Napa or Sonoma for a day trip?


City: San Francisco

State: California

Country: United States


I'm assuming you are interested in wine tasting, though there are many, many other beautiful and worthwhile things in both Napa and Sonoma.

It all depends on the kinds of wine you like. I think that a day for that range of regions is much too tight a schedule. You could easily spend a week just in Napa or Sonoma County. One idea is to go directly to St. Helena and Calistoga. There are many good, inexpensive wine tastings in that area. Summers Winery, for example, charges $5. Then the next day, you can cross over to Northern Sonoma County via Calistoga Rd., about 30 minutes or so and taste in Healdsburg and down Dry Creek Road and WestSide Road. If you like reds, Unti and Truett Hearst are small operations that offer excellent wines with no charge for tasting. To check other low cost tastings, try a web search on Sonoma County wine tastings zero. There's a site that tracks tasting fees. Finally if you have a Visa Signature credit card, you can get free tastings at places such as Gary Farrell, DeLoach, Chateau St. Jean, Inman Family (wonderful pinot noir), Lancaster Estate (wonderful cab), Iron Horse (champagne).... It's a long list.

It's possible to go to Sonoma County via inland 101 and check out some wineries on one of the roads that takes you west to the coast, then return via coastal highway 1. It's beautiful, but again, a very long day.

Good luck!
Good luck!
definitely Sonoma. less overrun, more scenic and diverse, better wine actually
I agree. Napa is a little big and impersonal. St. Helena is a nice little town, but definitely go to Calistoga. They have small, quiet wineries and the drive is beautiful.

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