Napa Valley Tours, in the Bay Area in California is renowned for its fabulous vineyards and excellent wine tasting centers. There are more than four hundred wineries and tourists keep visiting the place at all times of the year. Napa Valley grow many grape types including Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Merlot, Zinfandel, and many other popular varieties.
It is reported that more than five million visitors come to Napa valley Wine Tours each year and that explains why the roadways are so congested – particularly during summer weekends. Peak season are the summer months as also the harvest crush season during September and October. It has to be stated that the Napa Valley has received international recognition as one of the nine Great Wine Capitals of the world.
Most wineries offer tasting facilities to the visitors. The larger and better known wineries such as Mondavi and Beringer are open daily providing hosting facilities, guided tours of the operation areas and separate rooms for tasting the select wines. The smaller wineries understandably offer tasting facilities only by prior appointment, but the advantage is your tour and tasting may be personally conducted by the owner.
Most vineyards charge a nominal amount for the tasting but your tasting experience will be well worth that money. Wine Country tours are not only interesting but also highly informative particularly for wine lovers. Some of the renowned wineries that you should not miss on your wine tour are – Beringer Vineyards and V. Sattui Winery at St. Helena, Grgich Hills Cellar at Rutherford, Robert Mondavi Winery at Oakville, The Hess Collection Winery at Napa, Sterling Vineyards and Castello di Amorosa at Calistoga.
If you are an avid wine lover and wishing to undertake a Napa valley wine tour, there are tourist organizations that would imaginatively plan a whole week of wine country tours and it will be for you an exhilarating experience. They will take you around not only to the well known wineries but also the ones that are located in certain inconspicuous areas of Napa Valley where it is not possible to go without a tour guide.
Certainly Napa tours are the ideal ones to chill out your stress and spend quality time with your friends and loved ones. The simple fact is that even reaching Napa valley wineries are thrilling and fun-filled adventures. There are several modes of transportation to reach the Wineries like bicycle, hot air balloon, train or bus, horseback, rental cars etc.
The tour organizers of Napa and Sonoma tours will usually take you to all the premier Napa valley wineries and most of the tours include great picnic lunch, ride over the Golden Gate Bridge and 50-minute relaxing Ferry/Bay Cruise. Furthermore, San Francisco restaurants allow you to bring your own purchased wine and pay a very small corking fee.
Prepare yourself for a wine tour of Napa for your next vacation and you will surely carry home some of the most scintillating memories possible and with an irresistible urge to visit the valley again.
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