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Napa Valley Wine Tasting Tours: Explore this Region in Northern California

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by Jill Loeffler  •

Updated: May 11, 2022

Napa Valley wine tasting tours offer you the chance to get to know this world-famous wine region. During a visit, you will sample the wine, talk to winery staff, and taste for yourself why this region is so popular.

There are three types to consider. The first are guided trips that start in Napa Valley and take you to three to four places for tastings. The second type are those that start in San Francisco and bring you up to the region just for the day to taste at a few places.

The third type are those that are specific to one winery. For these, you will need to have your own transportation, and many require that you call ahead to book an appointment.

Napa Valley Wine Tasting Tours

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Napa Valley Wine Tasting Tours Starting in Napa

These Napa Valley wine tasting tours are perfect for those spending a night or two in the region. They will pick you up at your hotel or a designated location. Your guide will then take you to a few places for tastings, tours, and a chance to learn all about the region.

Napa Valley: Guided Wine Tour with Picnic Lunch

Spend the day exploring this beautiful Northern California wine region. This tour includes stops at three smaller, boutique wineries in the valley.

Throughout the day, you'll learn all about this region including its wines and history. You'll sample hand-picked wines at each location (tasting not included in the price) and hear more about each one as you taste.

You'll also enjoy a tasty boxed, picnic lunch at one of your stops (included in the price). 

It's a wonderful way to experience the region and its award winning wines!

>> Find out more about this tour and ticket availability for your dates

Napa Wine Train: You can also visit this winery on a package deal on the Napa Wine Train. Find details here

Napa Valley Wine Trolley

Another tour you might enjoy is the Napa Valley Wine Trolley. The main difference between this and the Napa Valley Wine Trolley and Castle tour is that this tour does not have a visit to the castle. On the plus side, you get to visit four wineries instead of three. So, if you are looking to spend more time tasting wine, instead of touring a castle, this would be your best bet.

Rombauer Vineyards

You will cruise through Napa Valley in a San Francisco replica open air Cable Car (make sure to dress appropriately for the weather). The trolley will pick you up at Oxbow Market, in downtown Napa, and take you through the valley. Your professional guide will give you information about the wineries and the region during each step of the tour. It also includes a catered picnic lunch by award winning chef Michael Chiarello.

This is one of the Napa Valley wine tasting tours that will conclude back at the Oxbow Market after your 6-hour journey. You must be 21 or older for this tour. Wine tasting fees and gratuities are not included in the price of the tour.

>> More about this tour and availability on GetYourGuide

Small Group Wine Tasting Tour

This is a great option for those looking for a personalized experience without the large price tag.

This fun tour lasts around 6 and a half hours. It includes stops at three backroads wineries with amazing wines (and ones you probably wouldn't have tried on your own!). Tasting at all three locations is not included in the price and is usually around $20 to $25 per person at each winery. 

It also includes a picnic lunch (included in the price) at one of the wineries. 

It starts and ends in Napa Valley. They also offer hotel pick-up for certain locations around the valley.

>> Find out more about this fun tour

Hot Air Balloon Tours: You can also head high above the valley on a sunrise Hot Air Balloon Ride. Find out what to expect before you book and tips to prepare for your journey.

Best Napa Wine Tours from San Francisco

If you are staying in San Francisco and just want to head up for the day, then these are the perfect options for you. These Napa Valley wine tasting tours will pick you up at your hotel in San Francisco, drive you up to the region for tasting, and then take you back to SF all in one day.

Napa and Sonoma Wine Country Tour

This is one of the most popular Napa Valley Wine Tasting Tours that includes a stop in Sonoma as well. You will visit three different wineries as you enjoy tasting their wines and having guided tours at them.

One of the reasons to take this tour is that not only do you get to taste and tour at three wineries, but your coach will also take you over the Golden Gate Bridge where you will get views of Alcatraz Island (weather permitting). Your professional guide will tell you all about locations, and the history of, Napa County.

Since you'll be traveling, tasting wine, and going on guided tours, you'll probably get a little bit hungry. If so, this tour has you covered with a stop in the quaint town Yountville. If you want to do a little shopping, you will many boutique stores to choose from here. The tour price starts at $119.00. This includes all the tasting fees but does not include lunch or gratuities. 

>> Find out more about this tour and check availability during your stay

Wine Tours from SF

Small-Group Napa Valley Tour from SF

This small group tour will also allow you to check out Napa Valley with a small group of other wine lovers. If you really want to explore this wine country in Northern California, this really is a can't miss trip. Once you are picked up for your hotel, you'll be able to relax while also getting ready for some wine tasting fun.

This 10-hour tour will make you think you are in heaven. And, since you are wine tasting in Napa Valley, well, you sort of are! During this tour, you will visit three of the top wineries and have lunch in the beautiful town of Calistoga.

One of the real treats of this tour is that you to explore the unique medieval castle at Castello di Amorosa and take a picture at the famous Napa Valley Welcome Sign.

After your tastings, your tour will stop for a photo op of the Golden Gate Bridge and get views of Alcatraz Island. 

