The majority of wine tours in San Francisco will be spent visiting wineries and sight-seeing. Napa Valley doesn’t lack in stunning wineries that boast unique architecture as well as breathtaking views of the valley. So when you’re planning on visiting wineries on your wine tour near San Francisco, be sure to visit the Napa Wine Country.
One of the most famous wineries in Napa Valley is the Castelo di Amorosa, a modern-day castle inspired by medieval Tuscan architecture. Owned by Italian winemaker Dario Sattui, this winery-cum-castle and fortress is complete with moats, towers, a courtyard, a chapel, a drawbridge and really high stone walls. The castle is surrounded by the vineyards that produce Cabernet, Merlot, Primitvo, and Sangiovese grapes.
Love wine and art? It’s time to discover more off-the-beaten track wineries and find The Hess Collection Winery, located on Mount Veeder. It features an amazing tasting room and a separate gallery which boasts owner Donald Hess’ art pieces he has collected since 1966.
Another stunning winery in the region is Ovid Winery, a 300-acre property in St. Helena. Its location — perching up high on Pritchard Hill — provides the winery incredible vistas and breathtaking panoramic views of the valley, from Yountville to Calistoga. Its structure is very modern and ritzy. Of course, Ovid Winery is more than just stunning views, as its handcrafted wines are just as stellar — its flagship Ovid Winery Proprietary Red wine is a must-taste when you visit there.
If you really want totally stunning views, why not experience them while riding a hot air balloon? Watch the sun rise across Napa Valley’s scenic and mind-blowing views from a hot air balloon floating thousands of feet from the ground! Soar over well-arranged vineyards and the rolling hills and valleys below while cherishing the feeling of serenity and oneness with nature.
Balloons Above the Valley (BATV), a veteran in hot air balloon tours in Napa Valley, features amazing packages for every discerning visitor. And these include the widely-acclaimed San Francisco Balloon and Wine Tour Package. This two-day excursion costs $836 for two guests, and is especially geared from those who stay in San Francisco’s downtown. Enjoy the comfort and luxury of transporting from the city to the Wine Country inside a limo bus. You’ll enjoy an on-board breakfast (with mimosa), wine tours in Napa and Sonoma, picnic lunch at one of the wineries, and a hot air balloon excursion that also includes a pre-flight breakfast and a post-flight brunch with a sparkling wine. BATV emphasizes the safety of our flight crew and passengers to ensure of an enjoyable and memorable flights and wine tours.
Everything you see during your wine tour in San Francisco will be absolutely stunning, whether you are visiting amazing wineries or hot air ballooning for breathtaking vistas of Napa Valley.