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Reviews of the Best Napa Valley Wine Tours

Updated: June 20, 2023
 By Britt

This post compares and reviews  wine tours to and of Napa Valley. The area is a beautiful part of California that boasts some of the most impressive vintage wineries in the country.

There are many companies leading both group and private wine tours of the area. The cost of each tour, the pick-up/drop-off locations, and the featured vineyards all vary immensely depending on which tour you select. 

We hope that this post encourages you to visit and helps you decide how best to get there!

Group Napa Valley Wine Tours

Though private tours of Napa Valley are more common, there are still a handful of companies that offer group tours.

Of the companies listed below, Wine Country Tour Shuttle, Platypus Wine Tours, Napa Valley Wine Country Tours, and Beau Wine Tours & Limo Service visit 4 different wineries, have the capacity to accommodate small groups of 10-12 guests, and are lead by qualified guides.

A picnic lunch is also included in the price of each of these tour. Platypus Tours and Napa Valley Wine Tours also serve a cheese platter and breakfast with mimosas, respectively.

Wine tasting fees are not included in the cost of any of these tours, and usually run about $15 per person at each stop.

Gray Line and Tower Tours, on the other hand, run full coach tours to 3 different wineries. Tasting fees are included in the price of these tours, though lunch is not.

Below the companies are listed in order of price, from cheapest to most expensive. 

City Sightseeing 

CitySightseeing Tours are classic hop-off, hop-on bus tours that take visitors to several different tourist destinations.  

They offer half day and full-day tour of Napa Valley, as well as a combination day tour to both Napa and Muir Woods, known for its towering redwood trees.

The half day and combination tour options visit 2-3 wineries, while the full day tour visits 4. The first wine tasting fee is included in the price of the full and half day tours, but all additional tastings must be paid for separately.

This outfit offers complimentary hotel pick-up from San Francisco. 


Pick-up/Drop-off: Complimentary hotel pickup from San Francisco to Napa and Napa to San Francisco. 

Reviews: Tours to Napa Valley with CitySightseeing receive generally positive reviews, with many guests praising the ease of transportation.

The quality of the guided commentary varies depending on the driver, though most visitors find it informative and enjoyable. Some guests had trouble hearing the driver due to a poor PA system on the bus.

Overall, visitors who traveled with CitySightseeing found the experience very enjoyable and straightforward.

TripAdvisor Rating: 3.5 stars.

Take Walks

This is one of the newest tour companies in the Bay Area, and one of their services just so happens to be a day trip to the Napa & Sonoma Valleys.

At 9 hours in length, this is an extensive outing which includes several opportunities to taste wine and learn about how it is made.

Groups are kept at a maximum of 12 persons to make sure that the tour doesn't get too crowded.

A Day in Wine Country

  • $229 per person
  • Duration: 9 hours
  • Includes a trip to Napa Valley.
  • Includes a trip to Sonoma Valley.
  • Includes wine tastings at three wineries.

Although they don't currently have any reviews for this specific tour, Take Walks regularly receives excellent ratings from their customers.

Many guests are impressed with their tour guides, describing them as entertaining and informative.

Wine Country Tour Shuttle

This company offers 2 different wine tours around Napa Valley. The first is with Robert Mondavi Winery and the second is with Castello di Amorosa.

Both include 4 stops at different vineyards, a picnic lunch, and a knowledgeable guide. Of all the group tours included on this list, this company is the most affordable at just $79 and $89 per person.

Wine tasting fees, gratuities, and the entrance fee for visiting Castello di Amorosa ($20) is not included in the price of the tour. 


  • Napa Valley Tour with Castello di Amorosa - $79 per person, excluding wine tasting fees
  • Napa Valley Tour with Robert Mondavi Winery - $89 per person, excluding wine tasting fees


  • Napa Valley Tour with Castello di Amorosa - The Ferry Building, though they will call a taxi company on your behalf to pick you up at your hotel and drop at first winery
  • Napa Valley Tour with Robert Mondavi Winery - Pick-up available from almost any Napa Valley hotel 

Reviews: Reviews are generally very positive, as many guests comment on the impressive knowledge of the guides and the beautiful views seen on the drive.

