Wine tasting is one of Sonoma County’s favorite and most enjoyable activities, and what better way to take part in that than through some exciting Sonoma Valley wine tours.
Sonoma, a historic city in northern California is the ultimate birthplace of the state’s modern wine industry. It is located right at the heart of Sonoma Valley, the renowned winemaking region.
Did you know that Sonoma County is home to more than 425 incredible wineries and is known as the ‘most diverse premium wine grape growing region’ in the whole of the United States?
Whether you are an occasional wine-drinker or a die-hard wine aficionado, the ideal way to explore some of the best wineries in Sonoma is through a fun-filled Sonoma wine tour.
Experience the Ultimate Sonoma Valley Wine Tour
Sonoma Valley wine tours aren’t your average wine tours. They are carefully planned, detailed, and tailored wine tours featuring high-end chauffeured transportation and knowledgeable tour guides who will make your wine-tasting journey all the more fun and pleasant.
If you are looking to explore the amazing wineries in Sonoma Valley, here’s what you can expect on a typical Sonoma Valley wine tour.
10:00 am – Pick up at the Archer Hotel
This urban boutique hotel is the perfect starting point for your Sonoma wine tasting tour. It is located in the heart of the Downtown Napa neighborhood which is always buzzing with people, lights, and sounds.
The luxury Archer Hotel is just a few steps away from Oxbow Public Market and Napa Riverfront.
At 10:00 am, prepare yourself to be ushered to a luxury vehicle by a super friendly and trained chauffeur. California Wine Tours has its very own fleet of extravagant vehicles in Northern California that are maintained and driven by a team of skilled drivers who will also provide you with in-depth knowledge about the ultimate Wine Country.
10:30 am Gloria Ferrer – Terrace Tasting $55pp (60-minute experience)
The first stop of this Sonoma Wine tour is none other than Gloria Ferrer, one of the most exotic wineries in the Sonoma region. This is also the first-ever sparkling winery in Carneros, a beautiful wine-growing region in Northern California shared by both Sonoma County and the Napa Valley.
Gloria Ferrer came into existence when a man named José Ferrer brought his family’s dream of producing exceptional sparkling wine through traditional methods to reality.
José Ferrer, along with his wife Gloria settled upon Carneros among many other regions as the ultimate spot for making sparkling wine.
At Gloria Ferrer, you will get to enjoy a 60-minute terrace tasting experience where you will be able to sip your wine while taking in the breathtaking views from the vista terrace. As you taste your way through its rich wines, their wine educators will guide you so that you can make the most of this luxurious wine tasting experience.
12:00pm Buena Vista – Release Tasting & Boxed Lunches $55pp (90-minute experience)
After spending an hour and a half at Gloria Ferrer winery, you will head to Buena Vista Winery which is home to amazing wine tastings, relaxing picnic spots, lush formal gardens, and a number of historic buildings.
This is the first premium winery in California that was founded way back in 1857. It has a proud and colorful history and has become a historical landmark in California over the years. The vineyards in Buena Vista source the highest quality grapes that not only represent California’s exceptional terroir but also celebrate the uniqueness of this winery, Sonoma and Napa.
Here, you will experience an amazing release tasting along with boxed lunches, bringing you quite a taste of the Buena Vista wines along with some of its finest culinary treats. This 90-minute experience will be unlike any other and will probably stay with you for a long time!
02:00 pm – Domaine Carneros – Daily Tasting $40pp (60-minute experience)
The last stop of this exotic Sonoma Valley wine tour is Domaine Carneros, a winery best known for its estate vineyards, sparkling and still wines, formal gardens, and breathtakingly beautiful French-inspired chateau.
At Domaine Carneros, prepare yourself for a memorable 60-minute Daily tasting experience for both your eyes and your palate. While you sip your delicious still or sparkling wine, you will find yourself seated at a table that overlooks the spectacular rolling hills of Carneros. The tasting is led by an experienced, friendly, and hospitable wine connoisseur for your comfort and knowledge.
The winemaking process at this winery begins with the impeccable fruits of Carneros, the majority of which are grown in their very own vineyards. The attention to detail in this process is simply too impressive which helps preserve the rich, authentic taste of the wine at each and every step.
04:30 pm – Drop off at the Archer Hotel
These exhilarating and fun-filled Sonoma Valley wine tours come to an end during the day as you are dropped back at the Archer Hotel.
Even the ride back to the hotel is something to enjoy and remember as you are taken through Sonoma’s natural beauty laced with picturesque views, and at every stop, you will find something picture-worthy so make sure to keep your cameras ready!
A One-Of-A-Kind Experience
California Wine Tours brings you a one-of-a-kind experience to remember with its excellent and diverse fleet of luxury vehicles. More than that, its professional chauffeurs have so much knowledge about the region, its history, and winemaking which they will keep sharing with you throughout the Sonoma wine tours.
Those who already live in California have probably already experienced many of these amazing wine tours. However, for those who don’t live there and are planning a visit soon, make sure to experience Napa Valley or Sonoma wine tours because they will present you with an experience of a lifetime! If you are a true oenophile, the experience will just be unlike any other!