This Napa Valley wine tasting tour from San Francisco features the best that California’s wine country has to offer. By special arrangements with the winemakers, this small-group San Francisco wine tour visits Napa’s the 13th century-styled castle at Castello di Amorosa, the equestrian-inspired wines of Tamber Bey and finishes on a high note with a vineyard tour and seated tasting by a winemaker.
On this all-Napa, all-highlights wine tasting tour from San Francisco, you will be delighted with the history, architecture, gardens, and memorable toasts. Your wine enthusiast guide will prepare you for experiences at the most celebrated Napa Valley wineries. Once there, you will be treated to reserve wines in the California Wine Country.
Your San Francisco wine tour to Napa Valley begins as you cross the Bay Bridge and take in incredible views of the city skyline. As you travel, learn about the many microclimates and soil types that combine to produce some of the world’s best winemaking grapes – Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Merlot, Zinfandel, Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc.
Wine corks pop first at Castello di Amorosa, a medieval-styled Tuscan castle winery constructed using more than 200 containers of European materials and furnishings. On your way to vaulted wine cellars, check out the moat, drawbridge, towers, courtyards, and armory. Thankfully, Castello di Amorosa puts the same love and attention into its wines which are elegant, intensely flavored, and well-balanced.
Next, your Napa wine tasting tour makes a fun photo stop at the Napa Valley Welcome Sign. Your lunch break is in charming Calistoga, California. Among its hot springs, elegant spas and yoga studios, you’ll have no trouble finding the perfect lunch spot - perhaps sampling another locally crafted wine with your meal.
After lunch, you will be treated to one of the most unique wine experiences in Napa Valley. Tamber Bey Winery shares its idyllic 22 acres with Sundance Ranch, a world-class equestrian facility. From the tasting courtyard, you’ll be treated to stunning views of Mount St. Helena while you mingle with the Arabian horses and enjoy the winemaker’s selection of 100% estate-grown Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Chardonnay wines. The Deux Chevaux Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon is always a crowd pleaser.
Your Napa experience finishes on a high note overlooking a sun soaked Carneros vineyard that has been cultivated for over 100 years. Kieu Hoang (formerly Michael Mondavi Family Estate) is perfectly situated to be cooled each evening by breezes from San Pablo Bay—Ideal conditions for Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes. Take time to chill while enjoying a private, seated tasting of reserve Napa Valley wines.
On the journey back to San Francisco (weather permitting) we’ll make one final stop at a scenic look-out point with sweeping views of the Golden Gate Bridge for you to snap some keepsake photos of Marin Headlands, San Francisco skyline, and Alcatraz Island.
What to Bring
- Valid Government Issued Photo ID required
- Tasting fees ($125 value) at three Napa wineries
- Castello di Amorosa’s medieval castle
- Lunch in charming Calistoga (meal not included)
- Knowledgeable wine enthusiast guide
- Friendly, small group tour
- Golden Gate Bridge toll
- Complimentary pickup at most San Francisco hotels
- Guide gratuity
8:00 - 10:00 AM
Enjoy stunning views from the Bay Bridge as you head out on a one-day tour to Napa Valley from San Francisco. Relax and listen as your guide whets your appetite for a one-day tour in California’s premier wine region.
10:00 – 11:45 AM
Arrive at one of the most sought-after Napa Valley wineries – Castello di Amorosa. Tour the stone castle and taste its premier wines. Stop at the famous Napa sign on your way to the second winery to take an instagrammable photo.
12:00 -1:30 PM
To satisfy your growing appetite, choose among more than a dozen delightful lunch spots in charming Calistoga.
1:45 – 2:45 PM
Continue your Napa highlights tour at Tamber Bey Vineyards.
3:45 – 4:45 PM
Enjoy the reserve tasting at Kieu Hoang Winery.
4:45 – 6:00 PM
Stop at the famous Golden Gate bridge for a memorable photo opportunity! Make your relaxing return trip from Napa to San Francisco where we will drop you at the door of your hotel or another convenient downtown location.