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Small Group Napa Valley Reserve Wine Tour
TOUR DESCRIPTION

This Napa Valley wine tasting tour from San Francisco features the best that California’s wine country has to offer. By special arrangements with the winemakers, this small-group tour visits several of Napa’s best-loved wineries, including the 13th century-style castle at Castello di Amorosa. This Napa Wine Tasting Tour ends with a vineyard tour and seated tasting by a local winemaker.

Small group tour
Tastings at three exclusive Napa wineries ($125 value)
Tour of Castello di Amorosa’s medieval castle
Calistoga lunch stop (meal not included)
Knowledgeable wine enthusiast guide
Golden Gate Bridge photo stop
Convenient pickup at most San Francisco hotels
Meals
Guide gratuity
HIGHLIGHTS
MORE INFORMATION

Napa Valley Wine Tour Highlights:

  • All Napa Wineries: Savor reserve wines at three premier Napa Valley wineries.
  • Exclusive Experiences: Tours and tastings by special arrangement.
  • Explore Calistoga: Time for a relaxing lunch in charming Calistoga.
  • Photograph & Sightsee: Includes photo stops at the Napa sign and Golden Gate Bridge.
  • Optional lunch upgrade: Seated wine pairing lunch at woman-owned Lovina
  • Other perks: Only small groups. Tasting fees, everything included.

Napa Valley Tour Details

On this all-Napa, all-highlights wine tasting tour from San Francisco, you will be delighted with the history, architecture, gardens, and memorable toasts. Your wine enthusiast guide will prepare you for experiences at the Castello di Amorosa and two other celebrated Napa Valley wineries. Once there, you will be treated to reserve wines in the California Wine Country. Learn more in our guide to Napa Valley.

Learn about Winemaking and Wine Tasting on the Drive

Your San Francisco wine tour to Napa Valley begins as you cross the Bay Bridge and take in incredible views of the city skyline. As you travel, learn about the many microclimates and soil types that combine to produce some of the world’s best winemaking grapes – Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Merlot, Zinfandel, Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc.

Tasting in a Stone Castle: Castello di Amorosa

Wine corks pop first at Castello di Amorosa, a medieval-styled Tuscan castle winery constructed using more than 200 containers of European materials and furnishings. On your way to vaulted wine cellars, check out the moat, drawbridge, towers, courtyards, and armory. Thankfully, Castello di Amorosa puts the same love and attention into its wines which are elegant, intensely flavored, and well-balanced.

Photos at the Napa Valley Welcome Sign & Calistoga Lunch Stop

Next, your Napa wine tasting tour makes a fun photo stop at the Napa Valley Welcome Sign. Your lunch break is in charming Calistoga, California. Among its hot springs, elegant spas and yoga studios, you’ll have no trouble finding the perfect lunch spot and perhaps sampling another locally crafted wine with your meal. If you want to complete your visit to Napa with a delicious lunch experience at the most renowned restaurant in Calistoga, please select the Lunch Upgrade at check out.

Tour and Taste at Twomey Vineyards

After lunch, your small group heads to the intimate, yet modern winery, Twomey Cellars. Founded by the Duncan Family, owners of highly-regarded Silver Oak, the winery uses the same philosophy: use locally harvested fruit to make exceptional wines that are deliciously drinkable upon release.

A laid-back Napa Valley vibe is created by their farmhouse-style tasting room that opens up onto a sun-filled courtyard and Sauvignon Blanc vineyard with views of the Calistoga foothills. The Duncans apply their 40 years of winemaking experience to create single-vineyard Pinot Noirs and estate Sauvignon Blancs that pair beautifully with food.

Make new friends at Merryvale Vineyards

Complete your day in the charming and historic St. Helena building that houses Merryvale Vineyards and has roots as a winemaking facility reaching back to the 1930s. Napa luminaries Robert and Peter Mondavi, the Christian Brothers, and H. William Harlan have all practiced their craft under its arched ceiling.

Family-owned Merryvale Vineyards is renowned for small production lots of world class wine, especially rich, powerful Cabernet Sauvignons and Chardonnays which you can enjoy sitting under the century-old 2,000 gallon casks that line the stone walls of the cellar room.

Golden Gate Bridge Stop on Your Return to San Francisco

On the journey back to San Francisco, we’ll make one final stop (weather permitting) at a scenic look-out point with sweeping views of the Golden Gate Bridge for you to snap some keepsake photos of Marin Headlands, San Francisco skyline, and Alcatraz Island.

Things to Know:

For international guests, please be aware that the legal drinking age in the United States is 21 years of age.

While we endeavor to follow the scheduled itinerary, winery closures, special events, holidays, or unforeseeable circumstances can occasionally require us to substitute a winery with one of comparable quality and appeal.

Why choose us:

  • This wine tour from San Francisco leverages our 20 years of hosting experience to create an incredible one-day event that can save you months of planning and reservation making. Don’t leave your bucket-list day to chance. Castello di Amorosa never disappoints, and our other crowd-pleasing wineries add up to a perfect day in Napa Valley.
  • Tour includes the option to enjoy a wine pairing lunch event at one of the most charming restaurants in Calisota. The female owner and chef will greet you and introduce each course.
  • As part of our commitment to a sustainable environment, Extranomical Tours supports NatureBridge, whose proven in-the-field programs at national parks inspire self-discovery and environmental stewardship in young learners. Help us by donating at checkout.

