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Sonoma, Russian River, Dry Creek and Alexander Valleys 1-Day Wine Tasting Tour from San Francisco

Beyond Napa Valley Wine Tour

  • How will we recognize the tour vehicle?

    As we have several different vehicles, we don’t know until the morning of your tour which vehicle will be hosting your tour as well as the name of your Expedition Leader. Please feel free to call us in the morning of your tour if you like. Regardless of which vehicle will come to your location, it should say “Extranomical Tours” on it.

  • Are there restrooms on board the vehicles?

    Our vehicles at this time do not have any restroom facilities. We do, however, make several stops throughout the tours and there will be opportunities for you to use the restroom.

  • What do I have to be aware of when traveling with a child?

    Please note that for your child's safety, we require you to bring a child safety seat or booster seat for all children under 8 years of age or 4' 9" in height, as dictated by California State Law. You will be required to bring your own child seat on all motor vehicle tours. Failure to provide a seat for your child will result in forfeit of your seats on the tour without a refund. Please also note that any children 12 years and older must have an adult ticket as they do not qualify for a child-priced ticket. 

  • What kind of luggage am I allowed to bring?

    You are allowed up to travel with up to 2 items (i.e. 1 Personal item + 1 Overnight bag) free of charge. These items must be within the size limitations. Each additional item above the 2-item allowance will incur a $25 excess luggage fee.

    The maximum size allowed for an overnight bag is 24”x16”x10”, or 60cmx40cmx25cm. Any “Oversize” luggage larger than those dimensions is $50 regardless of the number of personal items brought on board. (i.e. 1 Oversized luggage - $50, 2 Oversized pieces = $100). You must advise us of oversize luggage 48 hours prior to departure in order to guarantee the accommodation of the luggage on the vehicle.

    Great news! Our luggage policy does NOT apply to our Lake Tahoe tours! However, please be courteous and keep in mind that we have limited storage space on our vehicles.

  • Can I bring a wheelchair on the vehicle?

    We do have wheelchair-capable vehicles available – subject to availability. Please notify us at least 48 hours in advance if you are bringing a wheelchair on the tour or at the time of your booking so that we can make the appropriate arrangements.

  • Do you have a lost and found?

    Yes, items left in the vehicle are stored in a lost and found area for 30 days. If you left something on one of our tours, please give us a call office at 1-866-231-3752 (toll free from the USA) or 1-415-357-0700 to see if it has been found. Once you have confirmed with us that your item has been found by our staff and you are still in town, you can come by to pick up your item. Otherwise, we will ship almost any item to any destination within the U.S. for a flat fee of $25. Extranomical Tours is not responsible for lost or stolen items.

  • How accurate are the times on the itinerary?

    Times listed are approximates only. Traffic and other unforeseen issues can cause delays or changes in these times, which are out of our control. Please do not make flight/travel arrangements on the same day as your tour. Extranomical Tours is not responsible for and will not be providing any compensation for missed flights or appointments.

  • What is your address?

    We are located at 928 Harrison St. San Francisco, CA 94107 (between 5th Street and 6th Street).

Napa is terrific. But equally acclaimed American Viticultural Areas (AVAs) await the wine curious and wine enthusiast. On this one-day wine country tour, you’ll visit celebrated and award-winning wine makers in four distinct AVAs. We’ll go off the beaten path into the benchlands and ridgelines of Sonoma County to discover vintages you will treasure.

Alexander Valley: King of Cabs. The breathtaking Mayacama Mountains loom above the Alexander Valley AVA. On its rolling hillsides of volcanic, calcium, sand and clay soils, Cabernet Sauvignon grapes thrive. Further up the mountain ridges, stressed soil conditions and cool Pacific breezes extend the growing season producing grapes with added color, flavor and complexity. You can taste this sublime marriage of soil and climate in premier wines from Clos Du Bois, Rodney Strong, Ferrari-Carano and Silver Oak.

In the tasting room of our first winery, you’ll come to appreciate the benefits of barrel-aging at a steady temperature and humidity. You’ll learn about sustainable farming and how electricity is spared in naturally cooled caves as you taste wines straight from French-oak barrels.

