A Taste of Alexander Valley- The Land of Cabernet Sauvignon
Alexander Valley, in the northeastern region of Sonoma County, is best known for producing world-famous Cabernet Sauvignon grapes. However, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Merlot also express themselves beautifully in this volcanic and fertile valley. In addition, Zinfandel, Syrah, Viognier, Nebbiolo and Sangiovese grapes have proven to be well suited to the climate and soils of the region, so there is wine to suit everyone’s palates. And, as very few companies offer tours in this scenic wine region, you will have a relaxing, unhurried day tour. Options include visits to organic wineries, barrel tasting, cave tours and tram, jeep or horse-riding tours through the vineyards.
With our expert tour guide you will enjoy visits to the best wineries according to your preferences, with more time to savor wines and less time driving miles from winery to winery. While touring and sightseeing in Alexander Valley, you may meet friendly, relaxed wine makers at charming quaint wineries, who often take the time to share their passion and farming experience with visitors. You can choose to spend your day at a variety of wineries in the valley, or opt to spend a couple of hours in the valley and more time in the town of Healdsburg, where many of the region’s wineries have opened tasting rooms affording guests the opportunity to taste and stroll at their own pace.
Alexander Valley is named for the 19th-Century pioneer Cyrus Alexander, who moved here from Pennsylvania in 1833, and transformed it into an agricultural region. Fifty years ago, the valley was known for its prune and walnut orchards, and fields dotted with livestock and dairy farms. Today, Alexander Valley is an American viticultural area where the Russian River flows through spectacular vineyards bordered by Taylor and Sonoma Mountains. With the largest acreage of vineyards, and the smallest number of wineries, most grapes are sold outside of the valley, to Napa wineries in particular.
Neighboring Dry Creek Valley, where the first settlers arrived after the Gold Rush, is home to more than 70 wineries, and is best known for producing world-class Zinfandel, though Bordeaux and Rhone style wines are also widely available. The valley remains a rural countryside, where most of the small wineries are still family owned. Chalk Hill region, with its unique, chalky white ash soil, is known for its excellent Chardonnays and Sauvignon Blancs, and Bordeaux cultivars are also available.
The town of Healdsburg, at the southern end of the Alexander Valley and Dry Creek appellations, has become a very popular getaway destination for day and weekend visitors. With its European style charm, wide variety of chic boutiques, art galleries, wine tasting rooms and restaurants ranging from casual to Michelin-starred, Healdsburg is enjoying a gastronomical renaissance, and was recently listed by Smithsonian magazine as second in a list of 20 of The Best Small Towns To Visit In America. Click here for partial list of wineries in downtown Healdsburg
For lunch (not included in the tour price), you may choose to dine in Healdsburg or have a picnic at a winery – your tour guide will be happy to arrange this or make reservations for you where required.
If you are looking for a culinary experience within a winery, and are a movie fan, look no further than Francis Ford Coppola winery with its ‘Rustic’ restaurant, renowned for fine dining and great atmosphere, and check out the extensive museum filled with memorabilia from his movies, including the 1948 Tucker car, and Don Corleone’s desk from The Godfather.
Enjoy superb wines on Route 128, a gorgeous and scenic ‘wine trail’ road that runs through Alexander Valley rolling hills, endless vineyards, and rural countryside. For the unique experience of ‘a flight within a varietal,’ (a taste of one particular type of grape from different wine regions) Geyserville offers this opportunity at its boutique wineries. This small town with old style western ambience, used to be a quick stopover for visitors to California Wine Country but has become a destination in itself thanks to its excellent boutique wineries and warm hospitality.
Join us now and let your tour guide make your wine touring experience in Alexander Valley a memorable one. Over the years, we have built excellent relationships with some small wine makers/growers who often open their doors especially for our clients. Relax, step back in time, and enjoy first class tasting experiences at old fashioned and elegant tasting rooms as we drive you along the back roads of Alexander Valley and as many wineries as you want within your 8-hour guided tour including organic wines.
