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Napa and Sonoma Wine Country Full-Day Tour from San Francisco
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icon8 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
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Overview

Escape to California’s famous wine country on this full-day tour from San Francisco. Taste regional varietals at multiple wineries in Napa and Sonoma, including both big-name and family-run estates. Learn about the winemaking process during guided tours of vineyards and barrel rooms, and savor the area’s gourmet culture with a stop for lunch in charming Sonoma Square Plaza.
  • Full-day trip from San Francisco to Sonoma and Napa Valley wineries
  • Visit popular wineries with all tastings and guided tours included
  • Drive over the Golden Gate Bridge for views of the Bay Area
  • Admire the rolling hills and vineyards that make up America’s premier wine region
  • Enjoy free time for lunch in Sonoma Square Plaza or Yountville
  • Learn about the history of winemaking from your expert guide
  • Transport by luxury, air-conditioned coach including onboard restroom and free Wi-Fi

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

This tour visits small-scale wineries and heavy-hitters alike with all tastings included.
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Transport by air-conditioned luxury motor-coach with restroom and power outlets
Professional guide
Winery and vineyard tours
Wine-tastings fees
Choose from two departure locations in San Francisco: Fisherman's Wharf or Union Square
Gratuities
Additional food and drinks, unless specified
No Hotel Pick-ups or Drop offs (Pick up from 2 departure zones only)

Departure Point

478 Post St, San Francisco, CA 94102, USA

Departure Time

9:00 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point

Departure Point

2800 Leavenworth St, San Francisco, CA 94133, USA

Departure Time

9:00 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Let your guide handle the driving and relax as you sip your way through California’s wine country. After leaving the city of San Francisco in the morning, settle into a luxury coach equipped with onboard amenities including a restroom, reclining seats, and Wi-Fi. Hear tales of Spanish missionaries and Gold Rush fortune seekers from your guide as you cruise across the Golden Gate Bridge and through the rolling green hills and pastures of Sonoma Valley.

Your first stop is Viansa Sonoma Winery. The property, which sits on a hilltop, offers iconic 270 degree views of Sonoma Valley. Taste a variety of wines while savoring the breathtaking scenery from the terrace.

Next is a visit to Roche Winery. Sip different varietals in the tasting plaza and enjoy a walking tour of the Roche family’s Tipperary vineyards. Your host will lead you through the winery, including a sampling of their latest vintage right from their barrels.

Indulge your appetite with a stop for lunch (own expense) at Sonoma Square Plaza, one of the largest plazas in California, and pick from multiple charming restaurants.

Continue on to the world-famous Napa Valley for a tour and tasting at Madonna Estate, a family-run winery that produces organic wines in the acclaimed Carneros winemaking region.

Back on the coach, savor the late afternoon sun and your wine-induced glow on the return drive to San Francisco. Enjoy a quick photo stop at the Golden Gate Bridge before getting dropped off at Fisherman’s Wharf or Union Square in San Francisco.

Please note: Depending on the day of your tour, the order of the wineries you visit, as well as which wineries you visit could change depending on availability and other determining factors.
Itinerary
Pass By:  
San Francisco Bay
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Pass By:  
Golden Gate Bridge
The tour crosses the iconic Golden Gate Bridge. On a clear day, the Golden Gate Bridge offers a panoramic view of the bay and the San Francisco skyline.
Stop At:  
Viansa Sonoma
Idyllically situated at the summit of the Sonoma Valley, Viansa embodies the proud history of local wine making. From their hilltop, you will enjoy a stunning view of the Carneros region. The legacy of Viansa, dates back to 1896 when Samuele Sebastiani arrived from Tuscany and saved enough money, while making cobblestones for San Francisco streets, to purchase vineyard property in 1904. Following in his footsteps, Samuele’s children and grandchildren continued the tradition of sharing great wine, supporting the land from where it comes, and through passionately maintaining precious wetlands that are vital to our ecosystem. Founded by Samuele’s grandson in 1989, Viansa Sonoma remains committed to producing wines of true excellence while continuing the tradition of land stewardship and wine making that defines the Sonoma Valley.
Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Roche Winery
Our second stop will bring you to Roche family boutique winery. where they offer over 35 years of award-winning wine making experience, several vineyard designate wines, varietals and blends, as well as their famous down-to-earth Irish hospitality. The Roche Family welcomes you to visit either our Sonoma winery tasting room where we offer daily barrel tastings, indoor and outdoor wine tasting bars, light bites, and a shaded outdoor tasting patio with fireplaces.
Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Sonoma Plaza
Lunch Time! After all the wine tasting it is necessary to refuel with some unique culinary fare. The quaint streets are filled with cafes, restaurants and shops with multiple options for your lunch experience. Remember after lunch there is still another winery to end the day.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
Pass By:  
Napa Valley
No visit to northern California is complete without a trip to Napa Valley. We take you through the heart of wine country. It is known for hundreds of hillside vineyards, showing off some of the most reknowen and award winning wines of California.
Stop At:  
Madonna Estate
Madonna Estate: Their wines have been handcrafted and family owned in Napa Valley for nearly a century. They are created from 100 percent organically grown grapes, located in the Carneros region of the Napa Valley. None of the wines available for purchase are found in any retail stores.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Golden Gate Bridge
On our way back to San Francisco, we will stop at the famous Golden Gate Bridge. This will allow the opportunity to experience this historic structure and see the beauty of the San Francisco Bay. Once you disembark the coach you will have plenty of time to take photos, and enjoy the panoramic views of the San Francisco Bay and San Francisco Skyline.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Minimum age for wine tasting is 21 years.
  • Please note: Depending on the day of your tour, the order of the wineries you visit, as well as which wineries you visit could change depending on availability and other determining factors.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 45 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Gray Line San Francisco

