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“Great Wine Tour” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Valley Wine Tours

Valley Wine Tours
Ranked #5 of 39 Tours in Sonoma
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Valley Wine Tours (formerly Jake's Valley Wine Tours) offers Napa and Sonoma wine country visitors the real “inside” wine tour experience. We guide you through hard-to-find, small family-owned wineries. Taste award- winning wines and learn all about wine, vineyards and Napa and Sonoma viticulture.
Thibodaux, LA
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18 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Great Wine Tour”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 16, 2013

My husband and I visited Sonoma for our 30th wedding anniversary, and we decided that we wanted a private wine tour instead of a group one. I found Valley Wine Tours on the web and booked one for the two of us. We had never been on a wine tour before and were looking forward to an educational and a great experience. We were not disappointed! Bob, our tour guide, picked us up promptly at 10. We visited five wineries--Cline Cellars, Larson Family Winery, Robeldo Family Winery, Eric Ross, and Loxton Cellars. Bob was so knowledgeable about the wineries and the wines and shared all this with us. Each winery had its own charm, and we tasted some amazing wines and bought many of them. At Robledo, we had a private tasting of their wines and then a lovely freshly prepared vineyard lunch of Insalata Caprese, mixed locally-sourced olives, freshly baked sourdough baguette, a platter filled with turkey, ham, and artisan cheeses, and a Sonoma-baked cheese torte. Our lunch was served on china and cloth napkins and placed on a linen-draped tablecloth--wonderful! That was my favorite winery--such an interesting family history. We liked them and their wine so much we joined their wine club. The price was affordable and the service irreproachable. I highly recommend VWT and its customized tours. Thanks, Bob!

Visited June 2013
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Hutchinson, Kansas
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5 reviews
“Perfect weather on a Perfect Day!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 3, 2013

We were met by Peter at our hotel in San Rafael at the exact time we arranged. He picked us up in a nice van and was very excited to share "the valley" with us. One of our couples had to be back in time to make it to a wedding rehersal and he was already aware of this, and had made arrangements for us to make it back. Peter took us to 5 wineries all of which were unique and enjoyable. We started at Cline, then Larson, Robledo, Jacuzzi, and finally Gloria Ferrar. Peter was very accomodating and let us explore and taste at our own pace. He was so passionate about the Sonoma area that he really made us feel at home. He even took the time to drive us through the square and point out his favorite places in town. Lunch was excellent and eating it out on the patio at Robledo Family Winery was an excellent touch. We finished the day at Gloria Ferrar over 2 bottles of "Champagne" that were made even better with the view that we were able to enjoy. Peter had us back right on time and we felt as if we made the day at our own pace. I think it was safe to say that this was the highlight of our trip! Thanks again Peter!

Visited June 2013
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Toronto, Ontario
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4 reviews
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“Second Wine Tour - As Good as the First”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 2, 2013

We just finished a second wine tour experience through Sonoma with VWT. Our first was with Ed and Sonya. This time we had a tour with Greg. The wineries we visited were amazing, Greg was knowledgeable and very accommodating, and the homemade prepared picnic lunch was outstanding. Overall this is an excellent company, and we will not hesitate booking a 3rd wine tour with VWT should we be back in Sonoma or Napa. Thanks Bob and Greg!

Visited June 2013
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Sacramento
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23 reviews
7 attraction reviews
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“Great way to celebrate my 40th birthday!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 25, 2013

My husband arranged for a day in Sonoma led by Bob from Valley Wine Tours. 8 couples departed Sacramento in a beautiful strech limo for a day of wine tasting and celebrations. We visited three wonderful boutique wineries that none of us had ever vistited before. Each had its own charm and flair, not to mention delicous wine. We enjoyed a private tasting at Robledo, a picnic lunch at Larsen Family Wineries and then a special tasting with winemaker Chris Loxton at Loxton Vineyards. We spent a full day together and it was a perfect way to celebrate a special birthday! The price was reasonable, service impeccable and wine amazing. Highly recommend this company and its customized tours.

Visited February 2013
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107 reviews
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“Great Tour”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 25, 2013

Bob was super! We were looking for a tour that didn't involve a huge group. This is the one. There were only 5 of us and we were picked up at our hotel. Bob was very informative and accommodating. It was very relaxing and there wasn't any pressure to buy. Lunch in a vineyard was excellent. Tasting champagne at Gloria Ferrer was an excellent way to end the day.

Visited June 2013
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