You know you’ve always wanted to take a helicopter tour over Sonoma. Or be a wine club member, to enjoy all the perks of a top notch winery. Or do what all the tourists do – explore Sonoma County wineries from the ease and comfort of a private limousine.
With the first annual Sonoma County Wine Tourism Day being held May 10, 2014, you can do just that, and save a lot of money to boot. As a promotion from The Wine Road, locals are invited to dine, stay and play – and take a vacation in their own backyard.
As extra encouragement, the program involves more than 60 wineries, plus numerous lodges and restaurant, each offering temptations like free tastings, complimentary corkage and special menus at the restaurants, and discounts and complimentary gifts at the hotels and inns.
To make getting to the destinations easier, there are also discounts on chauffeured wine tours from Pure Luxury Transportation, and preferred pricing on a ride from Sonoma Helicopter Tours.
Simply purchase a $30 ticket for access to all the wineries all across the Alexander, Dry Creek, and Russian River valleys. For lodging and other activities, simply mention “Wine Tourism Day” and receive discounts and special gifts.
Some of the hotels are extending the special through the entire weekend, too – and remember that Sunday is Mother’s Day. It could be the perfect gift for you and mom, since at the quaint, historic Vintage Towers Bed & Breakfast Inn of Cloverdale, for example, guests booking two nights on May 10 and 11 receive a 10% discount off room rates plus $25 off the inn’s signature five hour guided winery tour (regularly $199 per couple).
Check out the entire list here of deals here, and browse among some of our top picks:
Pure Luxury Transportation – As the premier partner with Wine Road, Pure Luxury is offering VIP preferred pricing with personalized chauffeur service, and a specially prepared Wine Road gift valued at more than $50 for each group. Please contact: Gina at 707-775-2920 or email@example.com.
Farmhouse Inn, Forestville – Enjoy 10% off all room rates May 9-11, 2014. 707-887-3300, farmhouseinn.com.
Sonoma Helicopter Tours – $265 for up to 3 people (total price, not per person!) for a minute ride followed by wine and cheese tasting at Clos Du Bois in Geyserville. sonomahelicopter.com.
Alexander Valley Vineyards – Be a wine club member for the day, and enjoy a complimentary estate or reserve tasting, plus save 10% on wine purchases. Complimentary cave and history tour at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
8644 Highway 128, Healdsburg, 707-433-7209 x116, avvwine.com.
Bella Vineyards and Wine Caves – Taste a special selection of wines in the wine caves, including a rare library sampling and a delectable food bite prepared by the estate chef. Members of the winemaking team will be on hand to give you the inside scoop on the old vine Zinfandel grapes growing above the cave. 9711 W. Dry Creek Rd., Healdsburg, 707-473-9171, bellawinery.com.
DeLoach Vineyards – Receive a complimentary Pizza & Wine Pairing including a flight of five wines and a slice of the pizza of the moment from the wood-fired oven. 1791 Olivet Rd., Santa Rosa, 707-755-3318, deloachvineyards.com.
Frick Winery – Discover this tiny estate winery off the beaten path. Meet owner/winemaker Bill Frick who started the winery in 1976 with proceeds from the sale of a 1957 Chevrolet. Taste rare Rhône wines grown on the estate, and receive a Frick wine glass for free. 23072 Walling Rd., Geyserville, 707-857-1980, frickwinery.com.
Mounts Family Winery – Tour the underground cellar in the 100 year old barn for a special selection of wines and artisan cheeses. Chat with the owners/winemaker and learn about the family’s 70 year history in Dry Creek Valley. 3901 Wine Creek Rd., Healdsburg, 707-292-8148, mountswinery.com.
Stephen & Walker – Enjoy a 25% discount on all wine purchases May 10 only, plus a complimentary Gold Medal tasting of 7 wines served with local artisan cheeses or hot pork sliders, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. 243 Healdsburg Ave., Healdsburg, 707-431-8749, trustwine.com.
For more information and tickets: wineroad.com.
Tip: Make Tourism Day a green day, by hiring a private limo or Town Car for door-to-door service. Pure Luxury Transportation is a leader in environmental responsibility. As members of Green Ride Global™, Pure Luxury has committed to GHG emissions reductions from all areas of the company’s business operations of 20 percent over the next 5 years.