The Best Sonoma County Wine Tours From San Francisco
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The Best Sonoma Wine Tours from San Francisco
Sonoma Valley is a paradise for wine lovers, made even more alluring thanks to its easy access on a day tour from San Francisco.
Although the global name recognition of Napa Valley is undoubtedly greater than Sonoma Valley, these two neighboring wine regions in California have long been hard to distinguish when it comes to quality. When asked “which is better, Napa or Sonoma?” many locals struggle to give a definitive answer. Sonoma is generally considered to be the more affordable wine destination of the two, but that could partly be due to its lesser brand recognition. Either way, it’s always best to test it out for yourself by taking one of these fantastic Sonoma wine tours.
Half-Day Wine Country Excursion with Tastings
Enjoy between three and five wine tastings across two separate wineries on this excellent value Sonoma excursion. At each spot you’ll get to take a tour of the estate before sampling signature blends from each. One of the joys of visiting Sonoma Valley, which is to the north of San Francisco, is the journey itself. Cross the Golden Gate Bridge along the way, then watch the vineyard-dominated scenery roll by. Daily departures are available. From $99 per person.
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Sonoma Valley Half-Day Wine Country Tour from San Francisco
Another half-day wine excursion from San Francisco takes in the Carneros Wine Region, which spans parts of both Napa and Sonoma valleys. Departing in the early afternoon, you will visit at least two (or occasionally three) wineries, usually one a mass production spot and the other a boutique winery, with a tasting session provided at each one. Your tour guide will also provide commentary on the bus about the highlights and history of the area as you journey through the picturesque countryside. From $100 per person.
San Francisco Small-Group Sonoma Wine Tour with Tastings
If you’re serious about your wines and really would prefer to make a day of it in Sonoma Valley (Fisherman’s Wharf is roughly an hour’s drive away), then a nine-hour tour is the perfect way to ensure you get to spend as much time as possible surrounded by vineyards and their delightful produce. Groups never exceed 13 people and the quality of winery visited on this tour is very high, with three different stops and tastings included in the itinerary. From $149 per person.
Redwood & Wine Country Tour with Lunch & Wine
Combination tours are a great way for visitors to make the most of their money and time. This ten-hour trip allows you to visit both the Sonoma and Napa valleys and experience their wine producing prowess. In addition to tastings at three different wineries, the tour operators also manage to fit in other highlights on the north side of San Francisco Bay, such as Golden Gate Bridge and a stop to see the giant redwood trees of Muir Woods National Monument. Lunch is also included in this tour price. From $224 per person.
Guided Private Wine Tour to Napa and Sonoma Wine Country
If you’re traveling with a larger group of up to eight people who are all of legal drinking age, then the savings and the value for money of a private tour are a win-win. You can request to visit a customized selection of boutique wineries to fit your group’s general preferences, select from locations in Sonoma Valley or nearby Napa, and ensure that you have a guide all to yourselves. Please note that tasting fees are not included in this tour’s price. From $800 per group.
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Best Wine Tours from San Francisco to Napa & Sonoma
by Jill Loeffler •
Updated: January 29, 2024
Taking one of the wine tours from San Francisco to Napa or Sonoma is a great way to spend the day. You have several options to visit these regions, ranging from a half-day bus tour to a helicopter tour over the beautiful Napa Valley vineyards.
These two popular wine tasting regions are just over an hour north of the Golden Gate Bridge. Many tours pick you up at your hotel in San Francisco, stop at two to four wineries, and drop you back off at your pickup location.
During each tour, you will sample local wines as you learn more about each one from your knowledgeable guide and a staff member of the winery.
You will often get the chance to take a behind-the-scenes tour of at least one winery and a walk through their vineyard. Most tours will also stop so you can pick up lunch and enjoy it on the grounds of a selected winery.
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What to Expect Each Season
My favorite time to go wine tasting is during harvest, which is from mid-August to mid-October. The vineyards are gorgeous during this time of year, with both the leaves and grapes vibrant in color. In addition, the entire region is bustling with harvest-related activities.
Though Napa and Sonoma are most colorful and active during harvest, there are advantages of taking one of the wine tours from San Francisco at other times of the year. This gives you some pros and cons of visiting during each season.
Pros : The vines are in bloom, which gives you the chance to see the early stages of the cultivation.
Cons : It's not a great time to take photos of the vineyards as the leaves are small and the grapes are not yet on the vines.
Pros : The weather is warm and it's sunny almost every day. It's the perfect time to walk around the vineyards and spend some time outside sampling your wines.
Cons : This is the busy season for visitors. The tasting rooms get crowded (especially on the weekends) and it's harder to move around (although most wine tours from San Francisco do their tastings in a private room, so this may not be a big issue).
Pros : It's harvest time! The leaves and grapes are mature and colorful. It's the best time to take photos of the vineyards. You will also get the chance to see part of the wine-making process.
Cons : This is the second busiest season for visitors and it's extra busy all around the region due to harvest. You may have to wait longer in line to sample wines and/or buy goodies in the stores.
Pros : This is the perfect time to go if you don't want to battle the crowds. It's my second favorite time to visit since the tasting rooms are empty and most wineries offer a more personalized visit. Some even offer wine specials during this time to clear the way for their new releases.
Cons : It's cool and rainy. The vines are brown with no leaves or grapes. It's not a great time to take photos or walk around the vineyards.
Now that you know a little about what to expect each season, are you ready to sample some great California wines? Read on to find out about the best wine tours from San Francisco.
Six Most Popular Wine Tours from San Francisco
Taking one of these wine tours from San Francisco offers you the chance to sit back, relax and enjoy the experience. All include transportation to and from San Francisco as well as the chance to learn more about the popular Northern California wine tasting regions.
For each below, I've estimated the length and price for each of these San Francisco wine tours. The time may change based on traffic, so plan for a little extra time for your return trip.
1. A Visit to Both Napa and Sonoma
Length : 8 hours Estimated Price : $160* # of Tastings : 3 wineries, fees included in price
This is a visitor favorite! This San Francisco wine tour takes you to both Napa Valley and Sonoma County wineries, so you get the chance to learn about both regions. This full-day trip includes a guided tour and tasting at three popular wineries.
You will also have some time for lunch (not included in the price) and a walk around the beautiful town of Yountville in Napa or the Sonoma Plaza.
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2. Combined Tour of Muir Woods & Wine Tasting
Length : 9 hours Estimated Price : $179* # of Tastings : 3 winery visits, fees included in price
This is another one of the most popular wine tours from San Francisco. You start your day with a visit to Muir Woods, where you can walk around and see the only Coastal Redwoods still left in the Bay Area.
You will then continue north to visit three boutique Napa or Sonoma wineries. On this tour, you will have lunch on your own, usually in the historic Sonoma Plaza.
The price to visit Muir Woods is not included, which is $15 per person. You can also use your America the Beautiful National Parks pass to enter Muir Woods.
