Wine & Walking Tour in Sonoma, California (Public Tour: October 27 - 29, 2019)

Tasting
Wine
Activity
Tour
Overnight Tour (2+days)
Walking Tour
Vineyard Walk
Included
Hotel, Meal, Tour guide
Languages
English
Theme
Outdoor, Private, Nature
Minimum Drinking Age
21
$
1,200
-
$
1,600
/ Person
TRUSTED PARTNER
Beth P
Activity Overview
“Wine is made in the vineyard, not the winery, as most winemakers acknowledge. Travelers can get out among cordons and clusters – maybe even nibble the new vintage right from the vine – with the Sonoma Wine & Walking Tour…” – Wine Enthusiast

As a company and personally, we love Sonoma County and have been running tours to Sonoma for many years. On this tour, meet other wine lovers and like-minded people. On a small group tour, you have the opportunity to meet other people who have the same interests – travel, culture, food, and wine! You may even meet your next travel partner!

Sonoma's beauty comes from its diversity, ranging from 60 miles of Pacific coastline on the west to the Mayacamas Mountain on the eastern edge of Napa County; from the large expanses of rural fields including vineyards to quaint small towns, such as Geyserville and Healdsburg, where we base our trip. Sonoma County is also incredibly laid-back given the intensely successful nature of its tourism and wine industries.

Explore this wonderful and colorful wine region in an intimate and truly special way on our 3-day Sonoma Wine & Walking Tour. Having the opportunity to walk through the vineyards allows for you to have a much more intimate experience than if you would do this tour by car.  Personally experience the winemakers’ personalities as they offer you a rich education in (and a better understanding of) the wine-making process, the local flora, and fauna, the views from a nearby ridge top, or even lunch among the vines – all experiences you wouldn’t have from the back seat of a car. This unique Sonoma County Vineyard Walk 3-day excursion includes a personal guide that will take you on invigorating walks through private vineyards, with each excursion ending in a local wine tasting.

TOUR ITINERARY

DAY 1
Depending on how and when you arrive in the area, our guide will meet you at 1:00 pm either at the Sonoma County Airport in Santa Rosa or our host hotel, whichever is more convenient for you.

From there, we’ll head straight to our first vineyard walk and wine tasting in the Russian River Valley. This AVA is named after the first non-native settlers to come to the area and has a rich history as many consider it the birthplace of Sonoma County wine because the first grapes were planted here. The Russian River Valley is known for its Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, as well as other cool-climate loving varietals.

After our walk and tasting, we will check into our hotel, if you haven’t done so already. If there is time prior to dinner, we recommend visiting one of the local tasting rooms. This evening we’ll enjoy a casual, but delicious dinner in the area.

DAY 2
Today, we’ll discover the picturesque Dry Creek Valley. This AVA produces a wide variety of excellent wines but is best known for their world-class zinfandels. Its diversity is due to the unique mix of different soil types, elevations, sun exposure, wind, and water – all within a narrow 16-by-2-mile valley. We’ll head out for our walk to explore another stunning vineyard and cap it off with a lovely wine tasting.

We recommend having lunch at the iconic Dry Creek General Store that was established in 1881 and offers a tasty variety of sustainably-made food. This afternoon, we’ll head to our second wine tasting of the day. If you have a specific place you’d like to visit, let us know and we will do our best to accommodate your request. Later, we’ll enjoy dinner at one of the world-class restaurants in the area.

DAY 3 
On our last day together, we’ll meet after breakfast to head out for our last vineyard walk. After a couple scenic miles on foot, we’ll arrive at our final wine tasting of the tour. Afterward, we’ll head back to the hotel to check out. We’ll say our farewells and shuttle you back to the Santa Rosa airport or leave you to extend your stay in the area.

TOUR ACCOMMODATIONS
The Dry Creek Inn is a Tuscan-style getaway conveniently located in the northern part of Sonoma County, just outside of Healdsburg’s downtown area. Relaxing by the outdoor firepits, or lounging poolside with a glass of wine in hand, it is the perfect place to unwind from a busy day and your big city concerns.

*Please note: Hotels are subject to availability. If the listed hotel is not available at the time of the tour, a hotel that is equal or better to the original will be secured.
 
Practical information
ARRIVAL & DEPARTURE
We will meet you either at our host hotel in Healdsburg at 1:00 PM on the first day of the tour or at the Santa Rosa airport. The tour ends on Day Three at noon. If you have a car, you can leave it at the hotel as you will not need it during the tour. We will also provide a shuttle back to the Sonoma County Airport for those flying out or wishing to take a shuttle from there.
 