If you have special wine tasting requests, wish to arrange a tour at a winery, or are traveling with a group of six or more, please let us know in advance so that we can make necessary reservations.
Selection of Wineries in downtown Healdsburg
In addition to visiting wineries in the Alexander Valley, the town of Healdsburg offers the option of strolling and tasting at 30+ wineries representing more than seven appellations, and serving an extensive variety of wines from small production wineries to those with household names. The following is a partial list of some tasting rooms you may wish to visit:
- La Crema – Best known their excellent Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs, with exclusive wines available only at this tasting room
- Murphy Goode – Serves a wide range of wines, some of which have the label ‘Homefront’ due to their partnership with Operation Homefront that helps military families in need
- Toad Hollow – Have you seen their whimsical wine labels and heard their story? A variety of wines, including sparkling, are available at very reasonable prices
- Rosenblum Cellars – Known for their Zinfandels that come from different vineyards around California and present different degrees of spice and dark berry flavors
- Williamson Wines Tasting Room – Features innovative wine and food pairing, served by friendly staff many of whom, like the winery owner, are from Australia
- Seghesio Family Vineyards – Specializes in Zinfandel that comes primarily from four estate-farmed vineyards: Home Ranch, San Lorenzo, River Road in Alexander Valley, and Cortina in Dry Creek Valley
- Ferrari-Carano and Lazy Creek Wineries at Seasons Of The Vineyard on the plaza - A household name, and a small production under one roof. This wine tasting may include four Ferrari-Carano Cabernet-based wines and the delicious dessert wine, Eldorado Noir, paired with chocolates and dried fruit. Lazy Creek specializes in sustainable-farming and current wines include Pinot Noir, Rosé and Gewurztraminer
Along Route 128 wine trail, there are a number of small and famous wineries you can visit including Starlite Vineyards, Francis Ford Coppola, Frick Winery, Geyser Peak, Hanna, Alexander Valley Vineyards, De Lorimier Winery, Marietta Cellars, Meeker Vineyard, Pedroncelli, Raymond Burr Vineyards, Route 128 Winery, Trione Vineyards & Winery, Trentadue Winery, Clos du Bois, David Coffaro Vineyard and Winery. Let us handle your Alexander Valley wine tour for an unsurpassed experience.
Alexander Valley - Sample Tour Itinerary
- 09:00 – Pick-up at your hotel in San Francisco, Sausalito, Napa, Sonoma, or in Santa Rosa. We are happy to accommodate your special request and pick you up at your preferred location and time when you book a private tour with us.
- Visit a selection of wineries in Alexander Valley
- Make a stop at Healdsburg’s Spanish style town plaza for shopping and wine tasting
- Enjoy great dining or a culinary experience in Healdsburg, or choose a picnic at a winery
- Try the superb Zinfandels in Dry Creek Valley, Chardonnays in Chalk Hill, or explore Route 128 wine trail
- Visit Geyserville’s small wineries and/or the Francis Ford Coppola Winery
- Head back to San Francisco, and drop-off around 17:00 at your hotel. You may also add overtime to your Alexander Valley wine tour, and enjoy dinner at a celebrated restaurant in the Wine Country or enjoy free time at a popular casino or hot spring resort.
This SUV tour is totally private and the price is per person.
|Guests||Private SUV Tour
This VAN tour is totally private and not available for public
or individual reservations. The price is per party and not per person.
|Tour Prices:||Tour Prices per group
not per person
|1 - 5 Guests||$1,359.00|
|6 - 7 Guests||$1,449.00|
|8 - 10 Guests||$1,629.00|
|11 - 12 Guests||$1,719.00|
|13 - 14 Guests||$1,799.00|
Included: Pick-up and drop off in San Francisco downtown or Fisherman’ Wharf, all applicable taxes, and a private 8-hour guided tour from 9 am to 5 pm.
Not included: The price does not include meals, driver’s gratuity, overtime, wine tasting fees and optional activities or features.