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3. Half-Day Wine Country Excursion with Tastings
Length : 5.5 hours Estimated Price : $125* # of Tastings : 2 wineries, with tasting fees included
If you’re a little short on time, or on a budget, this half-day tour is a great option. Lunch is not included in this tour, but you’ll still get the full experience of the scenic ride over the Golden Gate Bridge, a drive through the quaint Mediterranean-like town of Sausalito, and visits to two of the Sonoma region’s favorite wineries.
You’ll not only get to enjoy up to 3-5 tastings of the signature blends at each winery, but you’ll also get an exclusive estate tour in which your host will walk you through the vintner’s fermentation, barrel-aging, and bottling process.
You’ll return to San Francisco with gorgeous views as the sun sets over the Pacific Ocean, concluding a lovely afternoon getaway to the valley.
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4. Painted Ladies Wine Country Tour
Length : 8 hours Estimated Price : $129* # of Tastings : 3 wineries, with tasting fees not included
This small group, full-day tour will give you a personal look at the charming wineries and historic downtown plaza of Sonoma. Your ride is a funky Vintage VW bus with a small group of other wine lovers.
Enjoy learning about the sights from your friendly and knowledgeable guide, who will first stop at the Golden Gate Bridge for amazing views of Alcatraz and the city skyline.
You’ll continue on to Sonoma Valley, where you’ll get a chance to sample wines at three select wineries.
Your gourmet Italian-style lunch will be at a winery restaurant (not included, but usually about $10 to $20 per person).
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*The price per person may change without prior notification. Please confirm pricing details before booking.
5. Small Group Tour from San Francisco to Napa Valley
Length : 10 hours Estimated Price : $299* # of Tastings : Up to 3 stops and wine tastings included in the price
This small group tour takes you from San Francisco to the famed Napa Valley. You'll tour three of the regions noteworthy wineries with a stop for lunch in Calistoga (not included in the price).
In addition to tastings at three wineries, you will also tour the medieval castle at Castello di Amorosa and stop for a photo of the Golden Gate Bridge.
With a small group, you will get a more personalized experience and fully enjoy your day!
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6. Small Group Tour to Sonoma Valley
Length : 9 hours Estimated Price : $169* # of Tastings : 3 stops, wine tasting included
Head off the beaten path to the Sonoma Valley wine region. This region sits to the west of Napa and offers a wonderful, low key tasting experience.
On this small group tour, you will experience three of the regions boutique wineries. You'll also stop for lunch at the historic Sonoma Square (lunch not included) and learn all about the region throughout the day.
On your way to your first tasting, you'll stop for a photo opportunity at the Golden Gate Bridge. On the way home, the tour stops in Sausalito, where you can choose to take the ferry back to San Francisco (ferry ticket not included in the price) or continue on via the bus.
It's a full day of fun and a great way to experience all that Sonoma Valley has to offer.
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Should you buy wine directly from the winery.
Many people believe that they get the best deal when they buy directly from the winery. This is not always true.
Most wineries distribute all over the US and some even ship their wines around the world. The prices at your local wine shop are often comparable to what you will find at the winery itself.
However, most wineries feature wines in their tasting room that you cannot buy anywhere else. These sell at a higher price point, as they are typically a higher quality.
If you love a certain wine, ask the winery a few questions before buying, including where you could find that particular wine in your local area. If they happen to sell it locally, it will save you the hassle of carrying or shipping your wine home.
Should You Sign Up for Their Wine Club?
If you really enjoy the wines from a specific winery and the wines are hard to find, then I recommend signing up for their wine club. This automates the process so you can receive more of their delicious wines each month or quarter.
As a member, you are also often the first to receive new releases or limited production wines. Most memberships include free tastings in their tasting rooms and discounts when you buy more wines online or in person. You will also receive invitations to their exclusive parties.
Another great thing about these clubs is you can usually opt out after the first delivery. If you regret signing up after your visit, then simply call and tell them to cancel your membership.
If you don't drink much wine or you don't have a great place to store it, then skip the wine club membership. You can always buy their wines online or contact them directly for a shipment.
A Few Additional Wine Tasting Tips...
Is this your first trip to wine country? No problem, here are a few helpful hints to help you prepare.
- Eat Before Tasting : Eat a good breakfast before you leave your hotel, so you are ready for a full day of tasting.
- Don't Wear Perfume : Leave the scent of your perfume and lotions at your hotel. This allows your nose (and others' noses!) to fully experience the beauty of each wine.
- Taste Like a Pro : Swirl, sniff, sip, and repeat to savor all of the aromas and flavors.
- Ask Questions : Don't be afraid to ask questions as the wineries LOVE talking about their wines.
- Enjoy Your Day : Wine tasting is a slow process so you can remember every moment, flavor, and wine. Take your time as you taste and savor the experience.
Don't feel intimidated at all in wine country. People in Napa and Sonoma are very friendly and welcome both newcomers and seasoned tasters. They want to help with the process and love to give information to all tasters, so they become more familiar with their wines.
Wine Tours from San Francisco: Create Your Own Tour
Are the guided wine tours from San Francisco not right for you? Would you rather set out on your own? It is easy to get to Napa or Sonoma for the day from San Francisco. Here are just a few tips if you plan on going on your own.
- Rent a Car in SF : Don't rent a car from the airport, wait until you get into San Francisco and rent your car there, just for the day. You really don't need a car in the city but will need it if you head to up to Napa or Sonoma on your own. Just make sure you check how late the rental car company is open, since some close early certain nights of the week.
- Pick a Region : There are hundreds of wineries in northern California and it's not possible to visit all of them in one day. Select only one region--Napa, Sonoma Valley, Dry Creek Valley, etc.--and plan on visiting around four or five wineries during your trip.
- Schedule Appointments : Set up tasting tour appointments in advance. Most wineries have open tasting hours, but it's fun to learn a little more by setting up a tour. You can simply call a few wineries ahead of time or look on their sites to see if they have regularly scheduled visits.
- Get Recommendations : Ask others in the tasting room for recommendations. This is a fun way to learn about special tastings, winery events, and other wineries in a specific region that you must see.
- Return via the Golden Gate Bridge : Take the Golden Gate Bridge back to San Francisco. No matter which region you visit, you will want to plan your return trip to San Francisco using the Golden Gate Bridge. You will most likely hit rush hour traffic on the way home, and the best option is the Golden Gate Bridge.
Hotel Deals : Would you love to stay the night in either Napa or Sonoma? Before you book, make sure to check out the great hotel deals on Booking.com. Click here to find deals in Napa . Click here to Sonoma hotel deals .
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- Ultimate Napa & Sonoma Wine Tour
Experience the best of Sonoma and Napa Valley on our small group tour, with convenient pick-up points in both San Francisco and Napa. The day starts with a warm welcome from your guide as we gather at the designated pick-up locations.
Throughout the journey, you’ll enjoy an intimate and social adventure, visiting top-rated wineries and discovering hidden gems across Sonoma and Napa Valley. Our knowledgeable guides will share captivating insights into winemaking and regional history, making the experience both educational and enjoyable.
We recognize the importance of a leisurely lunch break. That’s why we’ve arranged extended time for lunch at Sonoma Square. Here, you can explore the charming plaza, offering a variety of lunch options, shopping, and leisurely strolls through the picturesque town.
