Wine Tours Napa Valley – 8 of the Best Wine Experiences

Miles of lush emerald hills, the Vaca Mountain Range, and proximity to the sparkling Pacific Ocean come together to create the perfect wine country in Napa, California. Blessed by a unique Mediterranean climate, Napa Valley has long been celebrated for its prized varietals, including its stand-out Cabernet Sauvignon

Wine Tours of Napa Valley offer the ideal way to savor the flavor, culture, and stunning scenery of this region. Follow along to discover the 8 best Napa Valley Wine Tours.

Whether you’re a sommelier in training or simply a wine enthusiast, there are plenty of options when it comes to a wine tour experience.

Learn about tannins, blend your own bottle, or uncover your favorite pairings when you sip a Pinot alongside your picnic lunch.

Breathe in that fresh Northern California open air, as you spend days touring the over 400 wineries in Napa.

No matter if you are seeking a Napa and Sonoma Wine Country Tour from San Francisco, or would prefer a Napa educational wine tasting, our guide will outline the best tours for every trip.

Ready to enter the wild world of vino? Read on…

Napa Valley Hotel and Wine Tour Packages

Yo hoo! Before you break into that Chardonnay or Zinfandel, you’ll want to secure some lodgings for your Napa getaway. Stay in the Golden Gate City and enjoy plenty of nightlife, Michelin-star eateries, and misty mornings at Fisherman’s Wharf.

Or, opt to bundle your accommodations and tour activities with one of our Napa Valley Wine Tour Packages. Combining your hotel booking with your wine tour attractions offers maxim savings and ensures you can enjoy the best of San Francisco and Napa Valley.

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Wine Tours in Napa Valley

Swirling, sniffing, and sipping, oh my! Napa Valley Wine country tours are an ideal way to develop your palate and learn all about the fundamentals of wine. From a small group to private personal tours, there are endless options for furthering your vino adventures.

Take in the scenery, munch on charcuterie, or board a train when you tackle a wine-tasting experience in Napa or Sonoma.

Napa Valley Wine Tours From San Francisco

Who says your wine-tasting tour can’t include some sweeping Golden Gate Bridge views? Get your fill of Fog City, when you reserve any of our San Francisco Tours to Napa Valley. Enjoy stunning West Coast landscapes, complimentary city pick-ups, and more with the following excursions.

Red Grapes at a Napa Valley Vineyard - San Francisco, California, USAPrivate All-Inclusive Wine Tasting Excursion in Sonoma County

Want to really spoil your sweetheart? Enjoy one of our favorite Napa Valley Wine Tours for couples when you schedule a Private All-Inclusive Wine Tasting Excursion in Sonoma County. Fields of verdant vineyards, sunkissed grapes, and a scrumptious picnic lunch are what’s in store for guests on this up to 8-hour, VIP-worthy tour.

Sit back and relax as you soak in y the narration and spellbinding scenery from the backseat of your luxury vehicle. Once you complete the journey from San Francisco, you’ll begin your tour of the Napa Valley winery scene.

Savor bountiful bouquets as you sample two distinct tastings at two premier wineries. Round out your day with a primer on the principles of viticulture, enology, and the history of winemaking in both Sonoma and Napa.

3-in-1: Muir Woods, Sausalito & Half Day Wine Country Tour

Magnificent redwoods, charming seaside Sausalito, and plenty of vino blend together to create the perfect day on this 3-in-1: Muir Woods, Sausalito & Half Day Wine Country Tour. Embrace your inner outdoor explorer, as you soak in the solitude and serenity of 1,000-year-old trees in the famous Muir Woods.

Gaze in awe at these towering leafy giants and snap endless photos as you hike through foggy pathways and redwood alleyways. Refuel with a delicious lunch in Sausalito before continuing on to the picture-perfect hills and valleys of Wine Country.*

Your guided adventure will include a visit, tasting, and exclusive estate tour at two of the area’s most prestigious wineries. Dig deep into the fermentation process, barrel aging, bottling, and more before hopping back into your bus and savoring sunset views of San Fran and the Golden Gate Bridge.

*Please note that lunch is not included in the price of this tour.

View of a walking trail in the forrest on the Muir Woods and Sonoma Wine Country Tour in San Francisco, California, USA
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Half-Day Wine Country Excursion with Tastings

Dreaming about zippy Zinfandels and full-bodied Cabernet Sauvignon, but have less than a day to squeeze in your tannin-soaked education? If you can only afford to leave the Golden City for a few hours, try Tower Tours Half Day Wine Country Excursion with Tastings.

Sneak away for 5.5 hours of luscious sampling, Sausalito views, and wine history. Revel in a leisurely drive over the Golden Gate Bridge, magical Bay views, and more as you make your way into the heart of wine country.

Before you take part in two complimentary tastings and tours you’ll enjoy a cruise through the Mediterranean-inspired village of Sausalito. Upon arrival at the wineries, prime your palate as you’ll be evaluating 3-5 signature blends at each vineyard.

Napa Valley Wine Train Tours

All aboard! Transport yourself to the golden age of train travel and sample a medley of world-class wines, when you explore Napa Valley via rail. Napa Valley Wine Train Tours serve up style, elegance, and luxury. Schedule an afternoon tea or spend a full day with your face pressed against the etched glass, as you watch the countryside speed by.