Included
  • All Local Transportation
  • Double Occupancy Lodging
  • Two breakfasts and two dinners are included. (Lunch will be on your own to give you a chance to explore the area)
  • All Scheduled Activities
  • Wine During Organized Tastings
  • Professional Tour Host
  • Travel insurance is also not included
Not Included
  • Travel to and from Santa Rosa/Healdsburg
  • Wine with meals
  • Personal expenses
  • Optional gratuities to local staff and your guide
Group-size:
4 - 16 people
Rates
Per
Price
Pricing Info
Person
$
1,200
Public Tour
Person
$
1,200
Private Tour during the week (Minimum: 4 people)
Person
$
1,600
Private Tour over the weekend (Minimum: 4 people)
Add-on
Per
Price
Pricing info
Person
$
350
Optional single supplement
Timing
Dates
Start Time
More Information
More information about the timing
Daily12:00 PMPrivate tour, ask for availability
On Oct 27, 20191:00 PMPublic tour
Duration
3 Days
Frequently Asked Questions
Wine Tours: winery visits, vineyard walks, food and wine pairing dinners, blind wine tastings, conversations with vintners, and more
Our tours include double-occupancy lodging at four-star hotels, meals as indicated in the tour itinerary, local transportation, all organized culinary and drink experiences, and the professional services of a Taste Vacations host and, sometimes, a local guide. Alcoholic beverages at meals are not included in the cost of the tour, allowing you to choose your own wines, beers, or other beverages. Deluxe accommodation upgrades are available for each tour, upon request.
While everything under “What is Included” on the webpage for each trip will remain the same, the actual restaurants, hotels, and activities listed in our itineraries are subject to modifications. Changes that are out of our control are common – a restaurant closes or loses its awesome chef, a winery changes its visiting hours, a hotel gets remodeled, a road undergoes construction. You are entrusting us to create an outstanding vacation for you and so it is possible we may take the liberty of making necessary changes (even at the last minute, during the guides’ scout) to the itinerary that will improve your overall trip experience. If there is any one experience that is going to make or break your trip, please discuss this with us in advance! We will attempt to keep our website itinerary as current as possible and communicate any major changes with you in the weeks prior to the tour.
Our trip prices are based on double occupancy. If you are coming on a trip solo, we will find you a roommate of the same gender. Many tour companies require you to pay a single supplement if they can’t find you a roommate on a public tour. We don’t! If we can’t find you a roommate then you may end up getting your own room at no charge (although this is fairly rare). You also have the option to pay the single supplement to get your own room if you don’t want a roommate. Please see each individual tour page for the single supplement cost.
We select hotels that provide unique and comfortable accommodations while also being conveniently located and providing a casual atmosphere. We believe the best hotels are those that walk the walk by providing outstanding in-room comfort, excellent staff, and complete amenities. We are not impressed by hotels trying to impress. Keep in mind that hotels differ in different countries. We might stay in a modern, upscale hotel in the United States but choose a historical gem upgraded with modern comforts in Europe. Please keep in mind we sometimes have to switch a hotel from what is listed on each tour page due to availability. We eat our meals in a variety of locations from a private dinner at an estate winery to a beer pairing dinner with a brewmaster to a formal dinner at a city’s finest restaurant. Some meals are more casual and some more formal – we like the variety and think you will too. All of our restaurants pride themselves on serving top-quality meals in keeping with the local culture.
Since our tours are focused on wine, beer, and spirits tastings where we encourage long, lingering meals, and may need to travel to get between destinations, our vacations are designed to be enjoyed without children.
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Cancellation Policy
Non-Refundable
  • Cancellations made at a later date will not be refunded.
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It was wonderful! We loved having a private guide and felt like insiders. The walks and tastings were perfectly paced and planned.
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I was completely enchanted by the unexpected vibrancy of the autumn vineyards. Drinking the wine, I felt an intimate connection to those soft hills and bursting grapes.
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Fantastic – fun – informative – couldn’t have asked for a better vacation
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On this brewery and winery tour, you can expect:

Exceptional service from our chauffeurs

Luxury sedan & SUV transport

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Highlights

Private wine tour from San Francisco to Napa and Sonoma

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If guests wish to have free wine tastings as a priority, guests must choose wineries from a select list provided to them. Please clarify after time of booking your group's preferences.)

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Frogs Leap

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Paraduxx

Chimney Rock Winery

Ram's Gate

Del Dotto

Far Niente

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Gundlach & Bundschu

Ledson Winery

Benzinger Winery

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