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Napa and Sonoma County Wineries Visited by Extranomical Tours

We look forward to hosting you on a delightful wine country tour from San Francisco. Extranomical Tours typically visits three or four winery properties in Napa and Sonoma Valleys for estate tours and tastings of their locally produced wines.

With over 750 wineries in San Francisco’s wine country, choosing the best locations can be overwhelming. When putting together a tour, we like to select winemakers that offer unique features like gardens or tasting caves, informative presentations, friendly staff, and quality wines not generally available in retail stores.

If you don’t see the wineries you’d like to visit on a tour to Napa and Sonoma Valleys from San Francisco and you have at least 6 people, why not consider a private tour? An experienced travel consultant will help put your custom tour together, handle reservations and all the special details needed to make your day in the wine country perfectly memorable. Start your private tour here.

Alexander Valley Vinyards

Alexander Valley Vineyards is the epitome of a family-owned and operated winery. Located in the heart of Sonoma's Alexander Valley, the winery’s historic site was originally settled in the 1840’s by valley namesake, Cyrus Alexander. We often go to this winery on our popular Sonoma, Russian River, Dry Creek and Alexander Valley Wine Tasting Tour.

The Wetzels are continuing the tradition of family farming on vineyards that stretch from the banks of the Russian River to the Mayacamas hillsides. Their wines reflect the unique character of the region and feature elegant Cabernet Sauvignons, Zinfandels and Chardonnays.

Alexander Valley’s flagship label, Cyrus, was a first growth in Sonoma County and its vineyard practices have been recognized by the California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance and the winery is a certified "Sonoma Green Business."

Beringer Vineyards

While distinguished as the oldest continuously operating winery in Napa Valley and a National Historic site, Beringer Estate is graced with 19th century architecture and verdant gardens. This wine country landmark is one of the featured stops on our Napa Valley Reserve wine tour.

While there, check out Beringer Vineyards’ celebrated wine club credited to its intricately adorned 17-room Rhine House mansion, constructed in 1884. Beringer Reserve Club members receive complimentary samples and tastings in exclusive areas of the mansion.

Beringer cultivates diverse and prized vineyards across appellations from the highest hills in Napa to the valley floor behind the historic winery.

The Beringer Wine Club also features special invitations to classes, performances, recitals and other pop-up occasions like gourmet dinners and rare barrel-tasting sessions in cellars where wine producers work their magic.

Castello di Amorosa

Castello di Amorosa knows how to make a first impression. The authentically styled, 13th-century Tuscan castle winery was constructed using more than 200 containers of European materials and furnishings. This remarkable winery is visited on our Napa Valley Reserve wine tour.

Begun in 1994, a humble building morphed into a castle spanning 121,000 square feet with 107 rooms located in four underground and four above-ground levels. The building has all the elements you’d expect from an authentic Italian castle. A moat with drawbridge, high stone walls, gargoyles, a church, and a fully equipped torture chamber will fascinate on the way to the vaulted wine tasting cellar.

Thankfully, Castello di Amorosa puts the same love and attention into its wines which are elegant, intensely flavored, and well-balanced. The castle winery produces hand-crafted Italian-styled wines, including Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Primitivo and Sangiovese.

Cline Winery

Cline Cellars is a much celebrated family-owned winery in the Sonoma Valley. Known for its ancient vines, the winery specializes in Zinfandel and French Rhone-Style wines.

The winery was founded in 1982 by Fred and Nancy Cline and moved to its current farm house location in 1991. Fred acquired a love of winemaking from his grandfather Valeriano Jacuzzi, an Italian-born winemaker and namesake of the Jacuzzi Family Vineyards across the street.

Cline Cellars is committed to sustainable growing that maintains the rural beauty of the region. Guided by the talented hand of their winemaker, Charlie Tsegeletos, Cline Cellars seeks complexity, elegance, power, and sense of place in every wine they make.

Dutch Henry Winery

Founder Scott Chafen named this respected boutique winery after a 19th century prospector turned farmer that made a comfortable living selling produce to Napa Valley stagecoach passengers. They must have been pretty good fruits and vegetables because nearby Dutch Henry Canyon is named for him.

The Chafen family’s wish has always been to earn a reputation for winemaking with passion. Their dreams were realized in 1999 when Dutch Henry was named one of the “top five” Napa wineries to visit by the Wall Street Journal.

A tasting room in a cave cellar? Painstakingly dug from the rocky hillside, this underground feature sourced stonework and masons from the winery’s vineyard in St. Helena. Completed in the fall of 2008, the cave looks as if it has been there for 100 years.

