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San Francisco: Small-Group Napa Valley Tour for Wine Lovers

4.6 / 5

75 reviews

Activity provider: Extranomical Tours

San Francisco: Small-Group Napa Valley Tour for Wine Lovers

Activity provider: Extranomical Tours

From US$ 259 per person

By special arrangements with winemakers, this small-group tour visits several of Napa’s best-loved wineries, including the 13th century-style castle at Castello di Amorosa.

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Duration 10 hours
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Live tour guide
English
Pickup included
Pickup is available from most hotels in downtown San Francisco and Fisherman's Wharf. If your hotel is in a different area, you'll be provided with the closest pickup location. For pickup from the Hilton Union Square, please wait at the Mason Street entrance (eastern entrance), outside the main doors. Please reconfirm your tour and pickup location at least 48 hours in advance.

Experience

Highlights
  • Explore the picturesque Napa Valley
  • Tour Castello di Amorosa’s medieval castle
  • Savor wines at three prestigious Napa Valley wineries accompanied by a knowledgeable wine-enthusiast guide
  • Enjoy a relaxing lunch in charming Calistoga
  • Enjoy a photo stop at the Golden Gate Bridge
Full description

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 Castello di Amorosa and two other 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 and perhaps sampling another locally crafted wine with your meal. After lunch, your small group heads to the intimate, yet modern winery, Twomey Cellars. Founded by the Duncan Family, owners of highly-regarded Silver Oak, the winery uses the same philosophy: use locally harvested fruit to make exceptional wines that are deliciously drinkable upon release. A laid-back Napa Valley vibe is created by their farmhouse-style tasting room that opens up onto a sun-filled courtyard and Sauvignon Blanc vineyard with views of the Calistoga foothills. The Duncans apply their 40 years of winemaking experience to create single-vineyard Pinot Noirs and estate Sauvignon Blancs that pair beautifully with food. Complete your day in the charming and historic St. Helena building that houses Merryvale Vineyards and has roots as a winemaking facility reaching back to the 1930s. Napa luminaries Robert and Peter Mondavi, the Christian Brothers, and H. William Harlan have all practiced their craft under its arched ceiling. Family-owned Merryvale Vineyards is renowned for small production lots of world class wine, especially rich, powerful Cabernet Sauvignons and Chardonnays which you can enjoy sitting under the century-old 2,000 gallon casks that line the stone walls of the cellar room. On the journey back to San Francisco, we’ll make one final stop (weather permitting) 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.

Includes
  • Tour of Castello di Amorosa’s medieval castle
  • A visit to 3 Napa Valley wineries, with tasting fees included
  • Knowledgeable wine-enthusiast guide
  • Small group tour
  • Photo stop at the Golden Gate Bridge
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off in San Francisco
  • Onboard Wi-Fi
  • Gratuities
  • Meals
Not suitable for
  • People under 21 years

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What to bring

  • Passport or ID card

Know before you go

  • Meals are not included in the ticket
  • Tour can be subject to change due to delays, accidents, breakdowns, adverse traffic, or bad weather conditions
  • The local partner is not responsible for loss or damage of personal property on tours
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.6 /5

based on 75 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.8/5
  • Transportation
    4.4/5
  • Value for money
    4.4/5
  • Safety
    4.5/5

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Randall, our tour guide was most knowledgeable. He gave great tips on how to prepare for wine tastings, maneuvering around the castle, etc. He was very helpful. The employees there were very helpful and friendly. We really enjoyed our time in San Francisco. Great time from the Dallas, Tx group. Go Cowboys!

October 18, 2022

Our guide Kimmy was super knowledgeable and upbeat. She made constant effort to ensure everyone was comfortable throughout the trip. Also, everything wss very punctual. Great experience! All three wineries we visited were well chosen as they were all unique to one another, providing us a diverse tour for our first Napa experience. Our semi private tour was with 3 other couples (8 in total), all from different parts of the world (Quebec, London and Florida...and we were from Vancouver)..so that was a great experience too. Highly recommend.

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July 10, 2022

The tour is well designed to have enough time to enjoy the different wine tasting, the location of the vineyards visited were amazing (Castello di Amorosa, Tamber Bey Winery, Kieu Hoang Winery). Randall, our tour guide, very knowledgeable about wine and the region. Highly recommended tour for wine connoisseur and non-experts.

June 6, 2022

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