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 9 Napa Valley wine tours make it easy to take advantage of this world-renowned wine region.
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 Robert Mondavi Winery, Chateau Montelena, and Beringer Estate. 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
For those who like to stay active while sightseeing, Napa Valley Bike Tours is the tour for you, providing a fun way to discover the area on two wheels. With different levels to choose from, including guided and self-guided options, there’s an experience suitable for every visitor and budget. Most routes stick to flat to gently rolling scenic roads with 3-5 miles between stops, allowing for a leisurely way to visit some of the area’s more off-the-beaten-path wineries.
6500 Washington Street, Yountville, CA 94599, (707) 251-8687
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 for up to 14 passengers, if you really want to impress your significant other, spring for the exclusive hot air balloon ride for 2. 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
During a lunch or early bird dinner with Gourmet Food & Wine Tours, you’ll savor four courses and pairings at different restaurants — all located within walking distance. Choose to experience the wine and food of Yountville, which has the most Michelin-starred restaurants per capita, or stay riverside in Napa, where you’ll sample creations from renowned chefs paired with locally-made wine. It all makes for a fun, progressive culinary tour of Napa Valley that is sure to leave you happy and satisfied.
Yountville, CA, (415) 996-3663
Originally built in 1864 to take visitors to the resort town of Calistoga, the Napa Valley Wine Train is much more than just a means of transportation. With plush interiors and sophisticated charm, it provides a glimpse of a bygone era when train travel was an elegant experience. Once aboard, you’ll enjoy beautiful scenery as you pass by some of Napa’s most famous vineyards, historic estates, and farmlands. Stay on the train and enjoy the ride, or plan for a half or full day tour with wine excursions, which includes lunch aboard the train and private tours at some of Napa Valley’s most famous wineries.
1275 McKinstry Street, Napa, CA 94559, (707) 253-2111
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 to four 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.
754 2nd Street, Napa, CA 94559, (707) 252-6100
This small, family-owned tour service wins fans for its quality service and customer satisfaction, providing a personalized tour of Napa Valley for up to six guests. While passengers are responsible for tasting fees at each stop, Napa Your Way‘s friendly chauffeur will handle the transportation while providing insider information throughout the day. They can also arrange for a catered picnic at a winery or make a stop at a local eatery, like Gott’s Roadside or Oakville Grocery, because it’s likely you’ll get a little hungry in between all that wine.
Platypus Wine Tours offers private tours for small groups, but their “join-in” wine tour is a great option for those who want to experience Napa’s wineries while meeting new people along the way. During this approachable, sociable tour led by an informed guide, you’ll visit four charming wineries, have a picnic lunch at a winery, and socialize with other like-minded wine lovers as you taste your way through the area. Don’t be surprised if you leave with new friends.
101 S. Coombs Street, Napa, CA 94559, (707) 253-2723
Pure Luxury offers a variety of Napa Valley wine tours for all types of wine drinkers, but more serious 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.
30 Case Ct, American Canyon, CA 94503, (707) 253-0296
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