Join-in Tour North Sonoma, Russian River and Healdsburg
SIT BACK, ENJOY WINE COUNTRY
Join-in Tour North Sonoma, Russian River and Healdsburg
$119 per person – $129 on Saturdays
Picnic lunch included – winery tasting fees are extra
This tour operates on Fridays & Saturdays.
Many would argue that this is the most authentic of the region’s wine country areas. And those advocates might have a point, given that the ratio of small family wineries is the highest here. Add to that the lovely rolling green hills, the myriad of trees and the simple rustic charm, and what emerges is an enclave that will absolutely steal your heart.
Our daily Join-in wine tours are designed to show you a picture-perfect day in the Napa Valley or Sonoma region wine country, covering pretty much all the bases. This is a really fun and social way to see a hand-picked selection of backroads wineries that you probably wouldn’t find on your own.
- Tasty picnic lunch, served at a winery
- Lots of bottled water served on-board
- Friendly and engaging and well-informed tour guide
- Storytelling, and lots of tidbits about the wine process
- Tour visits three smaller wineries, hand-picked by your guide
- Tasting fee discounts and exclusive, behind-the-scenes access
- Winery tasting fees (usually, these fees are waived with wine purchase)
- Tour price is $119 ($129 on Saturdays) per person, picnic lunch included
- This is a fun & social experience, but not a ‘party tour’
- We can accommodate most dietary restrictions
- Picks up at 10-10:30am, depending on your location
- Drops off around 4:30-5:00pm
- Pick-up from your hotel, Inn or rental house in most cases
- Group size is currently limited to 6-8 guests due to Covid, but would usually be around 8-12
- More information on our FAQ page
“When I called Platypus to ask questions and make my reservation, they were very responsive, professional, and friendly. We did two group tours, North Sonoma with Bob and Sonoma with Rob. Both tours were excellent. We found that we really liked the smaller wineries as we were able to talk with the winemakers, walk thru the vineyards, and taste grapes right off of the vines. Enjoyable fun people on our tour which added to the experience. Highly recommend Platypus tours.”
Our small-group guided 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 this beautiful and unpopulated area. We’ll show you three charming, hidden gem wineries, shepherded by an up-beat 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 wine making, history and culture
- Dine on a very tasty picnic lunch – served at a winery
A Platypus wine tour makes for a great social experience; ideal for individual travelers, couples and small groups of friendly people. You’ll share a small group shuttle bus with 8 to 12 wine adventurers (currently limited to 6-8 due to Covid) and visit a selection of small, intimate back roads wineries, carefully chosen by your driver/guide, who will point out notable landmarks and wineries as your travel through this very beautiful region. You can expect to be toured through some of the production areas and walk among the vines of one or more of the wineries. This is not a cookie-cutter package tour – it’s a different serendipitous experience every day; always informative and always fun!
Our Join-In Wine Tour of North Sonoma is priced at $119 per guest ($129 Saturdays). This tour is not offered every day, so please check for availability. 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. Our tours usually last from about 10:30am to about 5:00pm. Pick-up is from Petaluma, Rohnert Park, Santa Rosa, Windsor and Healdsburg (hotels, rentals and from selected meeting spots for those driving in for the day).
Wine Tasting Fees
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.
Meeting / Pickup
Our North Sonoma Tours pick up in Santa Rosa, Windsor, Petaluma, Rohnert Park and Healdsburg. Let us know where you’re staying and we’ll do our best to accommodate you.
Alternatively, we have central meeting locations in the towns of Santa Rosa at Healdsburg. Please reach out to us and we can direct you to the best location based on where you are coming from. We pick-up in Santa Rosa at 10:00am for the North Sonoma tour and in Healdsburg at 10:30am for this tour.
If you are staying at some other North 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.
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.
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