California Wine Tour
California has become not simply the best wine-producing region of the country, but its wines now rival the finest wines produced anywhere in the world. California wines combine a rich European tradition with a drive for innovation and improvement that's typically American.
While once confined primarily to Northern California's famous Napa/Sonoma wine region, California is now literally covered with wineries spanning the length of the state. From Mendocino and Lake Counties in the north to Temecula and San Diego Counties in the south, to the Sierra foothills in the east and all the coastal regions in between, California is truly a wine lover's paradise.
At Jetcar Limo, we share your passion for wine and specialize in wine country tours. Our professional drivers are knowledgeable about wines, the various regions and the local wineries and will ensure that you get a Wine Country tour that is just right for you and your individual tastes. There is absolutely no better way to view the scenic California Wine Country and sample the best wines the local wineries have to offer than in the privacy and luxurious comfort of your own custom limousine. So just sit back, relax and enjoy some of the world's finest wines, and let Jetcar Limo take care of everything else.
Primary CALIFORNIA WINE Regions
Southern California - With their rolling hills covered with vineyards, the Temecula Valley and San Diego hills get ocean breezes through a gap in the coastal mountains that create a unique micro-climate that produces some very fine wines. These wineries are currently producing a broad variety of both red and white wines.
Central Coast - This area encompasses the coastal region from Paso Robles in the north down to Santa Barbara. The primary viticultural zones include Central Coast, Edna Valley, Arroyo Grande Valley, Paso Robles, York Mountain, Santa Maria Valley and Santa Ynez Valley.
Central Valley & Sierra Foothills - The Sierra Foothills wineries are located in Amador, El Dorado, Calaveras, Mariposa, Tuolumne, Nevada and Yuba Counties, but the area that seems to be growing the most is the Central Valley region, including wineries in the Lodi and Stockton area. The Sierra Foothills and Central Valley have vastly different climates and consequently produce very different wines.
Monterey, Santa Cruz & Santa Clara - Wrapping around the Monterey Bay are the Santa Cruz Mountains, Santa Clara & Monterey wine zones. This region makes some very nice Pinot Noir and Chardonnay as well as other varietals.
Livermore Valley - The Livermore Valley is approximately 15 miles long and ten miles wide. The climate of the valley is perfect for producing excellent Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Semillon grape varieties. The effect of the surrounding mountains and coastal fogs also creates individual microclimates within the valley favoring cooler region grapes including Chardonnay and Merlot.
Sonoma Valley - Sonoma is less crowded than its Napa Valley neighbor and has some wonderful wineries of its own to visit. Some of the key winery locations include Carneros, Sonoma, Glen Ellen, Kenwood, the Russian River Valley, Green Valley, Dry Creek Valley, Knights Valley and the Alexander Valley.
Napa Valley - The Napa Valley is the most famous of California's wine producing regions, and produces everything from fine Cabernet Sauvignon to Chardonnay to Ports. The valley is literally carpeted with wineries, with the principal sub-regions being Napa, Yountville, Oakville, Rutherford, St. Helena and Calistoga.
Lake & Mendocino Counties - Wineries in Mendocino are located in three clusters - Redwood Valley, Hopland and Anderson Valley. Lake County vineyards are planted throughout county; from the valley floor up the foothills into the shadows of Mt. Konocti. Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Cabernet Franc are just some of the premium varietals planted in this region.
Wine Country Tour
When you think of the California Wine Country, you immediately think of the Napa and Sonoma Valleys and other nearby Bay Area wine regions. And while California's wine industry has spread throughout the state, and those other regions are producing some excellent wines, when California wine lovers go wine tasting, their first stop is usually California's first wine region… the Napa/Sonoma and greater Bay Area wine growing areas.
Top Bay Area Wine Regions
Napa Valley - The Napa Valley is the most famous of California's wine producing regions, and rightfully so. Not only does the Napa Valley produce some of the finest wines in the world, but it was also where the California wine industry was born.
Sonoma Valley - Just over the hill from the Napa Valley, the Sonoma Valley is a smaller, quieter version of its famous neighbor. One reason Sonoma Valley wines are so highly acclaimed is the area's rich diversity of coast, canyons, valleys and woodlands that create unique microclimates, and corresponding unique nuances in their grapes.
Livermore Valley - The Livermore Valley (about 30 miles east of San Francisco) is home to many large and family owned wineries. The valley is known for its older plantings of both Semillon and Chardonnay, and is becoming better known for producing some of the finest wines California has to offer. Local wineries include: Concannon, Fenestra, Livermore Valley Cellars, Retzlaff, Stony Ridge and Wente Vineyards.
Santa Cruz Mountains - The Santa Cruz Mountains have been cultivated for grape-wine production since the late 1800s. The region runs from Half Moon Bay in the north down to Santa Cruz. Many small, family-owned wineries now operate in the Santa Cruz Mountain region. Local wineries include: Beauregard, Bonny Doon, Equinox, Silver Mountain and the Mountain Winery.
Russian River - The Russian River Wine Region is actually a sub-region within the greater Sonoma Valley zone. The area's cool, foggy climate combined with its fertile, alluvial soils produce some of the finest wine grapes in the area. Some of the local wineries include: Rodney Strong, Foppiano, Iron Horse, Kendall Jackson, Korbel, Piper Sonoma, Rosenblum and River Road.
Alexander Valley - The Alexander Valley is another beautiful stretch of wine country within the Sonoma Valley region. It is the ideal growing area for almost all of the classic wine varietals, plus lesser-known varietals such as Syrah and Sangiovese. Local wineries include: Simi, Geyser Peak, Clos du Bois, Chateau Souverain, Canyon Road and Alexander Valley Vineyards.
