Wine tours have been popular for as long as Napa Valley has existed. More recently, beer tours are becoming very popular as well. Most alcohol imbibers are from one camp or the other; either they love the wine and dislike the beer, or they love beer and dislike wine. Either way, there are tours to make both kinds of drinkers happy. There are also all kinds of transportation modes on these tours. Here are some of the smartest and best ways to travel when sampling either wine from vineyards or beer from breweries.
The Touring Party Bus
More popular with the beer crowd, this is a tour bus that is also a party. Music plays, people enjoy beer. Stops at breweries nearby for full tours, samples of the brews, and purchases of product at the end of the brewery tours are included. The tours are anywhere from two to four hours long, depending on how many breweries are toured and how long the party bus owner allows the party to go.
The Black Car/Limo Service for Vineyards
These tours are a little more upscale, but you can invite and include as many friends with you as you can fit inside the black car or stretch limo. The tour will take you to at least two vineyards and up to six vineyards if you want to make it an all-day thing. You can enjoy the tours of the wineries and vineyard grounds and sample wines. If you find a wine you like, you can purchase a bottle, six bottles, a dozen bottles, or a case, and it will all fit in the back of the black car/limo in which you are riding.
The Hot Air Balloon Rides
At least one wine tour company shakes things up a bit with a hot air balloon ride over wine country. You are free to sample and imbibe wines from each of the vineyards over which the balloon drifts on high while the pilot of the balloon relates interesting facts about each of the vineyards. People love the views of the vineyards from the air, as it gives a very impressive look at how vast some vineyards are and how many grapes are grown to produce bottles of wine each year.
Horse and Carriage or Stagecoach for Brewery Tours
When there are several breweries all located in one area, horses and carriages or stagecoaches come out to take people around in style. It is a very "Old West" or "Old Country" sort of thing to do. Rides are limited to the number of passengers that can fit in the carriage or stagecoach and typically depart every hour or so.
To learn more about these and other options, contact a local company like Top Shelf Transportation, LLC.