This remarkable California wine country tour from San Francisco features the best of the best in Napa Valley. Through exclusive arrangements with the winemaker, this nearly private, small-group Napa Valley wine tour explores the 13th century-styled castle at Castello di Amorosa, the wine caves of Beringer Vineyards and an aerial tram ride to Sterling Vineyards’ hill-top winery.
Tour Length - 9 hours approximately
After a hotel pickup, your wine enthusiast guide will prepare you for experiences at the best Napa Valley wineries. You will be treated to reserve wines at three of the best-reviewed wineries in California’s Napa Valley and, at the same time, amazed by the history, architecture, gardens and panoramic views on this all-highlights wine tour.
You’ll leave the bustle of the City behind as you cross the Bay Bridge heading for California’s premier wine country. As you travel, you’ll observe and 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.
As you are entering Napa Valley, your wine enthusiast guide will stop to make a champagne toast at the iconic Napa Valley sign before arriving to the first winery.
The day begins 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.
Next, the tour takes a lunch break in charming Calistoga, California. Among its hot springs, elegant spas and yoga studios, you’ll have no trouble finding the perfect lunch spot - perhaps sampling another locally crafted wine with your meal.
Board an aerial tram with panoramic views of Napa Valley on your way to Sterling Vineyard’s perch above the town of Calistoga. While tasting Sterling’s award-winning wines, roam the outdoor terraces and elegant tasting rooms inspired by the sun-bleached island of Mykonos. While known for its Cabernet Sauvignon, Sterling cultivates ten vastly different terroirs producing wines of great distinction.
Your winery experiences finish on a high note at landmark 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. Beringer cultivates diverse and prized vineyards across appellations from the highest hills in Napa to the valley floor behind the historic winery.
For international guests, please be aware that the legal drinking age in the United States is 21 years of age.
Your exact itinerary and some destinations may differ on occasion due to weather, road conditions, and the guide’s discretion.
08:00 AM to 10:00 AM
Depart the city and enjoy stunning views of San Francisco from the Bay Bridge on your way to one of the world’s premier wine regions - Napa Valley!
Stop for a chance to make a champagne toast next to the famous Napa Valley sign.
10:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Arrive at one of the most sought-after Napa Valley wineries – Castello di Amorosa. Tour the stone castle and taste its premier wines.
11:45 AM to 1:00 PM
To satisfy your growing appetite, choose among more than a dozen delightful lunch spots in charming Calistoga.
1:00 PM to 2:15 PM
Continue your Napa highlights tour at Sterling Vineyards. Before your tasting, board their aerial tram and enjoy the best view of Napa Valley.
2:30 PM to 3:45 PM
The best for last? Beringer Vineyards’ ivy-covered mansion and barrel rooms will have you wishing the day could last forever.
4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Return back to San Francisco and a drop off at the pickup point.
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This tour operates on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, based on a minimum number of participants.
This tour takes about 10 hours.
We will visit three (3) of Napa's finest wineries: Castello di Amorosa, Sterling Vineyard and Beringer Vineyard. Due to unforeseen circumstances wineries are subject to change.
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.
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.
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.
This tour is offered in English only. However, if required we can organize a private tour in several languages.
We only pick-up from hotels located in Downtown San Francisco including Union Square and Fisherman's Wharf.
Yes, the tour is guided with an English-speaking guide. There will also be time on your own during the stops.
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
Temperatures vary depending on the season and time of day in the Bay Area, so we recommend that you wear layered clothing in case of unexpectedly climbing or falling temperatures. We do not recommend wearing shorts or sleeveless shirts in the winter. However, we realize that everyone is acclimated to different weather and thus trust you to make your own judgement. For footwear, we recommend comfortable walking shoes, such as regular tennis shoes, sneakers, or boots with rubber soles and treads. In the summer months, hiking sandals can be worn on the tour, but high heels, beach flip-flops, and other open-toed shoes are not recommended.
Valid Government-Issued ID
Extra spending money for meals, snacks, souvenirs etc
A light jacket (easily removable) in case of wind
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)
Meals are not included on this tour. We will stop for about an hour where you can purchase lunch. Eating and drinking are allowed on our vehicles, and you can also bring your own food if you do not feel comfortable purchasing it on the trip.
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.
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.
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.
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.
We ask that you do not bring anything on tour larger than 22”x14”x9”, or 56cmx36cmx23cm.
We do have wheelchair-capable vehicles available – subject to availability. 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 due to limitations we are unable to guarantee an ADA vehicle.
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.