On rare occasions, guests report having their tours canceled at the last minute, though complaints of this sort are few and far between.

Of their two tours on offer, the Napa Valley Tour with Castello di Amorosa is the most popular.

TripAdvisor Rating: 4.5 stars. 

Gray Line Tours

In addition to their many other bus tours, Gray Line also offers a Deluxe Sonoma & Napa Valley Wine Tour packages.

Guests visit 3 different wineries and are given free time to explore and have lunch in Yountville. Unlike many of the other companies, the tasting fees are included in this tour.

However, the 'tour' at each vineyard is limited to a presentation by a representative and wine tasting, rather than of the wine making process itself. Also, this group tour is much larger than most, with capacity for more than 40 persons. 

As Gray Line offers to collect guests directly from their hotel in San Francisco, this is a great option for those who aren't staying in Napa and don't feel comfortable traveling their on their own. 

Cost: $91 per person, including tasting fees but excluding lunch

Drop-off/Pick-up: Pick-up/drop-off from any San Francisco hotel

Reviews: Reviews of Gray Line's wine tour are generally very positive. Guests praise the knowledgeable drive-guide and the ease by which they were able to visit several wineries from San Francisco to Napa.

Some complain about the lack of intimacy, however, that is inevitably the trade off for such an affordable excursion that also includes wine tasting fees.

TripAdvisor Rating: 4 stars. 

Tower Tours

Tower Tours offer a Napa & Sonoma Wine Country which visits 3 different wineries and offers complimentary shuttle pick up from most San Francisco hotels.

Similar to Gray Line Tours, this tour accommodates a large number of people and thus isn't quite as intimate as some of the other companies.

Wine tasting fees at each vineyard is included in the price of the tour, however, lunch is not. After a brief presentation and wine tasting, guests are given 1 hour to explore the winery and complete any purchases of their choosing.

Like Gray Line Tours, the presentation does not include any insight into how the wine is made. 

Cost: $91 per person 

Drop-off/Pick-up: Complimentary shuttle pickup from most San Francisco hotels.

Reviews: Reviews of Tower Tours are relatively positive as guests praise the guides and the selection of wineries.

Some comment that they wish there was more information regarding the wine making process, however, this is more of an issue to be taken up with the wineries rather than the tour company.

Overall, guests seem very pleased with this affordable wine tour!

TripAdvisor Rating: 4 stars. 

Extranomical Tours

Extranomical Tours offers full day tours to both Napa Valley and Sonoma Valley. Their trips include complimentary hotel pickup, a guided tour of San Francisco's wine country, and wine tasting fees at at least 2 different wineries.

Wine country tours can also be combined with other popular tourist destinations such as Muir Woods and  Alcatraz. Lunch is included in the price of some of their tours, so be sure to clarify if this is the case. 

San Francisco Wine Lover's Tour 

Muir Woods and Wine Country (Sonoma and Napa Valley 

  • From $102 per person 
  • 9 hours, departing daily 
  • More info to book 

Wine Lover's Tour and Alcatraz Ticket 

  • From $147 per person 
  • 9 hours, departing daily 
  • More info and for reservation

Reviews: Extranomical Tours has a great reputation, boasting 4 ½ star rating on TripAdvisor and a 4-star rating on Yelp.

The handful of negative reviews are mostly centered around scheduling conflicts, however these issues are often difficult to predict, especially considering the heavy traffic coming in and out of San Francisco.

Considering this is the only real complaint, the company is obviously doing pretty well.

Almost every other similar service has received complaints about the bus either being late or broken, so it’s worth noting that Extranomical does not appear to have these problems.

TripAdvisor Rating: 4.5 stars.

