California’s Sonoma & Napa Valley – Gourmet Wine Experience

5 days

California’s Sonoma and Napa Valleys are the world’s finest regions for New World wines; vast and beautiful, rustic and rugged from the stunning coastlines to the redwood forests to the finest Pinot and Cabernet Sauvignon grapes in the world – this is America at its best. Spend five days exploring, tasting and indulging on this unforgettable American West Coast Wine Adventure.

Trip Highlights

  • Relax for three nights in a boutique five star hotel run by a 5th generation family of winemakers

  • Enjoy two Michelin meals with perfectly paired wines

  • Visit four vineyards in the Sonoma Valley region including visits at Dry Creek Valley and the Russian River Valley

  • Taste a number of hand-crafted single vineyard designated wines

  • Relax for two nights at The Auberge du Soleil. Set in a serene hillside with breathtaking views it’s easy to see why this hotel is on the Condé Nast Travellers 2016 Gold List

  • Visit four vineyards in the Napa Valley Regionl; both family run and world-famous

from $4,363 per person

This is a guide price based on 2 people travelling together and sharing a room. Flights have been included with this package.


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Trip details

California Wineries & Napa Vineyards
Day 1

Check in to The Farmhouse Inn, your home for the next three nights – a charming  five star boutique hotel in the very heart of Sonoma wine country with spa, heated pool and Michelin starred restaurant, run by a passionate 5th generation family of Sonoma country winemakers.  On your first afternoon pack a picnic and head to the nearby Pacific Ocean –  Just a short drive away is the stunning coastline and sandy beaches of Jenner, a beautiful nature spot with spectacular sunsets. From here take the coast road south to Bodega Bay and hike along this dramatic coastline.  This evening indulge in a Michelin starred dinner prepared in the world class restaurant in your hotel. Chat to the master sommelier and get a taste of the wines to come.

Day 2

Today is a free day to explore the nearby towns such as Healdsburg  northern Sonoma County’s culinary epicentre. Foodie-scenester restaurants and cafes, wine-tasting rooms and fancy boutiques line Healdsburg Plaza, the town’s sun-dappled central square which although has a contemporary buzz  still retains its historic look and charm. Since it offers everything from hamburgers to haute cuisine we suggest you stay for dinner. We have an impressive restaurant list that will satisfy even the most gourmand amongst you.  Explore the town plaza, shops, bars, tasting rooms, galleries and the monthly artwalk.

Day 3

Today is all about the wild and rugged wine region of Sonoma Valley and the finest New World Pinot Noirs. An expert wine guide and driver will collect you from your hotel after breakfast and escort you to four of the finest Sonoma county vineyards throughout the course of the day. This includes two wineries in the Russian River Valley and two in Dry Creek Valley with a picnic lunch with breath-taking views in between. Many of the tasting rooms have stunning panoramic views of the surrounding Russian River Valley or use impressive organic and biodynamic farming methods. At the tutored tasting sessions you will will meet the humble makers and behind this world-renowned region and taste their produce. As the sun sets your wine guide will return you back to your hotel.  At the end of the day you will be transferred to your next destination in Napa Valley which is just a short drive away. Check in to the luxury of your five star hotel, The Auberge du Soleil. This hotel is on the Conde Nast Traveller’s 2016 gold list and easy to see why with its serene hillside setting, breath-taking valley views, pools, private terrace, Michelin starred restaurant and award winning spa. Since you’ve had a long day, tonight you can relax and indulge in a six-course Michelin starred dinner with perfectly matched old and new world-wines.

Day 4

Today is all about California’s most famous wine region: Napa Valley, where you’ll be soaking up its finest Cabernet Sauvignons, Petite Sirah and Zinfandels and learn about the terroirs, vines and spirit of this incredible wine region.  Your wine guide will escort you to four wineries throughout the course of the day winding your way up the Napa Valley from iconic large scale, to smaller family run estates. The first stop is at an iconic, big name winery which produces an impressive 100,000 cases a year which demonstrates the scale of this wine region. Stop for a picnic lunch with a view of the vineyards and finish up in a small family run winery tucked away on Spring Mountain – a prime example of a long-time small producer in the mountains.

Day 5

Spend the morning relaxing by the pool and enjoying some spa treatments or exploring more of the local area before bidding farewell to this vast and beautiful wine region farewell  – unless we can tempt you to stay longer and enjoy a night or two in San Francisco?

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