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Welcome to Napa

Just 50 miles (80 kilometers) north of San Francisco, California's premier wine country beckons, inviting travelers to slow down and savor the good life. Together, the Napa and Sonoma valleys offer many miles of rolling vineyards, biking (and tasting) trails, and an extravagance of eateries—from gourmet pop-ups at local wineries to multi-course, Michelin-starred dining experiences. European settlers planted Napa Valley's first grapes in the 1800s, and today, its wines compete with the best in the world. The once-sleepy city of Napa has been transformed into a hub of high-end shopping, cafes, and fine restaurants. Though proud of its equally long winemaking history, Sonoma is better known as a pioneer of the farm-to-table movement, which elevated farming to a craft and fresh, local food to an art form. From the leafy, central plaza of ""Slow-noma"" town to trendy Healdsburg, you'll sample some of the county's best food and wine on a tasting tour. Between the two neighboring valleys, there are far more wineries than even the most dedicated oenophile can take in (more than 800), and nearly as many options for exploring the countryside: Ride the historical Napa Valley Wine Train; cruise the Silverado Trail in the back of a chauffeured, air-conditioned limo, bike through Yountville or Dry Creek Valley; canoe down the Russian River; or float above it all in a hot-air balloon. If you somehow overdo it, head to the spa town of Calistoga for a well-deserved break.

Top 15 attractions in Napa & Sonoma

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Madonna Estate Winery

Madonna Estate Winery

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Located in the world-renowned Carneros wine region, which straddles the Napa Valley, the Madonna Estate is a unique winery utilizing dry-farming production and organic grapes. The vineyard is family-owned and operated by the Bartoluccis, who use a combination of traditional and modern winemaking techniques to produce handcrafted wines.More
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Castello di Amorosa

Castello di Amorosa

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Fashioned after a 13th-century Tuscan castle, Castello di Amorosa looks like it belongs on an Italian postcard instead of in the heart of California wine country. The vineyard produces several varieties of red and white wines, but many visitors are drawn by the eight-level structure itself, which includes five defensive towers, a drawbridge, and a moat.More
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Jacuzzi Family Vineyards

Jacuzzi Family Vineyards

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Among the rolling golden hills of Sonoma County lies the picturesque Jacuzzi Family Vineyards. The tasting room and winery are set in a stunning Italian villa-style building complete with a stone facade, inner courtyard, and sweeping views of the vine-strewn landscape. Coupled with a glass of an Italian varietal, you might just forget that you’re in California wine country.More
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Oxbow Public Market

Oxbow Public Market

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Oxbow Public Market—with dozens of restaurants, food stalls, and shops—brings the bounty of Napa’s famed wine, food, and organic produce under a single roof. Open all day, it’s a one-stop shop for great food, to quickly experience the best of Napa Valley, or relax for a moment at this local gathering place before exploring the region.More
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Andretti Winery

Andretti Winery

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Nestled in the heart of Napa Valley, Andretti Winery was founded by legendary race car driver Mario Andretti. The 42-acre (17-hectare) Tuscan village–style winery is an idyllic setting to sample the variety of wines produced at the vineyard, including red, white, sparkling, dessert, and port.More
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Domaine Chandon

Domaine Chandon

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Napa Valley’s Domaine Chandon, which is most famous for producing a French-style sparkling wine, dates back to 1973. Come to celebrate a special occasion or just because you love an excuse to drink bubbly. The winery also makes pinot noir, rosé, and other varietals of still wine.More
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Gloria Ferrer Caves and Vineyards

Gloria Ferrer Caves and Vineyards

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Situated among rolling hills in the Carneros region of Sonoma, Gloria Ferrer was the first sparkling wine house to plant roots in the area back in the early 1980s. Today, visitors can sip flights of bubbly on a spacious patio overlooking the vineyards, or head underground on guided tours of the estate’s expansive wine cellars.More
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V. Sattui Winery

