Sample a bottle of California’s best in the bucolic valleys of Wine Country
Napa Valley and Sonoma County are the stars of California’s viticulture. Situated to the north of San Francisco, the two valleys are home to over 650 wineries, drawing wine lovers from far and wide. Here, cabernet sauvignon is king, though merlot, chardonnay and zinfandel hold court.
During your California holiday, we can whisk you away on a whistle-stop tour of the wineries. Jump aboard the vintage Napa Wine Train to wend between the valley’s vineyards, or hop on a bike for a pedal-powered tour. Wine has been made in Sonoma County since the 1800s, and its charming tasting rooms provide the perfect spot to sample award-winning tipples. With the guidance of a master sommelier, train your nose and your palette at a private tasting and blending arranged by us.
Other worthy stops in wine country include Calistoga, famous for its geothermal hot springs, and Yountville, known for its Michelin-starred restaurants (over 150). Outdoor types are spoilt for choice here, too. Explore miles of rugged Pacific coastline and parks brimming with maples, oaks and redwoods.
Whether you visit during the busy Crushing Season in late September and October when grapes are plucked for pressing, or the quieter springtime when mustard flowers bloom among fresh leaves, Napa and Sonoma are sure to seduce you.