Sonoma Valley Experience Itinerary
DAY 1: SONOMA VALLEY
Meet your private driver for a transfer from the airport to the Sonoma Valley. Enjoy the flexibility of having a private vehicle and driver available to you for 4 hours today.
Sonoma County is ripe with over 250 wineries to choose from. Set out today to explore as many or as few of these local Sonoma County wineries as you wish. Some recommend winery visits today are Laurel Glen Vineyard, Buena Vista Winery, . Note: tour and tasting fees are not included, and are payable on the spot.
Laurel Glen Vineyards: Experience 4 vintages of our flagship Laurel Glen Vineyard Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, spanning at least 10 years of production. Each wine is paired with a chocolate, custom designed to highlight the wine's unique attributes. This tasting has something for everyone, whether you are intrigued by the opportunity to study how our flagship Cabernet ages or you are a foodie, always up for a hedonistic new flavor adventure. $35 per person, non-refundable. Please allow 60 minutes. This experience requires advance reservations.
Buena Vista Winery: In 2011, Buena Vista became part of Boisset Family Estates, a renowned and charismatic family with a collection of historic wineries and roots in Burgundy, France. The family, led in the US by Jean-Charles Boisset, possesses a true love and respect for Buena Vista – its unrivaled heritage, authentic roots, colorful history, and renowned wines. Boisset is passionately committed to its ‘partnership with 'The Count’—to continue the vision and legacy he first created 150 years ago. Tastings from $15-$40pp.
Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyard: At Gloria Ferrer, the range of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay that comes from the estate vineyards give the winemaking team a remarkable palette for blending. There are no shortcuts in the méthode champenoise process, so the wines of Gloria Ferrer are given the extra care and time required. It’s a difference you can see in the tiny bubble trails, taste in the montage of flavors and feel in the luscious texture and silky mouth feel and finish. Tasting flights $18 – $33. Guided tour $25 per person.
B.R. Cohn Winery: B.R. Cohn Winery at Olive Hill Estate is located in Glen Ellen, 10 minutes outside of Sonoma, and just one hour north of San Francisco. The current tasting room and office suites are an expansion of the original ranch house on the property where Bruce Cohn lived and raised his family. In transforming the home, the original 1920’s architecture was preserved giving the tasting room a timeless, romantic feel. A visit to B.R. Cohn Winery wouldn’t be complete without a stop at the Gourmet Shop to tastegourmet olive oils and barrel-aged, hand-crafted vinegars, along with a unique selection of gifts and charcuterie. Tastings for $20 per person. Tours for $20 per person.
Accommodation: The Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa
Day 2: Sonoma Valley
Enjoy the flexibility of having a private vehicle and driver available to you for 8 hours today.
Sonoma County has a total of 16 AVA's, resulting in a wide assortment of tastes amongst its premier wines, Chardonnay, Cabernet sauvignon, and Pinot noir. The wines of Sonoma County have steadily gained worldwide recognition for their quality. Explore Sonoma today, and choose to visit as many or as few of these wineries as you please.Please note, tastings and entrance costs are not included, and can be paid locally.
Today's recommended winery visits are Ledson Winery & Vineyards, Chateau St. Jean Winery, Chalk Hill Estate Vineyards, Geyser Peak Winery, and Truett Hurst.
Ledson Winery & Vineyards: Emerging like a gothic blast from the past out of acres of rolling vineyards and pastoral calm, the 16,000 square foot French Normandy winery is known as "The Castle" around the world. Originally designed as the family home, the contractor and designer got carried away and it quickly became clear that the architectural showpiece was much better suited to house the planned winery. Ledson specializes in small varietal lots that reflect the genuine diversity of their select vineyards and appellations. Private wine & cheese pairing, approx. $42 pp.
Chateau St. Jean Winery: Nestled in the heart of the stunning Sonoma Valley, the Chateau St. Jean estate offers wine lovers an idyllic getaway to soak in the Sonoma wine lifestyle. With incredible vineyard views, a dramatic mountain backdrop, lush gardens and the elegant 1920s chateau, guests are invited to experience the award-winning Chateau St. Jean wine collection at their leisure, while enjoying the breathtaking ambiance of the estate. Vineyard room tasting, $25 pp.
Chalk Hill Estate Vineyards: Chalk Hill is a ruggedly beautiful 1,477 acre estate. Surrounded by heritage oak woodlands and natural riparian streams, a scant 350 vineyard acres meander— a patchwork of 60 different small vineyards, each dedicated to producing distinctive wines of elegance and power. Culinary experience and tasting, 2 ½ hours, starting at $120 per person.
Geyser Peak Winery: One of California’s oldest and most renowned wineries, Geyser Peak Winery was founded in 1880 by Augustus Quitzow, a pioneer in Alexander Valley winemaking, Geyser Peak has flourished as an award-winning winery for more than 130 years. Quitzow chose the original winery site in Geyserville for its vantage point of the famed Geysers Geothermal area. The white steam that billowed from the geysers along the mountain slopes provided the winery with a spectacular ‘view of the clouds’. Reserve tasting, $15 pp.