Our comfortable and spacious vehicles ensure a relaxed journey, allowing you to fully take in the stunning landscapes of Sonoma and Napa.
Join our shared small group tour Ultimate Napa & Sonoma Wine Tour for a wine adventure filled with fun, connections, and unforgettable moments. Meet new friends, savor incredible wines, and create lasting memories as you raise a glass to an enjoyable day in Wine Country!
Pickup available from Napa or San Francisco Bay Area
Experience the Best of Napa & Sonoma
- Taste Local Wines: The opportunity to enjoy three unique wine tastings in both Napa and Sonoma
- Indulge in Local Delights: Begin your day with Oprah Winfrey’s favorite English Muffins at Model Bakery in Oxbow Public Market for a delightful treat.
- Customize Your Lunch: At Sonoma Square, choose your preferred lunch experience with a self-guided food tour, additional wine tasting, or a meal at a Michelin-star restaurant.
- Explore Beyond Wine Tastings: Along with delightful wine tastings, you will also have time to visit art galleries, museums, and boutiques in downtown Sonoma.
- Golden Gate Bridge Photos: A photo stop en route to Wine Country offers the chance to capture the iconic Golden Gate Bridge (San Francisco guests).
- Enjoy Small Group Setting: Connect with fellow wine enthusiasts in our friendly small group setting, sharing the joy of wine-tasting together.
- Hotel Pick-Up Available: Utilize our hassle-free hotel pick-up service, available across the Bay Area, for a seamless tour start.
- Extend Your Stay: Extend your adventure with an overnight stay in Wine Country. Consider bringing your luggage for added convenience.
San Francisco Pick up:
Departure/Return Time: 8:00am – 5:00PM Departure Location: Fisherman’s Wharf (710 Beach Street, San Francisco), Days Operated: Daily Price Per Person: $129
Napa Pick up:
Departure/Return Time: 10:00am -4:00PM Departure Location: Oxbow Public Market (610 1st Street, Napa) Return Time: Approximately 6:00pm for San Francisco, 4:00pm for Napa Days Operated: Daily Price Per Person: $109
Are wine tasting fees included in the price?
Wine tasting fees are not included in the tour price to offer our guests the flexibility to choose their preferred tasting experiences. Some wineries offer complimentary tastings with wine purchases. This approach allows guests to customize their wine tour based on their preferences and budget, ensuring a more personalized and enjoyable experience. Each wine tasting is $10-30 per person.
What are Oxbow Public Market and Sonoma Square?
Oxbow Public Market is a vibrant marketplace located in Napa, California. It is a popular destination for both locals and visitors seeking a diverse culinary experience and artisanal products. The market features a variety of vendors offering fresh produce, gourmet foods, artisan cheeses, local wines, and handcrafted goods.
Sonoma Square is a historic and picturesque plaza located in the heart of Sonoma, California. It serves as the central gathering place in the town and is surrounded by charming shops, boutiques, restaurants, and wine tasting rooms.
What is the itinerary?
We have two pick-up locations: San Francisco (710 Beach St.) and Napa (Oxbow Market).
San Francisco Departure: 7:45 am: Meet at 710 Beach Street, Fisherman’s Wharf, San Francisco 8:00 am: Departure from 710 Beach Street 9:30-10:15 am: Stop at Oxbow Public Market for coffee and snacks 10:30-11:30 am: Wine Tasting in Napa Valley 12:00-2:00 pm: Free time for lunch, wine tasting and shopping in Sonoma Square 2:30-3:30 pm: Wine Tasting in Sonoma Valley 5:00 pm: Drop-off at 710 Beach Street, Fisherman’s Wharf, San Francisco
Napa Departure: 10:00 am: Meet at Oxbow Market, in Napa 10:30-11:30 am: Wine Tasting in Napa Valley 12:00-2:00 pm: Free time for lunch, wine tasting and shopping in Sonoma Square 2:30-3:30 pm: Wine Tasting in Sonoma Valley 4:00 pm- Return back to Oxbow Market, in Napa
What is included in the tour?
Your wine tour comes with a variety of experiences and amenities:
- Visits to renowned wineries in both Napa and Sonoma, unlocking the essence of California’s Wine Country.
- Stops at the Oxbow Public Market in the morning and the delightful Sonoma Square during lunchtime. Choose from a diverse range of lunch options, catering to vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free preferences..
- An extended lunch break, granting you ample time to savor wine tastings or explore the boutiques and art galleries of Sonoma Square.
- Entertaining live narration from your knowledgeable guide, offering insights into the rich history of Wine Country.
- The opportunity to snap memorable photos of the iconic Golden Gate Bridge (if starting your tour in San Francisco).
- Bottled water and granola bars, ensuring you stay refreshed and energized throughout the journey.
- Cups provided if you decide to bring wine onto the bus.
- The opportunity to stay overnight in Wine Country
What is not included in the tour?
- The price of breakfast/morning snacks at Oxbow Market and lunch.
- Tasting fees at the wineries are not included and are charged extra by the wineries, compensating them for the wine they pour for guests. Some tasting fees can be higher in the region, but we work hard to cultivate relationships with our winery partners in order to keep the fees at an average of $10-$35 per person, per winery. Because of our partnerships, almost any of the wineries on our shared group tours will often waive a tasting fee with wine purchase or club membership.
How long is the tour?
If you are starting and ending in San Francisco: The tour is 9 hours in duration. The tour departs at 8:00 AM, and ends with drop-off at approximately 5:00 PM back at your meeting point (710 Beach Street – Fisherman’s Wharf).
If you are starting and ending in Napa: The tour is 6 hours in duration. The tour departs at 10:00am and ends with drop-off at approximately 4:00 PM back at your meeting point (Oxbow Public Market, Napa).
What should I bring?
Before embarking on your wine adventure, ensure you have your valid ID, as the legal drinking age in the United States is 21 years.
California’s weather can be quite varied, so we recommend dressing in layers for comfort throughout the day. Consider bringing a hat, and sunglasses to shield yourself from the sun.
While our tour offers a rich array of experiences, please have some money with you for purchasing food and wine during the tour.
How long do we spend at each winery?
The wine tasting experience lengths may vary, however most are approximately one hour in duration, giving you plenty of time to sample the wines and learn about the winemaking processes and history.
Are vegetarian and gluten-free options available?
Yes, many of the restaurants offer vegetarian and/or gluten-free selections, so you should be able to find options that meet your dietary needs easily.
Can we leave a tip for the driver/guide?
Tips are very much appreciated. It is customary to offer a gift of 15-20% for your guide if you had a great day on your tour!
Can we eat and drink on the bus?
Yes, you may eat and drink on the bus. All we ask is that you drink responsibly and please avoid red wine.
Which wineries do you go to?
We visit wineries in both Sonoma and Napa. Here’s a selection of some of the establishments we go to: Nicholson Ranch, Ru Vanvgo, Highway 12, Roche Winery, Robledo, and Monticello. Peter Cellars, Mayo, James Cole.
