Sonoma Valley is truly the best place to visit to learn about the rich history of wine-making in the state of California. Sonoma County, which encompasses the valley, is considered the birthplace of the commercial wine industry in the state in the mid-19th century. Therefore, the valley is home to several wineries that provide some of the best wine in all of the country. Wine lovers can experience what this land has to offer through Sonoma Valley wine tours that offer a unique opportunity for exploration, learning, and excitement.
Wine tours allow you to see the resources that go into creating the drinks that you know and love. You get a quick behind the scenes to meet the people responsible for some fantastic wines, the processes they use, and their relationship with the land that has enabled them to offer something unique to the world. If the idea of a tour excites you, read on and see what a wine tour in Sonoma Valley could be like.
Make Your Day Special with a Sonoma Wine Tour
What ultimately defines your experience during a Sonoma wine tour is how well it’s organized. A wine tour should be about fun and relaxation, and you can only do that if all aspects of the visits are taken care of, including transportation, winery bookings, and travel routes. Well, this article provides a sample itinerary of such a tour. There are, of course, visits to more than one winery, allowing you to see, taste, and smell the contrast among the drinks from various parts of this wine-making region.
So, whether you want to go alone and make friends along the way or take a handful of special people with you, you can certainly expect the tour below to be time well spent.
10:00 am – Iron Horse, Tasting
Iron Horse is an estate winery that’s known for its handcrafted sparkling wines that give of a unique “sense of place.” What this means is that each sip feels characteristically part of Iron Horse, with its own unique nuances within the perfectly balanced drink. At your first stop here, you can experience their elegant Pinot Noir and radiant Chardonnays, all of which are known for showcasing balance in all aspects of the drinks.
The result of that testament to balance is that each wine undergoes the right amount of care and time to create. Thus, there are no recipes for the wines here. Instead, each one is made through a meticulous process to ensure that it meets the standards associated with Iron Horse. So, take your time when you’re here, and try to appreciate the subtleties that this winery has to offer. And the best part is that you can experience all of that for only $30 per person (pp).
12:00 pm – Bricoleur, Roots Tasting
At noon, you’ll arrive at the Bricoleur vineyard, where you’ll get an agricultural experience unlike before. The winery is known for its beautiful greens that always manage to foster new friendships among visitors. There’s something so relaxing about being there, and drinking wine only adds to the lighthearted atmosphere. This is perhaps one of the reasons why it’s present in the itineraries of various Sonoma wine tours.
You can expect a few different grape varietals at this vineyard, all of which are made from fruit freshly grown from the estate itself. So, each drink feels wholly authentic and of outstanding quality. Some varietals include Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache, Sauvignon Blanc, Zinfandel, and more.
Moreover, as you stroll through the natural landscape during each drink, you’ll view some gorgeous creatures roaming the area. At that moment, you can truly feel great about getting away from the busy city life for a day.
2:00 pm – MacRostie, Tasting
The perfect way to spend the middle of the day on your Sonoma wine tour is the seated wine-tasting experience at MacRostie. The seating arrangement is placed strategically, allowing you to look into the distance of the breathtaking beauty of the vineyard and beyond. At MacRostie, you’ll get to taste five different wines, but the focus will specifically be on Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays from the Sonoma Coase and the Russian River Valley.
The area allows only groups of eight to this experience, so you will have a great opportunity to socialize with other members of the tour. At the same time, the limited number of visitors provides a memorable cozy, and home-like feeling to the space.
4:00 pm – Christopher Creek, Tasting
The final stop of the day is at the Christopher Creek Winery. This part of the itinerary is left up to you. So, you can choose the type of tasting you want to do after you arrive at the winery. The upside, of course, is that the winery is known for delicious wines, so you can expect some exceptional flavors regardless of what tasting you pick. In addition to that, the gorgeous views offer a relaxed ambiance that, coupled with the drinks, allow you to end the adventure of that day on a high and satisfying note.
Last Few Words
Sonoma Valley wine tours are the best with California Wine Tours. We are a tour company that understands the land and the produce that comes from it. Thus, we ensure that every tour is designed in a way that best showcases what California’s wine-making region has to offer. Moreover, we ensure that the entire experience is stress-free for you by providing you with luxurious transportation and respectful and knowledgeable chauffeurs who can educate you about the area as you drive through it. So, whether you’re from Cali or are visiting, find a wine tour that suits you and embark on an unforgettable journey with us.