Leave the hustle and bustle of San Francisco behind and enjoy a day in the famed wine regions of Napa and Sonoma. Taste various award-winning Sonoma and Napa Valley wines, soak up views on an intimate vineyard tram tour at Benziger Family Winery, and learn about the art and science of biodynamic winemaking. Your professional guide will teach you everything you've ever wanted to know about wine on this Sonoma and Napa Valley wine tour!
After pickup from your San Francisco hotel, relax on a comfortable drive north to wine country. Before you head out of the city, there is quick stop at a local market to pick up any refreshments you may like or lunch for later (if option is not selected). Then, travel across the Golden Gate Bridge and enjoy sweeping views of San Francisco Bay, Alcatraz and the city skyline. Wind through the coastal mountains of the Marin Headlands and along the base of Mt Tamalpais, leaving the rush of the city behind and setting the pace for a relaxing day out in the country. Get ready for a day of wine tastings in Sonoma and Napa Valley!
Once in Sonoma County, admire the rolling hills and beautiful valleys that have supplied the world with fantastic wines for more than 60 years. Your professional guide will describe the region and its wine in detail so that you can truly appreciate your experience.
Your first stop is Benziger Family Winery, where you'll hop on a 45-minute tram tour to enjoy up-close views of the biodynamic vineyards, fermentation facility and crush pad. This intimate tram tour lets you follow the winemaking process from the roots to the glass and see how wine is made, bottled, aged and distributed.
Back in the tasting room, you can enjoy the fruits of these labors! Enjoy a special tasting of the winery's award-winning wines and walk through the barrel caves. You'll learn all about the art of biodynamic viticulture, an increasingly popular process that uses organic methods of farming without the use of pesticides and other artificial chemicals.
For lunch, you'll settle down in central Sonoma -- a city that combines small-town charm, unpretentious sophistication and rustic gourmet sensibilities -- and picnic on a shaded patio at a local winery or at a picturesque park with your deli lunch (see below for a sample menu).
In the afternoon, travel over to Napa County to continue wine tasting in Oakville, Yountville or in the city of Napa itself. The landscape of rolling hills laced with rows of wine grapes is truly awe-inspiring, and provides a romantic backdrop for memorable photos.
On your return trip, make one more photo stop above the Golden Gate Bridge -- a must-do for first-time visitors! You'll arrive back at your San Francisco hotel in the evening.
Please indicated in the special requests field what lunch option you would prefer (all options include a fresh-baked cookie, drinks are not included with lunch): Ham, prosciutto and sausage sandwich, a raw vegetable salad with lemon thyme dressing and a fingerling potato salad
Chicken sandwich with caramelized onion and cremini mushrooms with tofu, a raw vegetable salad with lemon thyme dressing
Beef sandwich, a fingerling potato salad, and a roasted red beet salad
Tempeh sandwich (vegetarian) (tamari-roasted tempeh sandwich with caramelized onion and cremini mushrooms, arugula and sesame tamari veganaise) with a French lentil, a white quinoa with Medjool dates, hazelnuts, mint, honey and cinnamon