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“Wine tasting experience like no other!”

Behind The Gates Tours
Ranked #12 of 26 Tours in Santa Rosa
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Owner description: 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 be hosted by the owners and winemakers as you taste their wines and listen to their stories, feel their passion, and gain unique insight into what it takes to produce world class wines.
Santa Rosa
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7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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“Wine tasting experience like no other!”
Reviewed August 25, 2012 via mobile

Ken's tour is unique compared to most others you could take. Why? Well we got to go to places where the owners were actually there. They poured their wines and told their stories about wine making and being in the business.

Ken provides a great cheese plate to enjoy the wines with. Most of the wineries we went to waive tasting fees with purchases. We purchased at all of our stops.

The other great thing about Ken's tour is that you are not rushed and there were no other people there other than us. We toured Russian River and Dry Creek with Ken. We want to go to Napa next with. Ken!

2 Thank HotelDan
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Santa Rosa, California
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“Behind the Gates Wine Tours - wow”
Reviewed August 24, 2012

My wife and I decided it was time to let someone else drive us around the wineries of Sonoma County. We contacted Ken from Behind the Gates Tours and experienced a wine tasting experience like no other that I’ve experienced here in the United States.

Ken has very personal relationships with the owners and/or winemakers of all of the wineries we visited, 4 in all during the day. The owners welcomed us into their lives as we were allowed an intimate glimpse into what it takes to operate a small family winery. There were no signs of tour busses at any of the places we visited and the owners seemed very unhurried as they shared their passion, stories and some of the best small lot produced wines Sonoma County has to offer.

The hardest part of the trip was what to decide to purchase at each winery. It’s a good thing that Ken has a big enough vehicle to hold all of our wine. Kudos to Ken and Behind the Gates Tours!

Visited August 2012
4 Thank RandomWiner
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Avon, Indiana
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30 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Behind the Gates Tour Company”
Reviewed August 9, 2012

This is a new company that has a small group concept. Ken Macharas has an Excursion that holds 7 people. We went to small, private boutique wineries. You are able to go where buses and limo's are not allowed. Ken knows everyone in the area and they welcome you into their home to do tasting. You are served cheese,crackers, and other snacks that go with the tasting. The nicest people!! It was saw relaxed and you learn alot about the small batch of wines that are produced by these families. The website is behindthegatestours.com.

Visited August 2012
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