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Best Wine Tour (2021)

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Whether you’re tasting your way through famed California wine country, sipping wines lakeside in Michigan or exploring the Finger Lakes, enhance your wine tasting experience by leaving the driving to someone else. These 10 tour operators offer wine-centric tours, complete with transportation, knowledgable guides and other extras. 

  • Sustainable Wine Tours

    Sustainable Wine Tours
    Santa Barbara, Calif.

    Sustainable Wine Tours offers exclusive access to private wineries, estates and vineyards throughout Santa Barbara Wine Country; guests never sip wine in a public location on these tours. Each tour, whether small-group or private, includes tasting fees, a winery tour and an organic picnic lunch.
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  • Pop The Cork Wine Tours

    Pop The Cork Wine Tours
    Atlanta

    Each tour with this Atlanta wine tour company includes tasting fees, a gourmet picnic lunch, chauffeured transportation in a luxury coach and a full day of wine tasting fun. Chuck and La Tanya, the husband and wife team behind Pop The Cork Wine Tours, have more than a decade of experience leading tasting tours in California before they relocated to Georgia to seek out local wineries.
    Photo courtesy of Pop The Cork Wine Tours

  • North Bay Wine Tours in a Tesla

    North Bay Wine Tours in a Tesla
    Sonoma, CA

    North Bay Wine Tours provides private tours for up to four guests, allowing them to explore Sonoma and Napa Counties in California in comfort and style. Excursions include up to four wineries chosen by North Bay or from the guests’ itineraries. Planning for special occasions or particular experiences and an optional lunch break are also available.
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  • Experience! The Finger Lakes

    Experience! The Finger Lakes
    Ithaca, N.Y.

    Experience! The Finger Lakes has been leading wine tours through the Finger Lakes region of New York for more than 13 years. Guests enjoy a behind-the-scenes look at a winery, as well as curated tasting experiences not typically available to the general public. Choose between tours of Cayuga Lake, Seneca Lake, Ithaca or Keuka Lake.
    Photo courtesy of Experience! The Finger Lakes

  • Uncorked Wine Tours

    Uncorked Wine Tours
    Paso Robles, Calif.

    Uncorked Wine Tours takes visitors on tasting experiences in Paso Robles or Edna Valley in San Luis Obispo. Group tours include reservations at wineries, lunch and a complimentary water bottle. For a more personalized experience, opt for a customized tour, which might include a vineyard tour, wine and cheese pairing, cave tour or a picnic lunch.
    Photo courtesy of Uncorked Wine Tours

  • Perata Luxury Tours

    Perata Luxury Tours
    Napa

    Perata Luxury Tours specializes in personalized wine tours in Napa and Sonoma Valleys. Guests enjoy access to small production and boutique wineries that might otherwise be difficult to find. The fleet consists of custom Sprinter-style limousine vans and Chevrolet Suburban Premier Plus Edition SUV that are thoroughly cleaned after each tour.
    Photo courtesy of Perata Luxury Tours

  • Cork and Keg Tours

    Cork and Keg Tours
    Loudoun County, Va.

    Cork & Keg Tours offers pre-curated “cluster” tours of area wineries or breweries in the Potomac, Mosby, Snickers Gap, Loudoun Heights, Harmony or Waterford regions, or allows customers to create individual itineraries. Tour in a Mercedes Sprinter outfitted with two HD TVs and a sparkling wine bar. Tours include a sparkling wine toast, pickup and drop-off and visits to two or three wineries.
    Photo courtesy of Cork and Keg Tours

  • Snake River Wine Tours

    Snake River Wine Tours

    Located less than an hour from Boise, explore the Sunnyslope Wine Trail, known as “The Heart of Idaho Wine Country,” with Snake River Wine Tours. Daily excursions include visits to up to four area wineries with award-winning wines and unique tasting experiences. Snake River’s special relationships with the local wineries guarantee guests a “one-of-a-kind” wine tour experience.
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  • Grapeline Wine Tours

    Grapeline Wine Tours
    Temecula, Calif.

    Grapeline Wine Tours offers both group and private tours of some of California’s top wine regions, including Napa Valley, Paso Robles, Santa Barbara, Sonoma Valley and Temecula. Classic Wine Adventures include tastings at three area wineries, as well as a behind-the-scenes vintner’s tour, while a Vineyard Picnic Tour takes guests to four wineries and includes a catered picnic lunch.
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  • Cottonwood Wine Tours

    Cottonwood Wine Tours
    Texas

    Cottonwood Wine Tours, headquartered in San Antonio, provides group excursions to Texas Hill Country wineries and vineyards. A wide variety of tour options are available from three to eight hours in length, with visits to several wineries and towns such as Fredericksburg and Comfort. All tours include snacks, tasting fees, and a knowledgeable tour guide.
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The top 10 winners in the category Best Wine Tour are as follows:
  1. Sustainable Wine Tours - Santa Barbara, Calif.
  2. Pop The Cork Wine Tours - Atlanta
  3. North Bay Wine Tours in a Tesla - Sonoma, CA
  4. Experience! The Finger Lakes - Ithaca, N.Y.
  5. Uncorked Wine Tours - Paso Robles, Calif.
  6. Perata Luxury Tours - Napa
  7. Cork and Keg Tours - Loudoun County, Va.
  8. Snake River Wine Tours
  9. Grapeline Wine Tours - Temecula, Calif.
  10. Cottonwood Wine Tours - Texas

A panel of experts partnered with 10Best editors to pick the initial nominees, and the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote.

Congratulations to all these winning tour companies!

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