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18 Best Napa Valley & Sonoma Wine Tours from San Francisco

Napa and Sonoma wine valleys in California are both proud producers of excellent wine.

The Napa Valley is one of the premier wine regions in the world.

Whereas Sonoma County is one of the largest producers of wine.

Both locations provide some of the best San Francisco wine tours for visitors to enjoy.

We’ve done the research to find tours that cover popular Sonoma wine regions and Napa Valley wineries.

Here are the 18 Best wine tours from San Francisco:

1. Napa and Sonoma Relaxing Full Day Tour from San Francisco

Enjoy a relaxing day tour of the highlights Napa and Sonoma valleys have to offer.

Visit several fantastic wineries in San Francisco’s famed wine regions.

As well as wine tastings, you will learn about the process used to make wines.

Also, you will visit a mixture of boutique and large scale commercial wineries.

In addition, enjoy lunch at Historical Sonoma Square or Vintage 1870 in the heart of Napa.

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2. Private Sonoma and Napa Wine Tour from San Francisco

With no more than 7 guests per tour you are guaranteed an intimate and personal tour.

You will visit 5 wineries in the Napa and Sonoma wine regions.

Enjoy free wine tastings from wineries on the tour list.

Alternatively, choose wineries you wish to visit for a tailor made experience.

Additionally you can choose to enjoy a bottle of wine at the start of the tour.

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3. Small Group Tour With Lunch

Discover the best of Sonoma and Napa Wine regions in a luxury small group (13 people max).

Firstly, you will visit two of the best wineries in the Sonoma Valley.

This includes free tastings while learning about the art of wine making and different flavours.

Next you will have a gourmet lunch at Plaza Bistro restaurant in Sonoma.

Continue to the Napa Valley and enjoy beautiful views of vineyard covered hills.

Sample more delicious wines at Wineries such as Viansa Winery and Cline Cellars.

Finally, sit back and relax, enjoying the local scenery on your return journey to San Francisco.

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4. Wineries, Mimosa Breakfast and Olive Oil Tasting

Begin your day of luxury with a delicious mimosa breakfast on your limousine, limo van or party bus.

You will visit four wineries in the Napa and Sonoma Wine valleys including Madonna Estate.

You will also be able to try olive oils at the Olive Press.

During your drive you will have great views of wine country.

Also included is a tasty picnic lunch at a winery.

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5. Wine Tour And Sunset Cruise in San Francisco

Couple a wine tour with a romantic sunset cruise on San Francisco bay.

Begin your day with exclusive visits to three wineries.

Alongside your wine tastings discover the methods used to make the wine you are drinking.

During your lunch stop explore Historic Downtown Sonoma Square or V Marketplace in Yountville.

Both have plenty of interesting boutique shops and restaurants.

Following your scenic return drive over the Golden Gate Bridge, you’ll enjoy your cruise.

Also included on your cruise is a meal and drinks, along with stunning sunset views.

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6. Wine Tastings and Organic Winery Tour

Along with award wining wine tastings you will tour an Organic winery.

At Benziger Family Winery, enjoy an intimate tram tour through the vineyard.

You will also learn about the wine making process, from grape to barrel bottle and more.

Following your tour enjoy a picnic lunch at the winery.

Afterwards, your tour continues in the Napa valley where you will visit more wineries.

Enjoy beautiful landscapes in the Napa wine valley, and a photo opportunity at the Golden gate bridge on your return to San Francisco.

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7. The Perfect Blend of Napa and Sonoma

Combine some of the best wineries in the scenic Napa Valley and Sonoma Wine County.

Your small group tour with luxury transportaion begins by crossing the Golden Gate Bridge, where you can enjoy a short stop for photos.

Begin your tour with a scenic journey in some of California’s prettiest countryside and vineyards.

The first boutique winery you will visit is Nicholson Ranch where you can enjoy a wine tasting and vineyard tour.

You will also learn about the wine making process.

Followed by a lunch stop at Oxbow public market, where you are free to explore.

The final two wineries are Bouchaine Vineyards and Peter Cellars where you will enjoy a one hour tasting at each.

This tour is great for anyone who wishes to see more of the beautiful scenery along with discovering boutique wineries.

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8. Boutique Winery Small Group Tour

Visit small boutique wineries and get away from the crowds to discover wine production at its best.

Sample wines at 4 boutique wineries where you will learn about different varieties of wine.

In addition you will have a delicious picnic lunch at one of the wineries.

You will also get to talk to expert wine makers at each winery, along with your knowledgeable guide.

Wineries you could visit include Oakville, Yountville, and Los Carneros.

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9. Helicopter Wine Tasting and Food Pairing

For a truly luxurious way to experience Napa and Sonoma Wine Valleys choose a helicopter tour.

Start your tour with stunning panoramic views of San Francisco and beautiful Vineyards.

Your small group (6 people max) means you will have an intimate experience.

Continue your day with an informative wine tasting and food pairing experience.

You will also learn about the wine making process and different varieties of wine from your wine educator.

Afterwards return to the state of the art helicopter for your flight back to San Francisco.

Your wine tasting and food pairing will be in either Napa Valley or Sonoma County depending on availability.

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10. Wine Tour, Castello Di Amorosa and Lunch at Napa Valley

As well as wineries, you will get to visit Castello Di Amorosa during this tour.

