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Small Group Napa Valley Reserve Wine Tour

This Napa Valley wine tasting tour from San Francisco features the best that California’s wine country has to offer. By special arrangements with the winemakers, this small-group tour visits several of Napa’s best-loved wineries, including the 13th century-style castle at Castello di Amorosa. This Napa Wine Tasting Tour ends with a vineyard tour and seated tasting by a local winemaker.

Small group tour
Tastings at three exclusive Napa wineries ($140 value)
Tour of Castello di Amorosa’s medieval castle
Calistoga lunch stop (meal not included)
Knowledgeable wine enthusiast guide
Golden Gate Bridge photo stop
Convenient pickup at most San Francisco hotels
Guide gratuity

Napa Valley Wine Tour Highlights:

  • All Napa Wineries: Savor reserve wines at three premier Napa Valley wineries.
  • Exclusive Experiences: Tours and tastings by special arrangement.
  • Explore Calistoga: Time for a relaxing lunch in charming Calistoga.
  • Photograph & Sightsee: Includes photo stops at the Napa sign and Golden Gate Bridge.
  • Other perks: Only small groups. Tasting fees, everything included.

Napa Valley Tour Details

On this all-Napa, all-highlights wine tasting tour from San Francisco, you will be delighted with the history, architecture, gardens, and memorable toasts. Your wine enthusiast guide will prepare you for experiences at the Castello di Amorosa and two other celebrated Napa Valley wineries. Once there, you will be treated to reserve wines in the California Wine Country. Learn more in our guide to Napa Valley.

Learn about Winemaking and Wine Tasting on the Drive

Your San Francisco wine tour to Napa Valley begins as you cross the Bay Bridge and take in incredible views of the city skyline. As you travel, learn about the many microclimates and soil types that combine to produce some of the world’s best winemaking grapes – Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Merlot, Zinfandel, Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc.

Tasting in a Stone Castle: Castello di Amorosa

Wine corks pop first at Castello di Amorosa, a medieval-styled Tuscan castle winery constructed using more than 200 containers of European materials and furnishings. On your way to vaulted wine cellars, check out the moat, drawbridge, towers, courtyards, and armory. Thankfully, Castello di Amorosa puts the same love and attention into its wines which are elegant, intensely flavored, and well-balanced.

Photos at the Napa Valley Welcome Sign & Calistoga Lunch Stop

Next, your Napa wine tasting tour makes a fun photo stop at the Napa Valley Welcome Sign. Your lunch break is in charming Calistoga, California. Among its hot springs, elegant spas and yoga studios, you’ll have no trouble finding the perfect lunch spot and perhaps sampling another locally crafted wine with your meal.

Stroll Gardens at V. Sattui Winery

Established in 1885 by Vittorio Sattui, Sattui Winery is a family-owned business known for its nationally acclaimed winemaker, Brooks Painter. Under his guidance, the winery combines artistry, time-honored traditions, and innovation in a “vine to cork” approach, consistently producing award-winning, small lot wines with 90+ points to cater to diverse tastes. The sprawling estate in St. Helena has beautifully manicured gardens for the seated tasting by friendly, knowledgeable staff.

A laid-back Napa Valley vibe is created by their farmhouse-style tasting room that opens up onto a sun-filled courtyard and Sauvignon Blanc vineyard with views of the Calistoga foothills. The Duncans apply their 40 years of winemaking experience to create single-vineyard Pinot Noirs and estate Sauvignon Blancs that pair beautifully with food.

Experience the Art of Winemaking at Ru Vango

This quintessential Carneros AVA property, once cultivated by the Michael Mondavi Family Estate, is surrounded by rolling hills of planted vineyards. Ru Vango loosely translates to “Road to Art”. Fittingly, the winery’s tasting salon features a collection of Winn Slavin Fine Art.

From a wrap-around porch overlooking a sun-soaked vineyard, enjoy a reserve flight of three complex wines made from grapes grown 2000 feet above sea level and in the pathway of cool San Pablo Bay breezes.

Golden Gate Bridge Stop on Your Return to San Francisco

On the journey back to San Francisco, we’ll make one final stop (weather permitting) at a scenic look-out point with sweeping views of the Golden Gate Bridge for you to snap some keepsake photos of Marin Headlands, San Francisco skyline, and Alcatraz Island.

Things to Know:

For international guests, please be aware that the legal drinking age in the United States is 21 years of age.

