California draws millions of tourists from all over the world, every year. One of the main attractions in California is the Napa Valley. It is recorded that the valley draws more than five million tourists each year. A visit to the Napa Valley is full of some of the most amazingly aromatic, visual, culinary delights. Wine connoisseurs and chefs from all over the world undeniably learn and enjoy from a visit to this beautiful Valley. The main attractions are the world-renowned wine tours. They offer a peek into the wine making process and an opportunity to taste some fine wines. The Napa Valley wine tours are more than just a holiday experience.
Although Napa Valley is set amidst an abundance of panoramic beauty, it is the vineyards and the wine industry and production of fine wines that make this beautiful place one of the hottest tourist destinations in the world. Napa Valley wine tours flaunt some of the finest wineries in the world. Visitors are taken via a 30-mile valley that starts at Napa, passes through Yountville, Oakville, St Helena and finally Calistoga.
The tours begin in the mornings and end before 6, in the evening. Most tours feature visits to three or four wineries. It hardly matters if you are a connoisseur or a novice; you get to experience the process of wine making from the beginning to the final bottling and indulge in the luxury of tasting fine wines. The tours offer the opportunity to avail of your favorite wines at discounted rates. For the wine aficionados, wine touring is extremely fascinating, with the wine making procedure and sessions with the wine maker himself. For the learners, the wine tasting experience can be fun. The tours also help to enroll with local cooking classes, headed by some world famous chef, enjoy luncheon with the winemaker, attend seminars related to wine making and even indulge in special bicycle rides, hot air balloon travel and go river rafting. What is more, wine tours provide you with the opportunity to soak in all the heavenly panoramic sights of beautiful Napa Valley.
Most wine tour companies start from San Francisco and provide tourists with different services. Some companies have special packages and tie ups with some of the oldest private wineries, while others take their guests on a number of different tours. Some companies follow a preset itinerary and program, while others modify the tours to meet the requests, needs and budget of their guests. Depending on your budget, you can travel in sedans, tourist buses, trains or even a limousine, making your tour a luxurious experience. The fees range from $60 and can go up to $200, depending on the package. While touring, you can either carry your own packed lunch or you could opt to dine at any of the popular local restaurants.
Tourists can learn a great deal about Chardonnays, the wines that have aged for about twenty years and more. If the tourist group prefers red wine, they get to visit a vineyard that is famous for producing red wines. The owner of each winery gives the tourist group a tour of the property. Once the tour is over, the company drops each tourist off, at their respective lodging.
The Napa Valley tourist train runs on a daily basis and halts at two very popular wineries. The journey lasts for about three hours and showcases the pride and delight of Napa Valley.
Author Kris Koonar enjoys wine and offers tours through LuxxLimos.