Sonoma Valley Wine Country Custom Tour
"Good wine is a necessity of life for me"
~ Thomas Jefferson ~
Join us on a private custom tour to Sonoma Valley Wine Country to enjoy its serene vistas of rolling hills and vineyards, intimate family-run tasting rooms, lush farmlands, charming shops and fine restaurants. Sonoma Valley is home to California’s first wineries, and is a top travel destination for wine connoisseurs and curious wine lovers. It is historically significant for being the birthplace of the Statehood of California in 1846 and, more recently, the city of Sonoma gained the added distinction of being named by Condé Nast Traveler Magazine as one of the top ten friendliest cities in America, receiving praise for its laid-back style, down-to-earth people and amazing wines.
When you book a private tour with us, we create a customized and unique experience that feels much more personal than joining a large group. We will tailor your tour according to your preferences, or if you wish, simply let your expert tour guide bring you to a range of wineries guaranteed to satisfy your palate. You may choose to do a wine tour and tasting at a winery – see first-hand the process of wine-making from grape to bottle, enjoy a food and wine pairing option, reserve a private tasting in a wine cave, visit a large chateau-style winery offering an elegant tasting experience, or simply taste wines at small hidden wineries, where you will have the opportunity to meet the winemakers.
Our tour guides are highly trained, professional, flexible, fun, and knowledgeable, and will make your wine tour experience in Sonoma Valley a wonderfully memorable one. As a pioneer in the private tours concept, we have built our reputation on trust and exceeding customers’ expectations. Our hundreds of 5-star reviews are top-ranking on TripAdvisor and speak for themselves.
After a complimentary pick-up at your hotel, or pre-arranged location in San Francisco, your tour guide will drive you to Sonoma Valley, located 47 miles north of San Francisco. The goal of this private custom tour is to go beyond commercial wineries and those crowded with bus tours. Sonoma County is home to approximately 400 wineries situated in 16 American Viticultural Areas (AVAs), which are designated by climate, soil, and elevation, and selected by winemakers as suitable for particular grapes and cultivars. Most wineries offer a wide range of wines by owning vineyards in different AVAs and regions, or selecting the highest quality grapes from regional grape growers.
We will visit your favorite wineries, which you may have pre-selected in advance of your tour with us, or those selected for you by your tour guide, based on your preferences on the day of the tour. So sit back, enjoy the day of wine tasting, and leave the driving to us. Please note that for weekend tours, or wine and food pairing experiences, we highly recommend that you book or allow us to make winery reservations for you. Wineries also require advance reservations for groups of six or more each day of the week. If you choose a tour and tasting, we recommend doing this early in the day to enhance your Wine Country tour experience.
We do not include wine tasting fees or lunch in our tour prices as this gives you the opportunity and benefit of visiting a wider range of unique wineries and restaurants, and choosing a variety of tasting options based on your preferences.
If you wish to learn more, you may consider visiting Benziger, for example, an estate winery in the charming town of Glen Ellen. There, you can take a tram tour around their biodynamic and scenic vineyards, visit their wine cave, and end your tour in the tasting room where you will be served a selection of their carefully crafted wines.
If you are looking for an outstanding culinary experience with a wine and food pairing, we highly recommend St. Francis Winery in Sonoma Valley, whose restaurant was recently named no. 1 Diners’ Choice by Open Table reviewers.
For lunch (not included in the tour price), you may choose to dine or picnic in Kenwood or Glen Ellen, or you may wish to spend more time in the bustling town of Sonoma with its historic Plaza, City Hall, Sonoma Mission and former army barracks. The town offers an amazing array of local and international restaurants including French, Italian, Portuguese, Californian, Mexican, Basque, Irish and much more. Plus, there are approximately 18 wine tasting rooms around the Plaza. Please note that we do not work on commission – these are simply suggestions. You may choose your own wineries or restaurants, and we will take care of the rest.
Sample Sonoma Valley Tour Itinerary
- 09:00 – Pick-up. Travel in luxury SUVs, avoiding crowded wineries and long-winded bus tours
- Drive across the famous Golden Gate Bridge
- Explore Los Carneros wine region
- 12:30 – Visit Sonoma historic downtown
- Tour Glen Ellen and the Valley of the Moon wineries
- Discover Kenwood’s small & elegant castle wineries
- Experience a unique wine and food pairing
- Visit vineyards, wine caves and enjoy barrel wine tasting away from busy wineries
- Savor premium wines and sparkling wines (Champagne)
- 17:00 – Back to San Francisco
Our tour guide will pick you up at your hotel, or pre-arranged location, in San Francisco, Sausalito, and Napa or in Sonoma Valley. We can also customize your pick-up time according to your own schedule when booking our private tour.
Drive across the famous Golden Gate Bridge into Marin CountyBack to Top
Drive across the iconic Golden Gate Bridge and through the rainbow tunnel on Highway 101. As we drive north, you can enjoy picturesque views over the coastal town of Sausalito and its houseboats, the imposing Mount Tamalpais above Mill Valley, catch a glimpse of San Quentin prison, and pass close to the Marin Civic Center designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, before entering into the more pastoral landscape of Sonoma County.
