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Sonoma Wine Tours from San Francisco

  • Wine Country and Redwoods Escape One-Day Tour - From $117 - All wine tasting fees included! 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.

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  • Wine Lover’s Luxury Wine Country Tour - From $159! Includes 2 wine tastings and picnic lunch! The Wine Lover's Luxury Tour with gourmet picnic lunch 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 boutique wineries and we do our best to avoid the crowds. The tour even includes a gourmet picnic lunch! 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.

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  • Sonoma & Napa Valley Wine Tour - From $99 Our Wine Country 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.

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  • Muir Woods & Wine Country Two-Day Tour - From $376. Spend an overnight stay in Sonoma Valley to maximize your time in this wine region. Muir Woods and Wine Country are two of Northern California’s top travel destinations. We want to make your trip unforgettable and we do this by being the only Woods & Wine tour to visit both Napa Valley & Sonoma Valley wineries and by specially treating you to a sparkling wine tasting. All tasting fees are included on this wine country tour. You’ll even have a chance to tour behind the scenes of winemaking facilities. Great for any occasion! 

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  • Private Wine Country Tour From San Francisco

    Spend a day in the fabulous California Wine Country on your private Wine Country tour and enjoy the luxury of private winery tours and wine tastings. Choose your own wineries or allow us to arrange them for you. The itinerary for your private Wine Country tour will be arranged to fit your group’s interests and tastes and is fully customizable. A private Wine Country tour is perfect for birthdays, bachelor/ette parties and more.

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  • Corporate Wine Country Bus Charter

    Our custom Wine Country bus charters from San Francisco are the perfect way to spend an unforgettable day in Napa and/or Sonoma in the Wine Country. Choose the wineries you prefer or allow us to select them for you. Enjoy the luxury of VIP wine tastings and private winery tours. The options to customize your Corporate Wine Country Charter itinerary are unlimited!

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Winery Tour Stops
Not every tour is the same. Many factors go into deciding which of the hundreds of wineries to choose from on a given day. In our many years of experience, we have put together a list of wineries that ranges from the very large to the very small, from the brand new to famous labels. In California, the “Wine Country” is almost everywhere, and there are great wines produced from areas that are just too far away for most of our tours. We have come up with a list of wineries that are close enough, make great wine, present their wine well, and have other features, such scenery or history that make them interesting. Our list of wineries is growing as we broaden our research, or staffing or policy changes bring them into the fold. Here is our list of wineries that we have found to be compatible with our criteria. We won’t visit all of these on your tour - this is just a list of possibilities.

View a list of California Wineries that are possible stops on our various tours.

The Golden Gate Bridge
On our way to Wine Country, we cross one of the most famous bridges in the world, the Golden Gate Bridge. We have found a vista point that is a hard for the big busses to get to, and gives you one of the best views of the Golden Gate Bridge and the City by the Bay.

Sonoma County and Valley
Sonoma County is one of California's premier wine-making regions, yet it has remained relatively untouched by tourists compared to its more popular neighbor, Napa Valley (only 5-10 miles east). It is said that Sonoma Valley gets its name from the Miwok Native American Indians. The Miwok named it the valley of "many moons" - while walking through the Sonoma Valley and the Mayacamas Mountains, the moon was said to rise seven times. In the 1850’s, it was Sonoma Valley residents who solved the imported vine disease problem by widely adopting the practice of grafting onto native (resistant) root stock. Hungarian immigrant Agoston Haraszthy basically invented large scale, industrial wine-making, and Sonoma became the epicenter for a huge new wine industry and therefore became a popular tourist destination for locals from San Francisco and visitors from around the world.

Its currently more famous neighbor, Napa Valley, remained the “outback” for about 50 years. Both valleys became “ghost towns” after the Great Earthquake of 1906, followed by Prohibition (of alcohol!) from 1919 to 1933. You could say the Great Depression continued well into the 1970’s for this part of the world (see Napa Valley). Declared National Historic Landmarks, the downtown Sonoma Plaza and the San Francisco Solano de Sonoma Mission (1823) are at the heart of this renowned wine producing region. Sonoma Valley is located in the much larger Sonoma County, which also includes the equally renowned Healdsburg region, the Alexander Valley, Russian River, and other well-known Appellations.

Sonoma Barracks or Presidio
Initially constructed in 1834 as a Mexican outpost established to protect Mexico’s frontier from the Russians who moving down the coast from the North. It was overtaken by American frontiersmen in 1846 in anticipation of the Mexican-American War, and the village of Sonoma briefly became the capital of the “Republic of California” in the “Bear Flag Revolt”. The most lasting effect of the revolt was the design of a flag, as the U.S. Army arrived and dissolved the “Republic”. History took a sharp turn again with the discovery of gold in 1848, and the hordes of fortune hunters who soon overran the new Territory from Sonoma to Monterey and eastward to the Sierras. The newly enlarged population soon petitioned for Statehood and they adopted the Bear Flag for the new state and declared Sacramento as the Capital, but designated Sonoma the more sentimental “birthplace” of California.

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