Join-in Wine Tour of the Sonoma Valley
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Join the Fun ~ Sonoma Valley
$119 per person – $129 on Saturdays
Picnic lunch included – winery tasting fees are extra
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.
Join in Tour – Sonoma Valley
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
“We had a great time on our Platypus tour! Bob was a great tour guide, taking us to wineries we would not have otherwise visited; all unique in their own way. He was informative and entertaining as well. It’s a great, safe, fun way to see wineries around Sonoma – not to be missed!”
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 wine making, history and culture
- Dine on a very tasty picnic lunch – served at a winery
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 (currently limited to 6-8 due to Covid), 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 $119 per guest ($129 Saturdays), 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. 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.
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
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.
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