Everyone has heard of the tasting rooms all over Napa Valley and Sonoma County. But did you know that there are several wonderful tasting rooms in San Francisco?
While Northern California Wine Country is a must-see for any wine lover, you can skip the drive and just venture out to the tasting rooms all over SF. You will find a few of them in Fisherman's Wharf, and many are also popping up further south in SF's SOMA and Dogpatch districts. In addition, you will find half a dozen places to taste on Treasure Island.
The difference between these tasting rooms and wine bars is that you taste their locally produced artisanal wines. Some also offer tastings from other popular Napa and Sonoma Valley wineries. Since many also have their production facilities on site, you can call ahead to request a tour of their winemaking areas.
Keep reading to learn more about my 6 favorite wine tasting rooms in San Francisco.
Address: 485 Jefferson Street (between the Argonaut Hotel and the Cannery)
District: Fisherman's Wharf
Hours: Sunday - Friday from 1pm - 8pm, Saturday from 12pm - 9pm
The Winery Collective is a multi-winery tasting room featuring wines from almost two dozen boutique wineries from all over California. In their tasting room, you can sample a variety of wines by choosing one of their popular flights. Each flight includes 4 to 5 wines from a variety of producers. The flight menu changes often, so you will always have something new to try.
Address: 222 Columbus Ave. (between Broadway and Pacific)
District: North Beach
Hours: Wednesday - Friday from 5pm - 9pm, Saturday from 1pm - 5pm
This urban but cozy spot offers tastings by the glass or by flight from more than 30 family-owned and operated wineries in California and all over the world, including their own winery, the Nine North Wine Company. It's situated right in the middle of some of SF's most vibrant neighborhoods in the historic Barbary Coast.
Address: 335 Powell Street
District: Union Square
Hours: Daily from 1pm -8pm
Chateau Montelena is a gorgeous estate in Calistoga at the top of Napa Valley. The quiet, exclusive, and luxurious ambience of the vineyards is transmitted through the elegant tasting room in the lobby of the historic Westin St. Francis Hotel in downtown San Francisco.
Address: 326 Brannan St.
Hours: Thursday - Saturday, 4pm - 8pm; by reservation, private large group happy hour Tuesday - Friday
Enjoy tasting delicious wines in an intimate setting that includes a quirky indoor space as well as an outdoor patio complete with a fire pit. The fun and simple atmosphere in the heart of one of San Francisco's most burgeoning districts reflects JAX's philosophy of "setting the agenda for modern Napa Valley."
Address: 995 Ninth Street Bldg 201
District: Treasure Island
Hours: Saturdays & Sundays 1pm - 5pm
While you are on Treasure Island, make sure you also stop at Treasure Island Wines. This was the first urban winery to open in San Francisco. They also rent space to other small artisanal wineries, so when you taste here, you have the chance to choose from up to 40 unique wines. Their selection ranges from Alexander Valley and Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignons to Chardonnays from Carneros.
Address: 30 Avenue G
District: Treasure Island
Hours: Currently open only for online orders and curbside pickup by appointment only
The Winery SF crafts their wines in their San Francisco winemaking facility. They source their grapes from top Napa Valley and Sonoma County vineyards. You will find several familiar varieties here including Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Chardonnay, and Sauvignon Blanc.