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Things to do in  Napa & Sonoma

Welcome to Napa & Sonoma

Just 50 miles (80 kilometers) north of San Francisco, California's premier wine country beckons, inviting travelers to slow down and savor the good life. Together, the Napa and Sonoma valleys offer many miles of rolling vineyards, biking (and tasting) trails, and an extravagance of eateries—from gourmet pop-ups at local wineries to multi-course, Michelin-starred dining experiences. European settlers planted Napa Valley's first grapes in the 1800s, and today, its wines compete with the best in the world. The once-sleepy city of Napa has been transformed into a hub of high-end shopping, cafes, and fine restaurants. Though proud of its equally long winemaking history, Sonoma is better known as a pioneer of the farm-to-table movement, which elevated farming to a craft and fresh, local food to an art form. From the leafy, central plaza of "Slow-noma" town to trendy Healdsburg, you'll sample some of the county's best food and wine on a tasting tour. Between the two neighboring valleys, there are far more wineries than even the most dedicated oenophile can take in (more than 800), and nearly as many options for exploring the countryside: Ride the historical Napa Valley Wine Train; cruise the Silverado Trail in the back of a chauffeured, air-conditioned limo, bike through Yountville or Dry Creek Valley; canoe down the Russian River; or float above it all in a hot-air balloon. If you somehow overdo it, head to the spa town of Calistoga for a well-deserved break.

Top 10 attractions in Napa & Sonoma

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Napa Valley Wine Train

Napa Valley Wine Train

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Just an hour from one of the largest metropolitan areas in the United States, the Napa Valley Wine Train in California distills the essence of the wine country into a single day of wining, dining, and riding through the countryside on an antique train.More
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Viansa Sonoma Winery

Viansa Sonoma Winery

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Sample and enjoy wines with a view at Viansa Sonoma Winery. Located at the summit of Sonoma Valley, the winery offers panoramic views over its property, which includes 33 acres (13 hectares) of estate vineyards and 97 acres (39 hectares) of natural wetlands, home to a number of indigenous waterfowl.More
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Madonna Estate Winery

Madonna Estate Winery

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Located in the world-renowned Carneros region, Madonna Estate Winery is a unique winemaker utilizing dry-farming production and organic grapes. The vineyard is family owned and operated using a combination of traditional and modern winemaking techniques. As one of the oldest vineyards in Napa Valley, Madonna Estate Winery is working to ensure the historic winemaking traditions of the past live on. It was one of the few original vineyards that survived the Prohibition era.The idea behind their wines is minimal intervention and as much natural growth as possible. Mild fog, wild, and cool temperatures create a unique microclimate in this area, fed with coastal air. Madonna Estate Winery produces ten varietals including Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Pinot Grigio. The tasting room is decorated in Italian Pompeii style to reflect the family’s heritage, and the reserve room serves their highest quality vintages.More
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Castello di Amorosa

Castello di Amorosa

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Fashioned after a 13th-century Tuscan castle, Castello di Amorosa looks like it belongs on an Italian postcard instead of in the heart of California wine country. The vineyard produces several varieties of red and white wines, but many visitors are drawn by the eight-level structure itself, which includes five defensive towers, a drawbridge, and a moat.More
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Oxbow Public Market

Oxbow Public Market

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Oxbow Public Market—with dozens of restaurants, food stalls, and shops—brings the bounty of Napa’s famed wine, food, and organic produce under a single roof. Open all day, it’s a one-stop shop for great food, to quickly experience the best of Napa Valley, or relax for a moment at this local gathering place before exploring the region.More
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Jacuzzi Family Vineyards

Jacuzzi Family Vineyards

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Jacuzzi Family Vineyards have been run by the same family for generations, ever since owner Fred Cline spent time with his grandfather in vineyards in his late childhood. Its heritage wines are highly influenced by the culture and wines of Italy, and the property itself has a beautiful courtyard and an Italian stone villa filled with elegant Italian art, fountains, and handmade furnishings. The barrel room has vaulted ceilings and stained glass windows, adding to its elegant atmosphere. The Jacuzzi family makes a variety of Italian varietals, including Pinot Grigio, Barbera, and Sangiovese. An olive oil press and balsamic vinegar tastings round out the experience.Uniquely, the winemakers do not use any synthetic pesticides on the vineyards. Efforts for sustainable winemaking practices are essential to the process. They’re generous with tastings of both the foods and wine made here, including their specialty: a chocolate cup filled with Pinot Noir.More
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Andretti Winery

Andretti Winery

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Nestled in the heart of Napa Valley, Andretti Winery was founded by legendary race car driver Mario Andretti. The 42-acre (17-hectare) Tuscan village–style winery is an idyllic setting to sample the variety of wines produced at the vineyard, including red, white, sparkling, dessert, and port.More
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V Marketplace