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Napa and Sonoma Wine Country Full-Day Tour from San Francisco?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by Napa and Sonoma Wine Country Full-Day Tour from San Francisco.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Napa and Sonoma Wine Country Full-Day Tour from San Francisco?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Napa and Sonoma Wine Country Full-Day Tour from San Francisco.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Napa and Sonoma Wine Country Full-Day Tour from San Francisco?
A:
The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Napa and Sonoma Wine Country Full-Day Tour from San Francisco?
A:
The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Napa and Sonoma Wine Country Full-Day Tour from San Francisco.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Napa and Sonoma Wine Country Full-Day Tour from San Francisco?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 45 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Napa and Sonoma Wine Country Full-Day Tour from San Francisco.

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Traveler Tips


  • "Don't be afraid to ask questions - my friend and I got additional tastings when chatting with the staff!" See review
  • "ALSO: bring a light jacket with you (I traveled in November)." See review
  • "This is not a kid-friendly tour, and truthfully there is nothing for a child on the tour, so there just be no excuse." See review

Reviews

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star-5
Great tour
James_B
, Aug 2021
We enjoyed the entire tour. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and we enjoyed his remarks. Doug (I think) also made a quick stop on the way back for a Golden Hate photo op which we all appreciated since the sun was shining. Great experience!
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star-4
Highly recommend
Chloe
, Aug 2021
After booking, I reached out to the company to ask where/what time we'd be arriving for lunch so I could plan ahead and make lunch reservations, The person I emailed was amazing and after responding followed up with lunch recommendations. Our tour guide, Doug, was very knowledgable and shared information about the region, wines, and ecology. Doug was attentive and read the group to determine if we wanted more or less time at a certain winery. At the end of the tour he was kind enough to extend our trip a bit to allow us a stop at the Golden Gate Bridge for a photo-op. While there was a disclaimer that the wineries and itinerary may change depending on a number of factors, I was a bit bummed to go to only 1/3 listed wineries. Overall I did enjoy the trip and would HIGHLY recommend (:
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star-5
Wine Tour
Camille_N
, Aug 2021
My fiancé & I really enjoyed our Wine Tour on 8/1/2021. Greg, our driver was absolutely professional, sincere, and extremely knowledgeable. He kept the passengers engaged as he shared the history of the vineyards and surrounding areas. This tour was wonderful and a “must do” for anyone visiting.
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star-5
Fun experience
Gloria_O
, Aug 2021
We were running late and Richmond waited for us and took us to the 1st stop to meet up with with group. The driver was super informative & nice. Checking on us and coming to find us when it was time to go. The experience was fun and the food at Sonoma square was delicious.
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star-3
high price for time spent in the bus
anonymous
, Jul 2021
high price for visiting only 3 wineries. add at least another one so guest don't feel like they were cheated. perhaps closer to each other without spending lot of time in the bus.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2021
Hello I'm sorry to hear that our tour did not meet your expectations. We have one of the most competitive prices in the market for this type of product, and we like to believe that that price we set really reflects the value we offer on it. Our tour includes a stop in the Golden Gate Bridge, guided narration during your 9 hours about Napa & Sonoma wine tradition and winemaking techniques, and 3 wine tasting experiences that are valued at 80-90 $ in total. We appreciate every customer's opinion and will internally evaluate if there is a way we could improve our tour for the coming guests. Thanks Manager at Gray Line San Francisco
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star-4
Moms 2021 trip!!!
Yanett
, Jul 2021
The tour guide. He was very knowledgeable and fun. He knew what every winery experience would be and at times it seemed he was a bit embarrassed for having to take us to the winery he probably would not recommend himself.
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star-3
Started good, but....
DeenaBerens
