A visit to Napa Valley or Sonoma Wine Country is on the bucket list of many visitors to the Bay Area, yet with roughly 1,000 wineries in total, it begs for at least a few days of exploration. If you’re staying in San Francisco and are limited on time, a small wine haven sits just a quick subway or ferry ride away in the East Bay at Oakland’s Jack London Square.
Located right on the waterfront, this area has been at the heart of Oakland’s Port operations since the mid-1800s. It’s still a working seaport today, but in recent years has been reenergized as a lively, mixed-use commercial district full of restaurants and bars, urban wine tasting rooms, shopping, and recreational activities. The square hosts dozens of annual events, including an Art & Wine Festival in the Spring and a Wine Walk in the Fall, and is named for the famous author Jack London, who spent much of his youth at the port. His work there as an oyster pirate and sailor provided inspiration for many of his stories later in life.
There are no vineyards in sight, but on a day trip to the walkable Jack London Square, you can still pack a full itinerary centered around wine. Here we’ve rounded up the best spots to visit.