Bachelor/Bachelorette Dos and Don’ts in Wine Country

Planning a bachelor or bachelorette party and looking for an unforgettable experience? Look no further than Northern California’s wine country! Napa and Sonoma have become incredibly popular destinations for these celebrations, offering stunning scenery, delicious food, and of course, world-class wines.

While Platypus Tours loves hosting these groups and wants everyone to have a blast, there are some key “Dos and Don’ts” to ensure a smooth and enjoyable trip. Here’s your ultimate guide to a successful wine country bachelor(ette) party weekend, along with tips on how Platypus Tours can help you navigate these recommendations! (P.S. Wine tours truly are the BEST wedding gifts!)


Fuel Up:

Before embarking on a day of wine tasting and celebration at Sonoma’s beautiful wineries, a hearty breakfast and lunch are essential. Luckily, the area boasts amazing restaurants with fantastic brunch menus. Plus, our join-in wine tours include lunch at a scenic winery!

Stay Hydrated:

Staying hydrated is crucial throughout your wine country adventure. Wineries typically offer water alongside tastings, and Platypus Tours provides bottled water on the bus to keep you cool and refreshed during tastings.

Engage with the Experts:

Winery hosts are passionate about their craft and love sharing their stories and the unique qualities of their wines. Ask questions, participate in the tasting experience, and chat with them! Feel free to purchase a bottle or two from your favorite spot – many wineries don’t distribute elsewhere, so take home a special memory with a delicious bottle of wine!

Capture the Memories:

You’ll definitely want to document this exciting day filled with amazing wine. Don’t hesitate to ask your winery host to snap a group photo, and our tour guides are always happy to capture these special moments!

Plan Ahead:

Especially for larger groups, planning is key. Make reservations at wineries beforehand, especially if your group is more than 5 people. Weekends and Saturdays tend to fill up quickly, so avoid last-minute scrambling and secure your spots in advance. Platypus Tours can help with this process, ensuring a smooth and stress-free itinerary.


Dress Inappropriately:

Remember that many Sonoma wineries are family-owned and operated, and some allow children. Avoid offensive clothing or accessories that might disrupt the welcoming atmosphere. While wineries are a fun place to celebrate, they are also places of business.

Drink Between Visits:

Wineries offer generous tastings, so there’s no need to drink in between visits. The goal is to savor the experience and fully appreciate each wine.

Skip Meals:

Breakfast and lunch are crucial for a successful wine tour! Don’t skip meals in between winery visits, and factor in ample time for lunch at one of the many amazing restaurants throughout the valley.

Mix Alcohol:

This one’s a classic – stick to wine and avoid mixing different types of beverages. This will help you avoid feeling unwell and ensure you can fully enjoy your vacation.

Bring Bad Vibes:

Napa and Sonoma are dream vacation destinations for many first-time visitors. Be mindful of your surroundings and maintain a positive attitude. Treat others with respect and let’s keep the good vibes flowing!

Now that you’re equipped with wine country etiquette, it’s time to book your unforgettable bachelor(ette) party with Platypus Tours! Our experienced guides will ensure you have the ultimate party while you explore Sonoma’s wine tours unforgettable experience. Remember, wine tours also make amazing wedding gifts – give the gift of an unforgettable adventure!