CALIFORNIA WINE TOUR
California has become not simply the best wine-producing region of the
country, but its wines now rival the finest wines produced anywhere in
the world. California wines combine a rich European tradition with a
drive for innovation and improvement that’s typically American.
once confined primarily to Northern California’s famous Napa/Sonoma wine
region, California is now literally covered with wineries spanning the
length of the state. From Mendocino and Lake Counties in the north to
Temecula and San Diego Counties in the south, to the Sierra foothills in
the east and all the coastal regions in between, California is truly a
wine lover’s paradise.
At Lau's Transportation, we share your passion for wine and specialize in
wine country tours. Our professional drivers are knowledgeable about
wines, the various regions and the local wineries and will ensure that
you get a Wine Country tour that is just right for you and your
individual tastes. There is absolutely no better way to view the scenic
California Wine Country and sample the best wines the local wineries
have to offer than in the privacy and luxurious comfort of your own
custom limousine. So just sit back, relax and enjoy some of the world’s
finest wines, and let Lau's Transportation take care of everything else.
California Wine Regions
Southern California – With their rolling hills covered with
vineyards, the Temecula Valley and San Diego hills get ocean breezes
through a gap in the coastal mountains that create a unique
micro-climate that produces some very fine wines. These wineries are
currently producing a broad variety of both red and white wines.
Central Coast – This area encompasses the coastal region from
Paso Robles in the north down to Santa Barbara. The primary viticultural
zones include Central Coast, Edna Valley, Arroyo Grande Valley, Paso
Robles, York Mountain, Santa Maria Valley and Santa Ynez Valley.
Central Valley & Sierra Foothills – The Sierra Foothills
wineries are located in Amador, El Dorado, Calaveras, Mariposa,
Tuolumne, Nevada and Yuba Counties, but the area that seems to be
growing the most is the Central Valley region, including wineries in the
Lodi and Stockton area. The Sierra Foothills and Central Valley have
vastly different climates and consequently produce very different wines.
Monterey, Santa Cruz & Santa Clara – Wrapping around the
Monterey Bay are the Santa Cruz Mountains, Santa Clara & Monterey wine
zones. This region makes some very nice Pinot Noir and Chardonnay as
well as other varietals.
Livermore Valley – The
Livermore Valley is approximately 15 miles long and ten miles wide. The
climate of the valley is perfect for producing excellent Sauvignon
Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Semillon grape varieties. The effect of
the surrounding mountains and coastal fogs also creates individual
microclimates within the valley favoring cooler region grapes including
Chardonnay and Merlot.
Sonoma Valley – Sonoma is less crowded than its Napa Valley
neighbor and has some wonderful wineries of its own to visit. Some of
the key winery locations include Carneros, Sonoma, Glen Ellen, Kenwood,
the Russian River Valley, Green Valley, Dry Creek Valley, Knights Valley
and the Alexander Valley.
Napa Valley – The Napa Valley is the most famous of
California's wine producing regions, and produces everything from fine
Cabernet Sauvignon to Chardonnay to Ports. The valley is literally
carpeted with wineries, with the principal sub-regions being Napa,
Yountville, Oakville, Rutherford, St. Helena and Calistoga.