theit two estates. Espacially the tram tour + visitng the cave and tour guide are highly recommended. Lunch was also very nice outside. My only tip is, that this is more of a half-day trip than full day. After lunch we were done and then ended up paying $10 per person extra to visit Van der Heyden vineyardsa for extra tasting session. I would not recommend visiting this one, as it come across as a very makeshift winery with containers, junkyard and mobile home on the premises. Wine tasting is all about athmosphere....

4 star rating: Recommended December 2013

Our tour guide Mike was great. He was very friendly and knowledgeable. We had a random group- half of our group signed up for Muir Woods and Sonoma and the other half signed up for Sonoma and Napa- we ended up doing Muir Woods which was a good experience.

4 star rating: Recommended November 2013

Great trip, very comfortable, good commentary by driver, probably better doing less vineyards and more time in the popular ones, overall great trip

3 star rating: Worth doing June 2010

It was easy and convenient because all the planning and transportation was provided. The selection of sites was good but all the time was focused on tasting, buying limited time for the educational tours. The driver's solicitation for gratuity and recommended amount was a bit cheeky.

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better June 2010

The extra money for the tram probably not worth it. Also, we had a detour and traffic delays that prohibited us from going to Napa. We would have liked to see Napa which is why we chose a Napa & Sonoma tour.
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