When the hustle and bustle of city life gets overwhelming, a getaway to Napa Valley sounds like just what the doctor ordered. But then the reality of Bay Area traffic starts to set in, and a weekend of Netflix and chill on the couch sounds more likely.
Don’t let your dreams of vineyard tours and heavenly wine tastings fade! There are plenty of great Napa Valley wine tours originating from San Francisco, making it easier than ever to visit your favorite wineries without ever having to take your car keys out of the junk drawer. From classic group tours to fully-customized private experiences to journeys from the sky, we’ve rounded up a few of our favorite Napa Valley wine tours from San Francisco.
What sets this tour company apart is their well-established relationships with vintners and winemakers in Napa Valley, allowing them to pull out all the stops for the most curious, adventurous, or discerning wine traveler. Knowing that Napa Valley is a magnetic getaway for those visiting or living in San Francisco, Beau Wine Tours has created specific itineraries for those looking to get out of the city for a Wine Country adventure. In addition to riding in style, you will enjoy a day of wine tasting at a selection of Napa Valley’s best, as well as a vineyard picnic with provisions from the famed Dean and Deluca market, and wrap it all up with dinner at one of Napa Valley’s Michelin-rated restaurants.
Established over 30 years ago on the founding belief that “every single customer deserves to be treated like a VIP,” Pure Luxury has built a reputation for professionalism, personalized service, and local knowledge delivered by a team of highly-trained, service-focused professionals. Once a one-limousine company, Pure Luxury has grown into a full-service, worldwide organization that is also a Certified Green ground transportation company, meaning you can feel good knowing they are committed to offsetting their impact on the environment. They offer a selection of curated Napa Valley tours as well as the option to create your own wine adventure, leveraging their knowledgeable and experienced staff to curate the perfect day.
For those looking for a completely hands-off experience, leave it to the professionals at California Wine Tours. Offering pick-up in Napa, Sonoma, and many Bay Area Cities, including San Francisco, this full-service tour company can plan your wine tasting adventure from start to finish. California Wine Tours’ fleet includes breezy convertibles, stretch limousines, luxury touring vans, and classic party buses, all kitted out for your private, chauffeured tour of Napa Valley. You will sip complimentary sparkling wine while you take in gorgeous vineyard views and cruise from winery to winery. Prefer to take a little more control over your experience? California Wine Tours also offers a simple, transportation-only option – you do the planning, they do the driving.
This well-established tour company specializes not only in classic tours of Napa and Sonoma, but also beer tasting tours, hiking and adventure tours, and excursions to other historic regions and landmarks throughout Northern California, like San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge, Muir Woods, and Sausalito. Take advantage of their Bespoke Tour option and customize your experience aboard their 13-passenger van with pick-ups offered in San Francisco, as well as San Mateo, Marin, Sonoma, and Napa Counties. As a fully-licensed tour operator, passengers are of course invited to hop on board with a picnic lunch or other tasty provisions for the drive to Wine Country, and encouraged to pop a bottle of wine purchased throughout their wine tasting journey on the ride home.
Customization and personalization are the name of the game with this small, locally-owned touring company. But don’t let their size fool you; Master Wine Tours comes with more than 20 years of experience offering wine tours in Napa and Sonoma, and has cultivated all of the insider knowledge to create a memorable experience for visitors to Wine Country. Master Wine Tours’ concierge works with each client to learn about their interests and preferred experiences, whether it’s a day of casual, stand-up tastings and a vineyard picnic, a schedule of formal, seated tastings, or something in-between. Whatever itinerary you create, you will enjoy it in the comfort of one of Master Wine Tours’ luxurious passenger vehicles.
The husband-and-wife team behind North Bay Wine Tours is deeply committed to promoting local producers and other family-owned businesses, as well as providing a sustainable way to explore Napa and Sonoma in their pristine Tesla Model Y and Model 3. Designed primarily for couples or small groups, North Bay Wine Tours offers several different options throughout Napa and Sonoma, from the Private Wine Tour, which includes visits at up to four wineries, beautifully-curated charcuterie boxes for each passenger, and welcome wine, to the All-Inclusive Wine Tour, which includes a hands-on trip-planning service, a welcome toast, personalized charcuterie lunch, complimentary pick-up, and up to eight hours of wine tasting.
In business since 1976, San Francisco Helicopters offers private charters to and from Napa Valley, allowing you to travel in comfort and style to Wine Country. Once on land, guests can enjoy their favorite Napa Valley wineries, followed by a much-shorter commute back to the City as you skip all Bay Area traffic in your privately chartered helicopter. Each group is limited to four to three people to ensure a highly personalized, VIP experience. They also offer a City Tour and a Golden Gate Tour which feature breathtaking aerial tours of the San Francisco Bay, Alcatraz, and the Golden Gate Bridge.