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“Quality Problems Seem to be Growing” 2 of 5 stars
Review of Wine Country Tour Shuttle

Wine Country Tour Shuttle
1 The Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA (The Embarcadero)
415- 513- 5400
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Ranked #28 of 719 things to do in San Francisco
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Owner description: Wine Country Tour Shuttle, with its Super High 94% TripAdvisor Rating Score operates from San Francisco to either Napa or Sonoma. We encourage wine lovers to go on both our Wine Country Tours because the different wine regions are so uniquely different. Our Napa Experience Tour visits 4 wineries and has a picnic lunch and a 50-minute relaxing ferry cruise included. See the reviews below to see how well the picnic lunch and the ferry cruise is so well received. The Sonoma Experience Tour (local favorite tour) is new for us and has great reviews below because we picked 2 fantastic wineries, plus we put together a walking map of Sonoma square where guests can get one free pour at each location. Wine Country Tour Shuttle received the 2013 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Award.
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“Quality Problems Seem to be Growing”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2009

We picked this tour for a group we were with, and noted the increasingly poor reviews that have been posted here. Nevertheless it looked to be the best of the bunch. However overall we were disappointed with the misinformation provided.

Our guide "Chris" was informative and had his patter down, however there were times when it was annoying. The first stop, at Domain Chandon was kind of a ripoff - they wanted an extra $7 for the "tour", and $10 for the "tour and tasting". The tour lasted about 2 minutes - "here's a tank, and here's another tank". This is NOT disclosed on the website when booking.

The rest of the tour was competent. The buses were the smaller type, and comfortable for the 20+ people aboard.

At the end of the tour, the group is dropped off at a ferry terminal north of the city, so you get a 45 minute hovercraft ride back to the city, past Alcatraz and with a great view of San Francisco. We were able to get off at Fisherman's Wharf (where we were staying).

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2009

Like many of the other reviews I have read, the tour we booked was not the tour we received. Our itinerary was changed and we ended up at a bar called Flora Springs which was terrible. We had some nice parts of our day, but for the money I'm sure we could have done better with a different tour company.

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“Best day of our trip”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2009

We did the wine country tour after spending three days in the city and it was a great, relaxing getaway. Our tour guide, Jason, was very knowledgeable and filled the time between SF and Napa with some great history and anecdotes. Our first stop was at V. Sattui Winery which was by far my favorite. We received a $10 voucher to purchase lunch at the V. Sattui deli. They had a good selection of cheeses, meats, baguettes and salads. If you purchase a bottle of wine, they'll open it for you and you can enjoy it with your lunch. Lunch was early so be sure to save a little snack for the afternoon. Our second stop was Domaine Chandon. We had a short tour during which they described the fermentation process followed by a tasting. Our tour guide, Mark, was very animated. I found this winery a lot more commercial than V. Sattui. The Andretti Winery is small and very picturesque. I didn't like the way they did the wine tasting here. You did not have a choice of which wines to taste and you had to get in line to be served when a new bottle was opened. Our last stop was Black Stallion Winery. Again, very picturesque and great wines.

The tasting fees aren't included in the tour price. We paid $5 at two of the wineries and $10 at the other two. You get to taste between 3 and 6 wines. At V. Sattui and Black Stallion, we had a choice of which wines to taste. My sister and I aren't big wine drinkers and were able to share the glasses of wine. We did not have to pay separate tasting fees.

I liked the choices of wineries visited. Many of them are small and only sell their wines at the the winery. You drive past Robert Mondavi Winery but I wasn't disappointed we didn't stop there as you can purchase their wines outside the state of California.

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“Great tour of the Wine Country”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2009

My partner and I both thoroughly enjoyed this trip despite the weather being a bit rainy throughout the day.

Kim, our guide was a wealth of knowledge in her own quirky way!

Our first stop was the Domaine Chandon Winery and this was by far our favourite. There was a great little tour and then we got the chance to taste some great sparkling wines. Here you got a good half champagne glass of each wine to try.

The second stop was the beautiful V Sattui. The grounds were beautiful and the deli was amazing! I did not enjoy the wines so much but got to try 6 different whites for the 10 USDs.

The lunch here was great. We got 2 lovely paninos, German potato salad and thai noodle chicken with our vouchers. Beautiful! We could have stayed all day just eating!

The next stop was across the road at Flora Springs. This was more of a modern tasting room and we got 4 wines to try here. The staff were extremely friendly and made this different type of stop very enjoyable. The bonus here was that you got the 10 dollar tasting fee taken off any wine purchase meaning a great Pinot Grigio only cost 6 USD. It seemed mad to not get a couple of bottles!

Our final stop was at Andretti. We loved the building itself but the wine was awful! This seemed to be a common consensus from most people in the group too.

From here, we headed to Vallejo for the ferry back to the Ferry Building in the city.

All in all, it was a great day out and I would not hesitate to recommend.

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“Wine Country Wonders”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2008

Doing a Napa Valley wine tour was high on our list of things to do as South Africans travelling to San Francisco and the Wine Country Shuttle Tour did not disappoint.

We started at the Ferry Builing under the clocktower where we met our tour guide for the day, Kim, who has a great sense of humour and wealth of information about the areas we visited in Napa (and much of the route there). Jade, our driver was friendly and accommodating too.

The tour started at Domaine Chandon (owned by Moet et Chandon) and our tourguide, Mark (quite a character!), kept us entertained and well-educated about how this vineyard produces its sparkling wines in the champenoise methode.

Coming from South Africa with its own wealth of amazing vineyards (we call them wine farms) we didnt expect to be all that impresed, and were pleasantly suprised as a result.

Next stop was V. Sattui which has the most amazing deli (fortunately this was where we had lunch - each got a $10 voucher from Kim - enough to buy a nice sandwich plus something else). The variety of cheeses on offer was mind blowing (along with a myriad of other meat & vegetable offerings). Clearly this was the farm of the day as most of our group boarded the bus laden with wine from this stop.

3rd stop was Flora Springs, an ultra modern vineyard in complete contrast to V.Sattui & Andretti's (the last stop of the day). Wasnt really my personal cup of tea but many seemed to enjoy it.

Last stop of the day was Andretti's, owned by Mario Andretti the F1 legend. The Tuscan feel of the buildings on this vineyard took me back to Italy (which I was fortunate enough to visit earlier this year) and was very authentic. We didnt taste the wines here but from the low purchases made by the rest of our group I can only assume that the wines did not meet the same standards as those tasted at V.Sattui.

It was then a 45 minute drive back to Vallejo, where we caught the ferry back to Fishermans's Wharf (you can get off either here or back at the ferry station where we started).

A wonderful day out and highly recommended.

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