The vintage Pullman rail cars have been lovingly restored with Honduran mahogany paneling, brass accents, and luxurious armchairs.

Napa Valley Wine Train holds the distinction of being one of the few active historic passenger railroads in the United States. Take your pick from a variety of engaging tours all of which boast gourmet meals, sparkling wine, and impeccable scenery.

Savor a seated tasting at the famed Grgich Hills Estate, home of one of the 1976 Paris Tasting, or sample a Sommelier flight tasting in the stunning Champagne Vista Dome dining car. From buttery sips of Chardonnay to gourmet culinary creations such as Yellowfin Tuna Tartare and Rosemary Rubbed Lamb Carpaccio, every morsel of this tour is unforgettable.

two sets of couples enjoying the scenery and wine aboard the napa valley wine train as they move past green patures and green rolling hills
Photo Credit: Napa Valley Wine Train via Facebook

Educational Wine Tours Napa Valley

Sonoma County Tasting Pass

Think you’ve already got a handle on your wine education? If discerning wine pairings and deciphering wine region varietals come as second nature, why not take on a more independent wine tour experience? Scurry away to rugged Sonoma and let your taste buds run wild with a 1, 2, or 90-day Sonoma County Tasting Pass.

Whatever number of nifty passes you select, you will enjoy tons of tasting flights from both award-winning wineries and renowned craft breweries. Don’t forget to pick up a few bottles for the road as your plucky pass will provide you with exclusive discounts on bottles, flights, and more. Forget about packing that paper, as your pass functions seamlessly as a mobile passport instantly downloadable to your phone.

Conn Creek Winery

Yearning for a Napa Educational wine tour that will blend tutelage with a commitment to bold Bordeaux? For 50 years Conn Creek has played a major role in establishing the renaissance of Napa Valley. Conn Creek takes great pride in both their energy-efficient facility and their outstanding Cabernet Sauvignon and other Bordeaux varieties.

Take your vino appreciation to new levels with their one-of-a-kind Barrel Blending Experience. Winner of the International “Best of Wine Tourism” Award, this special tour allows you to go beyond the cork, and craft a bottle of your own custom blend. Taste, observe, and blend wines from the variety of distinct regions that make up the Valley.

Play winemaker and show off your robust knowledge of this American Viticultural Area, with both a Napa Valley AVA overview and guided tasting of AVA Cabernet Sauvignon barrel samples.

Wide shot overlooking endless rows of grapes with building in the far distance on the Temecula Wine & Vine Tour in San Diego, California, USA
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Frog’s Leap Winery

Show some love to Mother Earth when you swing by Frog’s Leap Winery. Steadfastly dedicated to the power of organic farming and sustainable practices, wine tastings here also come with a side of agricultural knowledge. Post samples of Cabernet Sauvignon and spiced berry-accented Zinfandel, dive into the intricacies of their solar energy program and traditional dry farming methods.

Frogs Leap has been farming organically since 1988 and believes that the best wine comes from non-irrigated grapevines. Choose between a traditional guided tour and tasting, or for a slightly more extravagant treat opt for a Rooted in Rutherford tour.

Guests on this adventure will sip and learn what makes the Rutherford AVA and the Merlots, Cabernet Sauvignons, and Sauvignon Blancs so special.

Beringer Napa Wine Tasting

Inject your Napa Valley Winery journey with some history and gravitas when you spend a day at Beringer. As the oldest continuously operating winery in California, Beringer offers over a century of wine-making knowledge, in addition to some of the most diverse and prestigious vineyards in Napa Valley.

Feel your palate erupt in ecstatic pleasure, as you sip the pinnacle of the portfolio, the outstanding, 2016 Eighth Maker Cabernet Sauvignon. Or, branch out with a Legacy Tour and Tasting that features a guided historical trek through the wine caves, and a tasting of winery-exclusive vintages, each showcasing a particular vineyard, variety, or growing region.

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Happy friends having fun outdoors – Young people enjoying harvest time together at farmhouse vineyard countryside – Youth and friendship concept – Focus on hands toasting wine glasses with sun flare

Blissful days spent sprawled out on a picnic blanket nibbling on Gruyere and sipping Sauvignon Blanc that meld into sunset vineyard strolls.

Heaven may not be here on Earth, but the sweeping landscapes and sweet terroir of Napa and Sonoma come quite close.

Ditch the hustle of San Francisco and surround yourself with the solemn tranquility of gigantic Redwoods in Muir Woods before touring some of Napa’s most prestigious wine estates.

Looking to take your courtship back to the days of old? Pretend you are a silent film vixen with a sultry Napa Valley Wine Train tour complete with a gourmet three-course lunch.

Discover the difference between a Chenin and Sauvignon Blanc, or take your schooling underground with an exclusive wine cave viewing.

Fueled by equal parts wine, adventure, and relaxation, a Napa Valley wine tour is always a great idea!

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Written by Isis Maya Nissman

A New York native, Isis-Maya spent most of her professional life working in TV production until a vacation whisked her away to Central...

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