Napa Valley Wine Country Tours

This company offer 2 different types of wine tour of Napa Valley -- the first departing from San Francisco and the second departing from Napa.

Each operates daily and visits 4 premium vineyards in Napa Valley, includes a picnic style lunch, and features a knowledgable driver-guide.

The Napa wine tour that departs from San Francisco also includes a "mimosa wine country breakfast", which is served on the bus and features bagels, croissants, fresh fruit, and a mimosa.

Gratuity and wine tasting fees not included in either tour. 


  • San Francisco to Wine Country - $99 per person, plus wine tasting fees. 
  • Napa Valley Daily Wine Country - $99 per person, plus wine tasting fees. 


  • San Francisco to Wine Country - Union Square OR Pier 39
  • Napa Valley Daily Wine Country - Pick-up available from almost any Napa Valley hotel 

Reviews: Reviews are also very positive for Napa Valley Wine Tours, as several guests comment on the outstanding customer service and unbeatable quality of guides.

Some guests write: "hands down the best wine tour ever." Though a few reviewers critcized the price of the tour, this company actually offers one of the most competitive priced tours of Napa Valley.

TripAdvisor Rating: 5 stars. 

Platypus Wine Tours

Platypus Wine Tours is the top rated wine tour company on TripAdvisor and offers group tours of Napa Valley, Sonoma Valley, and North Sonoma.

The Napa Valley tour visits 4 different wineries, dedicating roughly an hour at each one. In addition to a knowledgable guide, the tour also features a picnic lunch, as well as a cheese platter served on the bus.

Groups are limited to 10 persons, ensuring that the experience is always intimate. Expect to pay $10-$15 at each stop for the wine tasting experience, in addition to any bottles you wish to purchase. 

Cost: $110 per person, not including wine tasting fees

Pick-up/Drop-off: Platypus Tours will pick up from almost any hotel or inn in Napa Valley. For those taking Napa Valley tours from San Francisco, Platypus Tours dispatches a bus to collect tourists a Vallejo Ferry Terminal.

Tourists simply must go to San Francisco Ferry Marketplace Building, take the ferry to Vallejo Ferry Terminal, and then wait to be collected by the Platypus Tours bus. 

Reviews: Platypus Tours has an outstanding reputation, with a 5 star rating on TripAdvisor and several thousand reviews. Former guests comment that "there can't be a better wine tour out there" and ask "is it possible to have too much fun??".

Though complaints are few and far between, some guests felt the tour was overpriced and that the wine tasting tour should have been included in the fee. However, it is very common for all wine tours to exclude the tasting fees in the cost of the tour.

TripAdvisor Rating: 5 stars. 

Beau Wine Tours 

Though they specialize primarily in private luxury wine tours, they also offers a group tour to Napa Valley.

Guests are brought to 4 different vineyards, are accompanied by a qualified guide, and given champagne and a picnic lunch. The price of the tour does not include the wine tasting fees or any gratuity for the guide.

Drivers typically call tourists prior to the tour to inquire about their wine and vineyard preferences, so that the tour is as customized as possible (though there is no guarantee that the guide will be able to accommodate everyone's wishes). 

Cost: $125 per person, not including wine tasting fees. 

Pick-up/Drop-off: Tours will pick up from almost any hotel or inn in Napa Valley. For those taking Napa Valley tour from San Francisco, the tour dispatches a bus to collect tourists a Vallejo Ferry Terminal.

Guests simply must go to San Francisco Ferry Marketplace Building, take the ferry to Vallejo Ferry Terminal, and then wait to be collected by the tour bus. 

Reviews: Beau Wine Tours also receive excellent reviews, with many tourists praising the company's outstanding customer service.

Though their group tour is not as popular as their individual tours, there are still several positive reviews from guests who have used their group tour service.

TripAdvisor Rating: 5 stars. 

Private Napa Valley Wine Tours

Though individual tours may appear significantly more expensive than any of the group tour offers, they can be a reasonable alternative for those already travelling as a group.