Dry Creek perfection. Next, we’ll skip over to the small 16-by-2-mile AVA of Dry Creek. The soil here is a gravelly clay loam, strikingly red in color, that is as perfect for grape-growing as it gets. Relatively low precipitation makes it difficult for vines to establish their roots, a condition that makes blockbuster zinfandel, the region’s signature varietal.

At our stop in Dry Creek, you will enjoy a five-wine flight featuring releases from a single-vineyard collection. The tasting takes place alongside aging barrels in a wine cave tucked under 100-year-old zinfandel vines. There, face to face with the wine maker, you’ll learn how they use the gifts of the AVA to make “wines of place”.

Scenic Russian River Valley. The Russian River Valley AVA, in the heart of Sonoma County, is blessed with a climate remarkedly like the Bordeaux region in France. Long, warm days and coastal cooling in the evening enable grapes to mature slowly and retain their acidity. With good reason, this AVA is widely regarded as Pinot Noir country. You’ll also find exceptional Chardonnay, Syrah, Sauvignon blanc, Gewürztraminer, Cabernet Franc varietals here.

To fully experience this valley, our small-group tour will experience a smallish family-owned winery outside the idyllic town of Healdsburg.  Using old wine barrels as tables, you’ll not just taste their chardonnays and pinots but learn how the natural characteristics of the region’s soil and climate are accentuated by the wine maker. We’ll be sure to remind you to soak up the rolling hills, bright wildflowers and gorgeous vineyards all around.

Surprising Petaluma Gap. The new Petaluma Gap AVA is on the wild, wind-swept Pacific coast not far from the northern span of the Golden Gate bridge. At first, it seems more naturally suited for dairy farming than grape growing. But the Sonoma Coast if full of pleasant surprises, most delightfully that some of California’s most celebrated Chardonnay grapes are grown there. The most prized vines grow high on ridges where Pacific breezes roaring through Petaluma all the way to San Pablo bay allow a harvest of grapes with mature, dry flavors and aromas.

Our final stop of the day will be at a vineyard estate located at the heart of Sonoma’s Petaluma Gap. In its cellars, you’ll sample wines produced from fruit grown on the property. The sustainable, gravity flow methods employed by this “family-first” winery are impressive, much like its elegant, balanced and age-worthy wines.

Tour is available on Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays only. Approximate time 8:00am - 6:00pm. You need to be 21 or over in order to join the tour and participate in tastings. 

Morning:

  • Pickups at Fisherman’s Wharf, Financial District and Union Square hotels
  • Get a wine tasting refresher course from your wine-enthusiast guide
  • Stop for a coffee break in the historic Courthouse Square of Santa Rosa
  • Enjoy a cellar tour and tasting at our first winery in Alexander Valley (fee included)

Early Afternoon:

  • Visit the tiny but distinctive Dry Creek Valley AVA
  • Tour and taste in the caves of a family-owned a Dry Creek winery (fee included)
  • Linger over a picnic lunch (included)

Late Afternoon:

  • Experience the famously scenic Russian River Valley AVA
  • Taste characteristic wines in a Russian River Valley winery (fee included)
  • Cruise over to the Petaluma Gap AVA
  • Enjoy a tasting in the cellars of a Sonoma Coast winery (fee included)
  • Stop for selfies at the Golden Gate Bridge before returning to your San Francisco hotel

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Sonoma, Russian River, Dry Creek and Alexander Valleys 1-Day Wine Tasting Tour from San Francisco
PRICE
Tour Prices*Adults (12+)
Regular Price:$199
Internet Special:$189
ONLINE SAVINGS$10

Tour is available on Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays only. You need to be 21 or over in order to join the tour and participate in tastings. Extranomical does not recommend this tour for children three and under. 

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Convenient hotel pickups in San Francisco
  • Guided small-group tour by a fellow wine enthusiast
  • Tour Petaluma Gap, Alexander Valley, Dry Creek and Russian River Valley AVAs
  • Guided tours and tastings at four characteristic wineries
  • All tasting fees included (over $100 value)
  • Picnic lunch  (included)
  • Customer-friendly cancellation policy
  • Free WiFi on vehicle
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