"Our Little Secret" Sonoma County Wine Tour

"Our Little Secret"
Sonoma County Wine Tour


Passion and cultivation in an intimate, relaxed setting.

Up to
5 Guests
Tour duration
+8 hours
Experience
Private
Price from
$299/Guest
Check availability Gift this tour

Tour overview

Just a short drive from the City, Sonoma County shines with breathtaking scenery and a uniquely relaxed, laid-back vibe. Offering all the old-world viticultural heritage and modern creative chops you could ever want in a high-brow wine destination— she still prefers to maintain her down-home charm. Don’t let Sonoma’s warm welcome fool you though, she’s a sophisticated lady in blue jeans.

  • Professional guiding
  • 100% Private experience
  • Luxury transportation
  • Flexible departure time
Vineyard wine valley

As part of this experience, we guide you WELL off the beaten path and sample what we feel is the best of Secret-Sonoma.

Pssssssst! For an even more unique experience (and a FABULOUS memory), see below for our exclusive private-dining upgrade.

Your journey includes:

  • A warm, friendly and knowledgeable professional guide (and qualified wine educator) on-hand throughout the day to facilitate your experience and answer any questions
  • Morning pickup from your hotel or residence*
  • Narrated drive and orientation to Sonoma County
  • Optional Golden Gate Bridge photo stop
  • Personal welcome by our featured winemaker
  • Two full tasting flights with a specially curated variety of vintages
  • Light lunch and refreshments for four guests
  • Educational presentations (customized to your level of interest) about the history, science and passion of wine-making in California
  • A special off-road vineyard experience
  • An opportunity to look around Jack London’s real-life property, or quaint and historic Glen Ellen (time allowing)
  • Scenic return drive with our professional driver

During our approximately 90 minute drive from SF, we’ll cross the Golden Gate Bridge, look down onto the harbors of Sausalito, and enter a countryside that feels a world away from the hustle and bustle of the City.

Sonoma County is all about our relationship with the land. With its rolling hills, windswept valleys and secret canyons, it has some of the most interesting topography - and versatile wine-growing terroir in the world! Talented farmers grow just about every known varietal here--- though many are particularly fond of crisp whites and Pinots. Unlike the "Old-World," very few rules limit anyone’s creativity. It’s truly an adventurous wine makers dream!

Our day will focus on the winemaking process from the farm to your table. How do wine makers choose where to grow, and what varietals will thrive? How do they protect and cultivate their vineyard to make sure that their fruit is just perfect for the crush? Learn about the secrets of cultivating grapes that ultimately become world-class vino. During our time together, we’ll discuss Sonoma County in relation to the Napa Valley growing area, as well as draw comparisons with Old World oenology.

Together we’ll get to know two wine producers, which trust us, is PERFECT for an indulgent, relaxed experience.

As part of this experience you’ll meet the real people behind the gorgeous wines. The dream-makers, risk-takers, passionate artists and mad-scientists. The men and women who make it all happen... and possibly their friendly dog!

We’ll have the opportunity to explore vineyards in a vehicle or on foot, stop and smell the lush soil, inspect the rows, and depending on the season, perhaps also try some of the grape "berries" straight from the vine. Of course no visit to wine country is complete without sampling the finished product. Our tour will include a complete tasting flight of premium award winning wines at both stops.

AN INDULGENT UPGRADE: Elevate your experience even further. Allow us to arrange an exclusive wine-pairing luncheon at the private family home of our grape-grower. Each course of your meal will be designed by our personal chef to perfectly compliment the wines featured in your tasting. Your “Spark Ambassador” and our winemakers will host this experience, personally guiding you through the pairings, in a way that is multi-sensory, fun and completely accessible. Zero intimidation here! Our core philosophy is that wine AND food are meant to be enjoyed, never feared! We’ll also take the opportunity to get up close and experience the vineyard itself (so if you plan to walk the grapes with us, please wear shoes that won’t sink to deep in the soil or you might get stuck!). Weather permitting, this sumptuous meal and experience will take place outdoors in the garden, among the vines and protected by a shaded pergola.