While we endeavor to follow the scheduled itinerary, winery closures, special events, holidays, or unforeseeable circumstances can occasionally require us to substitute a winery with one of comparable quality and appeal.

Why choose us:

  • This wine tour from San Francisco leverages our 20 years of hosting experience to create an incredible one-day event that can save you months of planning and reservation making. Don’t leave your bucket-list day to chance. Castello di Amorosa never disappoints, and our other crowd-pleasing wineries add up to a perfect day in Napa Valley.
  • Tour includes the option to enjoy a wine pairing lunch event at one of the most charming restaurants in Calisota. The female owner and chef will greet you and introduce each course.
  • As part of our commitment to a sustainable environment, Extranomical Tours supports NatureBridge, whose proven in-the-field programs at national parks inspire self-discovery and environmental stewardship in young learners. Help us by donating at checkout.


08:00 AM to 10:00 AM: Drive to Napa from San Francisco

Enjoy stunning views from the Bay Bridge as you head out on a one-day tour to Napa Valley from San Francisco. Relax and listen as your guide whets your appetite for a one-day tour in California’s premier wine region.

10:00 AM to 12:00 AM: Tasting at a Castello di Amorosa

Arrive at one of the most sought-after Napa Valley wineries – Castello di Amorosa. Tour the stone castle and taste its premier wines. Stop at the famous Napa sign on your way to the second winery to take an instagrammable photo.

12:15 PM to 1:45 PM: Lunch in Calistoga

Choose among more than a dozen lunch spots in charming Calistoga.

2:00 PM to 3:00 PM: Tour & Taste at v. Sattui Winery

Indulge in a seated wine tasting in the ancient oak grove. Gain insights into the winery’s history and how it operates.

3:15 PM to 4:15 PM: Feel the Artistry at Ru Vango

At Ru Vango, enjoy a reserve flight of three complex wines amid fine art and overlooking their sunny Carneros vineyard.

4:15 PM to 5:30 PM: Drive Home & Photo Stop at Golden Gate Bridge

Stop at the famous Golden Gate bridge for a memorable photo opportunity! Make your relaxing return trip from Napa to San Francisco, where we will drop you at the door of your hotel or another convenient downtown location.

Important Information
Which wineries are we going to visit?

You will be welcomed at three of Napa's finest wineries. The day begins with a mind-blowing experience at the authentically-styled Tuscan castle, Castello di Amorosa. After a relaxing lunch break in charming Calistoga, you will sip estate wines while learning about sustainable winemaking at V.Sattui Winery. Finally, the tour kicks back on Ru Vango’s wrap-around porch overlooking their Carneros AVA vineyard. Note: wineries are subject to change.

Are wine tastings included?

Yes, the wine tasting and touring fees at the wineries are included in the tour price. If you request additional wine at any of the stops, you may do so and pay for it separately.

Must I bring a valid photo ID?

Yes. You will need a valid ID showing that you are at least 21 years old if you would like to consume alcohol.

Why are children not permitted on this tour?

Since alcohol is served, some of our winery partners do not allow children in the tasting room. Children may not stay alone on the tour vehicle during winery stops.

Do you pick up outside of San Francisco?

We offer a complimentary pick-up from hotels located in San Francisco. If you are staying away from the downtown area, we suggest taking a shared ride service or public transportation to the Hilton Union Square hotel on O'Farrell Street. We will pick you up outside the Mason Street side entrance.

What should I bring?

San Francisco can be chilly in the morning, so it’s best to dress in layers and wear comfortable walking shoes or sandals. Bring a valid government-issued ID, a light water-resistant jacket, camera or phone, water bottle, hat and sunscreen, umbrella (if the forecast calls for rain), and a credit card or cash for making wine purchases.

It says small group, what is the maximum number of guests?

The group size for the tour varies between 8 and 16 guests.

How much time do we spend at Castello di Amorosa?

The tour will spend approximately one hour and thirty minutes (1.5 hours) at the Castello di Amorosa.

Where do we stop for lunch? How long is the stop?

The tour will break in central Calistoga for about 90 minutes. This location offers many nice options for lunch (not included in the tour price).

How is this wine tour different from other wine tours?

Our Napa Valley Reserve wine tour is the only tour from San Francisco to include ALL Napa Valley wineries and feature the Castello di Amorosa.

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