Napa & Sonoma Wine Tour
See the best of Napa and Sonoma Wine Country all in one day. You’ll visit and sample wines from wineries across both regions, meaning you get to see and taste the best of both regions on one fantastic tour!
Days Operated: Daily Start in San Francisco or Napa Price Per Person: $109 – $129
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Deluxe Napa & Sonoma Valley Wine Country Tour
Come aboard our luxurious coach for a delightful and leisurely Napa & Sonoma Wine Country tour. On this full-day excursion from San Francisco, you'll explore esteemed Napa Valley and Sonoma wineries, indulge in wine tastings, gain insights into winemaking methods, and browse local wine and keepsake stores. Savor the finest Napa Valley wines, savor a delectable lunch, and shop in the charming Sonoma Square Plaza. As you journey through the picturesque Napa Wine Country, you'll enjoy a scenic drive across the iconic Golden Gate Bridge
- Full-day trip from San Francisco to Napa and Sonoma Wine Country
- Drive over the Golden Gate Bridge for views of the Bay Area and Alcatraz
- Wine tour and tasting included at three boutique wineries.
- Golden Gate Bridge photo opportunity at the Golden Gate Vista Point.
- Free time for lunch at Sonoma Square or Downtown Napa (depending on day itinerary)
- Pick-up from 2 departure zones (Fisherman's Wharf & Union Square)
- Narrated tour provided by certified professional Driver Tour Guide
- Wine tastings at 3 wineries (3 to 5 tastings at each winery)
- Opportunity for a photo stop at Golden Gate Bride Vista Point
- Transport by luxury air-conditioned coach
- Pickup & drop off from 2 designated areas: Union Square & Fisherman's Wharf.
- Hotel pick up & Drop off
- Gratuities (optional)
- Minimum age for wine tasting is 21 years.
- Please note that winery locations and the tour itinerary may be subject to change, possibly due to traffic conditions or prior special events booked at a specific location. Your tour will encompass visits and tastings at three (3) of the following wineries: Madonna State Winery, Roche Winery, BR Cohn Winery, Muscardini Winery, or Ru Vango Winery.
- Our buses are equipped with air conditioning, and the bus size for each tour day depends on the number of passengers booked.
- If you have any questions about your booking, please contact us at [email protected] or call (415) 353-5310. Our support is available local time, from 6:00 AM to 6:00 PM PST only.
- In order to cancel the booking with no penalties you must contact us at least 24 hours in advance.
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Hotel pick up is not provided for this tour. Please select the meeting point that is closest to your location. Make sure to choose the departure location that is nearest to you and arrive 15 minutes before the scheduled departure time. Departure #1 - 08:40 AM - Union Square (Downtown) - 478 Post St. San Francisco, CA 94102 Although there is no physical Gray Line storefront, you'll find Encore Cafe situated right next door. To board the bus, simply head across the street and our team will meet you at the designated time for the tour departure. Departure #2 - 9:00 AM - Fisherman's Wharf - 2805 Leavenworth St., San Francisco, CA 94133 Although there is no physical Gray Line storefront, you'll easily spot Pomegranate Cafe directly across the street. Wait there, and our team will meet you at the designated time for the tour departure. * You can reach us at [email protected] or 1 (415) 353-5310 between 6:00 am to 6:00 pm local time (PST)
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Napa and Sonoma Wine Country Tour from San Francisco
Dylan’s famous wine country tour.
Discover all the best of Wine Country on one incredible tour. Enjoy the opportunity to sample wines from three boutique wineries in Napa and Sonoma, savor enticing local cuisines, explore the art galleries and museums, and shop in downtown. Our famous Wine Country Tour offers something for everyone!
Time & Duration
Pick-up at 8:00 AM Drop-off at 5:00 PM 9 hours
- Starting at $129
- Discover the best of California’s Wine Country
- The opportunity to enjoy three unique wine tastings in both Napa and Sonoma
- Learn from the knowledgeable winery staff about the unique processes and techniques
- If you only have one day to visit Wine Country and explore Napa, this is the tour for you
- Try Oprah Winfrey’s favorite English Muffins at Model Bakery at Oxbow Market
- Enjoy a self-guided food experience or additional wine tasting in Sonoma Square
- Explore the art galleries, museums, and boutiques in downtown Sonoma
- Have a memorable experience with your friends and family
- Travel in a small and friendly group
- Wine tastings in both Napa and Sonoma
- We offer hotel pick-ups all over the Bay Area to our departure location for $20 per group.
DISCOVER THE UNIQUE BEAUTY OF NAPA AND SONOMA WINE COUNTRY ON A PREMIER TOUR FROM SAN FRANCISCO
Spend a day outside the bustle of the city exploring California’s wine country on a tour of the Napa and Sonoma Valleys. Enjoy wine tastings at boutique wineries in each region while learning about the area’s history and the processes used to craft wine.
Experience the Best of Napa and Sonoma Wine Country
Savor the best of Northern California Wine Country. You’ll delight in sampling wines and gastronomic delights on this full-day tour of Napa and Sonoma. As your guide shares with you the rich history of San Francisco, you’ll drive over the Golden Gate Bridge, stopping to take photos of the famous icon. The first stop in Wine Country will be at Oxbow Public Market, with time to pick up a warm beverage and breakfast pastry from such local favorites as Ritual Coffee and Model Bakery.
After visiting the market, you’ll discover what makes each of the viticulture regions unique, while learning about the history of winemaking in the area and hearing stories about the boutique vineyards and unique processes practiced to craft the wines you taste.
Enjoy the Charming Shops, Galleries, and Cuisines in Sonoma Square
Between the wine tastings, you’ll have ample time to enjoy as you wish in historic Sonoma Square. You can choose from countless options for a unique lunchtime experience, such as a self-guided food tour sampling the many delectable cuisines available, picking up a bottle of wine for a picnic style lunch, enjoying a sit-down meal at a Michelin star restaurant, or savoring another wine tasting.
Sonoma Square offers something for everyone. You can choose from amazing restaurants offering a wide array of cuisines and dozens of options for wine tasting. You’ll even have time to visit and enjoy the rich modern and contemporary art galleries and museums or browse the plentiful unique shops in the plaza.
What is Oxbow Public Market?
Oxbow Public Market is a popular local gathering destination in Napa Valley. The market features plentiful food and drink options for our morning visit. You can sip on a cappuccino from Ritual Coffee Roasters or imbibe in a mimosa or Bloody Mary from C Casa to start your day. Sample delicious eats like Oprah Winfrey’s favorite English Muffins from Model Bakery, a sweet Empandita from El Porteño, or a savory bagel sandwich from Loveski Jewish Deli. At Oxbow, you’ll find countless tasty options to choose from to begin your memorable day in Wine Country!
What is Sonoma Square?
