The picturesque winemaking region of Alexander Valley rests in Sonoma County, about a 1.5-hour drive north of San Francisco. Bisected by the Russian River, the valley is best known for its voluptuous cabernet sauvignon and merlot varietals. Your vintage wine adventure begins at the Alexander Valley Vineyards, where you’ll enjoy a guided tour through underground wine caves and sample some of the estate’s specialty blends straight from the barrel.
After your tasting, climb aboard a waiting carriage, pulled by a pair of spectacular draft horses and driven by an expert coachman-guide. Settle in to the cushioned bench seats under a shade covering and enjoy a leisurely ride along an exclusive 5-mile (8-km) trail. Your guide will share local insight into the area’s history and wines as your carriage winds through historic vineyards, gentle creeks and rolling hills.
Stop at two more family-run wineries selected for their casual hospitality and award-winning wines. Visit the charming tasting rooms of Soda Rock and Hanna wineries for a premium sampling of regional varietals, which may include cabernet sauvignon, chardonnay, sangiovese, sauvignon blanc and merlot.
Feel free to purchase a bottle at any of the wineries to enjoy along the ride. Non-spill wine cups are provided so you can sip and savor while enjoying the gorgeous passing scenery. Along the way, a gourmet picnic is served, including local cheeses, savory spreads, organic mixed olives, fresh strawberries and other delectable delights.
At the end of your 4-hour tour, you’ll want to pat your trusty steeds and thank them for a delightful ride!