There’s nothing quite like driving the back roads of California’s wine regions and sampling local wines at the source. Tasting rooms are now concentrated in cities, towns, and communities, creating often pedestrian- and bike-friendly wine trails with an appeal all their own.
Urban wineries and wine trails
Santa Barbara urban wine trail: Choose from more than two dozen wineries, most within walking distance from downtown and the beach, dotting the wine trail in this inviting oceanfront city.
San Francisco wineries: Interested in making your own wine? Go to Dogpatch Wine Works, which sources grapes from a variety of regions’ vineyards, but makes wine in this industrial-neighborhood cellar. You can even get hands-on. Book a time and you can make your own handcrafted wine to take home.
Downtown Napa Tasting Rooms: Over the past few years, the city of Napa has invested millions in making its downtown core gleam with gourmet markets, outstanding restaurants, a pretty-for-strolling riverfront, and plenty of places to sample the region’s world-class wines. Walk the downtown grid of streets to enjoy outdoor art and dip into a variety of tasting rooms.
Tasting rooms in Murphys: Known during the Gold Rush as a spot for some of California's richest gold finds, this Sierra foothills town has grown into a winery-rich destination with an Old West feel.