Behind the Gates Tours began operations in 2012 with the idea that there was a better way to experience the beauty and abundance of the Sonoma and Napa wine regions. We are known primarily for the world class wines that we produce each year but there are so many other stories to tell and so much beauty to behold. Let Behind the Gates Tours expose you to a side of wine country that you never knew existed and never will without an invitation.

Our tours focus on those small, privately owned wineries that you may have heard of but have no idea how to access.

These wineries rarely exceed 3000 cases, 1000 to 1500 is the average, and they are by appointment only. In most cases the owner/winemaker will be hosting your visit at their small production facilities or inviting you into their homes. Hearing their stories and feeling their passion for the wines that they produce is a very compelling and once in a lifetime experience.

We’re happy to assist you in selecting wineries that I feel will provide you with the experience and wines that you’re looking for. We will, however, take you to any wineries that you may want to visit. Tours are set up so that we can visit 4 wineries.

In addition we also offer customized tour packages that encompass a full range of non wine related activities and amenities that both Napa and Sonoma Counties have to offer. Airport transportation can be arranged upon request.


1-7 Guests  |  $75 hr.

8-14 Guests  |  $100 hr.

15+ Guests  |  Seasonal Rates Apply

San Francisco/Oakland pickups  |  $300 Round Trip

Pick up is generally between 10:00 and 11:00 am with drop off between 5:00 and 6:00 pm. with a 5 hour minimum.

Rates include vehicle, tour guide, bottled water and a nice antipasta tray.

Gratuity and tasting fee’s are not included. We typically pick up a deli lunch along the way to be enjoyed at one of the wineries or you may pack your own picnic lunch.

$100 deposit required, refundable up to 7 days prior to your tour.

Most wineries charge a small tasting fee, typically anywhere from $10 to $45 per person depending on what region we’re tasting in and the scale of the winery. Tasting fee is often waived with purchase of a wine club membership.

Please feel free to call directly at 707-292-2683 with any questions you may have.

Cheers! Ken

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Offering unique and compelling private tours since 2012