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Old 10-05-2012, 08:44 PM   #1
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San Francisco help with winery tours!

We are going to San Francisco in a week for a convention and I have been put in charge of finding a winery tour! I have spent hours and am more confused than ever. It will be myself and 5 co-workers and we only have 2.5 days of fun time before our seminars start so we want to do a half day tour and we will need transportation. The boss really wants to do Napa Valley. Can anyone offer any suggestions???
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Old 10-05-2012, 09:59 PM   #2
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Okay i dont have any experience with Napa specifically but i do lots of touring of wineries all over the country because i travel alot for work and collect boutique wines-this is how i do it.

I usually have a rental car-you can rent one for the five of you for just one day. then just go a google for wine trails in the state i am traveling too-i.e california wine trails. The results usually have maps-i look at them and plan my route based on whats close to where i am, what experience tells me is the number of wineries i can visit in the time i have alloted and any other sites in the area i might be interested in.

Alternativelly-google California wine tours-i got a ton of hits on sites for companies offering tours-the first result had something that might exactly fit your bill but its a full day tour that starts with a ferry ride, includes transportation to five Napa wineries-at least one of which is a household name. I would do this in a heart beat but be warned its quiet expensive. ( 129 dollars per person plus tax tip and lunch). that company will also design iteneraries for you. Anyway there are many companies -you may have to make some phone calls but i found tons of info. Good luck and have fun-i would LOVE to do a tour in Napa and Sonoma
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Old 10-06-2012, 07:59 AM   #3
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It's going to be hard to do much touring in a half day, especially if you are driving to and from SF. Just the drive to and from Napa will take over 2 hours.

You can find plenty of information about wineries in Napa using Google. I suggest that you pick out 2-3 which look interesting and are fairly close together. Or pick out a tour operator (check out tripadvisor.com for recommendations) and work with them.
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Thanks for the info. I looked into renting a van and a tour would be cheaper since they do the transport, but haven't been able to find a half day tour. I didn't realize the wineries were that far away!
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Napa isn't 2 hours from SF unless you're going during rush hour. It's about 45-60 minutes. Napa is 20 minutes from me and I'm about 45 from SF, but to get to Napa I have to take a slightly different route so that's why the time difference, it isn't a straight shot. Look into NVT, they are a limo company that does tours, also as a PP suggested do a search for Napa Valley Wine Tours and you'll get a bunch of hits. If you decide to go the rental car and driving yourself route feel free to PM, I go to Napa pretty often (I am a wine club member so we go to Napa to pick up shipments) so I may be able to help.
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Old 10-06-2012, 05:14 PM   #6
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I suggest looking into renting a limo. The limo company can usually suggest an itinerary that will fit your needs - the limo companies in the area do these types of tours all the time.
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Napa isn't 2 hours from SF unless you're going during rush hour. It's about 45-60 minutes.
You misread my post. I said the drive to Napa from SF was 2 hours there and back, not each way. That equals a 2 hour round trip.
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Old 10-08-2012, 12:52 PM   #8
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We are going to San Francisco in a week for a convention and I have been put in charge of finding a winery tour! I have spent hours and am more confused than ever. It will be myself and 5 co-workers and we only have 2.5 days of fun time before our seminars start so we want to do a half day tour and we will need transportation. The boss really wants to do Napa Valley. Can anyone offer any suggestions???
We were lucky enough to visit Yountville/Napa last year and here are my suggestions:

Book with a tour company and let them help you with an itinerary. Let them know how much time you have and they will probably ask you for preferences such as types of wine, are you interested in doing lunch or a picnic on the grounds, wineries that include a wine cave, etc.

They know the areas and the wineries and honestly there are too many for you to research on your own. They will match up your requests with wineries close enough to handle your time constraints and also provide you with a personalized tour of the area.

I believe this is one of the busiest times of year though for the area though so your options may be more limited, especially when it comes to Groupons, etc.

Enjoy!
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