Enjoy the Flexability & Comfort of a Custom Private Tour
Get quality transportation & narration from a Bay Area born private guide with almost a decade of professional experience in Wine Country. My comfortable extended SUV has leather seats, a larger then average 3rd row and space for luggage or cases of wine.
Choose between Sonoma, Napa or both valleys. If you have wineries in mind, we can create a custom itinerary. If you don't have time to research, I can select a variety, ranging from beautiful tourist class superstars to small hand crafted family wineries. Feel free to ask questions while learning about the land, growing process and history of the valley.
A popular choice is the Carneros Region of Sonoma & Napa Valley, with a lunch stop in the historic Sonoma Town Square. Glen Ellen is a quick escape north to get away from the big bus crowd. Alternatively, you may choose to visit the quiet, beautiful Northern Sonoma Valley. Taste in the Russian River or Dry Creek Application with a lunch Stop in the Healdsburg Town Square or picnic at a winery.
8 hour tour (Extra time is $100 per hour):
9am or later departure (most wineries close around 4-5pm). We typically visit one or two wineries before lunch, then another one or two after, depending on the driving distances and pace you choose. Some prefer to get four tastings in, others like a long lunch & enjoy a bottle and the views after two tastings.
If seeing a little bit of both valleys, I highly recommend visiting Napa before Sonoma to prevent afternoon traffic delays.
Lunch can be taken in a wine country town like Sonoma or Yountville. Picnicking is generally not permitted in Napa Valley but can be done at select locations in Sonoma Valley. Great food is available (to go) at various deli locations.
Drive times from SF:
1 hour to Southern Sonoma Valley
1:15 Southern Napa Valley or Glen Ellen (mid Sonoma)
1:30 Northern Napa (Rutherford, Oakville, Yontville, St Helena, Calastoga)
1:30 Northern Sonoma (Healdsburg, Russian River Valley, Dry Creek)
1:45 Far North (Calistoga, Anderson Valley, Geyserville)
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: I pick up at your accommodation in San Francisco or the cruise ship terminal. One way trips and pickups in Wine Country are available, message me to arrange a custom tour.
End location: Your accommodation or downtown San Francisco unless one way transportation is arranged.
Duration: 8 hours
The tour may be extended for $100 per hour if you would like to get further out or take things slow.
Transportation for 1-7 passengers is provided in an extended 2015 Ford Expedition EL XLT equipped with 4-wheel drive. Selected for its size, this comfortable vehicle has leather seats and a full 3rd row with 17% more leg room than other SUVs of its model year. This modern vehicle is clean and has working air conditioning and heating.
During the fire recovery, my tours to Sonoma and Napa will not run. Email me if you would like to visit the Santa Cruz Mountains wine region with a visit to Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park. You may also enjoy the Giant Sequoias and Wine Tasting Tour in Gold Country.
If booking for the future:
Transportation to and from Napa, Sonoma or both Valleys with narration.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
100 USD - Wineries charge $10-$45 per tasting per person depending on the region or class of the wineries selected. Some wineries offer free tastings with purchase. Lunch normally ranges between $12-$40
Winery tours (book in advance)
Food & wine pairings (book in advance)
This is to ensure my passengers have the freedom to chose the class of the wineries and only pay for what they want to drink. Tasting fees are sometimes waved with the purchase of wine.