Located in the heart of Sonoma Valley, historic Sonoma Square offers an abundant choice of options for lunch and leisure. Here, you can stroll through the charming courtyards and meandering alleyways, exploring your lunch break however you wish. There are countless cafes and restaurants to choose from, whether you’d like to enjoy a sit-down meal at a Michelin-featured restaurant (reservations recommended) or grab a bottle of wine for a picnic lunch. We’ve even put together a self-guided walking food tour to savor the ample variety of eats, and there’s plenty of free time if you’d like to add-on a third wine tasting to your day. With dozens of tasting rooms to choose from, you can sample wines from Petite Sirah to Sauvignon Blanc and everything in between. In addition to eateries and tasting rooms, Sonoma Square is home to many charming boutique shops, art galleries, and museums to explore, allowing you to take in all that Wine Country has to offer.
Where can I enjoy wine tasting in Sonoma Square?
You will have two hours to enjoy Sonoma Square for lunch, with the opportunity to choose a third wine tasting option (own expense) from dozens of tasting rooms.
We recommend Pangloss Cellars at 35 East Napa Street (by prior reservation, book here ) in Sonoma Square. Tastings are available by prior reservation only with appointment times at 10:00, 12:30, 2:15, 4:00 with reservations lasting 90 minutes. They are unable to hold reservation slots open, but people who are planning in advance can make a reservation online for 12:30 and could be done at 1:50 in order to walk across the street and meet the bus. Guests can choose between a $30 tasting or a $50 tasting. A different pricing structure is available for groups of 6+.
Here are a few of the many other excellent tasting rooms to choose from: Bump Wine Cellars – 521 Broadway A Fulcrum Wines – 25 East Napa Street, Suite D Rancho Maria Wines – 481 First Street West Roche Winery – 122 West Spain Street Sebastiani Vineyards & Winery – 389 Fourth Street Walt Wines – 380 First Street West
What is the itinerary?
7:45am – Meet at 710 Beach Street (Fisherman’s Wharf) 8:00am – Departure from 710 Beach Street (Fisherman’s Wharf) 9:00-9:30am – Stop at Oxbow Public Market 10:30am-11:30am – Wine Tasting in Napa 12:00pm-2:00pm – Free time for lunch in Sonoma Square 2:30pm-3:30pm – Wine Tasting in Sonoma 5:00pm – Drop-off at 710 Beach Street (Fisherman’s Wharf)
Please note that the wineries and times may be subject to change.
Where is the meeting point?
Your meeting point is in San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf neighborhood at 710 Beach Street. Plan to meet by 7:45 AM. Your tour transportation departs promptly at 8:00 AM.
Where is the drop-off location?
We will drop you off at the same location you were picked up, 710 Beach Street (Fisherman’s Wharf) at approximately 5:00pm.
What is included on the tour?
Your tour includes all of the following:
- A visit to wineries in both Napa & Sonoma (an invoice will be sent for $30 per tasting, tastings are free with wine purchase)
- A stop at Oxbow Public Market (in the morning) and Sonoma Square (for lunch time), which has many great options – including vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free – for lunch (the price of lunch is not included)
- An extended lunch break where you will have extra time to sample more wine or go shopping at the many boutiques and art galleries
- Friendly live narration from your guide about San Francisco’s neighborhoods and history
- A stop for photos of the Golden Gate Bridge
What is not included on the tour?
Gratuity for your guide is not included but is greatly appreciated.
The price of breakfast/morning snacks (at Oxbow Public Market) and lunch or an additional wine tasting (at Sonoma Square) is at your own expense, however you will have ample time and options to choose from.
The cost of wine tastings are not included in your reservation. Tastings are $30 each. You will be invoiced following your booking. These tastings also can be free if you purchase wine (around 2-3 bottles per person at each winery to waive ONE tasting fee – if you choose this option, you will be refunded, as applicable).
How much are the wine tastings?
If you choose to enjoy tastings at the wineries we visit on the tour, tastings are $30 each. You will be invoiced following your booking. These tastings also can be free if you purchase wine (around 2-3 bottles per person at each winery to waive ONE tasting fee – if you choose this option, you will be refunded, as applicable).
If you would like to enjoy an additional wine tasting during your lunch break in Sonoma Square, it will be at your own expense and may vary depending on the winery.
How long is the tour?
The tour is 9 hours in duration. The tour departs at 8:00 AM, and ends with drop-off at approximately 5:00 PM back at your meeting point (710 Beach Street – Fisherman’s Wharf).
What should I bring with me?
Make sure to bring your valid ID. The legal drinking age in the United States is 21 years. Additionally, we recommend wearing layers, as well as bringing a hat, shorts, and sunglasses.
Should we eat breakfast before the tour?
You can choose to have breakfast before your tour or pick up coffee and a pastry at Oxbow Public Market (our first stop around 9:00am).
Can I purchase bottles of wine on the tour?
Absolutely! Feel free to purchase wine from any of the fantastic wineries we visit. Our vehicles can accommodate your purchases or, alternatively, the wineries can ship your bottles to your home.
How long do we spend at each of the wineries?
The wine tasting experience lengths may vary, however most are approximately one hour in duration, giving you plenty of time to sample the wines and learn about the winemaking processes and history.
Are vegetarian or gluten-free options available?
Yes, many of the restaurants offer vegetarian and/or gluten-free selections, so you should be able to find options that meet your dietary needs easily.
Can we leave our driver a tip?
Tips are very much appreciated. It is customary to offer a gift of 15-20% for your guide if you had a great day on your tour!
Can we eat and drink on the bus?
Yes, you may eat and drink on the bus. All we ask is that you drink responsibly and avoid red wine.
Important Tour Information
Departure Time: Departure at 8:00am daily (Check-in at 7:45am)
Departure Locations: Fisherman’s Wharf (710 Beach Street)
Return Time: Approximately 5:00pm
Days Operated: Daily, Sunday through Saturday
Price Per Person:
- Transportation from San Francisco to Sonoma and Napa Valley
- Drive over the Golden Gate Bridge and views of Alcatraz and the Bay Area
- Free time for breakfast in Napa at Oxbow Public Market
- Free time for lunch in Sonoma at Sonoma Square
- A visit to wineries in both Napa and Sonoma ( Tastings are $30 per person per tasting , but free with minimum wine purchase – around 2-3 bottles per person at each winery to waive ONE tasting fee)
- A stop for photos of the Golden Gate Bridge at the Golden Gate Vista Point
- Live guide narration in English
- Pick-up and drop-off in Fisherman’s Wharf (710 Beach Street)
- Gratuity for your guide (recommended)
Sonoma Wine Tours From San Francisco
Best wine tasting excursions.
This post compares wine tours around Sonoma from San Francisco.
We include tour descriptions, scheduling, costs, and pick-up/drop-off information, as well as reviews of the tour operators to help you choose the best tour for you.
- Group Wine Tours of Sonoma
- Private Wine Tours of Sonoma
- Things to Know Before Booking
- Deals and Discounts
- Visiting San Francisco
- Other Wine Tours and Day Trips from SF
Disclosure: While our recommendations are always unbiased, we may receive a small share of sales through some of the links below at no cost to you. See the full text .
GROUP WINE TOURS OF SONOMA FROM SAN FRANCISCO
Below is our list of the most highly-rated companies offering group tours of Sonoma.
