Sonoma Valley Wine Trolley Expands Service

All aboard for a new way to see wine country! One of the Bay Area’s favorite modes of transportation now roams the quaint streets and vineyards of the gorgeous Sonoma Valley, offering open-air views that allow guests to experience wine country like they never have before. And now, the Sonoma Valley Wine Trolley has added a new route, giving guests a choice of two memorable experiences. Reservations may be purchased at www.sonomavalleywinetrolley.com, or by calling 877-Wine-Trolley.

The new route begins at the historic Sonoma Plaza, and meanders into the town of Glen Ellen and the Kenwood area, including stops at Benziger Family Winery, Imagery Winery, Paradise Ridge in Kenwood, and Deerfield Ranch Winery. This excursion is offered in addition to the Sonoma Valley Wine Trolley’s original route, which includes stops at four boutique wineries located in and around the town of Sonoma. Both tours are $99 per person and include a gourmet lunch catered by the acclaimed the girl & the fig restaurant. The Sonoma Valley Wine Trolley experience begins with a daily passenger pickup at 10:30 a.m. from the town of Sonoma’s Historic Downtown Plaza. Arrangements for pickup at several Sonoma hotel locations can be made prior to 10:30 a.m.

“We’ve added this new experience to give visitors a chance to visit more quality wineries in our area, and to be able to do that in a fun, memorable way that is affordable,” says Craig Haskell, General Manager of the Sonoma Valley Wine Trolley. “Guests are able to leave the driving to us, while they sit back and enjoy the scenery and the great wines.”

Tours on the Sonoma Valley Wine Trolley began in the spring of 2011 and visitors have been raving about the experience from the beginning. The trolley is a hand-built replica of a California Street Cable Car that was used in San Francisco from the late 1890’s to the early 1930’s. Every detail from the all-wooden carriage to the solid brass bell is an authentic feature. It is an open-air cable car, allowing for a more sensory experience with unobstructed views, and the aromas of the vineyards, especially during crush. The wine trolley tours daily throughout the year, so guests are encouraged to dress warmly throughout the cooler months.

The Sonoma Valley Wine Trolley is owned by Appellation Tours, a local company founded 11 years ago by Tom Buck. Tom and his wife, Georgia, have successfully built a highly acclaimed limousine and touring company, offering high quality customer service, comfortable transportation, and knowledgeable drivers. These standards, the relationships they’ve established with businesses in Napa and Sonoma, and their drive to provide unique wine tasting experiences for locals and visitors, are the foundation of this family-owned company. For more information please visit www.sonomavalleywinetrolley.com.