After a year of patiently waiting and monitoring the health and travel situation, we are happy to say we are ready once again to take you on great wine adventures! Bonne Cuvee will keep every safety precaution in place and provide a fun and educational experience to our participants. Because we specialize in intimate settings and small groups, we will require that all our participants be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 prior to the trip. Our tours involve luxury transportation, personal tours, gourmet group meals and wine tastings, all in a very close setting. These situations require extra steps in safety, and we want to make sure all our guests always feel comfortable and secure.
OUR NEXT TOUR:
Sonoma and Napa Valley Tour
We have chosen the beautiful Sonoma Valley for our first trip back as we all celebrate our renewed opportunities to travel, learn, and engage in memorable wine educational experiences. Located about 50 miles north of San Francisco, the iconic Sonoma Valley has over 400 wineries producing wines that please every wine lover’s palate. Wedged between the Pacific Ocean and the Mayacamas mountains, this wine region has an infinite variety of microclimates and soils that support the growth of grape vines, carefully tended by many family farmers who care deeply about their lands.
Sonoma is relatively large and dispersed compared to its neighbor to the east, Napa, and provides an opportunity for largely agricultural and rustic landscapes. There are 18 demarcated American Viticultural Areas, and they include the Alexander Valley, Russian River Valley, Sonoma Coast and Petaluma Gap, among others. The Russian River meanders through the Alexander Valley before it makes a westward turn to reach the Pacific Ocean influencing the vineyards along the way. The maritime effects of the Pacific Ocean to the west, San Pablo Bay to the south and the many beautiful hills and valleys allow for the growing of over 60 varieties of wine grapes. Cool microclimates found in Carneros, and the Sonoma Coast are ideal for Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, while inland warmer areas are well-suited for Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, and Shiraz. Temperatures are moderate and comfortable even during winter, making Sonoma an excellent year-round destination.
Our Bonne Cuvee group will be based in a luxury four-star hotel in Santa Rosa for all five nights and will embark on daily visits to selected wineries located in different regions of this diverse landscape. Our drives around Sonoma and our visits to different wineries will provide a solid foundation for a better understanding of this remarkable wine region. On the last day of our tour, we will cross the Mayacamas mountains for a full day in beautiful Napa Valley with visits to two very exclusive wineries. We look forward to sharing this spectacular experience with you!