>> Discover additional details about this tour and check for availability 

Hotel Deals in Napa

If you plan to spend a night or two or three in Napa, make sure to check out these great hotel deals before your stay. You will find deals all around Napa.

TripAdvisor: What's the #1 hotel in the Napa Valley? Read reviews & find hotel deals on TripAdvisor!

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VRBO: Another great lodging option is VRBO. You can stay at a local's house, apartment, or even just rent a room. It's a great way to feel more like a local while visiting. Find a great place to stay on VRBO.

5 Fun Wine Tasting Tours at the Wineries

You will find several Napa Valley wine tasting tours at individual wineries. These are five to consider during your stay. You will find details on how to book and what to expect for each one in their description below.

1. Beringer Legacy Cave Tour

Famous for being around for over 140 years, and for their sustainable farming practices, Beringer is can't miss on your trip to Napa Valley. Not only does it have a beautiful winery, and estate, but it has one of the nicest cave tours you can see on your outing around the valley.

Beringer stays true to its heritage as it produces only four wines: Chardonnay, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. However, since they only produce these four, they make them at the highest quality possible.

Regarding their Legacy Cave Tour, it is a real treat. It is given 5 times a day and lasts about 30 minutes. If you are bringing the family, then you are in luck since all ages are welcome, however only those over 21 can experience tasting three of their wines while on the tour. You will be taken through the winery and their extensive cave system during the tour. Additional tours are available on Beringer depending on your desires.

>> Visit their site to book this tour and discover additional options

2. Cakebread Cellars: In Depth Educational Tour & Tasting

Opening in 1972, Cakebread has one of the most fascinating origin stories of any winery you will ever imagine. Jack and Dolores Cakebread were shooting photographs for Nathan Croman's Treasury of American Wines, Jack and Dolores found Sturdivant Vineyards and decided they wanted to buy it and start their own winery. The Sturdivants sold them the vineyard, and 2 years later, their winery was born.

Cakebread is known for having many different varietals so everyone visiting will have a wine to fit their palate. Their winery is very beautiful and worth a stop there just to see it but it is even better when you take the In-Depth Educational Tour & Tasting. 

The In-Depth Tour & Tasting includes information on how the winery began, how it has evolved, and what the plans are for it. It also includes an explanation of how the wines are made, a tour through the vineyards, and a tasting of some of their best wines. This is a special tasting as it has a maximum of 12 people total and only 6 per group. Other tastings are available also.

3. Grgich Hills Estate: Grgich at a Glance & The Unforgettable

If you don't know, and want to impress your friends, you can visit Grgich Hills Estate and drop this bit of knowledge on them: Grgich Hills wine maker, and owner Mike Grgich, was the winemaker at Chateau Montelena during the "Paris Tasting of 1976" when their wine was voted the best white wine in the world. It's just one of the reasons I recommend this spot as I know the wine pleases almost everyone that tastes it.

Tasting in Napa

One of my favorites is the Grgich at a Glance which includes a tour of the estate while tasting their world class wines as you learn about their winemaking style and the vineyards. You will also learn more about the history of the winery and how that inspires them to make the best wine they can.

With a name like “The Unforgettable”, you know you are in for a tour that you will not soon forget. This tour was designed by Mike Grgich who wanted to give visitors a different way to learn about their wines and their vineyards. It starts in the vineyard and continues with you getting to experience how the wine starts with their grapes, ages, and becomes the wine you taste today. The tour concludes with a seated cheese and wine pairing.

>> More information about this tour on their site 

4. Rutherford Hill: Cave Tour & Barrel Tasting

Just off the beaten path lies the Silverado Trail where Rutherford Hill is located. I can talk more about their great wines, but I want to get straight to their tour as it is ranked as one of “The Most Unique Wine Tours in Napa Valley” in 2016. 

You will have the chance to explore the estate, taste the wines and get deep into their beautiful caves as you take this tour. It is offered given three times a day. Reservations are suggested as this is one of their more popular tastings and tours.

>> Get your reservations here

5. Schramsberg's Cave Tour & Tasting

Schramsberg winery is notorious for fantastic wines and tours so it is perfect stop if you love sparkling wines and cave tours. Their caves are over 125 years and you will feel like you've been transported to the Champagne region in France. This tour is one of the longest tours that I know at an hour and a half, so make sure to prepare. 

You will taste 5 different sparkling and still wines with specifically chosen cheeses so you can experience the perfect pairing. All visitors must be 21 years or older seating is limited to 12 people.

This is one of the Napa Valley Wine Tasting Tours you will not want to miss!

>> Visit their site for more details and to book your tour today

>> Discover more of my favorite wineries near Calistoga

Wine Tasting Deals

You will also find some great wine tasting deals on Groupon. These are just a few of the top options available right now. Click the links below for details.

Vintage Sweet Shoppe: Chocolate and Wine Pairing Package for Two or Four at Vintage Sweet Shoppe (Up to 44% Off), check for availability

Envy Wines: Wine Tasting for Two or Four with a Take Home Bottle of Wine (Up to 50% Off), check for availability

Trentadue Winery: Wine tasting for two to four (Up to 45% Off), check for availability

*Note: Most deals last for 120 days after purchase, so make sure to check the exact terms before purchasing.

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