Simply select this option when you book, and we’ll work with our team to confirm availability for your preferred date. If you see a date that is not currently not available on our calendar, send us an email, as we may be able to work a little magic!


Please note: As discerning locals, this is OUR very favorite Sonoma experience and top-pick in this destination. You may notice its quite different from what most tour providers advertise (formulaic run-of-the-mill wine-tours are so not OUR style). If you are a first-time visitor or seeking something more traditional, we also offer "Classic" Sonoma County, which focuses on Sonoma Square and wines of the Petaluma Gap in roughly 6 hours.

By state law, this experience is limited to guests 21 years and older. If you’d like to include minor children, please contact us. We’ll happily customize an experience just for your family!

Also note: properties are subject to change without advance notice. We partner with private working facilities and farms, so its possible certain experiences may be unavailable for reasons outside our control. Rest assured, in the incredibly rare instance that we cannot deliver the exact experience described on your preferred date, every effort will be made to offer you the best possible experience with a reasonable substitution. Our goal is always to show you a fantastic time and memories to last a lifetime!

About this tour

All SF Spark Tours experiences have always been, and will continue to be, 100% private.
You will NEVER share the vehicle with anyone other than your own party. This gives us the utmost flexibility with our time together, allowing us to tailor your day to you! Our goal is for you to have the most relaxed and impactful day possible--- making the most of your valuable vacation.

Passengers Up to 5*
Tour duration +8 hours
Experience Private
Starting $299/Guest
Departure Flexible start hours
Included
  • Curated Itinerary with personalized reservations
  • Pick-up & Drop-off
  • Chilled Beverages
  • Tastings and fees for up to 4 adults
  • Meals as listed in the experience description (light lunch and refreshments)
Not included
  • Additional tastings or treats not specifically mentioned in the experience description.

Tour duration

While we always make our very best effort, all timings are approximate and can sometimes be impacted by traffic, weather and other conditions beyond our control. Please let us know if you have firm plans following your SF Spark Tours experience and must return by a certain time. Rest assured we will do our utmost to help you keep your appointments.

When selecting a duration, we encourage you to allow ample time. It’s no fun to feel rushed on vacation!

Should you choose to extend your experience day-of, additional hours will be charged $125/hr at conclusion.

Third-Party Costs

Please note tasting fees, meals, attraction admission fees and other expenses are not included unless expressly stated in the experience description. These expenses will be payable directly to the merchant providing the service at their published rate.

Pick-ups and Drop-offs

Pick-ups and drop-offs are assumed to be from locations inside San Francisco or Oakland City limits. Should you need another location, just please let us know at booking so we can make the proper adjustments. Outlying locations can significantly factor into the time we can spend on our experience and may impact our pricing. If unsure, please inquire. We are here to help!

Standard Cancellation Policy

You may cancel your experience up to 14 days in advance, minus a 20% non-refundable deposit. Cancellations within 7 days are fully non-refundable.

All Custom tours include an additional non-refundable 20% experience-design fee based on total cost of the experience. This provides for our ability to put together a special experience just for you, including placing reservations for on-tour dining, parking and attractions.

Service-Learning Volunteer Activities

All service-learning activities referenced in any experience description are informal and 100% voluntary in nature. Fees associated with your Spark Experience cover your transportation, education, equipment, refreshments, included tasting fees as stated, and overall coordination of your recreational experience. SF Spark Tours LLC and its personnel are not directly responsible for, nor being compensated for, any service performed by volunteers on private or public property.

Similarly, SF Spark Tours LLC, its personnel and partners are not responsible for any harm that may result from a guest’s wiling participation in such volunteer activities. So basically, if you stub your toe on a rock or fall and scrape a knee while doing something nice for Mother Earth, you aren’t gong to sue us. ;)

A Note on COVID-19

Now more than ever, during the era of COVID-19, SF Spark Tours LLC takes healthy and safety VERY seriously!