Note that many of these companies also offer the best wine tours of Napa. Read more from our post on the best Napa Valley Wine Tours .
Before booking a tour, always consider added costs (such as wine-tasting fees and lunch) when calculating the final cost of the tour. See more helpful tips below .
Gray Line Tours
In addition to their many other bus tours, Gray Line also offers a Deluxe Sonoma & Napa Valley Wine Country Tour that visits three different wineries and are given free time to explore and have lunch in Yountville.
A nice feature is that, unlike many of the other companies, the wine tastings are included in this tour. Lunch is not, however.
Also, for families traveling together, Gray Line permits children on their tours, though the drinking age is 21 years old.
One plus is that in addition to two centrally-located meeting points in the Bay Area, Gray Line offers complimentary hotel pick-up for select hotels to take you from San Francisco to Sonoma.
One downside is that Gray Line tours have a capacity of up to 40 guests. That doesn't mean that every tour will be packed.
Cost: $149 Adult / $79 Child (under 12 years old). Purchase here .
Drop off/Pick up: Gray Line Office at Union Square (478 Post. St.) or Gray Line Office at Fisherman’s Wharf (2800 Leavenworth St & Jefferson St).
Reviews: Reviews of Gray Line's wine tour are generally very positive. Guests praise the knowledgeable driver-guide and the ease by which they were able to visit several wineries from the Bay Area.
Some complain about the lack of intimacy, however, that is inevitably the trade-off for such an affordable tour that also includes wine tastings.
TripAdvisor Rating: 4 stars.
Tower Tours offers half-day tours as well as several full-day tours to both Napa Valley and Sonoma Valley.
The full-day tours are often combined with other tourist attractions like Muir Woods and Alcatraz.
A unique offering of Tower Tours is a full-day outing that starts with a San Francisco Bay Cruise.
It is then followed by a half-day tour of wine country with visits to two wineries and an exclusive winery cave tour.
Bay Cruise and Half-Day Wine Country Tour with Tastings
- 7 hours, departing daily
- One-hour Bay Cruise
- 2 tastings included
- Lunch not included
- More info and to book .
Check here for all of Tower Tours Wine Tastings and Tours .
Note that if you are looking at taking a bay cruise during your visit, see our post comparing San Francisco Boat Tours and Cruises .
Reviews: Reviews of Tower Tours are relatively positive as guests praise the guides and the selection of winery locations.
Some comment that they wish there was more information regarding the winemaking process, however, this is more of an issue to be taken up with the wineries rather than the tour company.
Overall, guests seem very pleased with this affordable wine tour!
Sonoma Valley Wine Trolley
Sonoma Valley Wine Trolley is a vintage, open-air trolley that brings guests to 4 different and best wineries around Sonoma Valley. The tour lasts six hours.
Though wine-tasting fees are not included in the price of the tour, a catered picnic lunch, as well as bottled water, and soft drinks are part of the cost.
Cost: $99 per person, excluding wine-tasting fees. Purchase here .
Drop off/Pick up: From Sonoma Plaza and nearby hotels
Reviews: Reviews of Sonoma Valley Wine Trolley are very positive, with many guests complimenting the informative and courteous driver guides.
Some felt that the cost of the tour was misleading as the wine tasting costs are written as costing $5-$10 on the Sonoma Valley Wine Trolley website, when in fact they run between $20-30.
However, though the cost might be inaccurately listed on their website, it is very typical for these fees to not be included.
TripAdvisor Rating: 4.5 stars.
Extranomical Tours offers full-day tours to both Napa Valley and Sonoma Valley. With daily departures, Extranomical Tours offers guests a lot of variety and availability.
Many of them are combined with other popular tourist destinations such as Muir Woods and Alcatraz.
Trips include complimentary hotel pick-up, a guided tour of California’s wine country, and tastings at a minimum of 2-3 different wineries. Lunch is not included.
Unlike some tours, Extranomical permits children on their tours which is ideal for families.
Muir Woods and Wine Country: Sonoma and Napa Full-Day Tour
- Adult $144 / Child (under 11 years old) $99
- 8 hours, departing daily
- 3 tastings included
- Not included: Muir Woods entrance fee ($15, subject to change)
- More info and to book .
Wine Country Discovery Full-Day Tour
- Adult $135 / Child (under 11 years old) $99
- 9 hours, departing daily
Wine Country Discovery Half-Day Tour
- Adult $99 / Child (under 11 years old) $65
- 6 hours, departing daily
Reviews: Extranomical Tours comes highly rated, with an impressive 4 ½ star rating on TripAdvisor and a 4-star rating on Yelp.
Negative reviews are few and far between, and usually due to unforeseeable traffic or road closures that reduced the duration of the tour.
However, these comments are uncommon, as most guests offer high praise for the company's efficiency and value.
The guides also receive many compliments for being extremely informative and personable.
Almost every other similar service has received complaints about the bus either being late or broken, so it’s worth noting that Extranomical does not appear to have these problems.
TripAdvisor Rating: 4.5 stars.
Platypus Wine Tours
Platypus is the top-rated wine tour company in both Sonoma and Napa Valley on TripAdvisor.
They offer a small-group tour of Sonoma wine country (currently limited to 6-8 guests). This ensures that the experience is always intimate.
Your knowledgeable local guide will take you to three wineries, with a picnic lunch served at one of them. All the time you'll be learning about winemaking and local history.
Though tasting fees are extra, some wineries waive fees if you make a wine purchase.
Cost: $119 ($129 on Saturdays) per person, picnic lunch included. More info and book here .
Pick up/Drop off: Platypus Tours will pick up from almost any hotel or inn in Sonoma or Napa Valley. For those traveling from the Bay Area, Platypus Tours dispatches a bus to collect guests at he Vallejo Ferry Terminal.
Reviews: Platypus Tours has an outstanding reputation, with a 5-star rating on TripAdvisor and several thousand reviews.
Former guests comment that "there can't be a better wine tour out there" and ask "Is it possible to have too much fun??".
Though complaints are few and far between, some guests felt the tour was overpriced and that the wine tasting should have been included in the fee.
However, it is very common for all tours to exclude the wine-tasting fees from the cost of the tour.
TripAdvisor Rating: 5 stars.
Grapeline Wine Tours - Sonoma
Grapeline offers three Sonoma tours: a group tour, an all-inclusive group tour, and a private tour.
Like most of the other group tours, this company visits three wineries and offers a catered picnic lunch.
On their Sonoma Valley Wine Adventure, wine tasting fees are not included, but many wineries waive tasting fees with bottle purchases. The cost of course is less than the all-inclusive tour.
For those looking for an all-inclusive tour, Grapeline is one of the few companies to offer that.
- Sonoma Valley Wine Adventure - between $119-$139 per person.
- All-Inclusive Wine Tasting Tour - between $189-$219 per person.
- More information and to book .
Pick up/Drop off: Complimentary pick up from most local hotels.
Reviews: This tour comes highly recommended, with reviews saying that it was the "best decision ever" and "seamless.
TripAdvisor: 5 stars.
