Wine Country Information

Wine Country

There are around 1400 wineries representing almost every county in California. Half of the wineries in California are concentrated in Napa County and Sonoma County. Wine Country has been blessed with a range of soil types, terrains, micro-climates, and the increase of talented European winemakers developing the world class wine-making industry world class, not just once but twice. In Napa and Sonoma Counties there are approximately 650 wineries located and they represent the most famous brands in the U.S. even the world - making it The Wine Country. You can get great wines else where, but it costs more money and takes a lot longer to get there. Our California Wine Tours, give you the opportunity to experience Wine Country in one day.

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Sonoma Valley

One of California's premier wine-making regions is Sonoma County which is located in Sonoma Valley. It has pretty much remained unspoiled by its tourists. It is approximately 5-10 miles east of its more popular neighbour, Napa Valley. Following the Great Earthquake of 1906, and with the prohibition of alcohol from 1919 to 1933, both Sonoma and Napa became ghost town. For wine country the great depression continued long into the 1970's. Sonoma Plaza and the San Francisco Solano de Sonoma Mission which was established in 1823 are National Historic Landmarks and in this Wine Producing Region are right at the heart of it.

Napa Valley

Napa Valley was not so many years ahead of its neighbour, Sonoma Valley in 1850's and when tourists started to visit Wine Country, they did so in large numbers ignoring Napa Valley and going to Sonoma Valley. At this stage, all that was in Napa Valley were alot of vines. During 1906 and the 1970's both Sonoma and Napa became relatively quiet. Then which Napa became more popular by winning 2 ribbons, both first place. All other 'neighbourhoods' in the American wine business then lived in the shadow of Napa Valley. Napa Valley is much more well known when refereing to wine, however the average bottle of wine is that little bit higher. Some of the most famous American wines' addresses are in the towns along the highway in Napa Valley. Napa valley is a great place to visit, but Sonoma valley is closer to San Francisco and has lots of great wines to taste and has more complimentary tasting rooms than Napa has to offer.

Golden Gate Bridge

Wine Country Tours cross the Golden Gate Bridge. We know of a viewpoint that is less visited to get a spectacular view of one of this famous landmark. The viewpoint gives a picturesque view of the City of San Francisco and The Golden Gate Bridge itself.