A Message from the owner-

My love affair with California wines started in 1978 over a bottle of 1975 Hop Kiln, Petite Syrah. I had never tasted anything so amazing in my life. I have been on a quest ever since then trying to recapture that “Eureka” moment. I’ve come close on many occasions and even equaled it a few times, but never have I experienced anything that exceeded that magical moment. So began my journey.

For 30 years I enjoyed the fine wines of Sonoma and Napa but had little to do with the industry. After retiring in 2008 I was fortunate enough to be offered a position with a wine tour company located in Napa. I was now spending my days sharing the beauty and bounty of Napa and Sonoma wine regions with guests from around the world. My passion for the wines we produce and the serenity of the vineyards was rekindled. I realized that this was what I was meant to do in my golden years and from that realization, Behind the Gates Tours became a reality.

My hope is that our tours will allow you to experience the same passion I feel, and keep it with you always.

A Salute’, Ken

Here’s a general overview of the areas we cover at Behind the Gates Tours. It may not be the largest wine growing region in the world but it is one of the most diverse.


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Offering unique and compelling private tours since 2012