The 15-person Yelp sales team, headed by Michael Black, had a great time sharing a messy experience at Hopper Creek Winery.
The San Francisco-based group arrived in Napa just in time for the crush and dove in with both hands.
“We all loved pressing grapes and getting our hands purple. It was a great bonding experience,” Michael remembers.
He wanted to reward his team for accomplishing their quarterly goal. So what better way to celebrate than with a private wine tour.
Instead of trying to manage it himself, Michael got on the phone with his old friend Elie Sasson of Green Dream Tours.
“I knew he would take good care of us.”
Off the beaten trail
Elie planned a day-long tour to boutique wineries along the famed Silverado Trail. He guided the group to Luna Vineyards, Rutherford Hill Winery, and at Michael’s request, Hopper Creek.
“It was totally professional, nothing cliché about the tour,” says Michael. “Elie made it seamless and took care of all the details.”
At Luna, Elie explained the winemaking process while their host poured tastes on the veranda. Then the group moved on to Rutherford Hill where Elie had arranged a tour of the wine caves.
The last stop was Hopper Creek where they enjoyed their hands-on experience. The winery invites guests to participate in hand punchdowns, a gentle method of handling the grape that helps preserve fruitiness and maintain balanced tannins.
The Napa wine tour was exactly the experience Michael had hoped for. He says, “The day was so memorable, my team felt inspired and motivated. I’d definitely recommend it to other businesses.”