PRIVATE WINE TOURS OF SONOMA FROM SAN FRANCISCO
For a more intimate tour of wine country, you might like a private tour. There are several companies that offer private tours of Sonoma. Some combine a visit to Napa as well.
Though private tours may appear significantly more expensive than any of the group tour offers, they can be a reasonable alternative for those already traveling as a group.
Occasionally there are 'hidden fees' in the form of tax, wine tasting fees, the cost of the fuel, and any other number of things, so be sure to clarify what is included in the cost of the tour.
Valley Wine Tours
This is the oldest wine tour company in the country, having been established nearly 20 years ago.
Each tour visits 4-5 unique wineries and includes a gourmet picnic lunch. Guests are encouraged to fully customize their tour according to their tasting preferences.
Thanks to their history in the industry, Valley Wine Tours maintains an excellent relationship with many of the wineries.
Pick up/Drop off: From most places in Sonoma.
Reviews: This company maintains an outstanding reputation, with nearly all guests praising them for their wonderful service.
Some wished that the wineries were farther apart so that there would be more downtime in the car, but this issue can be alleviated by selecting different wineries.
Also, though the proximity of the wineries makes for little downtime, this also means that guests can spend the majority of their day in the wineries rather than the car.
TripAdvisor Rating: 5 stars.
Sonoma Wine Tours
This company promises "an inside look into winemaking, one-on-one time with winery sommeliers, access to fantastic wines, and barrel tastings."
Groups of 4 or more are eligible for discounts. Additionally, there are off-season rates available in the winter, so be sure to inquire about any discounts!
Reviews: Due to the small size of this company, all reviews are of Soussan, the owner of the company.
Many comment that their tour was "amazing" and that Soussan is "the best". A few reviewers were less impressed with Soussan's guiding skills, however, those are few and far between. TripAdvisor Rating: 4.5 stars.
Valet of the Moon Wine Tours
This company exclusively leads private tours of Sonoma and Napa. The company requests that all guests complete an inquiry form so that they can best organize a tour that suits everyone's individual needs.
Furthermore, this company is unique in that they drive your own car rather than supply the car. As a result, their tours are often more affordable than those offered by their competitors.
Pick up/Drop off: Guests meet their private chauffeur at a determined location in Sonoma or Napa.
Reviews: This company has an outstanding reputation with5 star reviews nearly 100% of the time. Guests refer to the company as "the only way to wine taste" and the "perfect wine tour."
Additionally, many felt that the use of their own car made the tour all the more personalized.
Artisan Wine Tours
This company specializes in private, customized tours of Sonoma and Napa Valley. They have connections with more than a dozen wineries around those areas, as well as several restaurants.
Guests are encouraged to develop their own unique itineraries, selecting which wines suit them most.
Reviews: Once again, the reviews are excellent with guests saying that this tour is "a treasure" and "the best way to experience Sonoma wine country."
Though the company does have a handful of negative reviews, all of those are in regard to tours taken prior to 2012.
TripAdvisor Rating: 5 stars.
THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE BOOK
Confirm what exactly is included in the cost and what is not.
Be sure to check if tastings are included or extra. Some tours include lunch in the price or offer an optional add-on for lunch. Some private tours do not include the price of gas.
Ask in advance and add up all the costs before booking a tour.
Check which wineries are included
Though some group tours have a set list of wineries that they visit, some group tours and all private tours will try to accommodate any requests made by the guests.
If there is a particular winery you want to visit, read up on it beforehand and ask your guide if it could be included.
Don’t forget your ID!
The last thing you want is to pay for a wine tour and then not be able to drink the wine!
TIP: For some tours, you can get up to a 20% discount using the Go SF Card Build Your Own Pass .
DEALS AND DISCOUNTS
For the budget-conscious traveler, there are several websites that regularly offer discounts on tours of Sonoma.
Here are some of the best websites to browse through in search of a deal:
Smart Destinations sells a Go City San Francisco Pass that is valid for either a Full Day Northern California Wine Country Tour or a Muir Woods and Wine Country Tour.
The first costs $95 and allows guests to spend the entire day exploring Napa and Sonoma. The first wine tasting is included in the price of the ticket, but all tastings that follow must be purchased separately.
Additionally, guests can choose to take the Muir Woods and Wine Country Tour, which gives visitors a brief chance to experience both sites.
Groupon, LivingSocial, Goldstar, and Viator
Additionally, there are several other discount websites such as Groupon, LivingSocial, Goldstar, and Viator that periodically offer discounted tours on Sonoma.
These companies update their deals on a regular basis, so be sure to check each website to learn more about what special discounts are on offer.
VISITING SAN FRANCISCO
Most people visiting Sonoma also spend at least 1 day in the Bay Area. We have written several guides and 'how to' posts about visiting San Francisco.
Below we've included the articles that we believe are most helpful.
- How to Get from SF Airport to Downtown
- How to Ride San Francisco's Historic Streetcar
- How to Ride BART in the Bay Area
- How to Get to Alcatraz: Visitor's Guide to Alcatraz
Tours of San Francisco:
- San Francisco Walking Tours
- Reviews of San Francisco Hop-On, Hop-Off and Other Bus Tours
- Which San Francisco Boat Tour or Cruise is Best?
Things to Do:
- A Perfect Day: 24 Hours in San Francisco
- Top 10 Things to do in San Francisco
- Visiting San Francisco on a Budget
- Go City San Francisco Pass 3 Day Itinerary
- Best Seafood in Fisherman’s Wharf
OTHER WINE TOURS AND DAY TRIPS FROM SF
- Guide to Visiting Sausalito
- Reviews of the Best Tours of Yosemite from San Francisco
- Reviews of the Best Napa Valley Wine Tours
- Reviews of the Best Muir Woods Tours
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How many days are needed in Sonoma?
Sonoma County in California offers a diverse range of attractions, such as wineries, scenic landscapes, outdoor activities, and charming towns.
To make the most of your visit, it is recommended to spend at least 2-3 days exploring the region.
What should you wear to a Sonoma winery?
Smart-casual attire is recommended, such as dress pants/skirts with a blouse or collared shirt. Comfortable shoes are essential for walking in vineyards and tasting rooms.
Consider bringing a light jacket or sweater for varying temperatures.
How many wineries can you visit in a day in Sonoma?
The number of wineries you can visit in a day in Sonoma depends on various factors such as their proximity, operating hours, and your pace.
On average, it's realistic to visit 3-4 wineries in a day to allow for ample time at each location.
However, some visitors and wine lovers may opt more leisure and choose to explore 1-2 wineries in a day to fully appreciate the tastings and ambiance.
Is it cheaper to stay in Sonoma or Napa Valley?
Generally, Sonoma County offers more affordable accommodation options compared to Napa Valley.
The average cost of lodging in Sonoma tends to be lower, with a wider range of choices for different budgets.
Napa Valley, known for its luxury and upscale reputation, often has higher-priced accommodations and dining options.
However, prices can vary depending on the specific location, amenities, and time of year.
Can you visit Sonoma wineries without a tasting fee?
While it is common for wineries in Sonoma to charge a fee for tasting, there are some wineries that offer complimentary tastings.
