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Visit an organic winery in Sonoma County and a second winery in Napa County on this day trip from San Francisco. With a guide, cross the Golden Gate Bridge and look out on the vineyard-covered hills that make up this famed California wine region. Take an open-air tour of Benziger Family Winery to taste award-winning wine, learn about its biodynamic winemaking operation, and have a picnic lunch. Then enjoy another wine tasting in Napa Valley before returning the city.
  • Full-day Napa and Sonoma wine tour from San Francisco
  • See the renowned wine regions' hills and vineyards
  • Taste award-winning wines at wineries in Sonoma and Napa, Oakville, or Yountville
  • Take a scenic tram tour at Benziger Family Winery for up-close views of the vineyards
  • Learn about the art and science of biodynamic winemaking from your guide
  • Enjoy a gourmet picnic lunch at a local winery
Your day trip to Sonoma and Napa from San Francisco starts with hotel pickup by biodiesel minicoach for the drive north into wine country. Cross the Golden Gate Bridge, and look out over the Pacific Ocean on one side and San Francisco Bay and Alcatraz on the other before moving into the Marin Headlands, near Mt. Tamalpais.

As you enter Sonoma County, enjoy views of vineyards and hills while your guide tells you about this renowned wine region and its different varietals. Make your first stop at Benziger Family Winery for a 45-minute tour by open-air tram. Explore the property’s biodynamic vineyards, fermentation center, and crush pad, and walk into the barrel cave. During the tour, learn about Benziger’s winemaking philosophies and practices, from the growing of organic grapes without pesticides to the aging process to the bottle.

Then head to the tasting room for a sample of wines followed by a picnic lunch on the grounds. Enjoy a deli sandwich (ham, turkey, roast beef, or vegetarian), accompanied by pasta salad, fruit, and a cookie.  After lunch, return to the minicoach for the drive across the county line into Napa County, where you’ll visit a winery or tasting room in Oakville, Yountville, or the town of Napa.

Your day trip ends with the drive back to San Francisco, stopping for a photo op at a viewpoint above the Golden Gate Bridge before hotel drop-off.


Viator Traveler's Reviews

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, Oct 2017

Our guide Aaron was knowledgeable and the wineries were very nice

, Feb 2017

It would have been good if lunch was in the actual vineyard.

, Jan 2017

Excellent Tour Guide and Friendly group

, Mar 2016

Great tour. Tour guide Mitch made it a tour without limits. He went out of his way to make this tour fun, educational and one that won't be easily forgotten. Very personable. Great sense of humor. We felt like family.

, Sep 2015

Our guide Matt was amazing, very personal and had a lot of information.

, Aug 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

, Jul 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.

, Feb 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!!

, Feb 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....

, Dec 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.

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