This is an ideal time to discuss your winery choices and plans for the day with your tour guide. Your first wine tasting experience may take place in Los Carneros, Glen Ellen, or Kenwood, based on your tastes, appointments and preferences.Expore Los Carneros Wine RegionBack to Top
As we enter Wine Country, you will enjoy beautiful vistas across the scenic hills, vineyards and farmland of Los Carneros region, bordered by Sonoma Valley. Thanks to its Mediterranean climate and proximity to San Pablo Bay, Los Carneros Wine Region produces some of the best Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays in the US. Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards and Buena Vista (the first commercial winery in Sonoma County) are among a few well-known wineries in this area. Smaller wineries such as Homewood and Larson are also worth a visit.Visit Sonoma historic downtownBack to Top
Sonoma Plaza is the focal point in the historic town, and is considered the Birthplace of the Statehood of California in 1846. For those interested in history, you can visit the Sonoma Mission (the last in a chain of 21 missions built throughout California by Franciscan missionaries from Spain), and the former Presidio of Sonoma Barracks. Sonoma retains its small-town personality in the middle of a burgeoning wine empire, and offers a wide variety of dining options, quaint shops and wine tasting rooms.Tour Glen Ellen and the Valley of the Moon wineriesBack to Top
The area around Glen Ellen and Kenwood is often referred to as Valley of the Moon – the heart of Sonoma Valley. Glen Ellen, a charming village close to Sonoma Mountain, was home to the famous American author and adventurer Jack London from 1905-1916 and, today, his name is still very evident in the village. You will see Jack London Historic State Park and, if you wish, have an opportunity to visit Jack London Village store to taste local cheese, olive oil and chocolates.Discover Kenwood’s elegant castle wineriesBack to Top
Kenwood, in the upper part of Valley of the Moon, offers a diverse portfolio of rich and earthy toned wines, thanks to its proximity to Sonoma Mountain and the smaller viticultural areas of Bennett Valley and Moon Mountain. Dating back to 1879, Kunde Estate Winery is well known to many wine enthusiasts, and smaller family wineries have built reputations for excellent wines and personalized tasting experiences.Back to Top
You may consider pairing wine and food at St Francis winery in Kenwood, Glen Ellen or enjoy a picnic lunch in a winery. You could also have lunch at one of the popular restaurants in downtown Sonoma including Della Santina's, Italian style Trattoria, The Girl and the Fig (An American restaurant serving French style cuisine), El Dorado Kitchen (Californian Style cuisine), The Swiss Hotel Restaurant (Italian modern cuisine) Sonoma Cheese Factory offering casual BBQ, ribs, sandwiches, burgers, cheese, gelato, and a gift shop, and Sunflower Café.Visit wine caves and enjoy barrel tastingBack to Top
Your tour options may include visiting wine caves or enjoy barrel wine tasting (pre-release wines). Reservation maybe required several days for these activities prior to the tour but we can assist you in this regard. We can also offer you an optional side trip to a biodynamic and organic winery in Sonoma where you can take a tram-guided tour through picturesque vineyards to enjoy a close-up look at organic and biodynamic vineyards, visit the fermentation facility and the crush pad, on this laid-back estate. The local tour guide will explain the farming and biodynamic practices (the $25 fees for touring and tasting are not included).
You may also visit a small chocolate factory at Jack London’s village in Glenn Ellen or taste sweet and chocolate wines. Jack London State Historic Park is also open for public and considered as a memorial to the American author and adventurer Jack London located in Glen Ellen.Explore Glen Ellen and Kenwood’s small charming and castle wineriesBack to Top
You may consider visiting some of Kenwood’s small charming boutique wineries and or elegant castle wineries located in Kenwood also known as The Valley of the Moon in Sonoma Valley. Some of these wineries located in Kenwood include Chateau St Jean, Ledson Castle Winery, St. Francis Winery & Vineyards, Kunde Family Estate, Landmark Vineyards, Kenwood Vineyards, Paradise Ridge Winery, VJB Vineyards & Cellars, Kaz Winery, Wine Studio and Tasting Lounge, Chris Loxton Cellars, and En Garde boutique winery.
Sonoma Valley is also home to the oldest grapevines, wineries and vineyards in California. Sonoma is famous for its ancient zinfandel wine tasting, late harvest wines or ‘champagne’ wine tasting in the Valley of the Moon. Complimentary cheese and olive oil sampling may be available as well.
Your tour guide will now drive you back to San Francisco after an amazing wine experience in Sonoma Valley Wine Country. An optional side trip may be taken to Sausalito where you can decide to stay in Sausalito and return to San Francisco on the ferry (tickets are not included).
We often choose to make a last photo stop at Marin Headland overlooking the Golden Gate Bridge and San Francisco Bay Area. Your tour guide will return you to your hotel around 17:00
This SUV tour is totally private and the price is per person.
"Quality over quantity"
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||$1,299.00|
|6 - 7 Guests||$1,369.00|
|8 - 10 Guests||$1,569.00|
|11 - 12 Guests||$1,669.00|
|13 - 14 Guests||$1,759.00|
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.