Plan a quiet, intimate vacation for you and your special someone in wine country. Relax in a resort, B&B or adorable Inn. Experience romantic dining and explore the region together.
John and Suzanne were celebrating their 25th wedding anniversary in Napa and Sonoma. They had visited the area previously and had seen the larger wineries with great reputations. This trip they wanted to focus on wineries they had never heard of, or the “Christopher Columbus” trip of discovery:
We drove up from the bay area and met our driver at the bed & breakfast. We dropped our bags off and the driver used our car, which saved us quite a bit of money. She was great! We tasted wines at two small wineries that took our breath away. One was owned, farmed and run by a one-woman team! She was a delight to sit with and learn about her seven different vineyards around the Napa region. The vineyards right in front of us were nearly ready for picking and we got to taste the fruit. We really felt like we made a friend in the valley and joined her wine club. She makes such small amounts of wine, we didn’t want to miss out on any new releases.
The second winery gave us a barrel tasting of Cabernet Sauvignon from two vineyards very close to each other, but with very different soils. So cool! They also let us bring a boxed lunch, which we enjoyed on the patio with a view of Mt. Veeder. Later we went into downtown Napa to shop the boutiques and CM Destinations had set up a perfume blending class for us. It was amazing! We had a great dinner at a world-famous chef’s restaurant and retired to the B&B.
A balloon company picked us up at our B&B at 6 am and took us to our balloon. We sailed above Yountville and really enjoyed the sights. It was not scary at all, as I had expected. Watching the massive balloon being inflated and the landing were my favorite part. I would definitely do it again. Getting up early was absolutely worth it! Our driver picked up our car at the B&B and picked us up after our beautiful champagne brunch, so we could begin our day. We toured 3 wineries, one with a sit-down lunch with wine pairing and met a member of the winemaking team.
Each winery had its own personality, great view and was so much fun. One of the wineries emphasized the farming of the vines. We learned about growing vines and winemaking from this salt-of-the-earth farmer. The best part of the day was meeting a winemaker who only produces 600 cases a year and has such a passion for his biodynamic farming and winemaking practices. He was so charming and interesting that we asked him to dinner with us and he and his wife said yes! That was a special evening.
We enjoyed a leisure jog through the vineyards and an incredible breakfast. Our driver arrived at 9:30 am and we headed to our first appointment in Sonoma. Our first winery of the day was with a gentleman who farms and makes wine with his father. The winemaking facility was in a modern barn that was just rustic enough to be fun, but still welcoming. The father was bringing in fruit from a Chardonnay vineyard and let us taste the fruit. What a treat! The Merlot and Cabernet were amazing! We then visited a gorgeous property with a gigantic winery dog and incredible Zinfandels. There was a catered lunch on the manicured lawn and great photos with the family logo pick-up truck.
We visited downtown Healdsburg and did some shopping and a tasting with a very small production winery in their warehouse/winemaking facility. The young man who owns it makes nine different wines in small batches. He was proud to show us his wines and we can’t wait to share them with friends at home. After an incredible meal we were driven back to our lodging to rest up for the trip home. We can’t wait to have CM Destinations plan another trip for us. It was exactly what we wanted.”
Budget: $600 – $800 per day. This daily budget includes a driver, lunch, dinner, tasting fees and one adventure. Tasting fees are waived with purchases.
Lodging Budget: $300+ per night per couple, depending upon season and style of lodging.
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