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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Though Napa wineries are the stars of this tour, your wine enthusiast guide will leave just enough time on the return to San Francisco to make a champagne toast of the iconic Golden Gate Bridge before arriving back at your pickup location.
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.
08:30 AM to 11:00 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!
10:30 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.
11:30 AM to 12:45 PM
Continue your Napa highlights tour at Sterling Vineyards. Before your tasting, board their aerial tram and enjoy the best view of Napa Valley.
1:00 PM to 2:15 PM
To satisfy your growing appetite, choose among more than a dozen delightful lunch spots in charming Calistoga.
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
Make your way back to San Francisco. Stop for a chance to make a champagne toast of the Golden Gate Bridge or Bay Bridge.
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Money for additional wine tastings
Valid photo ID
Comfortable shoes for walking
Extra spending money for lunch, 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)
This tour takes about 9 hours.
Temperatures vary depending on the season and time of day in, so we recommend that you wear layered clothing in case of unexpectedly climbing or falling temperatures. Please note that the temperatures in Napa and Sonoma might be different to San Francisco. We recommend checking the weather forecast but, generally, 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 judgment. For footwear, we recommend comfortable shoes, such as regular tennis shoes, sneakers, flats, loafers, boots, etc. High heels, beach flip-flops, and other open-toed shoes are not recommended.
We visit three wineries on this tour. All tasting fees are included in the price of the tour.
This tour is only offered in English. If needed, we can organize a private tour in other languages. Please also take a look at our Redwoods and Wine Country Escape Tour - it is a great deal and includes complimentary audio tours in 8 different languages.
No, it is not suitable for all customers under 21 years old. Children are not allowed on this tour. Every member of your party will need a valid photo ID.
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.
The tour visits three wineries. The tasting fees for the wineries selected by us on the tour are included in the price.
No, the tour visits Napa Valley only.
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.
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.