San Francisco Wine Tasting
It’s probably fair to say that when most people think of wine from California, they have San Francisco and the Napa and Sonoma areas in mind. They have been made world famous over the years thanks to the exceptional wines that have been produced over the last century. For many, a San Francisco wine tasting event and tour is like nothing else they can experience.
The area around San Francisco and in particular the Napa Valley and Sonoma regions offer the perfect place for vineyards thanks to the sloping sides of the valley, moderate temperatures and generally mild weather conditions.
Napa and Sonoma Valley Wineries:
The Napa Valley alone offers more than 300 wineries in its 35 mile stretch of land which can mostly be found along Highway 29. You’ll find that many of the larger wineries offer guided tours that not only include the grounds and interiors, but also the many underground limestone caves and the storage casks that hold the wine itself.
The many San Francisco wine tasting tours and events run the year-round in this region of the country and provide many hours of entertainment each day for those who choose to travel through this area. You can take a guided tour or with a little research do your own touring of the area to ensure that you visit during the open hours and sample some of the best wine grown in the Napa Valley.
The Sonoma Valley:
Regarded by many as the birthplace of viticulture in the state of California, the history of wineries in this valley goes back long before the great California Gold Rush of 1849. In 1823, Mission San Francisco Solano was founded in the area and the first grapes were planted. It did not take long for the Franciscan fathers to discover the natural advantages of establishing vineyards in this rich, fertile region. The area offered the perfect growing conditions for Pinot Noir and Chardonnay which helped to establish many other similar vineyards and wineries in the area.
A mostly sunny and mild climate combined with the fertile soil and rolling landscape to create the perfect conditions for growing all types of grapes that helped establish the reputation of the Sonoma area once and for all. Later in the 19th century, imported cuttings from European stock was introduced which in turn produced some of the most memorable wines making for the perfect San Francisco wine tasting to occur.
For those who are fortunate enough to tour the area, there is a heady mixture of well established large-scale wineries and the fabled boutique wineries that are also quite popular. For those who take guided tours and tastings, there is plenty to choose from in this region. However, you can also take a self-guided tour during the open hours of the many wineries in the area.
The entire region is seemingly dedicated to San Francisco wine tasting adventures with guided tours, hotel packages and the many events which celebrate the vineyards of the Napa and Sonoma Valleys. This makes the region one of the best and most entertaining to visit for wine lovers.