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Toast Your Wedding with a Custom Wine Tour for the Party

Wine and weddings – the two go hand-in-hand for a special celebration, and few places are better suited for such a showcasing as Sonoma County. Boasting more than 400 wineries, and endless gorgeous venues for indoor and outdoor nuptials, the region is a party planner’s paradise. For the most perfect union, a wine tour is a must for your wedding party.

The Blended Bliss Wedding Wine Tour Package is one excellent option, put together by Platypus Wine Tours. Known for its small-group guided tours, the firm specializes in Sonoma’s smaller, off-the-beaten-track wineries and historic family-operated wineries. The cozy charter buses can go where bigger vehicles can’t, and the drivers are part of the experience, well versed in Sonoma Valley history, culture, winery origins, vineyards and landmarks you'll see on your trip through the Valley.

Indeed, a recent tour through Sonoma and Sonoma Valley was directed by longtime chauffer Sam Honey, a Sonoma resident for 40 years. Sporting his trademark safari hat, he took a group through the back roads from winery to winery, explaining who owned which vineyards, a bit of juicy gossip, the origin of giant Clydesdales that roam pastures along Hwy. 121, and how biodynamics works for grape growing.

You may want to offer a tour as a thank you to wedding party members, as individual bachelor and bachelorette parties, or as a festivity for all your invited guests to enjoy. It’s truly a memorable souvenir of Sonoma County, as you visit three wineries and enjoy a picnic lunch, with special VIP receptions at each destination. Every tour is customized for whatever you wish, be that a jaw dropping chateaux with manicured grounds, or tastings at family-owned winemaker homes.

The package is designed to be simple, straightforward and hassle-free, whether it’s a no-host outing ($110 per person) or hosted by the wedding couple. There’s no minimum group number for participation, and you don't need to commit until three weeks prior to the tour date.

For extra flair, Platypus will build a custom reservation page just for you, including all the tour details. As people sign up, Platypus will send them a detailed tour confirmation, keep track of the reservations and keep you updated. You just sit back as your tour guide arranges your preferred wineries, lunch, and/or local attractions like olive oil mills or art galleries.

On the day of your wedding wine tour, Platypus will collect everyone - from different hotels if necessary – create a magical day, and then return everyone safely to their pick-up locations.

Bringing another sweet treat, there is no charge for the bride and groom for parties of 15 or more guests.

Need help planning your wedding? Sonoma County Tourism offers complimentary wedding assistance here.

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