Fun Wine Tours in Sonoma County
Unique tour styles make the travel part of winery hopping in Sonoma County almost as much fun as being at the wineries themselves.
From a luxurious Lincoln Navigator to a replica-1890s trolley, or even a bicycle, these unique transportation options weave in interesting storytelling from guides, refreshing open-air enjoyment and, sometimes, fine food and wine to partake on the road, too.
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Lin Durling, founder of Sonoma-based Artisan Wine Tours, says he 'seeks to redefine luxury travel in Wine Country.' For more than a decade, Durling owned and operated a niche aviation company and now focuses on creating customized wine tours and 'dream adventures' for discerning travelers.
His specialty is relationships – with wineries, restaurants, planning coordinators, transportation providers, and guides – for bringing his customers authentic behind-the-scenes experiences.
The vehicle? A six-passenger Lincoln Navigator, custom designed for private-jet style and comfort.The details? The car includes sparkling wine, bottled water, and soft drinks.
The destinations? Wherever you can dream of, from exclusive wineries, to cooking schools, organic vineyards, local cheese producers, or Michelin-star restaurants. Cost: In most cases, rates are hourly, including concierge service.
Contact: Artisan Wine Tours, 707-235-9050
You don't need to go to the big city to ride in a vintage 1890s San Francisco cable car. This hand-built replica of an authentic trolley operates as a private charter vehicle that can handle groups of up to 28 passengers on six-hour field trips to top Sonoma Valley wineries.
Tasting tastes even better with open-air views, a sound system including an iPod dock, and on-board refreshments featuring a country French picnic lunch catered by the girl & the fig.
Contact: Sonoma Valley Wine Trolley, 707-938-2600
Enjoy cycling on backroads with stunning scenic vineyard views on the Healdsburg Cycling Wine Tour, which starts in downtown Windsor and heads out into the country, with stops at J Winery and Rodney Strong Winery in Healdsburg, or if you prefer you can visit small, family-owned wineries offering beautiful views.
Or, peddle leisurely through the rolling hills of the world famous Russian River Valley wine region on the Sonoma Wine Country Tour, biking on relatively flat nature trails and quiet country roads, and visiting two to three award-winning wineries, where you'll get a warm welcome and VIP treatment.
And if wine isn't really your thing, experience craft beers at their finest on the Santa Rosa Bike 'N Brew Tour, with visits to local taverns and brew pubs.
Contact: Ace It Bike Tours, 707-687-5152)
More Sonoma County Companies Offering Fun Wine Tours:
- Beau Wine Tours
- Bohemian Highway Travel Company
- Getaway Adventures
- Healdsburg Wine & Food Walking Tours
- Let's Go Wine Walk
- Open Air Jeep Tours
- Pure Luxury Transportation
- Sonoma Sterling Limousines and Party Buses
- Sonoma Wine Tours
- Terrific Tours
- Woody's Wine Tours