“Wine is made in the vineyard, not the winery, as most winemakers acknowledge. Travelers can get out among cordons and clusters – maybe even nibble the new vintage right from the vine – with Sonoma Vineyard Walks…” – Wine Enthusiast
- Don’t just settle for a tasting room, explore where 90% of the winemaking occurs – where the grapes are grown!
- Gain inside access to private Sonoma County vineyard lands
- Connect with people within the wineries that you may otherwise never see or meet
- Travel with your personal guide as he shares his knowledge about grape growing, wine making, and Sonoma County
- Our walks are moderate in difficulty but you should be able to walk a mile or two, including some ups and downs
- Bring your dog along with you! On a private tour, we can generally arrange to have your dog join your group.
- Join our public tour or create your own private group
- Location: Sonoma County, California
- Next Public Tour Date: October 15 – 17, 2017
- Trip Price Per Person: $1,200
- Optional single supplement: $350
- Host: Jim McCammon
- Meals: Breakfasts and dinners included. Lunch will be on your own to give you a chance to explore the area.
Private Tour Option
- Private Tours are available to book on any date you choose, given lodging availability
- Deluxe Tour: $1,800 per person
- Classic Tour: $1,200 per person
- Minimum: 4 people
- Customizations to the above itinerary possible with additional fees. An additional $400 is required for private tours booked on Fridays or Saturdays.
The following is included in our Deluxe Tour offering:
- All meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner)
- Professionally selected wines with dinner
- Upgraded to luxury accommodations
Each day of your trip, you will have one vineyard walk followed by a wine tasting. The tour starts at 3:00 PM on the first day with an afternoon walk and ends at noon on the third day with a morning walk and wine tasting. You will have plenty of time on your own and we will recommend optional hikes, shopping, and wine tasting in the area.
You’ll visit one of the following vineyards each day:
Montemaggiore is named after the small village in Southern Italy where the owners, the Ciolino family, are from. This incredible vineyard is located high above Dry Creek Valley and the walk takes you through vineyards and oak forests, culminating with a fantastic view of the entire valley below. This vineyard walk is ideal for those of you wishing to get your heart rate up as you will need to walk up to the best vantage points. The winery specializes in Syrah, which is most fitted to the mountainous terrain, and produces a Syrah and a Syrah/Cab blend each year. Not only will you be treated to beautiful views, but you’ll gain insight into a small family-run operation.
Quivira Vineyards & Winery
Quivira Vineyards & Winery is located on the flat valley floor in the heart of Dry Creek. The winery utilizes biodynamic farming and winemaking, which means that they are a self-sustaining operation that doesn’t rely on external or unnatural additions. Quivira specializes in Zinfandel, Sauvignon Blanc and Rhone varietals. The walk itself is relatively moderate and you can choose to either stay on the flat valley floor or cross West Dry Creek Road to Quivira’s hillside vineyards.
Kick Ranch Vineyards
Kick Ranch Vineyards is located just outside the village of Santa Rosa and was originally established in 1854 by a Pioneer family that arrived in California by covered wagon on the Oregon Trail. They had established a “ranch” with orchards and 25 acres of vineyards, which was unfortunately lost when Prohibition came about. In 2000, the current owners decided to plant a new vineyard on the same land, which has flourished since. Kick Ranch grows Sauvignon Blanc and premium rhone varietals for a select group of winemakers. On this walk, you’ll learn about Kick Ranch’s viticulture, geology and storied history. The tours ends with a stunning tasting featuring Overland Wine, all while taking in the breathtaking views.
"I was completely enchanted by the unexpected vibrancy of the autumn vineyards. Drinking the wine, I felt an intimate connection to those soft hills and bursting grapes."− Elle P.
"It was wonderful! We loved having a private guide, and felt like insiders. The walks and tastings were perfectly paced and planned."− Margaret S.
Dry Creek Inn
The Dry Creek Inn is a Tuscan-style getaway conveniently located in the northern part of Sonoma County, just outside of Healdsburg’s downtown area. Relaxing by the outdoor firepits, or lounging poolside with a glass of wine in hand, it is the perfect place to unwind from a busy day and your big city concerns.
Please note: Hotels are subject to availability. If listed hotel is not available at time of tour, a hotel that is equal or better to the original will be secured.
What is Included
- All Local Transportation
- Double Occupancy Lodging
- All breakfasts and dinners (Lunch will be on your own to give you a chance to explore the area)
- All Scheduled Activities
- Wine During Organized Tastings
- Professional Tour Host
Not Included: Travel to and from Healdsburg, wine with meals, personal expenses, and optional gratuities to local staff and your guide. Travel insurance is also not included, though we highly recommend it. Check out our Travel Insurance page for more information.
There are four major nearby airports (San Francisco, San Jose, Oakland, or Sacramento), allowing you to compare prices and schedules if you are flying to the area. You should also consider the much closer Sonoma County Airport in Santa Rosa. You can easily catch a shuttle from any of the airports or rent a car, which is especially valuable if you plan to extend your vacation in the area. If you rent a car or are driving, Healdsburg is easy to reach via Highway 101 and you can leave your car at the hotel during the tour. If you take a shuttle, it might be easiest to head towards the Sonoma County Airport where we’ll pick up people there before meeting the rest of the group in Healdsburg. We will send you complete details upon registration for the tour.
Arrival & Departure
We will meet you at our host hotel in Healdsburg at 1:00 PM on the first day of the tour with an optional pickup at the Santa Rosa airport at 12:30. The tour ends on Day Three at 11:30 AM. If you have a car, you can leave it at the hotel as you will not need it during the tour. We will also provide a shuttle back to the Sonoma County Airport for those flying out or wishing to take a shuttle from there.