Visit the revered Californian wine region of Napa Valley and try plenty of the best wines on these great wine country tours.
Everything in Napa leans towards wine. The 19th-century buildings of Downtown Napa, the pleasant riverfront promenade, the Napa Valley Vine Trail, and the town’s Wine Train, which connects some of the region’s best wineries, are all worth a visit. Wine tour packages are often a must on most people’s lists when visiting the region. Here are five of the best Napa wine tasting tours, taking into account factors like the duration, value for money, and previous guest reviews.
Half-Day Wine Country Excursion with Tastings from Frisco
With a drive of at least an hour in each direction, you’d think a half-day trip to Napa Valley from San Francisco would feel a little rushed. This popular tour does, however, manage to cram in two wineries, with between three and five tastings at each, into the three hours you’ll have to spend in this verdant wine country. Not bad going. All wine tasting fees are included. Tour departs daily from central San Francisco at around noon. From $99 per person.
Napa Valley Guided Wine Tour with Picnic Lunch
A little extra gets you a lot more on this seven-hour tour, which is ideal for anybody who is keen on learning more about the wine making process at the three boutique wineries visited during the day. You’ll also get to look out over the vineyards as you have a picnic lunch. When it comes to full-day excursions, this is one of the few cheap tours available, posing good value for money, although please note that wine tasting fees are not included. Departures Sun-Thu. From $119 per person.
San Francisco to Napa and Sonoma Valley Wine Tour
For anybody who’s new to the Napa Valley and its wines, this full-day tour from San Francisco is a favorite. Throwing a little local history and three winery visits into the mix, it’s quite a comprehensive introduction whilst remaining dedicated to quality. Guided winery visits offer the chance to learn all about the wine-making process from the vine to the bottle, and of course, the fee includes wine tastings as well. As with all the tours on this list, under-21s will not be allowed to partake of the wine. From $149 per person.
Muir Woods Redwoods and Wine Country Tour from San Francisco
The land north of San Francisco Bay is teeming with natural and human-made wonders. The natural come in all shapes and sizes, including the lofty thousand-year-old redwood trees, which are some of the tallest in the world. After connecting with nature in the morning, turn your attention to the wonders concocted by human hands, still using the bounty of nature, at a series of three Sonoma and Napa Valley wine tastings. Finally, take a tipsy photo by the Golden Gate Bridge as you return to San Francisco. Tasting fees are included. From $169 per person.
Napa Valley Tour by Private Car from San Francisco
If you’re looking to visit a specific winery, or if you’re part of a group of up to four people, it might be worth considering that private wine tours, such as car and driver hire, are superior. Escape the more customary wine tourism trails by visiting one of the many scores of wineries in Napa Valley that might be a little more esoteric or lesser known. Please note that this tour fee is for the car and driver only, wine tasting fees and lunch are not included. From $660 per group.