Sipping vino in a gondola, biking to century-old wineries, and more unique experiences to book in Sonoma and Napa

Matt Villano  – September 18, 2018 | Updated October 23, 2019

As the unrefuted heavyweights of the country’s wine industry, Napa and Sonoma are big on the classic winery experiences. For the adventurous traveler who craves hyper-local, off-the-beaten-path experiences, though, the whole thing can be a bit tired. But, there’s more to this famous region than meets the eye and lots of unexpected ways to see it all. On these California Wine Country tours, you might find yourself peddling for your vino, languidly rowing along the Napa River with a glass of red in hand, learning falconry in a vineyard, or dining and wining your way through the towns’ hottest restaurants. What’s more, you won’t have to drive on these wine-soaked jaunts—just kick back and take it all in. This is California Wine Country like you’ve never seen it.