Napa Valley, the most popular wine destination in California, is just 60 miles north of San Francisco. But why would you even leave the Bay Area when there are plenty of wineries in San Francisco that you can visit? Here’s a guide for touring the San Francisco Bay Area’s most prestigious wineries, from the best wine stops to San Francisco luxury coach bus and minibus rentals that you should know about.
Best San Francisco Wineries
In this part of the guide, we’ll talk about the best wineries in San Francisco – ROAR wines and Oro En Paz – as well as wine bars that you can visit without leaving the city.
ROAR Wines was established by the Franscioni family. They planted their first vineyard, Rosella, in 1996. The next year, they partnered with the Pisoni family to plant Gary’s Vineyard. They also opened two vineyards in the region, the Sierra Mar Vineyard and the Soberanes Vineyard, before launching ROAR Wines.
Today, they produce premium Pinot Noir, Syrah, Viognier, and Chardonnay that you can taste when you visit their beautiful vineyards in Santa Lucia Highlands. But if you want to skip the road trip and just taste their delicious wines, head to Swirl Wine Brokers in Point Richmond.
Oro En Paz
Oro En Paz was founded by three friends, Ben Herod, Nate Clark, and James Davids, who want to continue San Francisco’s tradition of producing top-quality wines. Their name, Oro En Paz, means gold in peace, which they took from the city’s motto and represents their passion in producing great and premium wines.
They get their grapes from different vineyards in North California, but you can go straight to their winery in Treasure Island to taste their delicious wines.
San Francisco Wine Bars
Aside from ROAR Wines and Oro En Paz, San Francisco has several other places that serve premium wines. Here are two of the best wine bars in the Bay Area:
- If you’re a lady who loves to drink wine, The Riddler is the best place to visit in the Bay Area. It’s run by women and it serves a small selection of snacks, from fun waffles to luxurious caviar, that you can pair with your sparkling wine.
- Food, wine, and live music? You can find all of these at Amelie Wine Bar. The place has a full restaurant and a vintage-inspired bar, which make it perfect for a romantic date. While eating, you’ll be surrounded by bottles of wine that are displayed on its rustic shelves.
Bus Rental and Accommodation Tips
Now that you know where you can find the best wineries in San Francisco, let’s talk about how to actually get there. If you’re travelling in a group, the best way to get around the Bay Area and its prestigious wineries is to rent a bus. Choose among these three types of buses:
Mini Coach Bus
A mini coach can fit up to 28 people plus your luggage and AV equipment. The only thing it’s missing is a washroom, but that won’t be a problem if you’re only travelling a short distance between stops.
Yup, a school bus. It’s a quirky way to get to different wine stops in the Bay Area, which makes it the perfect mode of transportation for fun events like a bachelorette party. Just like the mini coach, a school bus is spacious and good for short distances. It’s also a cheap transportation option.
A coach bus is ideal for long trips, especially with its on-board bathrooms, so you may want to choose this option if you’re planning to visit vineyards outside San Francisco, like those in Santa Lucia Highlands, Napa Valley, and Sonoma Valley. It can fit huge groups of 30 to 55 people.
So this has been your guide on the best wineries in the San Francisco Bay Area. Once you’ve decided your stops, you can choose the best mode of transportation to make your trip the best it can possibly be.