Semi-Private Luxury Wine Country Tour in 1 Day
What do I need to bring?
- Money for wine tasting
- Money for lunch
- Valid ID
- Bottle water
How long is the tour?
This tour takes about 9 hours.
Is this tour offered in other languages?
This tour is only offered in English. If needed, we can organize a private tour in other languages. Please also take a look at our Redwoods and Wine Country Escape Tour - it is a great deal and includes complimentary audio tours in 8 different languages.
Is it a suitable tour for children?
Yes, children of all ages are welcome on the tour though drinking alcohol is not permitted for those under the age of 21. If you would like to take your children to the Wine Country, we would suggest to go on our Redwoods and Wine Country Escape Tour instead. It combines the Giant Redwood Sequoias, Sonoma & Napa Valley, so there is more to the itinerary that better suits children. It's a better compromise.
What type of vehicle do you use?
We use our luxury vehicle. It is a 13-passenger van with premium captain seats, additional rear A/C for extra comfort, extra head room, and a sound system.
What is the maximum number of people on the Wine Lovers Tour?
The maximum capacity is 13 passengers; however, there is a minimum of 4 passengers for this tour to operate.
Are wine tasting fees included in the Wine Lovers Tour? If no, how much money do we need for wine tasting?
No, wine tasting fees are not included, because guests can request different wineries to visit. Wine Tasting fees vary between $5 to $20, depending on wineries chosen. Some wineries offer complimentary tasting and other may charge upwards of $25 per person.
What and how many winieries are we going to visit?
Because this is a semi-customizable tour, wineries from Napa or Sonoma Valley are chosen by those taking the tour. If those on board don't have any particular requests, the tour guide will recommend a variety of wonderful wineries. The tour will visit 4 to 6 wineries, depending how much time guests would like to spend at each winery.
Does the tour go to both Napa and Sonoma?
The tour is semi-customizable which creates a flexible itinerary and the ability to accommodate requests from those on board. The group on the day of may choose to go to Napa, Sonoma, or both.
Can you guarantee our winery requests?
Your guide will do his/her best to satisfy your winery requests. However, the wineries we visit will depend on the day and if there are any events occurring in the Wine Country. Occasionally, a winery on our tour may be closed for a private event so we cannot guarantee all winery requests.
What if I don't have any winery requests?
If you don’t have any winery requests, our guide will give you recommendations. He/she has a wealth of knowledge and experience in the Wine Country and can help you navigate the wine region as well as suggest wineries that offer the best views and the best wines at the best value.
What happens if I don’t have or forgot to bring a valid ID? Is it still possible to participate in the wine tasting?
In the U.S. it is important to have a valid ID if you want to consume alcohol. If you forget to bring your valid ID, you will not be allowed for wine tasting.
Is lunch included in the Wine Lovers Tour and where are we going to have lunch?
No, meals & wine tasting fees are not included on the tour. The group can choose where to go for lunch. Otherwise, the guide will decide on a nice plaza or location with several selections for lunch.
Can we buy food or do we have to bring our own lunch?
You are more than welcome to bring your own bagged lunch though there will be a lunch stop for you to purchase lunch in the Wine Country.
Do we stop in Sausalito?
A stop in Sausalito is optional and you can also choose to take the ferry back to San Francisco (ferry fare not included).
Why should I stay in Sausalito and take the ferry instead of taking the bus back to San Francisco?
Sausalito is a beautiful city North of San Francisco. It is well known for its beautiful views, boutique shops and art galleries. There are a lot of first-class restaurants with food from around the world. Taking the ferry back to San Francisco also allows a relaxing experience on the boat and offers a different yet fantastic view of San Francisco from the water.
Is the ferry ticket included in the price of the tour? If not, how much does the ferry cost from Sausalito to San Francisco?
No, the ferry ticket is not included in the price of our tour. Ferry services vary but it is around $!0 for adults. Prices are subject to change without notice and Extranomical Adventures are not responsible for passengers that depart from the tour at this stage.
How long does the ferry take from Sausalito to San Francisco?
The ferry takes about 25-30 minutes.
What is the difference between the Wine Lover's and the Wine Country by Bus tour?
The Wine Lover's Tour is on a luxury vehicle with a maximum capacity of 13 passengers. It is a semi-private tour that allows more flexibility to alter the itinerary and request specific stops and wineries. The Wine Country Tour by bus is on a large motor coach, holding up to 50 passengers, and has a fixed itinerary. It also only visits 3 wineries compared to 4-6 wineries on our Wine Lover's Tour.
Get VIP treatment on Extranomical’s Wine Lover's Wine Country Tour. On our luxury vehicle equipped with premium captain seats, you will enjoy additional rear A/C for extra comfort, extra head room, and a sound system.
