With summer in full swing, what better way to celebrate all that the Golden State has to offer than with a lovely weekend of wine tours? Whether a guided tour of Napa Valley’s finest vineyards or a chic San Francisco tasting room, these wine destinations are sure to delight. Below we’ve explored a few of our favorites perfect for summertime sipping. Cheers!
Beau Wine Tours, Napa Valley & Sonoma
New to the Napa Valley? Beau Wine Tours will help you curate a one-of-a-kind Wine Country experience just for you. Whether you’re looking to explore wine caves, visit boutique wineries, or blend your own bottle, Beau Wine Tours’ private experiences will give you a luxurious look into all that the Californian wine country has to offer.
Leading Wineries of Napa Valley
Curated by a group of experts with intimate knowledge of California’s hidden gems, Leading Wineries of Napa Valley’s premium tours, tastings and experiences give visitors insider access to the Valley. Offerings include a private wine and cheese tasting at Duckhorn Winery and a three-course farm-to-table dinner and wine pairing at Peju.
Fantesca Winery & Estate, St. Helena
A sweeping 53-acre estate located in the hills of St. Helena, Fantesca Winery was established in 2004 by husband-and-wife team Susan and Duane Hoff. A true wine country destination, Fantesca is helmed by world-renowned winemaker Heidi Barrett and boasts a bee colony, olive trees, and a gorgeous wine cave.
Hestan Vineyards, Yountville
A picturesque, 127-acre vineyard, Hestan offers all five of the Bordeaux’s principal red varietals in addition to Grenache and Sauvignon Blanc. While the private estate is closed to the public, it is available to book for private tours and tastings, in which guests taste Hestan’s coveted vintages. For a more relaxed experience, Hestan’s Yountville salon offers tastings and pairings.
JAX Tasting Room, San Francisco
A Napa Valley oasis in the heart of the San Francisco tech world, JAX Tasting Room features wines from their boutique Calistoga vineyard. In addition to private tastings and events, JAX offers a weekday happy hour Tuesdays through Fridays and a Family Wine Club for individuals looking for exclusive access to small lot wine.
Cairdean Estate, St. Helena
Located two miles from downtown St. Helena, Cairdean Estate offers both private and public tasting rooms in addition to a fine dining restaurant. Guests are welcome to drop in for a tasting daily from 10AM to 5PM or reserve the Winemaker’s Den for a more intimate experience in a sophisticated, masculine setting. Complete your visit with delicious wine country comfort food from Brasswood Bar + Bakery + Kitchen.
A winery with pre-prohibition era origins, Inglenook was restored by acclaimed filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola and has since become a world-renowned destination for film and wine lovers alike. Guests can book a formal Heritage Tasting to enjoy Inglenook’s flagship wine, Rubicon, or join one of the winery’s membership programs for shipments straight to your home.