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Navigating Sonoma Wine Country


Navigating Sonoma Wine Country

Wine Tour vs. Limo vs. Uber/Lyft  vs. Drive yourself

So you’re planning your trip to Wine country and you get to the part about tastings, tours and transportation.  There are a lot of options available. 

So how should you choose?

This gets back to the question - why are you coming in the first place?

Is it a simple get-away from the hustle and bustle of the city and you really have no agenda? Or, are you looking to discover the best of the newest small production wine makers from the (over) 400 choices you have in Sonoma?   Something in-between?

Here is a quick overview of the options:

  • Wine Tour: Private, customized tours. 

Pricing: $$-$$$

These are run by local, knowledgeable, connected individuals that live and work in the region.  The right tour guide will be able to get you into small batch, boutique (often closed gate) wineries where you will sit with the wine makers themselves and have a unique experience.  We specialize in the these at Howling Wine Tours ! 

  • Limo: Private

Pricing: $$$-$$$$

Good for people who want to party and don’t really care about discovering new wines and wine makers.  Fun for bachelorette parties, birthday parties and carefree celebration.

  • Uber/Lyft: Driving service only

Pricing: $-$$

Good for people who know exactly what they want and require no advice or choices.  Be aware that often times connectivity and availability can bea problem in wine country which may result in long lead times between tastings.  Most of these drivers are from out of the region and are unfamiliar with the wineries and wine makers

  • Drive Yourself:  BAD IDEA!

Pricing: $$$$

First time DUI’s are costing $4000-$10,000 in California .  ‘Nuff said!