“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 the Sonoma Wine & Walking Tour…” – Wine Enthusiast

We absolutely love Sonoma County and have been running tours here for years.

The real beauty of Sonoma County is its diversity in terrain, ranging from 60 miles of Pacific coastline on the west to the Mayacamas Mountain on the eastern edge with Napa County; from the large expanses of rural fields including wine vineyards to the cute small towns, such as Geyserville and Healdsburg, where we base our trip. Sonoma County is also incredibly laid-back given the intensely successful nature of its tourism and wine industries.

Explore this vibrant wine region in an intimate and unique way with our three-day Sonoma Wine & Walking Tour. You’ll experience much more than you would by car. The local flora and fauna, the views from a nearby ridge top, and strolling among the vines – all experiences you wouldn’t have from the seat of an automobile. Your Sonoma Wine & Walking Vacation includes a personal guide that will take you on invigorating walks through private vineyard land, with each excursion ending in a wine tasting.

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  • Create your own private group with a minimum of two people (see special pricing in Tour Details section below)
  • 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
  • Travel with your personal guide as he shares his knowledge about grape growing, winemaking, 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
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Tour Details

Tour Details

  • Private Tour Only: Choose your own dates
  • Trip Price Per Person (group of two or three): $1,800
  • Trip Price Per Person (groups of four or more): $1,400
  • Mandatory single supplement, if odd number of guests: $350
  • Minimum: 2 people
  • Weekend Dates: An additional $200 per room per night is required for private tours booked on Fridays or Saturdays.
  • Guide: Jim McCammon
  • Meals: Two breakfasts and two dinners are included. Lunch will be on your own to give you a chance to explore the area.
  • General Tour FAQs
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Customizations to the itinerary possible with additional fees.

Please note –  Our pricing is based on double occupancy lodging. If upon finalizing your private trip, your group has a solo traveler in a room without a roommate, the single supplement becomes mandatory. This amount will differ depending on the itinerary. Please contact our tour operations team for more details.

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Tour Itinerary

Day 1: Dry Creek Valley

Sonoma Wine and Walking Tour - Day 1

Depending on how and when you arrive in the area, our guide will meet you at 1:00 pm either at the Sonoma County Airport in Santa Rosa or our host hotel, whichever is more convenient for you.

From there, we’ll head to the Dry Creek Valley, known for its Zinfandels, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Sauvignon Blanc. We’ll go straight to our first vineyard walk at DaVero Winery followed by a private wine tasting, olive oil tasting, balsamic tasting, and seasonal food pairings. This AVA produces a wide variety of excellent wines, but is best known for their world-class zinfandels. Its diversity is due to the unique mix of different soil types, elevations, sun exposure, wind, and water – all within a narrow 16-by-2-mile valley.

After our walk and tasting, you’ll check into our hotel, if you haven’t done so already. We’ll reconvene in the hotel lobby and depart for another lovely tasting at the Locals Tasting Room, boasting over 70 different wines from 10 local producers. This evening we’ll enjoy a casual, but delicious dinner in the area.

Day 2: Russian River Valley & Dry Creek Valley

Sonoma Wine and Walking Tour - Day 2

Today, we’ll discover the picturesque Russian River Valley. This AVA is named after the first non-native settlers to come to area and has a rich history as many consider it the birthplace of Sonoma County wine because the first grapes were planted here. The Russian River Valley is known for its Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, as well as other cool-climate loving varietals.

Our first vineyard walk of the day will be at La Crema Estate through Saralee’s vineyard, followed by a private tasting.

We recommend having lunch at the iconic Dry Creek General Store that was established in 1881 and offers a tasty variety of sustainably-made food. This afternoon we make our way back to the Dry Creek Valley and head to our second vineyard walk of the day through the vines of Quivira Vineyards, followed again by a private wine tasting. Later, we’ll enjoy dinner at one of the world-class restaurants in the area.

Day 3: Alexander Valley

Sonoma Wine and Walking Tour - Day 3

On our last day together, we’ll have breakfast at the hotel and set out for the Alexander Valley. Alexander Valley has the largest fluctuating temperature in Sonoma County and is known for its Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, Merlot, Syrah, and Barbera. We will give our legs a rest today and head straight to our final wine tasting of the tour at Francis Ford Coppola Winery. Afterward, we’ll head back to the hotel to check out, say our farewells, and shuttle you back to the Santa Rosa airport or leave you to extend your stay in the area.

*Please note wineries are subject to change due to availability at time of booking. If a winery listed in unavailable, we will provide a suitable replacement and you will be notified ahead of time.

"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.

Tour Accommodations

Sonoma Wine Country Geyersville Inn

Tucked among the picturesque mountains of Sonoma County’s Alexander Valley and located within an actual vineyard, The Geyserville Inn is a perfect wine country getaway.  It blends all the comfort and elegance of a contemporary boutique hotel with the intimacy, warmth and unhurried ambiance of a rustic bed and breakfast.

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 Guide

Not Included: Travel to and from Santa Rosa/Geyserville, 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.

While the general trip itinerary will remain the same, the actual restaurants, hotels, and activities listed are subject to modifications. Changes that are out of our control are common — restaurants close or lose their amazing chef, a winery changes their visiting hours, a hotel gets remodeled, etc. You are entrusting us to create an outstanding vacation for you and so it is possible we may take the liberty of making necessary changes to the itinerary that will improve your overall trip experience. If there is any one experience that is going to make or break your trip, please discuss this with us in advance.

Arrival & Departure

We will meet you either at our host hotel in Sonoma County at 1:00 PM on the first day of the tour or at the Santa Rosa airport. The tour ends on Day Three at noon. 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.