Sonoma Wine Tours

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$110 per person

Picnic lunch included – winery tasting fees are extra

Join-­In Wine Tour of the Sonoma Valley

A world­-class wine region in its own right, the Sonoma Valley is
intimate, charming, and very historic. The town of Sonoma is the home of
the northernmost and last built of the California Missions. Some of
the oldest wineries in the west are located here. On this tour, we’ll
share some of the rich history and give you a feel for the culture of this region.

Our small ­group guided Sonoma wine tours are organized Join-In style, so on this tour, you’ll share your day with a few other friendly, wine-­interested travelers. This will be an intimate, yet social and light­hearted journey through the Sonoma Valley. We’ll show you three charming, small to medium-sized wineries (many of which are still family-owned), with an up­beat and well ­informed tour guide. Along the way, you’ll enjoy a very tasty picnic lunch and have the opportunity to taste some wonderful wines.

  • Visit three wineries – rich in charm and history
  • Take in awesome and inspiring views
  • Taste some delicious wines
  • Learn tidbits of local winemaking, history, and culture
  • Dine on a very tasty picnic lunch – served at a winery
  • Cheese platter and bottled water served on board the bus
  • Share the experience with other fun people
  • Personable and well-informed tour guide
  • Feel you’ve experienced the real Sonoma Wine Country!

Please note: Tours are not available on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day.

Our Sonoma Wine Tours tend to be a very social and lively outings. You'll travel in a small tour shuttle, with about 8 to 12 adventurers, visiting a variety of small to medium-sized wineries. This is ideal for solo travelers, couples and small groups of friendly people. Your knowledgeable tour guide/ driver will point out notable landmarks and wineries along the way and offer tidbits of local history, culture and wine making. You can expect to take in some lovely views of the Sonoma Valley, and be toured through some of the production areas and the vines of one or more of the wineries. This is not a rote tour – it's a different serendipitous experience every day; always fun and informative!

The Join-In Wine Tour of Sonoma Valley is priced at $110 per guest, and is offered every day. Tasting fees at the wineries are not included and are charged extra by the wineries. These fees typically run about $15 per person, per winery. All Join-In Wine Tours include a tasty picnic lunch served by your tour guide/driver on the grounds of one of the wineries. We also serve a cheese platter and plenty of bottled water on board the bus. Our tours usually last from about 10:30am to about 5:00pm. Pick-up is from local Sonoma and Napa-area hotels, rentals and from selected meeting spots for those driving in for the day.

Here is an example of a recent Sonoma Wine Tour Itinerary: Nicholson Ranch, Buena Vista, and Loxton. We customize all of our tours and the wineries change each day. Itineraries do vary depending on availability.

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Tasting fees at the wineries are not included and are charged extra by the wineries, compensating them for the wine they pour for guests. These fees typically run about $15 per person, per winery. Some tasting fees can be higher in the region, but Platypus works hard to cultivate relationships with our winery partners in order to keep the fees at an average of $15 per person, per winery. Because of our partnerships, almost any of the wineries on our Join-In Tours will often waive a tasting fee with a bottle purchase or wine club membership.

You are not required to taste at the wineries, or pay tasting fees for wineries at which you do not taste. There are a couple of wineries that are exceptions to this rule, so if this is your intention, be sure to consult your driver. Most of the wineries we visit will allow our guests to share a tasting.

If you have any additional questions about wine tasting fees, please don’t hesitate to call us at (707) 253-2723 or see our Wine Tasting Fees FAQs page.

For our Sonoma Valley Tours we can usually pick you up from your hotel or inn or almost any location in the Sonoma Valley within the towns of Sonoma, Glen Ellen or Kenwood, and in the City of Napa as well. We’ll drop you off at that same place. Otherwise, we’ll meet you at a pre-arranged public place that has parking. Our meeting place in Sonoma is the public parking lot behind the Sonoma State Historic Park Barracks on the Sonoma Plaza.  For GPS, please use this address: 89 East Spain Street, Sonoma. Pick-up time for the Sonoma Valley Tour from this location is 10:30am. If you are staying at some other Sonoma Valley location, we may still be able to pick you up. Please contact us and let us know where you’re staying and we’ll do our best to accommodate you and see if that option is available on your tour day. Check out some of our favorite Sonoma Valley Wineries.

Which Wineries Will We Visit?
There is no set schedule of wineries for tours. Our guides customize the tours for the best winery experiences available on any given day.

May we pick the wineries?
On Join-In Tours, your tour driver will take responsibility for planning the best tour day possible for the entire group. Private tours can choose the wineries they wish to visit.

How much time do we spend at each winery?
There is no set time. The average is about an hour at each winery.

Learn more about these questions as well as many others on our Join-In Wine Tour FAQs page.