Dutch Henry Winery specializes in handcrafted wines. Bordeaux varietals dominate but other varietals include an estate Syrah, Pinot Noir, Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, Sauvignon Blanc, Argos (Bordeaux Blend) and a dry Rose.

Etude Wines

Fine wine at this prestigious estate begins in the vineyard where meticulous attention to grapes diminish the need for intervention by the winemaker. That works just fine for Etude wine master, Jon Priest, whose dust-covered boots are proof he spends a lot of time in the field. Recognized as one the most accomplished winemakers in California, Jon has a special touch with Pinot Noir and Cabernet Sauvignon.

In 2005, Etude Cabernet Sauvignon earned a 96-point rating in a 10-year Retrospective Wine Spectator tasting for a wine that “combined dark, rich, potent Cabernet flavors with a sense of elegance and finesse.”

From the beginning, Etude has had sustainability top of mind. Native Oak and Bay trees were retained to protect nearby waterways. Twelve miles of wildlife corridors were incorporated in the planning of the vineyard planting to preserve riparian habitats and the natural migration of wildlife.

Ferrari-Carano Vineyard and Winery

Don and Rhonda Carano were introduced to the beauty of Northern Sonoma County in 1979 while searching for wines to enhance the wine lists at their Eldorado Hotel in Reno, NV. Since those early years, Ferrari-Carano has become a leading producer of world-class, nationally acclaimed wines that are remarkably consistency in style and elegance.

We typically visit the picturesque Villa Fiore estate winery near Healdsburg on our Sonoma, Russian River, Dry Creek and Alexander Valleys Wine Tasting Tour. On arrival, guests enjoy acres of gorgeous gardens, meandering paths, footbridges, fishponds and dazzling displays of color year-round. The gardens are Italian parterre in style with classic shapes that feature a mixture of trees, shrubs, perennials and annuals.

Stylish and delicious wines are crafted with love at Ferrari-Carano’s Sonoma County winery, from delicate Fumé Blanc to distinguished Cabernet Sauvignon, meticulously created for everyday dining enjoyment. The winery’s Italian wines, like Pinot Grigio, Dry Sangiovese Rosé and Siena, honor the spirit of Italy and the Carano’s philosophy of celebrating life amongst family and friends.

Jacuzzi Family Vineyards

Famous for the bath spa that bears their family name, Jacuzzi Family Vineyards practice responsible farming practices using a variety of unique farming methods and imaginative fertilizers. For example, instead of using pesticides to prevent weed growth in their vineyards, Jacuzzi employs a friendly herd of sheep to 'weed' crops. Also, instead of petroleum-based fertilizers, Jacuzzi trust “Compost tea”, a concoction of molasses, fish emulsion, rock dust and microbes to fertilize their vines.

Jacuzzi Family Vineyards is a pleasure to visit and their Italian heritage is evident as soon as you step foot inside their winery and tasting room. Enjoy a selection of varietals including Barbera, Chardonnay, Merlot, Pinot Grigio, Pinot Noir, Primitivo and Sangiovese amongst a magnificent European ambiance set by the Italian artwork and furnishings.

The director of winemaking, Charlie Tsegeletos, has a penchant for reds which are big and dark and whites that are bright and fresh. Jacuzzi also features its award-winning Olive Press where guests can enjoy a sampling of the most decadent Extra Virgin Olive Oil produced in California.

Karah Estate Vineyard

This beautiful vineyard estate, situated on scenic acres of rolling hills in the Petaluma Gap is one of the wineries frequented on our popular Sonoma, Russian River, Dry Creek and Alexander Valleys Wine Tasting Tour. Petaluma Gap, designated an American Viticultural Area (AVA) in 2017, is one of the best regions in the word for producing high quality Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.

Each morning the estate experiences heavy fog that lifts around 11am when warm sunshine breaks through, then late afternoon winds are followed by thick evening fog. These wind and fog patterns create long and cool growing seasons that force the Pinot berries to develop thick skins that have a high concentration of phenols which give rise to bold spicy flavor profiles and deep color extraction.

Winemaker, Megan Brodie, explores various winemaking techniques to best exhibit the high-quality fruit that the vineyard produces. As a rule, she uses very minimal intervention, allowing each vintage to tell its own story to the delight of visitors’ senses of sight, taste, touch, smell, and hearing.

Kieu Hoang Winery

In the evening, fog and breezes off nearby San Pablo Bay provide natural cooling in the Carneros AVA. During the day, Kieu Hoang winery’s perfectly situated porch allows guests on our Redwoods and Wine Country Tour to enjoy a glass while looking out over sun-soaked vineyards located in the southernmost grape-growing region in Napa Valley.