Borrowing a page from Disney and the CDC, we have taken enhanced health and safety measures–for you, our staff and our partners.

An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present. COVID-19 is a contagious disease. Please know and weigh your own personal risk. By touring, you voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19.

If you are exhibiting any symptoms of COVID-19 or generally not feeling well, please err on the side of caution and stay home to rest. If thats the case, please let us know ASAP and we’ll do our best to work with you to reschedule.

We may ask participants to comply with common sense precautions as deemed appropriate by the CDC and current local County directives. This may include physical distancing with individuals outside our group. This may also include wearing PPE, and regularly sanitizing our hands. If such a request is made, we kindly expect all guests to comply.

Though it has NEVER happened to day, SF Spark Tours reserves the right to remove any guests from the tour for any reason. Should such an unfortunate event occur, return transportation will be solely at client expense.

Let’s keep each other healthy and safe! :)

The Tesla Model X

We are the only San Francisco based tour company with a 6 passenger Tesla Model X. Offering an exotic, high-tech luxury experience that is comfortable and FUN!

Stunning and fully loaded

  • All electric, zero-emission
  • 290 mile battery range
  • Quiet, smooth ride
  • Premium Pearl White interior & exterior
  • Industry-leading safety
  • Falcon wing Doors
  • Panoramic windshield for visibility
  • Easy exit from 3rd row seats
  • Seats 6 (up to 5 guests)*

Not only is our 100% electric vehicle clean and quiet, it features an impressive extra large windshield and interior glass for greater sense of openness and visibility that most 3 row SUVs can’t match.

Designed and manufactured right next door in the Silicon Valley, the Tesla Model X adds a fresh, locally-authentic element to San Francisco Bay Area experiences.

A Healthier, Safer Visit

ALL our experiences are 100% private. You will never share a vehicle with other guests outside your group. Not only does this ensure you have our COMPLETE undivided attention, there’s no sharing sniffles or sticky fingers with strangers.

Cleanliness has ALWAYS been a top priority for us. Now more than ever, we want you to feel comfortable and safe during our time together.

Our Tesla Model X is thoroughly inspected and cleaned before and after your experience. We use nontoxic products and medical-grade UV lamps to disinfect all interior surfaces. UV Light is used in hospitals to sterilize rooms and equipment and has been shown to cut transmission of drug resistant bacteria by 30%, and eliminate viruses such as H1N1, MRSA and Influenza (see American Journal of Infection Control, Dec 2014 Vol 2).

A unique feature of the Tesla is also the Bioweapon Defense Mode. This feature uses a high powered HEPA filtration system to both remove potentially dangerous substances from the air before it enters the cabin and systematically scrubbing the air inside to eliminate any trace of these particles. The result is air that is hundreds of times more clean and sanitary than otherwise possible in an ordinary vehicle.

The Tesla Model X is also among the safest passenger vehicles on the road today and was the first SUV to receive a perfect crash test rating.

Environmentally and Socially Responsible

All electric and green, we are doing our part. Transportation contributes approximately 40% of all greenhouse gas emissions in CA, more than any other source. Driving electric already shrinks the carbon footprint by 50% over a gas powered vehicle, since producing electricity is cleaner than burning fuel in a regular combustion engine. We go even further by purchasing our electricity from our local community owned not-for-profit utility that sells carbon-neutral energy primarily from hydroelectric and wind sources.

Each year, we donate our services to a variety of local nonprofit organizations that benefit our community. If you would like to request a contribution for your school or charity, please contact us.

Tesla Model X Falcon wing doors

*Includes third row seating. For maximum comfort, we recommend groups of 4 adults or 3 adults and 2 youths. Any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us!

CA TCP#38497

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