Wine Country is just a bit too far from San Francisco for taxis or ride-shares. Luckily, Napa Valley & Sonoma Valley are the perfect distance for a day trip with wine tours from San Francisco.
Wine Country in Northern California is about two hours north of San Francisco.
The region is most notably known for its Mediterranean climate perfect for the vineyards dotted throughout Napa Valley, Sonoma Valley & Russian River.
Since Wine Country is close to San Francisco, it makes for a great escape anytime Karl the Fog rolls into the city.
And the honest truth is, we just aren’t experts in that region as we are with the San Francisco.
To help travelers find their way to Wine Country, we created a guide on how to get to Napa from San Francisco that breaks down different public transportation options and other popular ways of getting to Napa.
We think that, reserving a car rental for your Wine Country day trip is easy enough. If you already have someone willing to be designated driver between the Sonoma wine tastings at different vineyards, this will be a good option.
But our most popular suggestion, is for travelers to look at a few different wine tours from San Francisco for the best experience of Napa & Sonoma.
Most of these tours we’ve selected pick-up from easy to find locations near popular hotels in San Francisco. A lot of them include wine tasting fees. And all of them are fun ways of getting to Wine Country.
BEST WINE TOURS FROM SAN FRANCISCO
Green Dream Tours has always been the first local tour company we suggest for wine tours from San Francisco. We might be a little biased because we both run our tours from comfortable minibuses with a small tight-nit community of local driver-guides.
You can’t go wrong with any of their San Francisco wine tours to Napa, but we really enjoy this one that explores some of the smaller boutique winemakers.
They cover all of your wine tasting fees, but not lunch. That’s because they stop at Oxbow Public Market in Napa and let travelers choose their own options at the amazing local market filled with local restaurants with impressive beer and wine selectins.
Travel from San Francisco to Sonoma in brightly colored vintage VW buses with Painted Ladies Tours Company. This Wine Country day trip has a pick up location near the most popular hotels in Union Square and another location near some of the best hotels in Fisherman’s Wharf.
Once in the grape filled vineyards, all of your tasting fees are covered at each of the three award winning wineries on this Napa and Sonoma Wine Country tour.
For lunch you’ll enjoy a gourmet picnic spread featuring charcuterie and cheese plates, panini sandwiches, salads, pizza, flatbread and anti pasta with vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options.
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This is more than just Napa Valley tours and transportation, with Best Bay Area Tours you’ll also stop to explore the ancient redwood forest at Armstrong Redwoods State Preserve. Armstrong is a lot like the more infamous Muir Woods National Monument — but without the crowds or the parking restrictions.
On this comprehensive Napa Valley Wine tour package all three of your Napa Valley wine tasting fees will all be included in your ticket price. Lunch at the first winery will also be complimentary with the purchase of your ticket.
This wine tour from San Francisco also gets the distinct of being one of the only that stops at the Marin Headlands for some of the best views of Golden Gate Bridge with the San Francisco skyline in the background.
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Bin 415 is one of the most unique wine tours from San Francisco because your driver-guide is actually a certified sommelier!
Ride in style with a Mercedes Benz GLS 450 for your transportation from San Francisco to Napa with Bin 415.
Once in Wine Country, your personal somm will guide you through 3-4 wineries throughout Napa Valley & Sonoma. You won’t even have to worry about arranging lunch reservations because these private wine tours from San Francisco, everything is arranged for you.
If the Mercedes Benz with Bin 415 wasn’t fancy enough for you, you can also ride in your own personal limousine for the San Francisco to Napa drive.
Allure Limo Napa Tours offers pick up locations from San Francisco hotels to East Bay hotels, making this a great choice for those staying outside of the downtown area.
This Napa Valley day trip allows for you to explore Wine Country on your own schedule, without being tied down to any group schedule. This means you can stay longer at places you enjoy and skip over other wineries that don’t interest you.
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