Wine Country and Redwoods Escape One-Day Tour - From $109. Discover the wonder of California’s Wine Country and the enchantment of Muir Woods on this popular day-trip tour combo. Less than an hour away from San Francisco, Muir Woods and Wine Country are two of Northern California’s popular destinations. You’ll begin your morning with a short drive across the Golden Gate Bridge to Muir Woods National Monument where you’ll explore the spectacular redwood forests, home to the world’s tallest tree species. In the afternoon you’ll be relaxing in the wine country, visiting three boutique wineries with FREE wine tasting, and strolling the vineyard grounds. The tour spends about 45 to 60 minutes at 3 different wine tasting stops including lunch at a historic wine country plaza. This tour offers you a chance to enjoy California’s wilderness and Wine Country in an exciting day trip.
Wine Country One-Day Tours by Bus - From $89. Our Wine Country By Bus Tour starts at 9:00 AM and brings you to Sonoma Valley, the birthplace of California’s Wine Industry back in the 1850’s. Located in the Carneros Region, the first winery is famous for Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes and is an amazing facility that makes sparkling wines from those grapes. Your next stop, also in the Carneros, has been successful with their organically grown grapes. You will continue on to the world famous Napa Valley, where you will stop for lunch at a winery landmark which has been converted into a mall, and also has a wine tasting bar. After lunch, you will visit a third winery in Napa Valley that is the second largest, independent family-run winery in the United States, and then you will head back to San Francisco.
Wine Lover’s Luxury Wine Country Tour - From $130. The Wine Lover's Luxury Tour is for people who love wine! And you also get to see the beautiful scenery of California’s premier wine valleys, Sonoma and Napa. You will visit four to six boutique wineries and we do our best to avoid the crowds. This trip will allow you to sample wines from well-known growing regions like Napa Valley’s Stags Leap, Rutherford, and St. Helena, and Los Carneros, Glen Ellen and Sonoma Valley. The tour is somewhat flexible, and we can work with the group to adjust the itinerary, within distance and time limitations. This is a perfect tour for wine experts and also those just beginning their discovery of California wines. Some wineries offer complimentary tastings, but many charge a fee of $15 to $25, and winery tours may also cost extra.
Winery Tour Stops
Like snowflakes, no two wine tours are exactly alike! Which winery we visit is determined by several criteria. California’s Wine Country is actually almost the whole state, but much of the state is too far away. In our many years touring, we have gained a wealth of experience and compiled a list of wineries that are within a short distance, are friendly and do a good presentation, and have other attractions, such as good food or a great walking tour. Oh and the wine is good, too! Our list might change as we make new discoveries, or an old friend changes ownership. We can’t visit all of these in one day, but here is a list of “possibles”, just to whet your appetite.
View a List of California Wineries that are possible stops on our various tours.
The Golden Gate Bridge
On many of our Wine Country Tours, we travel across the Golden Gate Bridge. We found a less frequently visited viewpoint to get one of the most spectacular views of the Golden Gate Bridge and the City of San Francisco that makes for incredible photo opportunities.
California Wine Country
Almost half of California’s 1400+ wineries are located in our 2 premier wine producing regions, Napa and Sonoma Counties, within about 100 miles of San Francisco. The variety of micro-climates, soils, terrains, and the Gold Rush of European immigrants led to the growth of the wine industry back in the mid 1800’s! Starting in Sonoma (see Sonoma history), the region had about 60 years of increased tourist activity until the 1906 earthquake and Prohibition starting in 1919 put a most winemakers under for another 60+ years. A new era of prosperity began in the 70’s (see Napa Valley) and now there are about 650 wineries located in Napa and Sonoma counties. You can travel far away from San Francisco and find great wines, why would you? Well, there are some good reasons, but you might as well start here!
California Wine Tours