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History Behind Platypus Tours

Posted on April 18, 2020

If you have become familiar with wine country, then you know how normal it is to see multiple tour buses driving through the streets of downtown, ready to pick up all the passengers and whisk them away to the beautiful wineries. Wine country has certainly become one of the most popular places to visit here in Northern California with millions of tourists stopping by each year to sip on some great wine. Whether you are joining in for some wine country tours or you are joining for some private wine tours Napa, Platypus Wine Tours is sure not to disappoint you. And with that, tours in Napa Valley have become quite popular. Curious as to why a wine country tour group decided to land on the name “Platypus Tours”? Well take your seat, buckle up, and get ready with a behind the scenes backstory about us.

Who is the Founder

Again, why “Platypus”? The rolling hills of Napa Valley are pretty far from the water areas of Australia. However, it was the uniqueness of this word that drew our “Platypus-in-Chief”, Don Rickard aka the Platypus founder, to pick this name. Don was first inspired by his own experience on a bus tour while he backpacked through Europe. But you see most tour companies here in the Napa Valley all have a common theme, the location of wine country and of course wine. Even though it may have seemed like a risky choice, our one-of-a-kind name stood out and though the power of the referral network, Platypus Tours started its engines in 2003.

From the Beginning

Beginning in 2003, Don created Platypus Tours with only one bus at the time and a dream to share his passion for wine country. Being the go-to for all local recommendations was Don’s philosophy for building a successful tour guide company. Platypus has grown to be one of the top wine tour guides in all of wine country.

When the Valley is open we have numerous wine country tours running each and everyday here in wine country including Sonoma, Napa, Healdsburg, and the Russian River. We also offer different options for you and your group, whether it be a private wine tours Napa to reserve the bus all to yourselves or to “join-in” another tour and meet new people adventuring to wine country. With over six thousand reviews and an average 5 Star rating on Trip Advisor, we hope to see you join us for a fun Platypus Tour soon!