You don’t have to be a wine connoisseur to enjoy this Wine Lover’s Tour; simply a fresh and eager palate will suffice. Our Wine Lover’s Luxury Wine Country Tour is a semi-private, luxury tour, which means:
- You’ll be traveling in a smaller group
- Get more personalized service at the tasting rooms
- Have the freedom to visit more wineries
- Enjoy the ability to request winery stops
- Relax in leather seats of a luxury van
This Wine Lover's Luxury Wine Country Tour has the flexibility to visit Napa Valley, Sonoma Valley, or in some instances, both. You’ll be able to visit wineries large and grand as well as boutique and family-owned wineries that are off the beaten path of large tour buses. Your guide will spend some time in the first hour taking requests and discussing the options. If you’d like to expedite this process, you can get your winery requests in ahead of time by emailing [email protected]. We work hard to entertain all requests and meet consensus with your tour group in order to maximize time in wine country.
Depending on the wine regions you decide to visit, you’ll spend your morning and afternoon touring and tasting 4-6 wineries. Napa Valley is a bit further away from San Francisco, which means a little more driving and less time for wine tasting. During the driving portion of your wine tour, your guide will fill you in on the colorful history of California’s wine industry and the science and art of winemaking.
Extranomical’s Wine Lover’s Tour provides the opportunity to visit many of the popular Napa regions, such as Rutherford, Oakville, St. Helena, Yountville or Stags Leap, and the Sonoma Valley region. We’ll make time to picnic at a winery or grab lunch at a favorite local restaurant. Some wineries offer complimentary wine tasting; however, most charge a fee of $15 to $25 (although some famous wineries charge upwards of $30). We suggest a bit of research ahead of time to make sure you’re aware of the wine tasting fees your requested wineries will impose on guests. Also, your guide has a wealth of knowledge and experience in the Wine Country and can help your tour group navigate the wine regions, as well as suggest wineries that offer the best views and the best wines at the best value. Think of them as your personal wine country concierge; they are there to make your wine tasting experience remarkable!
How we select our Wine Lover’s Luxury Wine Country Tour Stops:
California has over 1400 Wineries, the majority of which are located in Sonoma and Napa Valley. Our guide will first narrow down the list to those within a reasonable distance, maximizing your time wine tasting rather than driving. We have over a decade of experience touring the wine country and within this time, we’ve compiled a list of our favorite wineries, offering exceptional wines, gorgeous scenery, friendly service, interesting history, and great values. Here’s our current list of wineries we think are pretty awesome. Keep in mind we can’t possibly visit all of these wineries on a single tour, but this gives you an idea of where we may end up when you travel with us.
Click here to view a short list of California Wineries
Tour is available Thursday through Sunday only. Between May 15, 2016 and October 15, 2016 tour is available on Mondays as well.
Wine Lover's Luxury Wine Country Tour - Times Approximate
8:00 - 8:15 AM
Pick up from Extranomical San Francisco SOMA Office.
8:15 - 9:00 AM
Pick up for your Wine Lover's Luxury Wine Country Tour at your San Francisco hotel in downtown or Fisherman's Wharf area.
9:00 - 9:10 AM
Cross the Golden Gate Bridge
into the Marin Headlands, and maybe stop and snap a picture if the weather allows it. Otherwise, continue north on and...
9:10 - 9:20 AM
Pick up in Sausalito if necessary.
9:20 - 10:30 AM
Travel north on U.S. 101 through Marin County into Sonoma Valley or beyond. You're in Wine Country! Talk about where to go, what to see and taste, what to eat, and how much to buy! Learn some history.
10:30 - Noon
Visit 2-3 wineries before lunch. Learn about the wine making process and what makes the California wine country so special.
12:00 - 1:00 PM
Find some lunch! We'll either plan the tour so you have lunch at one of the wineries, go to a place in Napa, or start the drive back and make it to Sonoma for lunch.
1:00 - 4:00 PM
After lunch, either spend more time at Napa Valley wineries and work your way south. OR, go further north into Sonoma Valley, or you are already there and work your way south back towards the Carneros for a few more winery stops.
4:00 - 4:45 PM
Take an optional stop at the Golden Gate Bridge for a photo opportunity
5:00 - 6:00 PM
Go back across the Golden Gate Bridge and get dropped off at your San Francisco Hotel.
Wine Lover's℠ Luxury Wine Country Tour
– Ken K. on 05/15/2016
Everything was great except for the vehicle. It was a little uncomfortable and hot inside.