V Marketplace

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Whether it’s food, art, picnicking, shopping, or wine you’re after, it can be found at this wine country specialty shop. Once one of the first Napa Valley vineyards called Groezinger Winery, it was restored and converted to the shops, galleries, and restaurants that make up the marketplace today. Its lush gardens, cobblestone paths, vine-covered walkways, and flowing waterfalls make it a relaxing spot to enjoy a glass of wine or a meal. Sip wine in the tasting room, pick up some meats and cheeses at the deli, or sit down for a meal at the acclaimed Bottega restaurant.If you’re an art lover, you won’t want to miss the three galleries on site, which include specialties in wine-related art, photography, glass and sculpture. Various festival and events take place year-round, and if you’re feeling adventurous — the original Napa Valley hot air ballooning company is headquartered here as well.More
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Domaine Chandon

Domaine Chandon

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Napa Valley’s Domaine Chandon, which is most famous for producing a French-style sparkling wine, dates back to 1973. Come to celebrate a special occasion or just because you love an excuse to drink bubbly. The winery also makes pinot noir, rosé, and other varietals of still wine.More
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Benziger Family Winery

Benziger Family Winery

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Known for growing organic grapes and using sustainable farming practices, Benziger Family Winery attracts visitors with its open-air tram tours that show off the beautiful property spread across the hills of Sonoma County. The winery is set in the town of Glen Ellen, making it easy to visit from both San Francisco and Napa.More

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Recent reviews from experiences in Napa & Sonoma

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Highlight of our trip to Napa
Jessica_C, Sep 2020
Small-Group Wine-Tasting Tour through Napa Valley
I would definitely recommend this tour for anyone who wants to see Napa- it was the highlight of our trip and made us feel like we truly saw all that Napa had to offer.
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Ballooning
Dion_S, Aug 2020
Wine Country Hot-Air-Balloon Ride
Weather didn't allow for us to float over Napa, so we went to Winter instead.
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Best view of Napa
taraphelan2019, Sep 2019
Wine Country Hot-Air-Balloon Ride
It is a very early start but best way to see Napa Valley, and of course the Chandon Brunch after is not too bad ever, fully cooked breakfast with mimosas 🥂🥂
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Fun time in Napa!
UpsetMom609, Jun 2019
Napa Valley Wine Train with Gourmet Lunch
The wine train was a lovely and a great way to see the Napa country side.
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A perfect way to see the Napa...
MARK S, Jan 2018
Napa Valley Wine Tasting Bike Tour
A perfect way to see the Napa.
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this was our first time to Napa, and...
araceli c, Sep 2016
Napa Valley Open Air Wine Trolley Tour with Lunch
The wine trolley was a good way to see the various wineries and try their tasting rooms.
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Wonderful Wine Tasting Experience
garyy907, Oct 2019
Small-Group Wine-Tasting Tour through Napa Valley
Second there are many wineries in Napa Valley and picking wineries to visit on your own would be quite an effort so this tour lifted that burden.
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Our family highly recommends the 7-hour...
friedenbergs, Aug 2018
8-Hour SUV Private Napa or Sonoma Wine Tour
After I booked a Napa wine tour for a party of 5 on Viator, I was contacted by Mia to discuss our wine preferences and the types of vineyards wed like to visit.
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Absolutely a great tour. Exceeded...
Karen S, Sep 2017
Napa Valley Wineries Tour Including Picnic Lunch
He gave great suggestions for dinner after the tour and other wineries to visit while we were in Napa.
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We had a fabulous time, and really...
GreenFashionistaBlog, May 2017
Napa Valley Wineries Tour Including Picnic Lunch
We loved that we got to visit wineries in both Sonoma and Napa.
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The hot air balloon ride from...
Theresa M, Jul 2016
Wine Country Hot-Air-Balloon Ride
Because of fog we were transported to Winter CA, an agricultural community in the area.
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Great fun and educational!
Wichitatraveler2014, Oct 2019
Small-Group Wine-Tasting Tour through Napa Valley
He took us to 4 very unique smaller wineries so we got to see many steps of the wine making process and taste wonderful wines.
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I think I already rated our tour...
penne.anderson, Oct 2015
Wine Country Hot-Air-Balloon Ride
Anyway, it was very enjoyable, even though we were fogged out of Napa and had to go to Winters for the ride.
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We can't say enough about the Napa...
jeaniebowman1, Jul 2017
Wine Country Hot-Air-Balloon Ride
To see the whole valley from the quiet of the balloon and watch the sunrise is an experience we will long remember!!
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Napa Valley in the Fall is...
Michael A B, Nov 2016
Wine Country Hot-Air-Balloon Ride
Napa Valley in the Fall is beautiful!

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