Imagine strolling amidst private vineyards away from the crowds, sampling hand-crafted wines made in small, personal batches that are only given to friends, family, and select buyers, and learning from winemakers everything they went though to create their art…
Our semi private Northern Sonoma wine tour will bring you on an awe-inspiring journey to the area’s Northern region comprising of Dry Creek Valley, Alexander Valley, and the Russian River Valley. Sonoma is more laid back and most wineries don’t take reservations, so we can tailor the tour as we learn which types of wines you prefer. Wineries in Sonoma are more rustic and less crowded, and the tasting fees are lower (usually in the $10-20 range). Our semi-private tours are between 2 and 6 people. This small size enables us to visit all types of wineries; from nationally known establishments to tiny garagistes vineyards. The same tour has never been done twice.
Napa has gained huge acclaim for its Cabernet Sauvignon. For Sonoma, three signature types of grapes top the list: Pinot Noir from the Russian River, Old-vine Zinfandel from Dry Creek Valley, and Cabernet Sauvignon from Alexander Valley. These have emerged from a long history of struggle in trying to find the perfect grape to represent the region. They exude typicity, or what are known as wine characteristics that are unique to the location and often stand out in blind tastings.
Tours cross the Golden Gate Bridge twice on the way to Dry Creek Valley, Alexander Valley, and the Russian River Valley in Northern Sonoma. We pick up from 250 different hotels in San Francisco, and several more along highway 101. Please expect each day trip to average about 8-9 hours, and we usually have our guests back to SF around dinnertime.