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5 of the best Napa Valley wine tasting tours

by Paul Stafford  |  Published November 24, 2019

California’s Napa Valley isn’t just a place to fixate on the wine – although that is usually the fertile region’s main draw – for the area is also packed with quaint, atmospheric towns as well. Many of the buildings in Downtown Napa date back to the 19th century. There’s also a pleasant riverfront promenade, as well as the famed Napa Valley Vine Trail, which runs alongside a Wine Train that connects some of the region’s best wineries. This experience is often a must on most people’s lists, as is one of the many wine tour packages available.

There’s a wide variety of wine country tours that either begin in Napa Valley itself or depart from San Francisco to the south. There’s a decent range of wine experiences too, including cheap tours that are great for a broad overview of the area, trips that include other regional sights like the impressive redwoods, and private wine tours that take in some of the more exclusive estates. Here are five of the best, taking into account factors like the duration, value for money, and previous guest reviews.