Wine Tours of the Napa Valley

Wine Tours of the Napa Valley
Known for lovely vineyards that produce some of the world's best wine, Napa Valley is one of the most beautiful areas of the United States. Perfect for weddings and romantic getaways yet also family friendly, the roving countryside carries an air of relaxation and escape. Whatever your budget, time and preferences, you can tailor your trip and enjoy all that wine country has to offer.

Beau Wine Tours

Able to accommodate groups of any size, Beau Wine Tours provides you your own chauffeur who doubles as a tour guide. Knowledgeable in the geography, history and art of wine-making in Napa Valley, the guides of Beau Wine Tours take you to various vineyards in your choice of transportation, anything from an SUV to a stretch limousine. Choose from four-hour, six-hour or eight-hour tours, with options to pick your own wineries as well as add on a gourmet picnic lunch. The rates are hourly and determined by your choice of vehicle and number of guests.

Beau Wine Tours
Napa Valley / Sonoma
21707 8th St. East
Sonoma, CA 95476
(707) 938-8001
beauwinetours.com

Platypus Tours

Specializing in smaller, family-owned wineries, Platypus Tours offers two packages: "Join-In" tours and private tours. The Join-In tour gathers together 10 to 12 wine-minded strangers led by a guide (who doubles as a driver) knowledgeable in the history and vineyards of Napa Valley. While there are no set hours, Join-in tours usually last from about 10:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. If you prefer not to share a tour vehicle, opt for a private tours tailored to your needs. As of 2009, Join-In tours are $99 per person; private tours are priced hourly, and depend on the given season, number of guests and day of the week.

Platypus Tours
2471 Solano Ave.
Napa, CA 94558
(707) 253-2723
platypustours.com

Napa Valley Wine Train

Providing a completely different experience, the Napa Valley Wine Train offers three different wine tours. The Ambassador Winery Tour ($184 per person in 2009) begins with a wine education class at the central station; you'll then have lunch on the train and visit two famous wineries, the Raymond Vineyards and ZD Winery. The Domaine Chandon Winery Tour ($139 per person) begins with a gourmet three-course lunch, stops in Yountville at Domaine Chandon for a tour and tasting, and returns southbound with afternoon tea and lavish desserts. The Grgich Hills Winery Tour ($119 per person) also offers a gourmet three-course lunch; it then stops at the Grgich Hills Winery for a tour and tasting. This option also includes dessert on the return trip back.

Napa Valley Wine Train
1275 McKinstry St.
Napa, CA 94559
(707) 253-2111
winetrain.com

Article Written By Roseanna Lane

Roseanna Lane published her first poem in 1998, while still an undergrad. She has written a variety of articles for Demand Studios and has published work on both eHow and Travels.com. Lane has a Bachelor of Arts in English from New York University and a Master of Fine Arts in poetry from the University of Michigan.

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