There are several different companies that offer individual tours of Napa Valley. Occasionally there are 'hidden fees' in the form of tax, wine tasting fees, the cost of the fuel, and any other number of things, so be sure to clarify what is included in the cost of the tour. 

Squire Livery Tours

Squire Livery Tours markets itself as a luxury wine tour company that offers bespoke, individual tours of Napa Valley.

The company is run by Kent, a Napa Valley native whose knowledge and passion for wine goes nearly unmatched.

Guests can design their personalized tours with the help of Kent and his team. There is a 6 hour minimum tour length. 

Cost: $85 per hour with a 6 hour minimum tour length

Pick-up/Drop-off: Pick-up available from any accommodation in Napa Valley. Those staying outside of Napa Valley must find their own means of transportation to Napa Valley. 

Reviews: Squire Livery Tours has an outstanding reputation with no ratings below 5 stars on TripAdvisor to date. Customers rave about the knowledge of the guides and the ease of the trip, as Kent and his team organize all of the minute details of the tour.

Many reviewers say that they felt like they had "made a new friend and built a lasting relationship" after a day with their guide. Several guests are return customers who were eager to use Squire Livery Tours again. 

TripAdvisor Rating: 5 stars.

Beau Wine Tours 

In addition to their group tours, they offers several different customizable individual tours of Napa Valley.

Guests can choose their departure location, the wineries they wish to visit, and the number of days they hope to explore the area. Prices vary immensely, so it is best to get a quote directly from the company. 

Cost: Varies

Pick-up/Drop-off: Availability of Pick-up/drop-off from almost anywhere in Napa or San Francisco. 

Reviews: Beau Wine Tours also receive excellent reviews, with many guests praising the company’s outstanding customer service.

They are particularly well known for their individual tours, which receive several positive reviews from guests who have used their group tour service.

TripAdvisor Rating: 5 stars. 

Flex Wine Tours

All Flex Wine tours are led by sommeliers who curate each tour based on the personal wine and travel preferences of the guests.

After consulting with one of their representatives, an itinerary is developed to suit the specific needs of the customer. Premium waters, drinks, snacks & palate cleansers are available on-board. 

Flex Wine Tours also provides guests with videos and photos of their trip for no additional cost. 

Cost: Varies

Pick-up/Drop-off: Pick-up/drop-off available from almost anywhere in Napa.

Reviews: Reviews are also very positive for this company, with many guests complimenting the "intimate knowledge" of the guides, as well as the "extremely professional customer experience."

For some, the price of the tour seemed especially steep. However, Flex Wine Tours' rates are fairly standard for a bespoke private tour company of this area. 

TripAdvisor Rating: 5 stars. 

Intimate Wine Tours

Intimate Wine Tours specialize in fully customized, individual tours of Napa and Sonoma and provides an intimate experience of vines and winemakers.

Guides are fully qualified and the company boasts that they offer "the most affordable and discounted rates within the industry."

Guests collaborate with Intimate Wine Tours to design an itinerary that features any combination of 9 different Napa Valley wineries. 

Cost: Varies. 

Pick-up/Drop-off: Pick-up/drop-off available from anywhere in Napa.

Reviews: The reviews for this company are excellent, as many former customers vow to never visit Napa without Intimate Wine Tours!

Other guests say "words don't even do it justice with what a great time we had." The odd complaint is very rare and usually describes a very abnormal circumstance.

TripAdvisor Rating: 5 stars. 

Napa Your Way

Napa Your Way is a small, family run wine tour company that specializes in trips around Napa Valley. They make a particular effort to bring visitors to smaller, lesser-known wineries rather than those run by large companies.

Guests can also add on a lunch or dinner stop to their tour for additional fees. 

Cost: $80 per hour, plus a remote destination fee of $75 each way. Wine tasting fees not included. 

Pick-up/Drop-off: Pick-up/drop-off available from anywhere in Napa.