V. Sattui Winery

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Located in St. Helena, V. Sattui Winery dates back to 1885 and produces small-batch wines with a focus on organic and sustainable farming practices. Learn more about about how its wines are made on a tour of the Italian-style property, or stop by for a tasting.More
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Viansa Sonoma Winery

Viansa Sonoma Winery

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Sample and enjoy wines with a view at Viansa Sonoma Winery. Located at the summit of Sonoma Valley, the winery offers panoramic views over its property, which includes 33 acres (13 hectares) of estate vineyards and 97 acres (39 hectares) of natural wetlands, home to a number of indigenous waterfowl.More
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Benziger Family Winery

Benziger Family Winery

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Known for growing organic grapes and using sustainable farming practices, Benziger Family Winery attracts visitors with its open-air tram tours that show off the beautiful property spread across the hills of Sonoma County. The winery is set in the town of Glen Ellen, making it easy to visit from both San Francisco and Napa.More
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Raymond Vineyards

Raymond Vineyards

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If you’re looking to shake up your wine tasting experience then Raymond Vineyards may be the place for you. With a variety of tasting rooms—including a colorful cellar and luxurious red room—plus tours and experiences to choose from, the winery offers a unique glimpse into their biodynamic practices that’s perfect for any wine lover.More
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Russian River

Russian River

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California's Russian River is one of the longest rivers in the San Francisco Bay Area, beginning in Mendocino County and cutting through Sonoma County on its way to the ocean. The area is famous for its wine and farm-to-table cuisine, and in warm weather the river is a hotspot for outdoor adventures like canoeing, swimming, and fishing.More
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Safari West

Safari West

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Safari West is a 400-acre (162-hectare) private wildlife preserve located in Santa Rosa, California. The park focuses on species native to Africa and is home to more than 800 wild animals, including cheetahs, Cape buffalo, zebras, rhinos, and giraffe.More
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V Marketplace

V Marketplace

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Whether it’s food, art, shopping, or wine you’re after, it can be found at this specialty marketplace in the Town of Yountville. Formerly one of the wine country’s first estates— Groezinger Winery—this boutique shopping complex is now a Napa Valley landmark. It was first restored and converted to stores, galleries, and restaurants in 1968.More
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Alexander Valley

Alexander Valley

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Stretching between the Russian River to the west and the Mayacamas Mountains to the east, Alexander Valley is a key wine-growing region in Sonoma Valley, featuring over 40 wineries and about 15,000 acres (6,070 hectares) planted to grapevines. Stretching for 22 miles, it includes the towns of Healdsburg, Geyserville, and Cloverdale.More

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Top activities in Napa & Sonoma

Napa Valley Wineries Tour Including Picnic Lunch
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Full-Day Napa Valley E-Bike Tour
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Half-Day Napa Valley E-Bike Tour
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Napa Valley Open Air Wine Trolley Tour with Lunch
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Small-Group Wine-Tasting Tour through Napa Valley
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Sonoma Valley Wine Trolley Including Lunch
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6 Hours up to 6 passengers: Napa or Sonoma Valley Wine Tour by Private SUV
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Sonoma Valley Bike and Wine Tour (E-bike or Regular)
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Sonoma Plaza Food and Wine Pairing Tour
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Yountville Food and Wine Tour in Napa
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Small-Group Wine-Tasting Tour through Sonoma Valley
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Napa Riverside Food & Wine Tour
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Recent reviews from experiences in Napa & Sonoma

