I‘m a wineo. Not a sommelier; that’s a little too pretentious for me. But definitely a wine-drinking, wine-loving gal. Sometimes I’ll even write “drink wine” on my to do list so I’ll feel productive 😉 just kidding! In all seriousness though, I started drinking wine when I lived in Malibu, California, one mile from the Malibu Wines vineyard (fun fact: it’s on the same property as where they shoot The Biggest Loser!). My now-husband Kevin and I took our very first trip as a couple to Fredericksburg, Texas, and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves on a full-day wine tour. To celebrate our first wedding anniversary, we thought we’d revisit that memory – this time in Napa!
A couple of years ago, I took my first trip with Green Dream Tours to Sonoma with my family. We had the absolute best time, and I knew that if we wanted to celebrate our anniversary right, I didn’t want to waste my time with any tour but the best tour! So, I looked up Green Dream Tours and lucky for us, they had 2 seats left on Wednesday’s full-day Napa tour!
Green Dream Tours Napa Valley Wine Tasting Adventure
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The Green Dream Tours Napa Valley full-day tour was absolutely incredible. We were conveniently picked up and dropped off at our hotel, we had the opportunity to visit 3 diverse wineries, and we had an informative and entertaining tour guide. It was a day we won’t forget, and I’ll genuinely endorse and recommend the company to anyone who asks. If you’re looking for a Napa tour that’s convenient, educational, and FUN, tour with Green Dream Tours.
To start, the convenience of booking this tour is unparalleled in my experience. I could see tour availability and pricing before I even booked! I didn’t have to go through the (in my opinion) ridiculous process of emailing the company to see if anything is available on my requested day or to get a price quote. Those steps seriously annoy me, and I’m so thankful for GDT’s transparency. I simply clicked the tour on the date I wanted, chose my ticket price (Did I mention they offer a military discount?!), and entered my information. I immediately received a confirmation email with a pick-up time and details for the day. Though I didn’t need it, I loved that the company offered a full refund up until 48 hours prior to the tour; I really think that’s generous of them.
We had a 15-minute window for pick-up at our hotel, and we were dropped back off after the tour at the same place! We didn’t have to locate a meeting point in an unfamiliar city or hike up any of those treacherous San Francisco hills to join our tour group. Because we had such a short trip (3 days!), convenience was key for us.
Our tour guide, Dylan, was both smart and funny. My favorite part about him? He clearly LOVED his job. It made the day so much more fun for all of us. He made it a point to learn each of our names, and he offered to take photos for us several times throughout the day. While driving throughout the city, Dylan provided historical facts and interesting notes about San Francisco culture. He taught us all about wine making and grape varietals on our way to Napa, and he told one of the corniest jokes I’ve ever heard, obviously winning him huge kudos. While explaining that a Chardonnay is basically the same wine as a Chablis except the Chablis name is reserved for wines that come from that region of France, Dylan told us that while tasting a Chardonnay, if we liked it and wanted to impress the winery representative pouring the tasting, we could say, “This Chardonnay is Chablis’ knees!” and I lost it. Clearly my kind of humor.
Small Group Sizes
The tour group is capped at 14, which is the perfect size for a tour group! It’s not so small that you’re forced to really talk to people that you may not have much in common with, but it’s not so large that you’re dealing with crowds. By the end of the day, we knew something about each of the people in our group, and we really enjoyed spending the day with them. We toured with a couple from Australia, a family from England, a couple from Boston, and a couple from Florida. It was actually a lot of fun – even for this introvert! – to talk with people from other places and to share stories and experiences over a glass of wine.
The very best part about this tour is that you’re taken to 3 very different wineries, each with its own special appeal.
We started our day at Starmont, a beautiful winery with the most stunning outside seating area. We cozied up next to a fire pit and tasted the various wines they had prepared for us. After we had poured our final tasting, the gentleman leading our tasting took us to the viognier grapes for a more in-depth explanation of the growing and picking process. It was very informational and the perfect start to our day!
The owner, Barb, led us through our tasting with the most detailed, intentional explanation I’ve ever heard. She was so knowledgeable and relateable, I couldn’t help but be drawn in by her presentation. Let’s just say I want to be Barb’s best friend; she’s a really awesome lady. She took us through her production facility and even let us try a Pinot Noir straight from the barrel! We bought 3 wines and signed up for the wine club. HIGHLY recommend.
After we had lunch, we headed to Hagafen, our final winery of the day. The gentleman leading the tasting seemed surprised we were there, even though Dylan had confirmed our tour with him hours before. He wasn’t really interested in telling us about his wines and wasn’t equipped to lead a tasting for 13 people in addition to the 2 he already had inside. We basically went through the tasting in waves and meandered outside when our 5 tastings were up. This winery had 2 major perks for me, despite the aloof attendant. I loved that we could choose our own wines to taste instead of a preset menu like the other 2 wineries, and I loved the outdoor area. There were beautiful flowers, a pergola that is to-die-for, several benches to sit and enjoy the natural beauty, and games (like corn hole and big Yahtzee!) to play. It was a serene ending to a full, wonderful day.
I had high expectations for our Green Dream Tours Napa Valley adventure, and they were exceeded! I had the absolute best time sampling some of Wine Country’s greatest wines, laughing at a goofy but intelligent tour guide, and enjoying the beautiful Northern California weather and scenery.
Do yourself a favor and book the tour! You will not regret it.
PS: Are you digging my Hakuna Moscato shirt? I really didn’t think there was a better shirt for this tour!