Top Five Wineries Near San Francisco
For many travelers, California means “wine country.” Nowhere is this truer than in the southern half of the state, home to the famous Napa Valley and the cultural mecca of San Francisco. If you’re heading for the San Francisco area and seeking the best that California sun-soaked grapes can offer, try these top five destinations for the most satisfying sip.
Stage Left Cellars
Voted the #1 area winery on the 2015 Bay Area A-List by local experts, Stage Left Cellars is an old-school operation out of Oakland producing small lots of high-quality product from sustainable, low-yield plants. Everything is hand-sorted, hand crafted, and foot-stomped (just like you’d imagine) to create the most controlled, traditional wines possible. Stage Left believes that patience and care creates big quality in smaller amounts, and that’s why they’ve nailed the Bay Area’s top spot. Fans of Rhone varietals like Syrah and Viognier just might experience a state of wine nirvana.
Rock Wall Wine Company
Located on the old Alameda naval base, this urban winery is the product of father-daughter team Kent and Shauna Rosenblum — the former of whom is wine royalty, sometimes called “The King of Zin.” Rock Wall features a tasting room that’s open every day of the week, as well as a money-saving wine club called “Club Viva!” Urban adventurers will be dazzled by the incredible view of the Bay skyline from the back patio.
Wattle Creek Winery
If you’re looking for a fabulous, affordable San Francisco wine tasting experience with a great excuse to indulge in nearby Ghirardelli Square, Wattle Creek Winery delivers. With tasting prices patrons rave about, even novices to the world of wine can experience a wide variety of flavors in a casual, friendly atmosphere. Should you develop a taste for Wattle Creek’s wines, patrons can enroll in one of three wine clubs, each with different levels of benefits.
Bluxome Street Winery
Step back in time with a venue that reaches back before Prohibition and the devastation of the 1906 earthquake, and revives the former glory of the SOMA area’s winemaking history. Travelers making a stop at Bluxome Street Winery on a Friday evening will be thrilled to find their experience bolstered by local music and a rotation of various food trucks.
The Winery SF
With a name so bold as to simply state what it is, The Winery SF practically shouts its prestige from its waterfront location on Treasure Island. This popular event center and winemaking facility features hand-crafted, traditional wines from renowned Sonoma and Napa Valley winemaker Bryan Kane. Kane’s talent clearly shines here; The Winery’s offerings have garnered more than 20 awards over the past 7 years. If you happen to be seeking the perfect wedding venue in the city, the rustic-industrial décor and large crush room offer just the right touch of urban elegance.
Bay Area Wine Tours
Drinking and driving is never a good idea, and wine tasting can be so much more enjoyable with pre-considered transportation. Call Nationwide Limousine Service today to set up luxury transportation for your next wine tasting excursion. To speak with a reservation specialist, contact us today at 800-339-8936.