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Sonoma Wine Tour

Our family of eleven was very happy with Ken's professional and timely service. He was very patient... read more

Reviewed September 4, 2017
The Villages, Florida
via mobile
Napa wine tour

Our tour guide Ken rented a bus as we had 16 people! We toured 4 private boutique wineries. These... read more

Reviewed August 4, 2016
Avon, Indiana
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Sep 4, 2017
“Sonoma Wine Tour”
Aug 4, 2016
“Napa wine tour”
Nestled in the secluded hills and valleys of both Napa and Sonoma Counties, there exists some of the finest, small, family owned wineries in California. Let Behind The Gates Tours provide you with full access to these private, gated wineries. You’ll...more
San Francisco, CA
+1 707-292-2683
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Reviewed September 4, 2017 via mobile

Our family of eleven was very happy with Ken's professional and timely service. He was very patient with all my questions And phone calls and we definitely recommend him for any Of your wine tours.

Thank shirleyvan
Reviewed August 4, 2016

Our tour guide Ken rented a bus as we had 16 people! We toured 4 private boutique wineries. These wineries are by appointment only. It was a great tour although we prefer the warmth of the people in Sonoma, Dry Creek and Russian River. The...More

Thank jojovincent
Reviewed July 20, 2016 via mobile

I would highly recommend this tour. Ken is so knowledgeable and took us to fabulous wineries. The opportunity to visit with the owners/ winemakers in their winery is fabulous. The wines were excellent and people were so hospitable . Ken was the perfect host, providing...More

Thank Julie B
Reviewed July 15, 2016 via mobile

I highly recommend Ken to anyone looking to explore small family vineyards in Napa or Sonoma. He did a great job constructing an itinerary for us based on our wine preferences. He is very knowledgeable of the region and the industry. For first timers (us)...More

Thank Rick C
Reviewed March 14, 2016

Ken really showed us a great time. It was the highlight of our anniversary trip to Healdsburg. Behind the Gates definitely lives up to its name. We had a full day of great wine and met some fantastic owners one on one. The education was...More

Thank JfMyron
Reviewed June 23, 2015

Ken really gets you "behind the gates" to small, fantastic wineries that allow guests by appointment only. 2 of the 4 we visited the owner themselves poured our wine, 1 was in a cave and the only somewhat "commercial" vineyard had fantastic views, lovely poolside...More

1  Thank Cheryl Lynn L
Reviewed June 9, 2015

Ken Macheras to four of us out on Monday, June 1 for a wine tasting. We ended up visiting 3 tasting rooms. Two of them were relatively small vineyards/wineries with very personable hosts. Not only did Ken listen to what we were saying as we...More

1  Thank Linda M
Reviewed May 26, 2015 via mobile

Behind the gates Ken is wonderful. From the time I inquired until I finally booked; he was informative, patient, and not pushy. Our travel plans were in flux and he was able to plan a great day with not much notice. He was flexible and...More

2  Thank M J
Reviewed January 21, 2015

Our "Behind the Gates Tour" was a unique and great experience. Our tour guide, Margaret McIntyre, took twelve of us on this tour through the Russian River and Dry Creek Valley. We visited smaller, privately owned wineries where the owners or family members shared their...More

1  Thank Ernest P
Reviewed November 19, 2014

Our group did a 1 day tour with Ken that took us to 4 vineyards. Ken was punctual, informative, and a great host. The vineyards we went to ranged from fairly new to well-established. They were all off of the beaten path, small production, and...More

1  Thank Robert B
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