These wineries may have specific conditions, such as requiring a minimum purchase or being limited to a certain number of tastings.
However, it's important to note that many wineries in the region do charge a tasting fee, which is essential for the upkeep of excellent tasting rooms and the variety of wine preferences they offer to the guests.
Is Sonoma walkable?
The walkability of Sonoma depends on the specific area you are referring to.
The town of Sonoma itself is relatively walkable, with a compact downtown area featuring Sonoma square, shops, restaurants serving different cuisines, and historic sites within walking distance.
However, for exploring the broader Sonoma County, including its wineries and outdoor attractions, a car or other means of transportation is generally recommended due to the larger distances between locations.
Don't forget to visit Russian River Valley in Sonoma, a renowned wine region known for its cool climate and exceptional Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.
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Sonoma Wine Tours from San Francisco
San Francisco is the Bay Area’s most gorgeous city. Situated on the Bay, home to the incredible Golden Gate Bridge and boasting world class restaurants and bars there is no wonder residents of San Francisco love their city. Visitors to San Francisco also will be the first to tell you that San Francisco is one of the most gorgeous cities in the entire world. However here at Sonoma wine tours from San Francisco we know that Northern California is more than just San Francisco. In fact we specialize in bringing residents and visitors of San Francisco to Sonoma wine tour to experience all the beauty of wine making Sonoma Valley Wine Country has to offer.
While the Napa Valley is historically the most popular destination for wine tours in Northern California, you will learn on your Sonoma wine tours from San Francisco that the Sonoma Valley is a rich and historical wine producing region as well. The Sonoma Valley has a plethora of incredible wineries and as far as grape output is concerned, at times can out produces the more well-known Napa Valley wineries. As arguably the oldest wine producing region in the state of California the Sonoma Valley is still home today to wineries that opened in the post-Civil War era. Korbel, Gundlach, Quitzow and Sebastiani among other notable wineries are a few of the original wineries of the Sonoma Valley that you choose to visit during your Sonoma tours from San Francisco. While wine production plummeted during prohibition, the aforementioned wineries continued to exist and emphatically produce world class wines. These original wineries helped bring notoriety to the Sonoma Valley and bring the region world-wide recognition. Now with over 200 wineries in the Sonoma Valley today Kendall-Jackson Winery, Kistler Vineyards, Charles Creek Vineyard and D’Agostini Winery are among the top wine producers in the state of California and are must see destinations on any wine tours from San Francisco to Sonoma limousine wine tour. What makes the Sonoma valley wine tours from San Francisco a unique destination is not only the diversity and high quality of wineries but also the interesting and amazing natural landscape. With wineries peppered throughout 16 different American Viticulture Areas the range of different climates, soil types and therefore grape varieties becomes evident. This makes the Sonoma Valley not only an incredible region for wine production and capable of producing many different grape varieties but also an area with a variety of beautiful natural landscapes that include majestic foothills, lush valleys and even an array of incredible Northern California Coast This array of wineries is complimented also by a number of amazing restaurants that focus on local, fresh and organic cuisine throughout the Sonoma Valley. With such a close proximity to San Francisco and an incredible array of natural beauty, world class wines and delicious restaurants there really is no better destination for a limousine winery tour than the Sonoma wine tour from San Francisco
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Here are 5 fun stops between Sacramento and San Francisco to hit on your next road trip
I f you have some time to spare on your drive from Sacramento to San Francisco, consider taking a stop and exploring more of Northern California.
Cities around the region have their own culture, history, food and fun. Here are several detours you can take, depending on your route:
If you’re taking Interstate 80 West, you’ll hit the Napa area, known for its wineries, hilltop views and restaurants.
There’s a downtown area, where you can find everything from quick bites to international cuisines and dishes prepared by Michelin-starred chefs. Dining options include fusion Japanese food at Hal Yamashita, a bistro at Grace’s Table — which has a Michelin Bib Gourmand — or Italian at Pasta Prego.
You can also shop at local stores offering jewelry, clothes and other knick-knacks. If you need to unwind after your long drive, there are fine art galleries, spas and salons, too.
And for those not in the driver’s seat, you can enjoy Napa’s pride and joy — wine. There’s wine tasting rooms in downtown, as well as breweries and bars.
Total travel time: According to Google Maps, adding a stop at downtown Napa from downtown Sacramento to San Francisco will result in a total travel time of about 2 hours and 8 minutes. The route is 111 miles. Please note that travel times may change due to traffic and road delays.
Sonoma, about 67 miles on Interstate 80 from Sacramento, is also known for its wine — locals will tell you it’s more relaxed and less touristy than its neighboring Napa Valley.
Depending on how far into Sonoma County you’re willing to go, you can choose from a handful activities , including vineyard walking tours, garden tours, hot air balloons and biking.
Sonoma has a rich history which is commemorated by landmarks throughout the Sonoma Plaza . There, you can see Mission San Francisco Solano, Sonoma Barracks which was formerly a military post for U.S. soldiers and The Blue Wing Inn.
If you’re looking for a snack for your road trip, Sonoma offers picturesque dining, farm-to-table options and experiences, such as food tours.
Total travel time: Adding a stop at Sonoma Plaza from downtown Sacramento to San Francisco will make the entire trip about 2 hours and 19 minutes, and 112 miles.
If you’re taking Interstate 5 South, then you can make a stop at Lodi, the Central Valley’s wine country.
You can explore its handful of wineries , or take in the fresh air at one of Lodi’s parks and nature preserves , such as the Cosumnes River Preserve, Woodbridge Ecological Reserve or Grizzly Island Wildlife Area.
There are also museums, shops and full-service spas.
Total travel time: Adding a stop in Lodi from downtown Sacramento to San Francisco results in a drive about 2 hours and 16 minutes and a total of 120 miles.
If you’re hankering to learn some history, you can make a stop in the small town of Locke from Interstate 5, almost 30 miles from Sacramento.
The Locke Historic District is a National Historic Landmark, housing the largest remaining rural Chinatown in America. Built in 1915 by Chinese immigrants, Locke was home to 600 people . It had four restaurants, stores, a post office and two slaughterhouses, according to the Locke Foundation, among other buildings.
If you visit today , you can see some of the buildings as they were years ago. You can check out the town’s Chinese school and the Dai Loy Museum, or grab drinks at Al the Wop’s Saloon and at the Chinese Cultural Shop.
Total travel time: Adding a stop at Locke from downtown Sacramento to San Francisco results in a drive of about 1 hour and 56 minutes, and 104 miles.
Located by the Delta and the southern shore of the Carquinez Strait is Martinez, one of the oldest towns in California. About 63 miles from Sacramento and 35 miles from San Francisco, you can take this detour off Interstate 80.
You can explore its charm and growth as a city in its downtown. In the area, you’ll find restaurants serving a variety of cuisines, shops and museums, including the The Cobra Experience, which houses classic cars.
Total travel time: Adding a stop at downtown Martinez from downtown Sacramento to San Francisco results in a 1 hour and 47 minute drive. It’s about 97 miles.
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