Weekend Trip: Napa vs. Sonoma

Weekend Trip: Napa vs. Sonoma

San Francisco Wine Tour: Napa vs Sonoma

Nothing completes a trip to the bay area quite like an escape to wine country. Even better? You can experience some of the best wineries in the world only a mere hour away in either Sonoma or Napa Valley, leaving the toughest decision to be which one you decide to visit! See here for a breakdown to help make your decision a little bit easier.

Napa Valley

People come from all over the world to sip the savory Cabernet Sauvignon, rich and buttery Chardonnay, and fruit-forward Merlot that Napa Valley has to offer. With over 390 physical wineries who produce 1,000 brands of wine, Napa Valley is spread over 43,000 acres of land. Some of Napa’s self proclaimed flagship wineries include: Robert Mondavi, Beringer, Stag’s Leap, Chateau Montelena, Grgich Hills, Clos du Val, Screaming Eagle, Duckhorn, Rombauer, V. Sattui, Merryvale and Cakebread. You can expect your average wine tasting experience to cost around $15-$50. If you’re looking for a bit more, consider taking a tour of the grounds or partaking in a cave tour.

Napa doesn’t only have a lot to show when it comes to wine tasting, but also the amenities. 5-star hotels (averaging $460/night), top of the line meals and limo’s to name just a few, leaving Napa as the more sophisticated of the two.


While Napa Valley brings the glitz and glamour, it’s really hard to beat a trip to Sonoma. A bit more laid back, Sonoma has all that Napa has to offer with just a little bit more space. It’s almost double the size of Napa, and grows far more grapes than Napa in a variety of conditions. People come from all over the world to sip Sonoma’s creamy and zesty Chardonnay, cool climate Pinot Noir, juicy Zinfandel, impressive Red Blends, and refreshing Sparkling Wine at one of the 450 wineries. Need space? Sonoma is spread over an impressive 70,000 acres. Sonoma’s flagship wineries are: Ridge, St. Francis, B.R. Cohn, Cline, Ravenswood, Gundlach-Bundschu, Gloria Ferrer, Paul Hobbs, Kendall-Jackson, Korbel, Seghesio, Jordan and Francis Coppola. Your average tour will taste about $15-$25 although most will waive a fee if you buy a bottle. Looking for transportation? Although most people suggest biking (which you can do for part of Sonoma), remember it is spread over 70,000 acres so a limo and/or private car service be the better option.

So, the big question, which of the two will you visit? Ultimately if you’re looking to really treat yourself to luxury, we say go Napa. If you’re looking to relax while casually drinking wine, Sonoma is more your speed. Regardless of where you decide to go, being safe while visiting should always be your top priority. Be sure to have your car service dialed in to avoid any wine tasting and driving incidents. Strack Transportation offers full Napa Valley and Sonoma tours. Contact us today by phone at 888-781-5466 or by email at reserve@stracktransportation to arrange your next getaway.