Morning – Sonoma County Wine Tastings
8:15 – 9:30am: Make your way to the pre-arranged pick-up spots. We recommend you arrive at least 10 minutes early.
9:30 – 10:15am: From the cozy vantage of your mini-coach, you’ll take in panoramic scenes that span from the city skyline, to Alcatraz Island, and across the boat-speckled bay; catching glimpses of scenes that have inspired countless authors, poets, and artists.We’ll take the winding coastal mountain path of the Marin Headlands where you’ll see the base of Mt. Tamalpais (the highest point in the North Bay region), leaving the rush of the city behind and setting the pace for a relaxing day out in the country.
You’ll know we’ve entered Sonoma County when the roads open up to vivid sceneries of the patchwork farms, rolling hills, and lush valleys that have produced world-renowned wines for over 60 years. Your expert guide will take you on a journey through the history, unique soil conditions, and microclimates to help you fully appreciate the unparalleled Wine Country experience.
10:30 – 12:00pm: We’ll make our way down the idyllic, tree-lined road leading to the Benziger Family Winery & Biodynamic Vineyard and do a quick group check-in for the tram tour. The tour offers an intimate look at the unique biodynamic cultivation process– from the carefully tended vines, fermentation facility, and crush pad on a comfortable fully-guided tram tour. The tour also includes a fascinating look through the Benziger’s wine caves! From end to end, you’ll explore the vineyard and do a special tasting of Benziger’s biodynamic wines and a few tastings from their partner vineyards.
12:00 – 1:00pm: After savoring your first set of wine tastings, you’ll relax your palate while you enjoy your complimentary picnic lunch, surrounded by the beautiful hills in the countryside.
1:00 – 2:00pm: Once you’ve eaten your fill, you’ll make your way to Benziger’s sister winery, Imagery. Run by a father-daughter duo, Imagery was founded by the brother of the Benziger Winery patriarch as a way to expand the varietals to a series of small artisan wines using lesser-known varietals.
AFTERNOON – TASTINGS IN NAPA VALLEY WINE COUNTRY
2:30 – 5:00pm: We’ll set our course to the famed Napa County for more wine tasting in Oakville, Yountville, or in the town of Napa. With the gorgeous landscape of rolling hills, lined with neat rows of wine grapes you’ll an idyllic backdrop to capture memories as you taste your way through the Wine Country.
5:00 – 6:00pm: We can’t miss the opportunity to take one more stop to get an iconic panoramic picture from the Marin Headlands, where you’ll have full views of the Golden Gate Bridge and witness awe-inspiring views of San Francisco glittering across the bay.
****Sample Itineraries: We do our best to follow our itineraries as written, but don’t control the weather (yet) and we can’t make promises about special events or traffic conditions in Wine Country. and the small size of our vehicles/groups, we can allow our guides the flexibility to tailor your itinerary to best suit the needs of the group. While we guarantee that we’ll do our best to provide you with all of the highlights within this itinerary (conditions permitting), we do not guarantee them in this specific order.*