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Autumn Outings

Discover the diversity of Wine Country with these fall tours.



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Bee Smitten

Visit Marshall’s Farm Flying Bee Ranch, a working honeybee farm in American Canyon, to see how honey is made. Watch the sweet stuff get bottled, and then take it home. (800) 624-4637, marshallshoney.com.
 

Taste Liquid Gold

Tour the olive oil mill, and taste oils from estate olive trees with seasonal bites at Round Pond Estate in Rutherford. During the harvest (November to December), see olives milled on the spot. (888) 302-2575, roundpond.com.
 

Get off the Beaten Path

The Napa and Sonoma walking tours lead visitors on explorations of the landmarks that shaped these Wine Country towns. Customized group tours are available, (707) 815-1277, napawalkingtour.com; (707) 260-9511, sonomawalkingtour.com.
 

Travel to Medieval Italy

Calistoga’s Castello di Amorosa is an authentically built 13th century Tuscan castle and working winery. Walk through the Great Room, the chapel, and tunnels spanning eight levels on a one-hour tour. (707) 967-6272, castellodiamorosa.com.
 

COURTESY OF QUARRYHILL BOTANICAL GARDEN

Smell the Roses

The whimsical gardens at CornerStone Sonoma are a hit with kids. Or stop by Quarryhill Botanical Garden in Glen Ellen for a self- or docent-led tour through 25 acres of one of the largest wild Asian plant collections in the United States. (707) 933-3010, cornerstonesonoma.com; (707) 996-3166, quarryhillbg.org.
 

Go on a Mini Safari

See zebras, giraffes, and cheetahs in Santa Rosa by exploring the 400-acre preserve at Safari West, home to more than 850 animals. (707) 566-3667, safariwest.com.
 

See a Working Oyster Farm

Learn how oysters grow and are harvested at Hog Island Oyster Company in Tomales Bay. The tour ends with a raw oyster tasting. (415) 663-9218, hogislandoysters.com.
 

Experience Farm Life

Stop by Full House Farm, a small family farm in Sebastopol with an organic garden. Commune with goats, horses, and chickens, and taste food produced on-site. Lodging also available, (707) 829-1561, fullhousefarm.com.

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Canvasing the Field

Top Events

From music in the park to a county fair, there’s lots of fun this summer in Wine Country.

Land of the Free

Napa County residents and visitors will be able to enjoy thousands of acres of undeveloped ridgetops; wild, bubbling streams; and abundant wildlife preserves for generations to come, thanks to an ambitious group of local landowners and the Land Trust of Napa County.

The Zen of Horseback Riding

Drive 15 minutes east of Napa to the slopes of Mount George, and you can discover both Zen-like wine tasting and an adventurous return to Napa’s past.

Cutting-Edge Cutlery

Get sharp in the kitchen with St. Helena’s newest knife shop.

Tailor-Made Tours

With countless destinations vying for every visitor’s affections, it takes a Wine Country insider to curate a truly bespoke experience that turns fantasy into reality.

Baby, you can drive my car

A collection of rentable vintage cars sets hearts racing for auto enthusiasts.

Talent Show

Get your tickets to the valley’s best events.

Winemaker for a Day

Get a taste of the wine-making life at these Napa and Sonoma wineries.

Wine Made Easy

Become a vintner with Wine Country’s posh new wine club.

Wine Country Northwest

Where to sip, stay, eat, and play in Oregon’s Willamette Valley.

Wine Country Cozy

Ten fabulous ways to heat things up when the temperature drops.