Valley Wine Tours, established in 1998 by Jake Martin, is owned by three Sonoma residents, all involved in the wine business. It’s the oldest wine touring company in Sonoma County!Plan to visit Valley Wine Tours during your Sonoma vacation using our convenient Sonoma tour itinerary maker site.
Ed’s been involved in the wine business since 1997, from tasting rooms (Wellington Vineyards and Gundlach Bundschu) to creating and building award-winning Willowbrook Cellars with John Tracy and Joe Otos in 2001.
An avid home winemaker, Ron’s been a member of Sonoma Home Winemakers since 2000, along with managing a vineyard near Bartholomew Park.
Bob has been in the wine industry for over ten years. He has been General Manager for a Sonoma winery and has written business plans for several others. He has visited over 175 wineries learning about vineyard management and winemaking.
Valley Wine Tours Reviews
Great Saturday tour of wineries. A little pricey for what you get but still awesome. We visited Kunde, Loxton, Little and Deerfield Ranch. Kunde is a larger winery with the others being quite... more »
We had an awesome day with Bob Howells. Great guy, great day. Bob knows his wines and the vineyards we toured and tasted. Very personable and friendly service. Bob went out of his way to make our.... more »
Dr. Bob was amazing! He was very relaxed and such an interesting person. He had so many good recommendations and was so much fun! He treated our group of five ladies so well. I would definitely ask for him again. Thank you so much for the fantastic day Dr. Bob.
My wife and I just wrapped up four wonderful days of wine tours guided by Bob. Every day was better than the one before. My wife studied wine as part of her curriculum in culinary school, yet we both learned a LOT during these amazing wine tasting experiences. Bob provided lunch each day either by bringing a delicious meat and cheese basket or by taking us to a restaurant where the food was delicious. Bob is very knowledgeable and is an excellent driver. He can talk about almost any subject and seems to know every wine maker in Sonoma and Napa. Most places we went to were family-owned wineries that offer exclusive, amazing wines you will not see in any stores or restaurants. These wine makers take such great pride in their craft and it shows in how they talk about their wines and the care they put into each bottle. Imagine going into a tasting room and meeting the owners or members of their family, or both! That was our experience time and time again over the four days. We did visit a couple of places that were larger operations, but Bob's connections at these places helped us bypass the lines of people that were not clever enough to hire Valley Wine Tours. One of the highlights of the week was the barrel tasting at Sunce Wineries. If you go there, ask for Riad as your guide. He is one of the most knowledgeable wine experts we have ever met. This experience has changed our wine-buying habit forever. We may never buy wine from the supermarket again even though our local market has a very large selection. We can hardly wait for our shipments to arrive and it will be hard to wait for the wines to settle down from the shipping before we open them and enjoy some of the best wines in the world. We owe a big THANK YOU to Valley Wine Tours, specifically to Bob. We will send our friends and family to you and we will be back again as soon as possible.
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