COVID-19 Travel Advisory: Stay up to date with the latest on the coronavirus pandemic.   Learn More >

Winery tours

Old Feb 3rd, 2010, 12:39 PM
Original Poster
Join Date: Feb 2005
Posts: 247
Winery tours

We are heading to San Francisco this weekend and I was thinking about doing a winery tour since we've already seen a lot of the sites in the area but haven't been to wine country yet. The problem is that we don't really drink (and don't hold it against me but I hate wine) so the only reason to go would be to see the countryside and learn about making wine. A friend said it is gorgeous late Feb or early March but that's weeks away so is the scenery worth the drive now? If so, are there any tours that are particularly interesting? Obviously we don't care about the wine tasting part of the tour.

I was also thinking about driving up to Point Reyes National Seashore. The latest weather forecast I saw didn't look too promising but I'm keeping my fingers crossed. I ran across Stu's incredible guide to San Francisco (THANKS STU!) so I'll have to go through that and get ideas for what to do if we get rained out.
mdod is offline  
Old Feb 3rd, 2010, 12:52 PM
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 1,830
You're going to see dormant vines and not a lot of color at this point. In a couple of weeks it should start to get better, just in time for the Napa Valley Mustard Festival.

Schramsberg near Calistoga in the Napa Valley does great tours about the making of Sparkling Wine, but you need advance reservations and $20 per person.
In Sonoma, Iron Horse, near Forrestville, is also excellent for sparkling wine and again advance reservations are needed.

The tour is self guided, but the gardens and the architecture make Ferrai Carano north of Healdsburg an interesting visit.

You would enjou a drive down the Westside Road from Healdsburg to Guernville along the Russian River, or the Dry Creek Road, both in Sonoma County. I find the Silvarado Trail more scenic than the main highway through Napap Valley and less crowded.
boom_boom is offline  
Old Feb 3rd, 2010, 02:56 PM
Original Poster
Join Date: Feb 2005
Posts: 247
Thanks for the suggestions. Are you saying the drive along the Russian River would be pretty now?
mdod is offline  
Old Feb 4th, 2010, 08:52 AM
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 1,830
Yes, not as pretty as a few weeks more toward spring, but I find the Russian River a pretty drive anytime of the year. It is a bit windy/twisty so you can't go real fast and need to pay attention. Take it from Healdsburg all the way to the coast.
The following link gives you lots of info on Westside Road...
boom_boom is offline  
Old Feb 4th, 2010, 10:35 AM
Original Poster
Join Date: Feb 2005
Posts: 247
mdod is offline  
Old Feb 4th, 2010, 11:41 AM
Join Date: Feb 2003
Posts: 9,569
Korbel is also along the Russian River near Guerneville. Have fun.

MichelleY is offline  
Old Feb 4th, 2010, 11:41 AM
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 3,286
Benzinger has a nice little tour:

Get to ride on a tram pulled by a tractor through the grapevines.

I saw some photos taken just the other day in Napa and the vines were bare but the mustard was blooming. Very pretty.
Ronda is offline  
Old Feb 4th, 2010, 01:02 PM
Join Date: Jun 2005
Posts: 2,240
It is beautiful in the Napa Valley right now, rain or not. Each season in wine country has its own charm. You can try olive oil tastings, chocolate tastings, food tastings, art galleries, etc. We have fabulous restaurants for all budgets. You could plan a day just to see the countryside and try some wonderful meals! Beringer is a lovely old-time, elegant winery with cave tours. Hess Winery is in a beautiful mountainous location and has an interesting little film (free) and an art gallery. Peju Winery has some unique tastings with pourers that sing, rap or yodel. You could have a fun time in the Napa Valley even if you don't like to drink wine.
elnap29 is offline  
Old Feb 4th, 2010, 01:34 PM
Join Date: Feb 2005
Posts: 3,867
Its been a couple of years since we were in Napa, but still get emails from the wine road. They have lots of good info. Really enjoyed Ferrari Carrano.
rncheryl is offline  
Old Feb 4th, 2010, 05:44 PM
Join Date: Feb 2008
Posts: 907
The weather should be sunny on Napa on Sunday.

I'm south of the area, but the young grasses are coming in now, and the fruit trees are beginning to bloom, so you'll enjoy the white and pink blossoms and vivid green hills.

I see that the Mustard Festival has started, and this weekend is " Weekend of Fine Art" with wine and snacks at Napa galleries.

As long as the weather is nice enough, trips to Point Reyes and along the Russian River should be beautiful right now, and you can plan to stop at wineries along the way.
Kailani is offline  
Related Topics
Original Poster
Last Post
United States
Mar 11th, 2010 02:25 PM
United States
Jul 14th, 2007 09:47 AM
United States
Feb 18th, 2007 05:21 PM
United States
May 4th, 2006 08:59 AM
United States
May 5th, 2003 11:31 AM

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are On

Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Do Not Sell My Personal Information