Wine Tours for the discriminating palate

Wine Tours for the discriminating palate


A trip with Bill’s Tour is more than just a ride in the car, It’s a custom private adventure designed by you. We want to interact with our guests and help with planning. We can make recommendations on wineries, restaurants and hotels based on preferences, budget, or destination. The goal is to get you to places with which you may not be familiar and that you would like to see with car travel minimized whenever possible. Our trips may be focused on varietal or region with multiple day trips offering an opportunity to compare and contrast characteristics of different growing areas. Cooking classes, wine tasting seminars, olive oil tasting, and cheese tasting might all be included in any visit.
Bill’s Tour is based in Petaluma, centered in the country’s newest AVA (American Viticulture Area) part of the larger Sonoma Coast AVA. The city of Petaluma is slowly and deliberately growing into a destination while maintaining the small town ambiance with geographical limits on the size of the community. From here we can easily access wineries in Napa, Sonoma, or Russian River areas.

We service international airports in San Francisco, Oakland, and Sacramento in order to provide a complete transportation package, which might also include visits to local attractions. Muir Woods is a wonderful opportunity to see some very old redwood forests representative of habitats in previous eras. Point Reyes Seashore and Tomales Bay look very much like they did 50 years ago, with opportunities for cheese tasting, seafood, and stunning landscapes.

Petaluma is also home to the renowned Lagunitas Brewery. Tours and tastings are available regularly at the brewery, and the tap room offers seasonal and “one hitters” that do not make it into distribution. It is hard to quantify what it is that makes Lagunitas fans so brand loyal, but you can feel it in the tap room.


There is not really a “best time of year” to visit. While the harvest season is extremely popular, it is also the busiest. It is beautiful and fascinating, and at the same time, the most expensive and most difficult to get reservations at hotels, restaurants, and wineries. The harvesting demands in the vineyards and crush platforms claim the time of the growers and the winemakers. The early part of the year may present opportunities for acquiring the most recently released wines bottled in previous years and a visit with the winemaker in a more relaxed environment and really begin to discover the all-encompassing sense of Terroir.