NAPA VALLEY WINE TOUR ITINERARY

08:00 AM to 10:00 AM: Drive to Napa from San Francisco

Enjoy stunning views from the Bay Bridge as you head out on a one-day tour to Napa Valley from San Francisco. Relax and listen as your guide whets your appetite for a one-day tour in California’s premier wine region.

10:00 AM to 12:00 AM: Tasting at a Castello di Amorosa

Arrive at one of the most sought-after Napa Valley wineries – Castello di Amorosa. Tour the stone castle and taste its premier wines. Stop at the famous Napa sign on your way to the second winery to take an instagrammable photo.

12:15 PM to 1:45 PM: Lunch in Calistoga

To satisfy your growing appetite, choose among more than a dozen delightful lunch spots in charming Calistoga or enjoy the optional gourmet lunch and wine pairing in the garden patio of Lovina.

2:00 PM to 3:00 PM: Tasting at Twomey Cellars

Enjoy a private tour and reserve tasting at Twomey Winery. Taste their Single Vineyard Pinot Noirs and Estate Sauvignon Blanc, select one to uncork during dinner back in San Francisco.

3:15 PM to 4:15 PM: Tasting at Merryvale Vineyards

Check out the 2,000 gallon oak barrels in the historic facilities of Merryvale Vineyards. Its small production lots of powerful Cabernet Sauvignons and Chardonnays will make wonderful additions to your collection.

4:15 PM to 5:30 PM: Drive Home & Photo Stop at Golden Gate Bridge

Stop at the famous Golden Gate bridge for a memorable photo opportunity! Make your relaxing return trip from Napa to San Francisco where we will drop you at the door of your hotel or another convenient downtown location.

NOTE: Special events, temporary winery closures, or unforeseeable circumstances can occasionally require us to substitute with a comparable premium winery like Ru Vango Winery.

Read more helpful articles about the Wine Country in our BLOG.

Important Information
Does this tour operate every day?

This tour operates Fridays through Mondays, based on a minimum number of participants.

How long is the tour?

This tour takes about 10 hours.

Which wineries are we going to visit?

We will visit three (3) of Napa's finest wineries: Castello di Amorosa, Tamber Bay Winery and Kieu Hoang Winery. Due to unforeseen circumstances wineries are subject to change.

Are wine tastings included?

Yes, all wine tasting fees at the three (3) winery stops are included on this tour. If you want to join additional wine tasting, please feel free to do so (not included in the tour price).

What happens if I don’t have or forget to bring a valid ID?

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 this tour suitable for children?

We do not recommend anyone under 21 years old on this tour. Drinking alcohol is not permitted for those under the age of 21. Please bring a valid photo ID.

Do you offer this tour in different languages?

This tour is offered in English only. However, if required we can organize a private tour in several languages.

Do you pick up outside of San Francisco?

We only pick-up from hotels located in Downtown San Francisco including Union Square and Fisherman's Wharf.

Is this a guided tour?

Yes, the tour is guided with an English-speaking guide. There will also be time on your own during the stops.

What is the average temperature?

Wine Country weather varies depending on the season. Average temperature data is below.

SUMMER MONTHS (JUNE, JULY, AUGUST):
Average High temperature: 83°F / 28°C
Average Low temperature: 55°F / 13°C

WINTER MONTHS (DECEMBER, JANUARY, FEBRUARY):
Average High temperature: 58°F / 14°C
Average Low temperature: 40°F / 4°C

What should I wear?

Since the weather is unpredictable and constantly changing, we recommend layered clothing. We do not recommend shorts or sleeveless shirts. There is quite a bit of walking, so wear comfortable walking shoes, such as regular tennis shoes, sneakers, or boots with rubber soles and treads.

What should I bring?

Valid Government-Issued ID
Extra spending money for meals, snacks, souvenirs etc
A light jacket (easily removable) in case of wind
Camera
Water bottle
Warm clothes and a waterproof jacket (during the winter months)
Hat and sunscreen (during the summer months)
Sturdy umbrella (if the forecast calls for rain)

Are meals included? Can I buy or bring my own?

Meals are not included on this tour. We will stop for about an hour and 30 minutes in Calistoga where you can purchase lunch.

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.

How will we recognize the vehicle?

We use our luxury passenger van with premium captain seats, additional rear A/C for extra comfort, extra head room, Wi-Fi, and a sound system.

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.

Do I need to call to reconfirm my tour?

Yes, we request that you reach out to us at least a day in advance to confirm your tour and pick up details. You can contact us via our live chat function or by calling our office at 1-866-231-3752 (toll free from the USA) or +1-415-357-0700 (internationally) during office hours. You can call us from your hotel’s phone if you do not have a working mobile phone while you are in the area.

Can I bring a suitcase or large item?

We ask that you do not bring anything on tour larger than 22”x14”x9”, or 56cmx36cmx23cm.

Can I bring a wheelchair?

Please notify us at time of booking if you are bringing a wheelchair on the tour so that we can make the appropriate arrangements. Please note that we are unable to guarantee an ADA vehicle.

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 our office 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.

Will I see the Golden Gate Bridge?

Yes. We take the tour crosses the bridge in the afternoon on the way back to San Francisco.

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