Napa Valley is the ultimate wine country and over 500 wineries pepper the beautiful landscape. We asked our North America specialist Jenny to select the top five ways to explore this stunning region.
California wine tours
California’s vineyards are a must visit on any trip to North America’s Golden State. With a vast selection of wineries to choose from, and an array of tours on offer, Napa Valley and Sonoma County are fantastic destinations for even the most seasoned wine connoisseur.
Napa Valley is one of the world’s most prestigious wine destinations boasting hundreds of wineries ranging from the intimate to the legendary. From Cabernets to Chardonnays, it produces some of the country’s most celebrated wines. Choose to explore the region by rail on the Napa Valley Wine Train for a truly authentic wine-tasting experience through the beautiful scenery of the region. Aboard an antique Pullman railcar, a handpicked selection of wines will be served to your table, accompanied by delicious gourmet cuisine.
Fastidiously committed to a farm-to-table ethos, the fare is fresh and complements the region’s finest wines exquisitely. Sonoma County is often overlooked by visitors who choose better known Napa Valley instead. But as home to many award- winning wineries, from small, family-run vineyards to internationally renowned wine houses, it is firmly on the map as a wine tasting destination in its own right. From its rugged pacific coastline to impressive redwood forests, it is one of the most diverse winegrowing regions in the world. Opting for a personalised private tour makes for a totally unforgettable wine tasting experience as expert guides customise each tour to your palate and create an itinerary to take in the highlights of the Sonoma region.
For a truly unique wine tasting experience, discover either Sonoma County or Napa Valley on a cycle tour and savour the different wines of your chosen region on two wheels. Cycling through iconic vineyards, visiting a selection of well- known wineries and enjoying a picnic under the Californian sun is a truly unforgettable experience. It is also a fantastic way to learn about wine making traditions as your guide talks you through the process from grape to glass.
Whether you choose to visit the wine regions on a whistle-stop trip, or spend a few days enjoying them at a leisurely pace, a tailor- made tour is the perfect way to ensure your thirst is quenched by your favourite Californian wine.