Indulging your palate is easy in San Francisco. With its close proximity to the famous Wine Country, the city is one of the best places to California to start a wine tour. And home to the slow food movement, it’s also a great destination for gastronomy.
The state of California is the USA’s main wine producing state. The area is so prolific in wine production that it actually accounts for more than 89% of all the American wine. So cities like San Francisco create the perfect base for discovery.
If you would like to learn more about wine in the USA while also taking in the beautiful sights, culture and attractions in and around San Francisco, join Wine Paths on a customized tour made just for you. Whether you have your heart set on the noble Napa Valley or the laidback wine routes of Sonoma, we can create an unforgettable holiday with luxury and excitement around every corner.
The city of San Francisco has deep links with California’s wine regions. Divided by the North Coast, the Central Coast, the South Coast and Central Valley, the state has a diverse offering for wine connoisseurs in search of something new.
Located in the North Coast is the country’s most notable regions, with perhaps the most well-known being the Napa Valley and Sonoma Valley. Both of these areas are just an hour away from San Francisco, making the city a favorite base with easy access to vineyards and wineries.
The city itself also has a number of great wine bars, restaurants and wine tasting venues where you can sample the finest Napa Cab, quality Pinot noir, or America’s heritage grape, the Zinfandel. Many who come to San Francisco for the wine also come to sample the food, with memorable dishes created using organic, fresh and seasonal ingredients sourced from both land and sea. This makes the city a top destination for food and wine pairings.
There are so many things to do in San Francisco, beyond the wonderful wine. Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz Island, Fisherman’s Wharf and Golden Gate Park are just some of the main attractions that you can explore while enjoying a wine holiday here.
Of course, the romantic city wouldn’t be so famous without its diverse cuisine either. From fresh abalone and delicious Dungeness crab to the popular bay shrimp, San Francisco is a paradise for seafood fans.
If you go exploring on foot, you’ll get to discover cozy little cafes and wine bars dotted across the many neighborhoods. Each neighborhood offers something unique, from the sophisticated Financial District and the upscale area of Nob Hill to the mouthwatering cafes of Little Italy in North Beach.
Fine wine, great food and warm weather are just some of the things people associate with California and that’s why it’s such a popular destination for wine tours. Starting out in San Francisco, we will journey you to some of the most magical towns on the Napa or Sonoma wine routes.
Both the Napa Valley and Sonoma Valley offer a glimpse into the luxurious country lifestyle in America’s Golden State. Join Wine Paths on a tailor-made holiday with luxury castles and wineries, world-class golf resorts, scenic cycling tours, Michelin star restaurants, and lush vineyards.
Tours will give you a taste of California’s diversity, and there’s a wine to suit everyone. There are more than 107 American Viticultural Areas (AVAs), or federally recognized growing regions, in California. These are testament to the varied microclimates, and there are a handful of AVAs to try within the Napa and Sonoma regions.
While Napa is best known for its glamor, opulence and fine gastronomy, Sonoma promises a laidback yet sophisticated affair. Stunning Tuscan-inspired castles and wineries are a common theme in Napa, whereas Sonoma’s venues can be considered rather quaint. Both regions are worth adding to your itinerary if you have time. To have a wine holiday tailor-made for you and your group or family, let Wine Paths build the perfect tour starting and finishing in San Francisco.
The state of California can vary greatly when it comes to weather. Northern California has high mountain ranges and may have snow in the winter time, while the desert regions experience extreme heat. In San Francisco, the warmest temperatures are usually in the fall, from September to November. There are also fewer crowds at this time, but you can expect the wine routes heading out of the city to be quite busy as this is the harvest period for grapes.
Springtime (March to June) is also another great time to start a wine tour in San Francisco, but bear in mind that late spring and early summer is when the city experiences its characteristic fog, which could obstruct your views at the Bay area (although many visitors find the fog to be unique and atmospheric).
One of the best things about dining in San Francisco is the variety of cuisines available, taking your gastronomy experiences to a whole new level. Whether you’re enjoying seasonal cooking in a Michelin star restaurant or treating your palate to a wine and cheese tasting experience, one thing is always guaranteed with Californian food. This is the state where local, sustainable ingredients are key.
Traveling out of San Francisco, your food journey will get even better. In the Napa Valley, the restaurant scene is famous for fine dining. We recommend booking a table at The Restaurant at Meadowood in St. Helena for an exclusive 3-star Michelin tasting menu.
Wine Paths creates unforgettable travel experiences by combining world-class wine and mouth-watering gastronomy in the USA, with tours setting off from the dazzling city of San Francisco. Find out more about our San Francisco wine tours with our local travel expert Shelle.
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