9 Fantastic Napa Valley Wine Tours For Every Traveler

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9 Fantastic Napa Valley Wine Tours For Every Traveler

By Hana-Lee Sedgwick February 23, 2024

Thanks to its picturesque vineyards, wineries with stunning architecture, and critically-acclaimed wines, it’s not surprising that most visits to Napa Valley are centered around wine tasting. Yet, with so many quality options, deciding where to taste is no easy feat; not only that, but being the designated driver is a good way to end up with a serious case of FOMO. That’s why wine tours are a great option for tasting your way through Napa Valley. Whether you take a traditional tour or opt for a more unique experience, these Napa Valley wine tours make it easy to take advantage of this world-renowned wine region.

For the Napa newcomer: Beau Wine Tours & Limo

Beau Wine Tours & Limo
Photo Courtesy of Beau Wine Tours & Limo

If you’ve never been wine tasting in Napa Valley, Beau Wine Tours & Limo offers introductory tours perfect for Napa Valley newbies. Venture along Hwy 121 or the Silverado Trail as you explore some of the iconic wineries that have helped make Napa Valley famous, like Beringer Estate and Charles Krug. The experience can be customized to your tastes and knowledge level, with intimate, boutique wineries to round out your tour as well as insights into Napa’s grape varieties and terroir to help you gain a better understanding of this beloved wine region.

1754 Second Street, Suite B, Napa, CA 94559, (707) 257-0887

Napa Valley Aloft
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Founded in 1978, family-owned Napa Valley Aloft is one of the original hot air balloon companies in Napa. While they offer early morning small group flights, if you really want to impress your significant other, spring for the exclusive hot air balloon ride for two. Follow it up with the optional Champagne breakfast, and you’re sure to score some brownie points with your date. Coupled up or not, Napa Valley Aloft makes for a memorable way to view the valley.

6525 Washington Street, Yountville, CA 94599, (707) 944-4400

For the young at heart: Napa Valley Wine Trolley

Napa Valley Wine Trolley
Napa Valley Wine Trolley, Photo courtesy of Shutterstock

Hop aboard one of the open-air, hand-built replicas of San Francisco’s famous street cable cars and feel like a kid again during this unforgettable tour through Wine Country. The classic Napa tour stops at three charming wineries and includes a family-style lunch, knowledgeable guide, and plenty of opportunities to take in the view along the way. Since the Napa Valley Wine Trolley picks up at the Oxbow Public Market, we’d suggest going early to fuel up on delicious eats before your trolley departs.

1754 Second Street, Suite B1, Napa Valley, CA 94559, (707) 252-6100

For the California dreamer: California Wine Tours and Transportation

Touring Wine Country by way of a luxury limo? Not too shabby. Exploring Napa Valley and its stunning vineyards with the top down during an Open-Air Tour? Now we’re talking. California Wine Tours’ fleet of vehicles may include limos, party buses, vans, and SUVs—in fact, they own and operate the largest and most diverse fleet of luxury vehicles in Northern California—but it’s their classic convertibles and sprinter van convertibles that will really put you into vacation mode (and let you bask in that California sun). California Wine Tours specializes in curated wine tours and each experience is unique to each group, so whether you’re a large group of wine novices or a smaller group of experienced tasters, they know how to make each experience special.

4075 Solano Avenue, Napa, CA 94558, (800) 294-6386

For the wine enthusiast: Pure Luxury Transportation

Pure Luxury Transportation
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Pure Luxury offers a variety of Napa Valley wine tours for all types of wine drinkers, from newbies to enthusiasts, but curious oenophiles will appreciate the company’s Exclusive Sommelier Tour. Led by a well-respected sommelier and completely customizable based on your wine and winery preferences, you’ll tour boutique and historic wineries specializing in limited release wines as you learn about wine, grapes, and winemaking techniques from an insider. It’s a great opportunity to consult a professional on all those wine-related questions you’ve been meaning to ask.

4246 Petaluma Boulevard North, Petaluma, CA 94952, (800) 626-5466

For the outdoor lover: Getaway Adventures

Getaway Adventures
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For those who like to stay active while sightseeing, Getaway Adventures’ Sip n’ Cycle is a great option, providing a fun way to discover the area on two wheels. This guided bicycle tour will take you through the scenic back roads of Napa Valley, with stops for wine tastings and a picnic lunch along the way. Since the Sip & Cycle tour covers roughly 12 miles throughout the day on mostly flat roads, it’s a more leisurely than strenuous biking experience, but nonetheless a great way to visit some of the area’s more off-the-beaten-path wineries.

Meeting location: 1401 N Oak Street, Calistoga, CA 94515, (800) 499-2453

For the Napa sightseer: North Bay Wine Tours

North Bay Wine Tours
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Like many tour companies on this list, the family-owned North Bay Wine Tours takes a personalized approach to serving their clientele. Yet, it’s their commitment to providing a comprehensive Napa experience that makes them a fantastic choice for the traveler seeking an in-depth immersion into Napa’s wine culture. Alongside your winery visits, which may include boutique wineries and larger estates, you’ll have the chance to explore local landmarks and artisanal eateries, each narrating a unique chapter of Napa’s story. Every private tour also includes a few wine tasting staples, like snacks and water, plus a can of MAKER wine.

For the small group: Master Wine Tours

Master Wine Tours | Mitch Boatman
Photo Courtesy of Master Wine Tours | Mitch Boatman

This small, family-owned tour service wins fans for its quality service and customer satisfaction, providing a personalized tour of Napa Valley that is completely tailored to each individual group’s tastes and preferences. In fact, prior to each trip, Master Wine Tours works with each guest to discover their interests, then puts together a tour that’s truly unique to each group. With vehicles that can accommodate up to 6 – 12 guests, Master Wine Tours is a great option if you’re traveling with a smaller group.

25 Fairways Drive, Napa, CA 94558, (707) 266-3750

For the explorer at heart: Designated Drivers

Designated Drivers | Lisa Gordon
Photo Courtesy of Designated Drivers | Lisa Gordon

While a wine tasting tour with Designated Drivers can really be whatever you want it to be, this tour company knows how to please those looking to go off the beaten path and explore some of Napa’s hidden gems. Itineraries can be tailored to your specific goals, whether you’re looking to discover Napa’s up and coming producers, find the wineries that only offer their wine at the winery, or taste some of the most limited-production wines in the valley.

2587 Wine Country Avenue, Napa, CA 94558, (707) 244-1180

Conclusion:

Whether you’re eager to burn off some indulgences from Wine Country with a biking excursion or are seeking a luxurious experience through a private, curated tour, Napa offers a wine tour adventure for every type of traveler. And, while there are dozens of great tour options out there, you can’t go wrong choosing one (or two!) of these for a memorable Napa getaway. Cheers!