, Jul 2021
Our Guide Doug was excellent with so much information on everything about anything! Cool and fun guy. Our first winery BR Cohn had very good wines and fantastic grounds. I signed up for this tour because it seemed to be going to upper end wineries. I did not want to go to Sutter Home in particular, and this tour claimed to be going to 3 very nice wineries. But on the day of the tour found out we were going to Sutter Home that was extra far, horrible wines, meh grounds and made us come back 90 mins late and caused us to miss our dinner reservations. It felt like a bait and switch deal. It was overpriced for what we got.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2021
Hello Deena, I'm Xavier, and I work as General Manager for Gray Line San Francisco. Thank you for taking the time to write. I wanted to let you know that we are sorry that one of our partners' wineries did not meet your expectations. We make it a point to be known for product excellence, so this situation caught us off guard, and I will be sure that we improve it for the customers to come. I would like to personally talk to you and learn more about other aspects of the experience that we could improve on your next visit with us. Please be so kind as to reach out at 415-353-5310. Thanks, Xavier Gray Line San Francisco
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star-3
2 of 3 wineries were good
Courtney_Y
, Jul 2021
My husband and I decided to go on the tour bc we are first timers to Sonoma and Napa. We figured we could get a good at of the land. The focus of our trip was to explore San Fran and the wineries were a side excursion on one of our days. The tour did give us a lay of the land, but may not have been worth the day/ the price. Our first winery was in Sonoma. BR Cohn. This had the most lovely views and the best wines. The host was informal but explained the wines well. The property was spectacular. The second winery was the Madonna winery- we believe technically in Napa. Interesting story as it actually opened during prohibition as it provided wine for the sacraments. This winery had the best host. He was more for a, knowledgeable, funny, taught everyone how to enjoy the wine, and we had opportunities to rinse our glasses in between pours. The third winery… Well. Of all places in Napa we went to was Sutter Hill. While the host told us that we were having the reserve wines that weren’t sold in “stores” (every gas station / 3 buck chuck) they were still not great. Maybe bc we seemed to go in an order not pleasant to the pallet- seeet to dry to sweet again. And the host just poured wine in right over the other wine. There was no experience here. It was more like chugging your tastings- So. Specific to the wine stops. 2 of 3 were satisfying. The major problem was the bus tour host. At first we enjoyed his commentary. He has info to share about wines, trees we passed, and every single random detail between San Fran and the wineries. But. There was never a break in the words. And these are long bus rides. I wish he hadn’t filled some peaceful moments on the way back with stories about other tours he has organized- like one for a 105 year old who couldn’t eat, drink, or bathroom by himself— this was a 15 minute serious downer of a story - and that’s just one example. Had I been able to mute the tour guide when I needed a break from the word assault, I would have ranked the tour 4 stars instead of 3. The last star is bc of Sutter Hill. That’s not why anyone comes to Napa. It would be like being on a craft beer tour and ending with a Bud Light.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2021
Hello Courtney, Thank you for your detailed review. We're really glad you enjoyed BR Cohn & Madonna Estates wineries, we will pass along your compliments to them. We have taken notes of your concerns with our guide and the third winery. I will follow up on this to make sure that coming experiences are improving those aspects. We have indeed received better feedback from customers after your tour and feedback. Looking forward to seeing you again soon on any of our other tours. Xavier General Manager Gray Line San Francisco
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star-5
A must do
Dennis_W
, Jul 2021
The staff, then wine 🍷 the driver, and it was very educational we had a great day. The market we stopped at for lunch was awesome we ate there also I came across some great BBQ and took a plate back to the hotel for dinner.
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star-4
Great experience but needs better communication
Nancy
, Jul 2021
It was a great experience overall. Driver/tour guide was great and very knowledgeable. We wish there was better communication about where the drop off was going to take place after the tour, it was not the same as where we got picked up.
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