Meet Mr. Sam Honey...
As a guide who lives in the Valley I can show you a very different view of the Wine Country. The experience of visiting the smaller, family owned, wineries will give you a real feeling for how daily life is conducted here in this beautiful region. I have lived here for many years and know many of the owners and winemakers as we all work and play together. You will get to meet my friends! By the way, I don't dress in a black suit. I am not sure my friends would recognize me if I did.
All tours are specific to you. You will have your own private tour, with your own personal guide. Most visits will include meeting and tasting with those Winemakers or the Winery Owners. We will be the only ones in the winery on our own private visit. We will typically try to visit 2 wineries in the morning and then depending on the choice of lunch or picnic we can usually visit 2 more in the afternoon.
My wine tours are a day out in any of the local wine growing regions. My guides and I love to go to the smaller, off the beaten track wineries where we know the owners or the wine makers.
You will get to talk with them and learn about their skillful craft. Some of these wineries are so small (or want to remain hidden) that they may not even be on the wine maps.
We can also get you in to any of your "must see' places.
You may not know anything about wines or wine making. We can tailor your tour to meet people who will help you to learn about this wonderful art.
We can work with you to plan your tour. You may have wineries that you want to visit. We can also recommend wineries depending on what Districts or particular wines you are interested in tasting. Have lunch at one of the many fine restaurants in wine country. We can make suggestions and the reservations. How about a gourmet picnic at a winery? Sitting under the shade of the Oaks, sipping on wine made right there. Our favorite place to pick up picnics and other gourmet feasts is the epicurean connection. We can order and pick up a picnic for you or take you to a store where you can put together your own special picnic. Some Wineries offer lunches with the tasting.
How about something really special! I can set up a private dinner in a wonderful Vineyard or Cave setting. It will be one of the most memorable experiences that you will ever have.
It's not just about wine country anymore, we have some great other experiences as listed below. Please call to inquire about each offering.
San Francisco Tours
The Pacific Coast - Bodega Bay & Point Reyes
MEET OUR GUIDES
An Englishman, raised on a dairy farm in Bath, arrived in San Francisco during a youthful round the world adventure in the early 70's. He was actually on his way home from New Zealand where he had taken some cattle on a ship. He found the 'City by the Bay', fell in love and ended up staying. After 15 years in San Francisco he got married and moved to Marin, to the foot of Mt. Tamalpias.
He lived there for another 15 years, started the Honey Farm and then moved further north to the wine country of Sonoma and Napa. He started Sams Farm, a visiting farm for the school kids, and settled in to the community. After many years of drinking the local wines Sam got introduced to the wonderful world of wine-making. Sam was smitten with this newly discovered wonderful art form. His enthusiasm is obvious and you will feel it.
Alison was born and raised in Dublin. She came over to the Bay area a few years ago and found her way up to the Wine Country. She loves it here and says she will never leave.
The transition from beer to wine came naturally for her and now she has become fascinated with the winemaking business. She has acquired a great knowledge of the work in the Vineyards and the Wineries. A tour with Alison is a really fun experience.
Prices vary depending on the type of tour or service you require so please give us a call to discuss the costs.
Most of the tours are in our Ford E350 buses.
These buses are very comfortable and are the ideal vehicles for our tours.
Many of the wineries we visit are smaller off the beaten track places where the traditional limo would definitely be out of place.
Also just to mention, we don't dress in black suits.
A beautiful historic building. A great place to stay.
A really fun local Country Store for your morning coffee, picnics, groceries. They even do Wine Tasting.