Located an hour north of San Francisco, the Napa and Sonoma Wine Country is world-renowned for its fine wine, its rich history, and its astonishing beauty. Incredible Adventures offers you multiple options to tour California’s Wine Country, providing you with round-trip transportation in our small-group Biofuel mini-coaches (petroleum free)!
Our Napa and Sonoma Wine Education Tour is designed to increase your knowledge about wine making “from roots to glass”, detailing the history of wine in California. A tram tour of the Benziger Family Winery is a highlight of this day. In line with our environmental ethos, Benziger Family Winery uses certified Biodynamic (organic and sustainable) farming methods to grow their award-winning wines. You will see (and taste wine in) both Napa and Sonoma Counties on this full-immersion tour.
If you want to learn some natural history and get ‘outdoors’ as well as taste fine wine, our Muir Woods and Sonoma Wine Country Tour is your best choice. A relaxing walk amongst the giant redwoods of Muir Woods National Monument is a great way to start the day, and the comfortable, relaxed pace of Sonoma will complete your afternoon! You will taste wine at 2-3 small- and medium-production wineries: explore their tasting rooms, learn the stories of their heritage, and still be back in San Francisco in time for a late dinner…perhaps with a new bottle of wine?
If you want to truly savor the fruits of wine country (pun totally intended), stay overnight in a cozy hotel and enjoy BOTH of these itineraries in your two days away from the city! With a visit to Muir Woods and both Sonoma AND Napa Valleys and your hotel room INCLUDED, this is truly the all-access pass you need to make the most of your time in Wine Country. Incredible Adventures can also custom design a Private Wine Country Charter in one of our Biofueled Vans or Minibuses to accommodate your family, group of friends or organization. Cheers!
Just east of Sonoma county is Napa county, another one of the nine San Francisco Bay Area counties. The famed Napa Valley is home to over 400 wineries and enjoys a Mediterranean climate, slightly warmer than neighboring Sonoma which makes it a great place to produce Cabernet Sauvignon.
The first commercial winery in Napa was opened in 1859 by John Patchett, and the wine industry was flourishing by the early 1900’s. The enactment of Prohibition in 1920 followed by a root infestation that killed many vines were huge setbacks to the wine industry. But it was out of Prohibition that the Mondavi family from Minnesota came West to ship grapes to the East Coast for home winemaking. By 1943, 10 years after Prohibition ended, the Mondavi family including Robert, had acquired the Charles Krug Winery (established in 1861 by Charles Krug who had previously worked for Patchett) and were well on their way to fame and fortune. Robert eventually split from the family winery and established his own estate in 1965 which became the first large scale winery since before Prohibition. It was this establishment that led the way to the region’s impressive growth and notoriety.
What solidified Napa’s reputation as a producer of classy fine wine was the Paris taste test of 1976. This was a blind taste test in which a Chardonnay and a Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley beat out several famous French wines.
While large scale wineries are what grew Napa Valley into what it is today, smaller boutique wineries are dotted throughout the region and provide a cozy and intimate wine-tasting experience. More than 5 million people a year visit Napa.
A Memorable Experience in Wine Country and Alcatraz“The whole experience was more than I would have expected. Mitch your guide for our NAPA/Sonoma day trip was very knowledgeable and made our day very enjoyable. Our trip to Alcatraz was amazing and the ease of picking up our tickets and getting to Alcatraz made it that much enjoyable. I would definitely recommend this tour to all my friends. Thank you for making this a memorable experience.”
– Robert T Traveled March 2016 Napa and Sonoma Wine Country Tour with Alcatrazread more
We Felt Like Family!“Great tour. Tour guide Mitch made it a tour without limits. He went out of his way to make this tour fun, educational and one that won’t be easily forgotten. Very personable. Great sense of humor. We felt like family.”
– Francis S Traveled February 2016 Napa and Sonoma Wine Country Tourread more
A Lovely 2 Days in Wine Country“Aaron with Incredible Adventures was our tour guide and driver. He is a San Francisco native and experienced driver. Aaron kept us advised on the pick up time, and was considerate of our personal needs as we made our way from San Francisco into the Sonoma Valley. The wineries were unique in their own way a perfect blend. The restaurant recommendations were amazing in Sonoma and hotel was perfectly sufficient. January is the perfect time for seeing the countryside, visiting with low numbers of tourists, and personalized service. The government shutdown kept us from Muir Woods on Day 1, but given there were just the two of us on Day 2, we gave up wine tasting in the p.m., and Aaron took us to the Woods anyway. Aaron was awesome we had a great time with him. Even driving through the city to our drop off, he gave us a wonderful commentary on the homes and history. Come to San Francisco is January and enjoy the small crowds.”
-Vickie M Traveled January 2018 2-Day Wine Country Tourread more