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Excellent Tour and Winery Visit in Napa
Margaret_B, Mar 2022
Custom 6-Hour Napa Valley Wine Tour in a Luxury Vehicle
Barak was an excellent tour guide and made our visit to Napa special by taking pictures and providing guidance on which wineries to visit!
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Great way to see Napa Valley
Laura_J, Dec 2021
Napa Valley Open Air Wine Trolley Tour with Lunch
Very fun way to see Napa Valley.
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Convenient and fun way to see Napa!
Sidnie_D, Nov 2021
Small-Group Wine-Tasting Tour through Napa Valley
This is the best way to see Napa and I've done many similar tours before; this was by far the easiest!
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Fun times
Karen_T, Jul 2021
Napa Valley Open Air Wine Trolley Tour with Lunch
We were able to see a lot of Napa and learn about its history.
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Didn’t get to fly from Napa Valley
Oscar_F, Jun 2021
Wine Country Hot-Air Balloon Ride from Yountville, CA
Only complaint is we had to fly from Winters due to fog which is 1 hour away from Napa Valley.
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Ballooning
Dion_S, Aug 2020
Wine Country Hot-Air Balloon Ride from Yountville, CA
Weather didn't allow for us to float over Napa, so we went to Winter instead.
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A perfect way to see the Napa...
MARK S, Jan 2018
Half-Day Napa Valley E-Bike Tour
A perfect way to see the Napa.
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Excellent day in Napa
Erica_F, Jun 2021
Small-Group Wine-Tasting Tour through Napa Valley
This was a perfect way to see Napa vineyards in a day.
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Great experience
Bret_G, May 2021
8-Hour Private Sonoma or Napa Wine Tour with Concierge Service
This was a great way to visit wineries.
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Great experience
Lori_S, Jun 2021
Napa Valley Open Air Wine Trolley Tour with Lunch
Would definitely go again if there is an option to visit different places
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Our family highly recommends the 7-hour...
friedenbergs, Aug 2018
8hr Napa Valley Wine Tour in a 6 Passenger Mercedes Sprinter Limo Van
After I booked a Napa wine tour for a party of 5 on Viator, I was contacted by Mia to discuss our wine preferences and the types of vineyards wed like to visit.
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Absolutely a great tour. Exceeded...
Karen S, Sep 2017
Napa Valley Wineries Tour Including Picnic Lunch
He gave great suggestions for dinner after the tour and other wineries to visit while we were in Napa.
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We had a fabulous time, and really...
Katharyn_D, May 2017
Napa Valley Wineries Tour Including Picnic Lunch
We loved that we got to visit wineries in both Sonoma and Napa.
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Best view of Napa
taraphelan2019, Sep 2019
Wine Country Hot-Air Balloon Ride from Yountville, CA
It is a very early start but best way to see Napa Valley, and of course the Chandon Brunch after is not too bad ever, fully cooked breakfast with mimosas 🥂🥂
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this was our first time to Napa, and...
araceli c, Sep 2016
Napa Valley Open Air Wine Trolley Tour with Lunch
The wine trolley was a good way to see the various wineries and try their tasting rooms.
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The hot air balloon ride from...
Theresa M, Jul 2016
Wine Country Hot-Air Balloon Ride from Yountville, CA
Because of fog we were transported to Winter CA, an agricultural community in the area.
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Highlight of our trip to Napa
Jessica_C, Sep 2020
Small-Group Wine-Tasting Tour through Napa Valley
I would definitely recommend this tour for anyone who wants to see Napa- it was the highlight of our trip and made us feel like we truly saw all that Napa had to offer.
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penne.anderson, Oct 2015
Wine Country Hot-Air Balloon Ride from Yountville, CA
Anyway, it was very enjoyable, even though we were fogged out of Napa and had to go to Winters for the ride.
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Wonderful Wine Tasting Experience
Gary_Y, Oct 2019
Small-Group Wine-Tasting Tour through Napa Valley
Second there are many wineries in Napa Valley and picking wineries to visit on your own would be quite an effort so this tour lifted that burden.
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Great fun and educational!
Wichitatraveler2014, Oct 2019
Small-Group Wine-Tasting Tour through Napa Valley
He took us to 4 very unique smaller wineries so we got to see many steps of the wine making process and taste wonderful wines.
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