Warm Up Your Winter with a Wine Country Tour
Do you still run Wine Country tours if it rains?
We get asked that question all the time. People from around the world visit San Francisco throughout the year, and they need something fun to do when it’s rainy, foggy and cold.
Our answer is simple:
A wine tour from San Francisco to Napa and Sonoma is the perfect thing to do when the weather sucks. Fog can blanket The City at any time of year, so it’s important to plan appropriate activities.
We love Wine Country in the winter. For starters, it’s less crowded. Just as fall brings the excitement of harvest and crush, winter offers up a time to breathe and reflect on past successes and dreams of what the future holds.
Vineyards showcase their own personalities in the winter, going from golden and red to almost bare before coming back to life in the spring. It’s a sleepy more introspective time of year, yet equally enlivening.
A fact of Bay Area weather is the San Francisco fog. It can be totally gloomy in San Francisco and sunny just across the Golden Gate Bridge en route to Wine Country. Wine tours from San Francisco can help you balance urban chill with Wine Country warmth.
Even if you live in the San Francisco Bay Area, winter is a great time to plan a wine tour, especially if you’re entertaining out-of-town guests. Your tasting experience will be indoors during inclement weather, which is one of the reasons wine tasting is the perfect winter day trip.
Our passionate winery partners will help you learn about their winemaking processes and techniques. Public tours visit three boutique wineries, where you’ll get to taste 4-6 different wines at each.
The following wineries exude Wine Country warmth and are featured on our Napa and Sonoma Combo Wine Tour.
Robledo Family Winery has a historic vibe. Surrounded by vineyards, the cozy Sonoma tasting room is a veritable shrine to the family heritage with old photos and awards. The winery opened in 2003, becoming the first one established by a former Mexican migrant worker. Reynaldo Robledo left his home in Michoacan, Mexico in 1968 at the age of 16 to move to Napa Valley and work in the vineyards. He got his start at Christian Brothers Winery.
Nicholson Ranch Winery is tucked into a Sonoma hillside at the crossroads of four different wine-growing areas. The tasting room is warm, with Old World charm.
Bouchaine Vineyards is a small winery in Napa that dates to the 1880s. It is the longest continuously operated winery in the Carneros region. Get toasty with a glass of wine next to the fire pit.