– Allison K. on 11/02/2015
Phil was an excellent tour guide. He gave us a brief overview of the city as we were heading to the valley and was very knowledgeable about the area. He went above and beyond when he decided to squeeze in an extra winery for us all that had free tastings. In addition, he was courtesy, kind and had a great personality. I would recommend Phil as a driver any-day!
– Peggy F. on 09/02/2015
The wine lovers tour was our favorite part of our trip to San Francisco. Our driver and guide Don, did a wonderful job and was very knowledgeable.
I highly recommend Extramomical Tours.
– Connie & Ray B. on 08/03/2015
Visiting a friend in Alameda and she booked this tour. Could not have made a better pick!! Phil was a great tour guide and provided a lot of information during the tour. He accommodated as many request as he was able and the entire day was a blast. Total of 8 riders giving the opportunity to get to know each one. So much better than the coach tour we took a few years back. Would recommend this to anyone who would like to tour wine country with a personal touch. Great work Phil!!! Ray and I thoroughly enjoyed visiting with you and appreciate your professionalism!!!
– Sue C. on 07/14/2015
My husband and I booked the luxury wine country tour and had a great time! Our tour guide Frank was very pleasant and full of interesting facts about Napa, Sonoma and the City of San Francisco. We thoroughly enjoyed our day and would highly recommend this tour. The small group was perfect for this type of tour.
– Janet L. on 06/24/2015
Phil was a terrific guide, funny knowledgeable and professional. I had a wonderful day!
– Norinao W. on 05/05/2015
Grate tour! And, kindness guidance and drop off schedule.
– Mary D. on 04/14/2015
Where do I begin? This was a fantastic tour! It is done as a small group (our tour had 8). You get to make suggestions on wineries to visit and then the tour guide lines up the reservations for the day balancing the requests with what makes the most sense geographically and the availability for the winery to accommodate the group. Don, our fantastic tour guide, accommodated 3 of our requests, as well as some from the other guests & then filled in with a suggestion of his own.
I can't say enough wonderful things about Don. He was the perfect mix of information, accommodation, charm & a little bit camp director keeping everyone on time. We started our day at Jacuzzi, a delightful & beautiful winery in Carneros in Sonoma county that specializes in Italian wine. We split off a honeymoon couple from our group so that they could go to Stag's Leap, which could not accommodate all of us. Next up was Silverado, an outstanding winery & setting. We stopped for lunch at V. Sattui, a charming winery & setting. Then we went to Frog's Leap, another outstanding winery in a gorgeous setting. The last stop of the day was originally going to be Inglenook but Don accommodated our request to change that to Domaine Carneros & magically got them to accommodate our group with a reservation at the last minute. It was just outstanding! Their chateau like winery was simply gorgeous! Sitting out on their patio drinking their incredible sparkling wines looking over the hills & vineyards was the absolutely perfect way to wind up the day.
Our tour guide Don made the drive between the wineries very entertaining interspersing great information with a wine themed music track. If you want to have a tour to remember & talk about for a long time, take this tour!
– Richard S. on 01/18/2015
Excellent tour! Frank our driver/guide pulled up to our hotel right on time greated us by name. He pulled up driving a black mini bus not a 15 passenger van. The mini bus was tall enought that a 6'3" tall person could stand up with out ducting, plenty of leg room in first row of seats but back rows where tight. Sinec we where the last pickup Frank spent about 5 to 10 minutes with all the members of tours to decide upon which wine regions and winerys to go to. He reminded us the number of winerys we could goto depended on the distance we had to drive between them so his recomendation was to focus on a region and advised again on tasting fees. We all decided we wanted to goto lesser known winerys in the Russian River Area. On the way Frank gave out interesting information about wine and the area we where headed he would skip on some stuff since we all had been on these kinds of tours and tastings before. Frank is very accommodating in where you want to go and what kinds of information he was giving out, it was not a memorized Disney speil. The wineries that we went too where all very nice and not busy our group was the only ones there at most.
The last winery Frank had to call ahead to make an apointment for our visit. Each winery had a diffent experience from luxory tasting room to converted garage. Frank gave us tips on what to look for and what to expect at each winery. Lunch was on our own and Frank stoped at a country/general store in the Dry Creek area that had old world charm and a great food. This was the best wine tour we had taken. Will definitly book again!
|Tour Prices*||Adults (12+)||Children|
- Complimentary SF hotel pickup & drop off
- Discover Napa, Sonoma Valley or both
- Tasting at 4-6 Boutique Wineries
- Ability to customize winery stops
- Olive oil & gourmet cheese tasting available
- Wine tasting fees: not included
- Luxury vans with premium captain seats
- Small groups & Semi-private luxury tour
- Tour Operator: Extranomical