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Address: 1275 4th St, #605, Santa Rosa, CA 95404-4057
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Nestled in the secluded hills and valleys of both Napa and Sonoma Counties,...

Nestled in the secluded hills and valleys of both Napa and Sonoma Counties, there exists some of the finest, small, family owned wineries in California. Let Behind The Gates Tours provide you with full access to these private, gated wineries. You’ll be hosted by the owners and winemakers as you taste their wines and listen to their stories, feel their passion, and gain unique insight into what it takes to produce world class wines.

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Napa wine tour

Our tour guide Ken rented a bus as we had 16 people! We toured 4 private boutique wineries. These wineries are by appointment only. It was a great tour although we prefer the... read more

Reviewed 5 August 2016
Avon, Indiana

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Avon, Indiana
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30 reviews
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Reviewed 5 August 2016

Our tour guide Ken rented a bus as we had 16 people! We toured 4 private boutique wineries. These wineries are by appointment only. It was a great tour although we prefer the warmth of the people in Sonoma, Dry Creek and Russian River. The wine was outstanding however! Highly recommend Behind the Gates Tours. We have been using Ken... More 

Thank jojovincent
Maple Grove
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14 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 July 2016 via mobile

I would highly recommend this tour. Ken is so knowledgeable and took us to fabulous wineries. The opportunity to visit with the owners/ winemakers in their winery is fabulous. The wines were excellent and people were so hospitable . Ken was the perfect host, providing bread and cheese for us throughout the tour. It was an unforgettable experience. We definitely... More 

Thank Julie B
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Reviewed 15 July 2016 via mobile

I highly recommend Ken to anyone looking to explore small family vineyards in Napa or Sonoma. He did a great job constructing an itinerary for us based on our wine preferences. He is very knowledgeable of the region and the industry. For first timers (us) it was a great way to explore the region in a worry free way. We... More 

Thank Rick C
Portland, Oregon
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6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 15 March 2016

Ken really showed us a great time. It was the highlight of our anniversary trip to Healdsburg. Behind the Gates definitely lives up to its name. We had a full day of great wine and met some fantastic owners one on one. The education was also fantastic. It is evident that our front row access is because all of these... More 

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Victoria, BC
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38 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 June 2015

Ken really gets you "behind the gates" to small, fantastic wineries that allow guests by appointment only. 2 of the 4 we visited the owner themselves poured our wine, 1 was in a cave and the only somewhat "commercial" vineyard had fantastic views, lovely poolside tastings and a charming sommelier. Ken provided a delicious assortment of meats, cheeses and even... More 

1 Thank Cheryl Lynn L
Lake Villa
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120 reviews
45 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 June 2015

Ken Macheras to four of us out on Monday, June 1 for a wine tasting. We ended up visiting 3 tasting rooms. Two of them were relatively small vineyards/wineries with very personable hosts. Not only did Ken listen to what we were saying as we drove to the first appointment, but he changed his original plan. We loved 2 of... More 

1 Thank Linda M
Chicago, Illinois
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 May 2015 via mobile

Behind the gates Ken is wonderful. From the time I inquired until I finally booked; he was informative, patient, and not pushy. Our travel plans were in flux and he was able to plan a great day with not much notice. He was flexible and never hinted he was inconvenienced with last minute additions. Our tour was Friday morning and... More 

2 Thank M J
Rocklin, California
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2 reviews
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Reviewed 22 January 2015

Our "Behind the Gates Tour" was a unique and great experience. Our tour guide, Margaret McIntyre, took twelve of us on this tour through the Russian River and Dry Creek Valley. We visited smaller, privately owned wineries where the owners or family members shared their love of winemaking with us. While we enjoyed all of the wineries my favorite was... More 

1 Thank Ernest P
Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, United States
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15 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 November 2014

Our group did a 1 day tour with Ken that took us to 4 vineyards. Ken was punctual, informative, and a great host. The vineyards we went to ranged from fairly new to well-established. They were all off of the beaten path, small production, and it is unlikely that we would have traveled to them without Ken as a guide.... More 

1 Thank Robert B
Pennsylvania, United States
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8 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 September 2014

Ken was referred to me by a friend who lives in San Francisco. I was not disappointed. Ken worked with me to tailor a day that appealed to the palates of my group. It was wonderful to have someone who knows the area and the local wineries. We were introduced to wines that we would have never found on our... More 

1 Thank Hilary F

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