As soon as we booked our San Francisco trip I knew we just had to go on a wine tasting tour to Napa Valley! I scoured the internet and after having to push aside my dream of riding the Wine Train (sad face) we settled on a Grayline tour booked on the Viator website: Napa and Sonoma Wine Country Tour.
We set off at 9am, drove over Golden Gate Bridge and onwards to Sonoma where our first stop was at the Cline winery for a taste of five wines; two white, one rosé and two red:
We ended up purchasing a bottle of the Cashmere Black Magic to bring home with us and can’t wait to crack it open someday soon.
Onwards to Napa Valley and the Madonna Estate Winery was next, a family run business which specialises in Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, although they do plant other grapes also. On arrival we were shown to the barrel room for a glass of Chardonnay then whisked off to their tasting area for another five tasters, ranging in all colours. The final glass was my favourite so we nabbed a bottle of that too to enjoy back in the UK.
Two tastings down and it’s time for lunch, our lovely tour guide/driver gives us the run of Yountville and we decide to descend on Hurley’s for a bite to eat and a mooch around the town in the sunshine.
The third and final stop of the day was the Andretti Winery which as you can probably guess is owned by an Italian, Mario Andretti to be precise, and a nod to his heritage is clear in the architecture of the buildings on the estate.
We sampled six wines at this location then wondered around taking in the location (and wine) in the sun. As with all of the sites unfortunately because we were coming out of winter the vines were far from in bloom, however you still get the full effect 🙂 Saying that though, I’d like to visit other wineries in the summer season before harvesting.
Once back in the city we visited Millers Rest which is located very close to where we were staying and was perfectly convenient for a bite to eat and a cold beer.