Kieu Hoang Winery is an iconic Napa Valley winery founded on land purchased from the famous Mondavi wine family. The winery's owner, Kieu Hoang, a scientist originally from Vietnam, has partnered with winemaker Charles Hendricks to produce several standout varietals.

The winery is particularly well known for its Platinum Label wines made with grapes grown 2000 feet above sea level and in the direct pathway of cool breezes from San Pablo Bay, ideal growing conditions for Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes.

Mayo Family Winery

Mayo Family Winery is a small, family-owned and operated winery located in the heart of the Sonoma Valley. Since 1994, Diane and Henry Mayo have specialized in producing small batches of artisanal wines, utilizing hand-picked local grapes. They produce over 20 different single vineyard wines, ranging from Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Zinfandel to unique varietals such as Gewurztraminer.

The Mayo Family Winery has always focused on producing wines that capture the best expression of each varietal. We like to visit the Mayo Family Winery on our Redwoods and Wine Country Tour because it is one of the friendliest small wineries in the region and annually produces just 5000 cases or less for sale exclusively in its tasting room and to Wine Club Members.

Jeffrey Mayo is currently President of the winery and guides its operations. Their head winemaker is Michel Berthoud. Mayo Family Winery has won a slew of awards including Gold and Best of Class accolades at the Sonoma County Harvest Fair.

Muscardin Cellars

Muscardini Cellars graces Sonoma Valley’s Monte Terra with its estate grape vines, family home and barrel room. The mission of Muscardini Cellars is to pass the knowledge, tradition and zest for life from more than a century of family experience into wines that artfully capture flavor and spirit.

Over 100 years ago, patriarch Emilio Alchera came to America from Italy. After joining his brothers in San Francisco, he managed a corner grocery store where he sold bulk wines and in his spare time made fine red table wines for the family. His business would eventually become the St. Helena Napa Valley Wine Company.

Guests on Extranomical’s Redwoods and Wine Country Tour consistently rave about the friendly hospitality that flourishes at the Musardini tasting room nestled inside a historic red schoolhouse right in the heart of Sonoma's Valley of the Moon. Enjoy wine by the glass and charcuterie featuring wine-infused salami while having a spontaneous picnic in their patio garden.

Sterling Vineyards

Perched 300 feet above the town of Calistoga, Sterling Vineyards offers panoramic views of Napa Valley. An aerial tram carries guests on our Napa Valley Reserve wine tour up the hill to the white stucco winery that stands out dramatically against the Mayacamas and Vaca mountain ranges that flank Napa Valley.

While tasting Sterling’s award-winning wines, guests roam beautiful outdoor terraces and elegant tasting rooms inspired by the sun-bleached island of Mykonos. Well-marked walkways and motion-sensitive screens allow guests to take their time during a self-guided tour of Sterling Vineyards’ winemaking facilities.

While known for its Cabernet Sauvignon, Sterling cultivates ten vastly different terroirs producing wines of great distinction.

Taft Street Winery

Founder Mike Tierney loves the term “garagistes”, which originated in Bordeaux and refers to innovative winemakers who produce exceptional wines in their garages rather than in grand chateaux. True to form, Taft Street originated in a Berkeley garage and has always had a down-to-earth vibe.

Mike and the family at Taft Street proudly craft limited production, crowd pleasing wines originating in nearby vineyards. Working with local growers has enabled them to create wines that reflect the individual quality of specific sites.

With a passion for making fine wines, awards have come in droves. In one ten-year stretch Taft’s chardonnay was a Best Buy in the WINE SPECTATOR nine times. Its 1986 Russian River Chardonnay was awarded the Best of Show at the Sonoma County Harvest Fair, and Mike was named Winemaker of the Year.

Taft Street winery’s tasting room in Sebastopol, West Sonoma County is frequented on our popular Sonoma, Russian River, Dry Creek and Alexander Valleys Wine Tasting Tour. The back patio features a bocce ball court and picnic tables—a great place to relax for a snack and glass of wine.

Trek Winery

Trek Winery began as a family-owned and operated winery in 2007 after years of experience in the wine business and amateur winemaking. Over the years, Trek Winery has become a premier venue for wine making, brewing and live entertainment in the Bay Area.

Trek Winery’s winemaker, Andy Podshadley, started his wine career in the tasting room of Gloria Ferrer’s Champagne caves and quickly rose through the ranks at this respected winery before moving to Allied Domecq Wines USA. Over the years, Andy has been a frequent judge at wine competitions across the western United States.

Trek’s Cabernet Sauvignons, Chardonnay, Zinfandels and Sauvignon Blancs have been medal award winners 10 times at the California State Fair Wine Competition. Its latest wines can be tasted on our Redwoods and Wine Country Tour.

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