Truett Hurst Vineyards: Nestled in the heart of the Dry Creek Valley, there are 26 very special acres we call Truett Hurst. Zinfandel and Petite Sirah vineyards, Dry Creek, 5 acres of garden and a vibrant tasting room made of eco-friendly materials are just some of the things that make us unique. Where else can you take in Coho Salmon, Steelhead trout, otters, ducks, sheep, herbs, olives, beneficial insect habitat, heirloom fruits and vegetables, all over a glass of delicious wine? Tastings from $5 pp.
Accommodation: The Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa
Day 3: Sonoma Valley/Napa Valley
Transfer by private vehicle from Sonoma Valley to Napa Valley for a champagne breakfast and balloon ride. Approximate travel time is 30 minutes.
Enchantment, romance, and excitement fill every colorful moment of this graceful adventure. Arrive at your pre-dawn check-in spot and enjoy a continental breakfast of coffee, pastries, cereal, fruit and juice. After a brief pilot orientation you are taken to your launch site. At the launch site you are greeted by a bustle of activity, the hum of the inflator fans, the lively colors of our state-of-the-art balloons and the roar of the burners. The well trained and skilled staff will ensure a safe and comfortable launch. You are in safe hands with your FAA certified pilot and aircraft, a professional staff and an impeccable safety record with thousands of satisfied adventurers experiencing the pleasure of hot air ballooning. Enjoy your one hour hot air balloon flight and get a bird's eye view of this beautiful land! When earthbound, your flight is celebrated with Napa Valley’s finest sparkling wines as you enjoy a champagne brunch. You will also have the opportunity to have a document of your hot air balloon flight by purchasing a photo of yourself in the basket hundreds of feet above the ground!
After your breakfast and balloon ride, meet your driver for a private transfer from Napa Valley to Sonoma Valley. Then, enjoy the flexibility of having a private vehicle and driver available to you for 4 hours this afternoon.
Another afternoon of wineries and tastings await, in the illustrious Sonoma County. Choose as many or as few of these area wineries as you wish. Please note, tour and tasting fees are not included, and are payable on the spot.
Today's recommended winery visits are Iron Horse Vineyards, Korbel Champagne Cellars, Gary Farrell Winery, Martinelli Vineyards & Winery.
Iron Horse Vineyards: Iron Horse produces exclusively estate bottled wines imbuing a distinct "sense of place”. They are specific to the Green Valley AVA, the vineyard and the vintage. They never resort to "recipe” winemaking. The wines are elegant, bright, focused, highly nuanced, soft and silky. The wines exude quality and class. Above all, winemaker David Munksgard strives for exquisite balance. Tour and tasting, $25 pp.
Korbel Champagne Cellars: The highlight of any trip to the Korbel Winery is a 50-minute tour through our historic champagne cellars and history museum, ending with a tasting of their finest products. The Korbel Gardens’ impressive collection of roses — more than 250 varieties in hedge-lined beds — lies in front of the circa-1882 Korbel family house. In addition, a wide range of perennials, shrubs, redwood, linden, dogwood and flowering plum trees, and plants native to the redwood forest surround the Antique Rose Garden. Complete your visit to the Korbel Winery with a lunch at the Korbel Delicatessen & Market. Sit among the majestic redwoods while you enjoy a delicious bite paired with your favorite sparkling varietal. Tasting is complimentary.
Gary Farrell Winery: Receive the complete package of a Russian River wine country experience. We invite you to a private tasting salon for an exploration of some of the valley's most renowned vineyards, discovered through a special flight of current and library releases. This educational experience is personally hosted by an estate ambassador and features six highly allocated releases of single-vineyard Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Stay in The Salon and enjoy a locally-sourced wine country lunch by Chef Didier Ageorges, soak up the view, expand your knowledge and connect to the Russian River Valley through each sip of wine. Please allow 2 hours for this experience (reserve 48 hrs in advance), $75 pp.
Martinelli Vineyards & Winery: The unique tasting room and gift shop is situated in a historic turn-of-the-century hop barn. Come and taste wonderful estate grown & produced wines in the scenic Russian River Valley. Hosted in the Heritage Room by their wine educator, this seated, private tasting focuses on library vintages of small production, single-vineyard designate wines, and may include Jackass Zinfandel, Blue Slide Ridge Pinot Noir, and other prestigious wines. Reserve in advance. $50 per person.
Accommodation: The Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa
Day 4: Sonoma Valley
After a restful morning meet your professional driver for an airport transfer with private vehicle to the airport.
Trip Terms & Conditions
•Your deposit is due immediately on booking (30% of program price, minimum $350). The balance is due 90 days prior to departure.
•Cancellations of confirmed bookings 90 days or more prior to departure will receive full refundminus a $350 (per person) administrative fee and any non-refundable paid fees (e.g. non-refundable airfare, cruise or hotel deposits). 60-89 days will be subject to loss of 30% of program price. 30-59 days will be subject to loss of 50% of program price. 29 days or less will be subject to loss of 100% of program price.
•Tour quotes do not include airfare to/from the trip start point unless noted on the itinerary
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* USD per person, double occupancy. Custom designed personal tour. Prices subject to change.