Do a Wine Tour in California

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If you are planning a wine tour in California then you should get ready to experience some really fabulous wine country! If California were a country, it would probably be the 4th largest wine producing nation in the world.

Because the state is so large, its wine country is quite diverse, ranging from the Pacific Coast to the mountain vineyards to the inland valleys.

The wineries in California can be quite small and intimate with tasting rooms filled with just a few people to large, modern facilities. Either way, you will have the chance to taste some of the best wines in the world when you plan your wine tour through the state of California.

Wine tour California - Napa Valley

Road through the vineyards and mountains of beautiful Napa Valley in California

California Wine Countries

California is filled with different wine regions, which means that you could spend quite a bit of time in the state and still not experience all the different wineries, regions, and areas. Here is a brief overview of the different California wine countries.

  • California Central Coast – The cities most well known for winemaking include Paso Robles, San Luis Obispo, Monterey, Salinas, Alameda, Santa Cruz, and Santa Barbara.

  • Napa Valley – In Napa Valley, wine lovers should make sure to visit Rutherford, Oakville, Yountville, St. Helena, Calistoga, and of course, Napa.

  • Sonoma County – In the Sonoma area, you should definitely stop by Sonoma Valley, Alexander Valley, Russian River, and Dry Creek Valley.

  • Sierra Foothills – Places worth visiting on your wine tour in the Sierra Foothills include Amador, Calaveras County, El Dorado County, Placer County, Nevada County, and Tuolumne.

  • Central Valley – The Central Valley features Madera, Tracy, Clarksburg, and Lodi, all of which are worth visits on any wine tour.

  • Northern Coast – Wine country along the Northern Coast features Mendocino County and Lake County, both of which are worth a visit.

  • Southern California – In Southern California, be sure to visit Los Angeles, San Diego, and Temecula when it comes to tasting great wine.

Planning Your Wine Tour in California

You don’t have to be a wine expert to plan a wine tour in California. If you enjoy drinking good wine, beautiful settings, and the overall experience of talking to great folks, any region of California winemaking will be great for you.

The tour will often be a great educational experience for you – you will learn about wines you haven’t tasted before and perhaps even find a new favorite.

So, how do you go about planning a wine tour of the Golden State?

If you want to use a travel agent to book your wine tour, go right ahead. Many wine tours are organized adventures where groups of people can come together and tour a particular wine region. If you would rather explore California’s wine country on your own, do a little research before you head for the hills (or coast or mountains!)

All you need is a little time and motivation to have a great wine experience. You should start your research off by looking up the region of California that you would prefer visiting. Once you have settled on a region, look up the wineries in that area that offer wine tasting opportunities and tours of their vineyards.

Often, you will be able to do all of your planning online, with small printed maps of each wine region. When you do embark on your tour, get ready to visit several wineries in a day. Many are located within just a mile or so of each other, so you are sure to get the whole wine experience. If you are looking for a good deal on wine tastings you may want to check winery websites for any coupons or special rates.

All the best and enjoy your wine tour in California!


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