Planning to explore Sonoma Wine Country? Relax in luxury, and leave the details and the driving to others as you enjoy the bounty of the Sonoma wine country on a private tour with a local guide/chauffeur.
Or perhaps you’re interested in visiting wineries, no matter the location, known for great Pinot Noir. Then, too, you may want to focus on wineries with an art collection, on-site restaurants, great views, or sensational wine and food pairing.
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A touring company specialist will listen carefully and put together a tour that matches your desires. As you drive along the byways of Sonoma County, your driver can answer questions about the sights you see, the wineries you visit, and the wines that interest you.
And when you leave the driving to a professional in wine country, there’s another great advantage: safety. That’s because your driver refrains from wine tasting throughout the tour.
Here is a quick selection of top Sonoma County wine tours to consider:
This full-service transportation company operates one of California’s largest chauffeured fleets, ranging from hybrid sedans, Lincoln Navigators, and stretch limos to 56-passenger motor coaches.
It can handle everything from airport pickups and wedding celebrations to large corporate group events, including putting together customized private tours.
“Our tours are unusual,” said Chief Operating Office Jennifer Buffo. “The experiences our guests have range from private meetings with winery owners or winemakers to visiting a winery that’s not open to the public. They have an experience they can’t have somewhere else.”
There are also standard limousine package tours for groups of six to eight people. These are typically about five hours long, and explore a specific area or issue — the Russian River Valley, Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma Valley, or sustainable farming practices.
Details: Pure Luxury Transportation, 4246 Petaluma Blvd. N., Petaluma, 800-626-5466
On the mixed-group Sonoma County tour, join a handful of other guests to explore three to four wineries in Alexander Valley, Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma Valley, Russian River Valley, or the Healdsburg area.
Pick up is available from most Sonoma County hotels and from Fisherman's Wharf or Union Square in San Francisco, and the cost includes all tasting fees. A typical mixed-group tour includes six guests, but the size of the group can vary from two to 12.
The customized itinerary for private wine tours (two to 14 people) is completely flexible, and can include anywhere in Northern California's Wine Country. Pricing for this full-day tour is based on the number of people, not the number of hours (tasting fees are not included).
Details: Terrific Tours, 40 Fourth St., #214, Petaluma, 707-658-2748
With a large fleet of new Mercedes and Cadillac sedans, SUVs, limos, vans, and buses, Beau Wine Tours can handle transportation needs for everything from a couple on their honeymoon to a corporate conference.
Perhaps you want to explore the Russian River wine region, or Sonoma Valley. Wine knowledge is a particular specialty of the staff here, as guides create wine country experiences that will both educate and entertain their guests, customized to people who are new to wine tasting, intermediate, or connoisseurs.
You can opt for one of the many private tour packages, as well — the four-hour and six-hour Sonoma Valley wine tours, for example. You’ll be picked up in a private stretch limousine and taken to some of Sonoma Valley’s finest wineries, or you can make your own selection.
Details: Beau Wine Tours and Limousine Service 21707 Eighth St. E., Sonoma, 707-938-8001
Enjoy a private, personal tour of Sonoma County wineries, led by company founder and owner Soussan Taleghani. Follow an itinerary customized to your tastes, interests and preferences, whether it's cabernets, chardonnays, delicate pinot noirs, or another focus.
Born and raised by the warm waters of the Caspian Sea, Taleghani is dedicated to offering wine tours more as they are done in Europe and elsewhere worldwide, where guests get first-hand information and can bring home great memories of the wine country. Get an inside look into winemaking, one-on-one time with winery sommeliers, access to fantastic wines, and barrel tastings.
The goal is informative tours where guests walk away with more than just tasting wine; they have their questions answered about wine, winemaking, vineyards, and more.
Details: Sonoma Wine Tours, Santa Rosa, 707-486-0377
This family-owned company provides custom wine tours in Sonoma Wine Country. Woody spends more time touring northern California’s world renowned vineyards than most people do sleeping.
For more than a decade, Woody has tasted thousands of wines and cultivated relationships with hundreds of winemakers. These relationships allow Woody’s Wine Tours to create custom tour packages that are pure entertainment, with an intimate connection to the wine country that you will never forget.
Details: Woody's Wine Tours, Santa Rosa, 707-396-8235
Looking for more fun things to do during your trip to Sonoma County? Take a look at the many outdoor activities to enjoy in the valleys, vineyards, coastline and Russian River areas of Sonoma County.