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 San Francisco wine tour visits Napa’s the 13th century-styled castle at Castello di Amorosa, the wine caves of Beringer Vineyards and Sterling Vineyards’ hill-top winery.
Tour Length - 10 hours approximately
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 most celebrated Napa Valley wineries. Once there, you will be treated to reserve wines in the California Wine Country.
Your San Francisco wine tour to Napa Valley begins as you cross the Golden Gate Bridge and enjoy incredible views of the Pacific coastline, Marin Headlands, Alcatraz Island and 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.
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.
Next, this Napa wine tasting 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.
After lunch, board an aerial tram with panoramic views on your way to Sterling Vineyard’s perch above Napa Valley. 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 the California wine country icon, Beringer Vineyards. 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 ranging from the highest hills in Napa to the valley floor.
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.
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.
08:00 AM to 10:00 AM
Enjoy stunning views from the Golden Gate 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 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, barrel rooms and fine wines will have you wishing the day could last forever.
4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
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.
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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
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.
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.
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 passenger van with premium captain seats, additional rear A/C for extra comfort, extra head room, Wi-Fi, 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.
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.
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.
Yes. We take the tour crosses the bridge in the morning on the way to Napa Valley.