Reviews: Napa Your Way receives excellent reviews, with many guests praising Brad, the owner and main guide of the company, for being so knowledgable and for having the ability to "make small miracles happen."

This company truly specializes in making each tour as unique and personal as possible, and all of their 5 star reviews are evidence of that success!

TripAdvisor Rating: 5 stars. 

Things to Know

  • Confirm what exactly is included in the cost and what is not. For example, the price of group tours often does not include tasting fees, and the price of individual tours often does not include the cost of gas. It is important to know the approximate cost of the day so that guests can plan accordingly. 
  • Don't forget ID! The last thing you want is to pay for a wine tour and then not be able to drink the wine! 
  • Do your research beforehand. Though some group tours have a set list of wineries that they visit, some group tours and all individual tours will try to accommodate any requests made by the guests. If there is a particular winery you want to visit, read up on it beforehand and ask your guide if it could be done. 

Deals and Discounts

For the budget conscious traveller, there are several websites that regularly offer discounts on wine tours of Napa. Here are some of the best websites to browse through in search a deal: 

Smart Destinations

Smart Destinations sells a Go San Francisco Card that is valid for 1 of either of the following tours: (1) Full Day Northern California Wine Country Tour or (2) Muir Woods and Wine Country Tour.

The first costs $95 and allows guests to spend the entire day exploring Napa and Sonoma. The first wine tasting is included in the price of the ticket, but all the following sips must be purchased separately.

Additionally, guests can choose to take the Muir Woods and Wine Country Tour, which gives visitors a brief chance to experience both sites. 

Groupon, Living Social, GoldStar, and Viator

Additionally, there are several other discount websites such as GroupOn, LivingSocial, GoldStar, and Viator that periodically offer discounted tours of Napa Valley.

These companies update their deals on a regular basis, so be sure to check each website to learn more about what special discounts are on offer. 

Visiting San Francisco

Most people visiting Napa Valley also spend at least 1 day in San Francisco. We have written several guides and 'how to' posts about visiting San Francisco.

Below we've included the articles that we believe are most helpful.

Getting Around: 

Tours of San Francisco: 

Things to Do:

Wine Tours and Other Day Trips from San Francisco


How many days are needed in Napa Valley?

The number of days needed to visit Napa Valley can vary depending on your personal preferences, the activities you plan to engage in, and the overall pace of your visit.

However, to experience the main highlights and get a good taste of the region, it is recommended to allocate at least 2 to 3 days.

What should you wear to a winery?

For a winery tour, dress in smart-casual attire with comfortable shoes.

Layer up for changing weather conditions and remember to wear sun glasses.

How many wineries can you visit in a day in Napa Valley?

The number of wineries you can visit in a day in Napa Valley depends on several factors, including your pace, transportation, and the amount of time you have available.

Generally, it is recommended to limit your visits to 3 to 4 wineries per day to allow for a relaxed and enjoyable experience.

Is it cheaper to stay in Napa Valley or Sonoma?

In general, Sonoma tends to offer slightly more affordable options compared to Napa Valley.

Napa Valley is known for its upscale and luxurious accommodations, which can be more expensive.

Sonoma, on the other hand, has a broader range of lodging options that cater to different budgets, including boutique hotels, bed and breakfasts, and vacation rentals.

Can you visit Napa wineries without a tasting fee?

Most wineries in Napa Valley charge a tasting fee for visitors, although some may waive or reduce it with a wine purchase or during special events.

Tasting fees are common and help cover the cost of providing wine tastings, staffing, and maintaining the tasting rooms.

It is advisable to check the winery's website or contact them directly to inquire about their specific policies and any potential exceptions or discounts available.

About The Author


Britt is a San Francisco Bay Area native, and has spent 25 years in this magical city. He has traveled to over 30 countries, and has never found a place he loves as much as this one! If you come to San Francisco, you might join one of Britt's tours of the city. A graduate of the University of Maryland and University of Southern California, he has been leading tours for Free Tours by Foot since 2015.
Updated: June 20th, 2023
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