CUSTOM PERSONALIZED PRIVATE HISTORIC TOURS
We will work with you or your group to design a custom
Napa County may have been the first to
acquire international recognition for its wines, but wine country's
first wine came from Sonoma County. Learn the history behind some of
the cornerstones of the wine industry or discover the secrets of some of
the emerging brands. Visit Buena Vista Winery and learn the history of
the "Father of California's Premium Wine Industry", Count Agoston
Haraszthy, a former member of the Hungarian Royal Guard who in 1857
chose Sonoma Valley as the location for his dream vineyard. The Count
traveled to Europe and brought back varietal grape cuttings unique to
the famous European wine producing regions. The trip formed the
foundation of today's premium California vineyards.
Equally rich in
heritage is Sebastiani Vineyards. It's history dates back to 1825
when the Franciscan Fathers of nearby Mission San Francisco Solano,
assisted by local Native Americans, first cleared land and planted vines
for their winery. These vines are among the oldest vineyard sites in
Northern California. They were acquired in 1904 by Samuele Sebastiani,
the founder of the family winery, who immigrated from the wine producing
of Tuscany in northern Italy in 1895.
Although not a
winery, wine was an essential element in the Missions of California.
Another cornerstone in the area's history is the Mission San Francisco
of Solano, the oldest structure in Sonoma and the last of the 21
Missions constructed in California. Discouraged by declining opportunity
at the nearby Dolores Mission, a zealous young Padre founded the Mission
in Sonoma on July 4, 1823.
Though it hasn't been
around as long as some of the previously mentioned locations,
Bartholomew Park Winery has a fascinating history as well. It was
founded in 1994 by the Bundschu Family whose vision was to produce
handcrafted, vineyard designate wines. Though the winery is relatively
young the Bundschu family had been growing grapes and making wine on
their Rhinefarm Estate in Sonoma Valley since 1854. When the nearby
winery site was vacated in the early 90's, Jim Bundschu realized his
dream of creating a winery that produced small lots of wine from other
vineyards in the region.
These options are
only a glimpse of what California Wine Tours can offer for corporate
clients, small groups or a couple looking for a romantic getaway.
Whether you are a local or are visiting wine country for a short time,
we encourage you to take advantage of one of our existing educational
programs or one of our experienced tour professionals can assist you in
customizing an excursion that fits your specific needs.
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