At Jetcar Limo, we share your passion for wine; that's why we specialize in wine country tours. Our professional drivers are knowledgeable about wines, the various Bay Area wine regions and the local wineries and will ensure that you get a Wine Country tour that is just right for you and your individual tastes. There is absolutely no better way to view California's scenic wine country and sample the best local wines than in the privacy and luxurious comfort of your own custom limousine. So just sit back, relax and enjoy some of the world's finest wines, and let Jetcar Limo take you on a wine tour you will always remember.
Napa Valley Wine Tour
The rich and fertile Napa Valley is the crown jewel of the California Wine Country. This rich and fertile stretch of valley, a little over 35 miles long, is home to almost 300 wineries; including several large "estate" wineries, and many smaller "boutique" wineries. Several of the larger wineries, like Robert Mondavi, offer guided tours of their facilities including their underground limestone caves and storage casks.
To the first inhabitants of the valley, the Wappo Indians, "Napa" meant a land of plenty. In addition to abundant fish and game, the valley also offered many edible plants, including wild grapes. However, it took one of the valley's earliest settlers, George Yount, to recognize the land's potential for cultivating "wine grapes". In 1836, on his homestead in what is now Yountville, Yount was the first to plant vineyards in the valley. Other early pioneers added their own vineyards, but it is Charles Krug who is credited with establishing Napa Valley's first commercial winery in 1861. By 1889 there were more than 140 wineries in operation, including Schramsberg (founded in 1862), Beringer (1876) and Inglenook (1879).
The Napa Valley Wine Region is often broken down into the following sub-regions: Napa, Yountville, Oakville, Rutherford, St. Helena and Calistoga. The Napa Valley's wines are highly regarded for their superior quality and diversity of style. The Napa Valley Wine Region encompasses nearly 297,000 acres, with more than 45,000 acres planted in grapes.
Some of the better know local wineries include: Silverado Hills, Stag's Leap, Sterling, Domaine Chandon, Far Niente, Opus One, Plumpjack, Robert Mondavi, Silver Oak, Beaulieu, Beringer, Charles Krug, Joseph Phelps, and Louis Martini, Rombauer, Sutter Home, and Sattui.
At Jetcar Limo, we share your passion for wine; that's why we specialize in wine country tours. We can design a custom tour to suit your individual tastes regardless of whether you're an experienced connoisseur or a wine novice. Or, if you'd like to design your own itinerary, just let us know where you'd like to go and your personal chauffer & guide will make sure you visit all your chosen wineries. All our professional drivers are knowledgeable about wines, and are familiar with the Napa Valley and the local wineries, so you can be confident that you will get a Napa Valley Wine tour that is just right for you and your individual tastes.
And of course, your Jetcar Limo Napa Valley Wine tour features door-to-door pick up and drop off, which allows you to sit back and relax in the luxurious comfort of your custom limousine, enjoy the beautiful scenery and - more importantly -- enjoy all the wonderful Napa Valley wines without having to worry about the drive back home.
Sonoma Wine Tour
The Sonoma Valley Wine Region though not quite as well known as its famous Napa Valley neighbor to the east - is a world-class wine region in its own right, producing some of the finest wines available.
The valley has been growing grapes for as long as Europeans have been there. The early Spanish missionaries were the first to plant primitive vineyards so they could produce their own sacramental wines. Then in the 1830's when General Mariano Vallejo received large land grants in the area, he continued the tradition, expanding and cultivating his own vineyards. But it wasn't until the late 1850's that the art and science of wine growing came together in the valley and the local wine industry was born.
It was then that a Hungarian immigrant, Agoston Haraszthy, convinced the new state of California to send him on an inspection tour of Europe to study the methods of the French and Italian growers. What he saw convinced him that Sonoma Valley's red, gravelly soil was perfect for growing grapes whose wines could one day rival the finest Europe had to offer. Upon his return, he helped found Sonoma's Buena Vista winery and other wineries soon followed. By 1876 the valley was producing more than 2.3 million gallons of wine a year.
The Sonoma Valley Wine Region is actually comprised of five distinct sub-regions: Alexander Valley, Dry Creek Valley, Russian River Valley, the Los Carneros District, and of course the Sonoma Valley. The region is a mix of thick forested hills, beautiful green valleys and lazy winding rivers. The scenery itself is reason enough to visit this beautiful area, but toss in some of the world's finest wineries and you've got a day trip that just can't miss.
Some of the better know local wineries include: Buena Vista, Chateau St. Jean, Glen Ellen, Kenwood, Sebastiani, Kendall-Jackson, Dry Creek, Geyser Peak, Korbel, Rodney Strong, Silver Oaks, Simi Winery and Windsor Vineyards.
At Jetcar Limo, we share your passion for wine; that's why we specialize in wine country tours. We can design a custom tour to suit your individual tastes regardless of whether you're an experienced connoisseur or a wine novice. Or, if you'd like to design your own itinerary, just let us know where you'd like to go and your personal chauffeur & guide will make sure you visit all your chosen wineries. All our professional drivers are knowledgeable about wines, and are familiar with the Sonoma Valley and the local wineries, so you can be confident that you will get a Sonoma Wine tour that is just right for you and your individual tastes.
So forget those crowded tour buses, or having to find a designated driver. There is absolutely no better way to view Sonoma's scenic wine country and sample the best local wines than in the privacy and luxurious comfort of your own custom limousine. With a Jetcar Limo wine tour, you can just sit back, relax and enjoy Sonoma's best wines, and leave everything else to us. `