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Based in Sonoma, the tour will explore the famous Napa Valley, Sonoma Valley, venture into Mendocino County, and enjoy the wonders of Californian viticulture and scenery. You are invited to join this incredible wine tour experience, where you can enjoy and explore the wine regions according to your own time and flexibility. Besides getting behind the standard tourist scene, you will also get an in depth understanding about what makes this region unique.
During this holiday, you will be staying in a double or twin room at the Sonoma Valley Inn, in Sonoma, California.
Arrive at the meeting point, the Sonoma Inn. Dinner together in Sonoma.
You will explore the famous Napa Valley, taking in the historic Montelena estate, as well as some smaller producers.
The exciting Anderson Valley is your destination, as you head north to taste top class fizz at Roederer, and discover the superb Pinot Noir that this valley is renowned for at Lula and Husch estates.
Head out to Mendocino County and discover the wonderful Zinfandels of Seghesio Family Vineyards, followed by a contrasting look at the Francis Ford Coppola estate.
You will be exploring the famous Sonoma Valley, and will have a taste at Ravenswood, wine and cheese pairing session at Homewood, and meet the Aussie, Chris Loxton to give an antipodean contrast. You will have dinner together in Sonoma.
Tour ends after breakfast.
This tour will take place in California, USA. There is a broad diversity of climate throughout the Californian wine zone, which leads to a huge diversity of style from the grapes planted. Pinot Noir has a terrific reputation, particularly in the Russian River Valley, but you will find Rhone varietals, like Syrah, Mourvedre, Grenache, and Viognier; Chardonnay with many different facets; Sangiovese, Tempranillo, and many more.
To say the Californian wine industry is well developed is an understatement. Gallo alone produces more wine than many countries do in total! You will be ensured that the visits will take you off the tourist track and while you visit predominantly small, boutique, family owned estates, you will be able to contrast them with larger producers. There is often the misconception that Californian wine is all about Cabernet Sauvignon and Zinfandel. While it is true that they are perhaps the two key reasons for the region’s success, there is so much more to be discovered. Californian cuisine is fresh, tasty and innovative, and as with all their tours, every day of visits will include a tasting lunch. You will dine together on the first and last nights and you will be based in a location inviting exploration of further food and wine experiences on the free evenings.
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