California Wine Country Tours
California is known throughout the world as a wine lover's ideal destination. On top of that, it has beautiful scenery no matter what you like, from forests and beaches
, to vineyards and cities. There are dozens of towns that are a part of wine country, but some of the more talked-about wine regions include Napa Valley, Paso Robles and Carneros.
Napa Valley Wine Train
This tour is one of Napa Valley's finest, as it is very beautiful as well as exciting. Sit aboard an antique restored train that loops 36 miles around Napa Valley, providing 180-degree views while you dine on gourmet food and learn about wine and the surrounding vineyards, as well as participate in wine tastings. There are a couple wine tour trains to choose from, such as the Gourmet Express, which includes a four-course meal, or relax in the open-air Silverado Car, or hang out in the on-board wine bar that serves over 100 wines.
Napa Valley Wine Train
Carneros Wine Tour
The Carneros wineries are known around the world for decadent Pinot Noir, refreshing Chardonnay, and sparkling wines. The weather for exploring wineries is cool with ocean breezes. Touring Carneros provides an eclectic mix of wineries from all over this region. It includes the Cline Cellars, with an 1850s tasting room, the terrace at Gloria Ferrer, where you can taste sparkling wines, the casual and small Larson Family Winery, the famous Domaine Carneros chateau, the picnic area of Bouchaine Vineyards, and Artesa Vineyards with fountains and historic architecture.
Carneros Wine Tours
Hidden Paso Robles Wineries
The wine country tour through Paso Robles is a mysterious and satisfying experience. You will view six different wineries, ranging from popular ones to hidden gems off the beaten path. These include the Dunning Vineyards Estate, the Pipestone Vineyards with organic farming, Poalillo Vineyards, the smallest Paso Robles winery, Clautier Vineyards with its eclectic tasting room, and the cozy Penman Springs. Paso Robles is know for delicious and succulent reds and whites, so you can't go wrong no matter what you like.
Paso Robles Hidden Wineries
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