Begin at Castello Di Amorosa, considered an architectural marvel.

The authentic medieval castle has a moat, drawbridge, torture chamber and stables.

It also has beautiful vaulted wine cellars and produces superior quality wines.

Your next stop is Sattui Winery, winery of the year for the past 15 years.

Following lunch here, continue on to Robert Mondavi Winery.

Robert Mondavi Winery was founded in 1868 and is historically significant.

Along with your wine tastings you will learn plenty of history during this tour.

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11. Napa Valley Wine Train Tour

After a ferry or bus ride to Vallejo, you’ll catch a shuttle to North Napa valley.

Jump on board the Napa Valley Wine train and enjoy lovely views of the vineyards.

Dine on a gourmet three course lunch during your train ride.

Afterwards choose one of three options available for your winery visits.

Option one includes Charles Krug Winery, the oldest in Napa and Raymond Winery.

The Second option also includes Raymond Winery, where you will enjoy a 1.5 hour tour and tasting session.

Afterwards, enjoy a train ride north to St Helena.

The final choice includes a tasting at award winning Grgich Hills Estate before returning to the train for desert, coffee, and more scenic views.

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12. Small Group Tour with Champagne and Picnic Lunch

Start your tour of four fantastic wineries with a ferry ride across San Francisco bay.

Along the way enjoy a pastry and wash it down with a mimosa or bloody Mary.

At Vallejo board a luxury 10 seater Sprinter limousine and enjoy a welcome glass of Champagne.

As you drive along beautiful countryside enjoy the views and learn about wine from your friendly guide.

Also included is a picnic style lunch at The Girl & the Fig.

Although the tour has several wineries they visit, you can make requests to visit certain ones of your preference.

Essentially, this tour is perfect for those who want a personal, intimate wine tour.

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13. Legendary Wine Making Tour of Napa Valley

The wineries you visit on this tour have been carefully selected for their unique character, excellent wines and friendly staff.

Begin your visit to three wineries at Bouchaine Vineyards who produce world class wines.

Continue on to the cool urban winery that is Spelletich Family Winery for another tasting.

Enjoy a stop for lunch, where you can explore Oxbow Public Market and choose where you wish to dine.

Finally visit Hagafen Cellars or an alternative winery to culminate your tour.

Along the way your guide will describe the wine making process, and you can enjoy beautiful scenery from your luxury transport.

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14. Sonoma Valley Small Group Tour

As well as enjoying tasting and tours at 3 of Sonoma’s best wineries you will stop at the Golden gate Bridge and scenic town of Sausalito.

In Sonoma you will visit 3 boutique wineries in your small group (12 people max).

Wineries you may visit include include Cline Cellars and Homewood Winery but change depending on availability.

Explore Sonoma Square and enjoy lunch at one of the many cafes and restaurants there.

Your tour culminates in the picturesque seaside town of Sausalito.

If you choose you can then catch a ferry across San Fransico bay, or return using the luxury transport provided.

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15. Sonoma Valley Wine Tour and Hop On Hop Off Bus Pass

This is great way to explore both Sonoma Wine valley and San Francisco.

You can visit two or three wineries, ranging from large scale producers to boutique wineries.

Along the way enjoy the lovely scenery of vineyards stretching for miles.

Also included is a 24 hour hop on hop off bus tour of San Francisco.

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16. Alcatraz and Sonoma Valley

Combine two brilliant tours in one day.

This tour is great if you are limited for time.

Firstly you will cross the Golden Gate bridge on your way to Sonoma Wine Valley.

Visit 2 wineries such as Cline Cellar and Homewood Winery for tastings.

Your local guide will also tell you how wine is made in the Sonoma valley.

Finish your day with an official guided tour of Alcatraz Island.

Alcatraz Island is the notorious Federal state prison which was supposedly ‘inescapable’.

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17. Charming Boutique Wine Tour

Discover three boutique wineries in Sonoma Wine region.

Firstly you will enjoy fantastic views as you cross the golden gate bridge and travel through beautiful wine country.

Spend your morning tasting wines at Robledo Family Winery and Larson Family Winery.

Continue your day with a lunch stop at Sonoma plaza where you are free to explore the square.

There you can try chocolates, wines, and chose from several lovely cafes and restaurants.

Your final stop is at  Nicholson Ranch where you will visit the Vineyard and enjoy your last tasting.

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18. Afternoon in Sonoma Wine County

This half day tour leaves your morning free to explore San Francisco.

In Sonoma valley you will visit two wineries for tastings.

During the tasting your wine expert will describe different wine varieties.

They will also explain how wine is made.

Your final stop is at Sonoma Plaza where you can explore the local culture.

If you wish, you could enjoy a coffee in one of the many cafes there.

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Napa Valley and Sonoma Wine County have plenty of fantastic wineries.

Many of these are award winning, and produce premium quality wines.

These tours are all suitable for wine experts or complete novices.

Along with discovering great wine, you will see beautiful scenery and the local culture.

Therefore a wine tour during your stay in San Francisco should be an unmissable excursion.

If you have time, spend longer and visit both regions.

However if you are time limited try a combination tour vising both wine regions.

Alternatively, couple your wine tour with a visit to another of San Francisco’s attractions.

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