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“Private Driver-Classy and Knowledgeable!”

Healdsburg Area Winery Tours
Ranked #14 of 27 Tours in Healdsburg
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Owner description: Private six hour wine tours for 2-6 traveling together are customized to client wine preferences & destination interests-- or leave the choices to us as knowledgeable guides.
Mount Vernon, Texas
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6 reviews
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“Private Driver-Classy and Knowledgeable!”
Reviewed 22 November 2013

We have used Gene as our driver four times now and have had a wonderful day each time. He is professional, knowledgeable, and first class all the way. He is great for experienced "wine-ers" as well as the novice. The best part is that you tell him what your goal is for the day and he will make it happen! Even if you're not sure, he has ample suggestions and is very experienced. Reliable, honest, and trustworthy. Gene is the best!

Visited November 2013
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Alexandria, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“Memorable trip”
Reviewed 22 November 2013

This is BY FAR the best deal you can find. I inquired with a few different chauffeured services. No one else came close to this affordable price. No, you're not riding around in a limo, but my main concern was finding someone who would drive us around the area without having to worry about drinking and driving. Gene and his wife run this company on their own so it really is first come, first serve. I booked about a month or two in advance with no problem. I hear he books up quickly though with returning customers. Everything was great. I'm sort of a planner and had a few select wineries I wanted to hit. Along with Gene, together we came up with our schedule for the day. He was prompt on time and we were off. He walked us into each place and made sure we were attended to. Depending on how much time you spend at each place, probably depends on how many wineries you can fit in. You are never rushed though. Robert Young winery was wonderful and the man there even took us on our own tour of their caves. Gene had our lunch ready for us when we were done and we ate at one of their tables. He took some pictures for us as well, and he seemed to know all of the good spots. By the end of the day we were close to our 4 pm drop off time, but Gene was nice enough to say he would wait around if we wanted to visit one more winery. Unfortunately, I was done for the day, but the offer was very nice. Through out the day he provided cold water and was always asking if the temperature in the car was good. I highly recommend him.

Visited November 2013
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Reading, Pennsylvania
1 review
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“A Great Day!”
Reviewed 10 November 2013

My husband and I had a tour with Gene and had a wonderful time! We are wine novices and let Gene "take the reigns" when planning the tour. We had time to visit 6 wineries throughout the day, and it was evident that it was important to Gene that we enjoy ourselves! Highly recommended!

Visited November 2013
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toronto
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91 reviews
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“Professional, relaxing and well worth the expense”
Reviewed 28 October 2013

Gene the owner of Healdsburg Winery Tours is very professional, friendly, knowledgeable and a good driver. With a comfortable car. It was a very relaxing experience spending the day with Gene. After deciding that we were most interested in visiting wineries known for their Pinot Noirs, Gene took us through beautiful countryside and down very windy narrow roads to six wineries, Merry Edwards our favourite, Dutton Goldfield, Hanna Russian River,Lynman, Harford Family and finally Korbel where we had a delicious and reasonab ly priced deli lunch. Each of these wineries also had Chardonnays and different white wines, not just red wines. Gene never pressured us to buy any wine or do more testing than we had wanted. We found him to be well respected by all the vintners at the different wineries. If you do nothing else on your trip to Healdsburg, book Gene, you will get the most out of your day and will not have to worry about drinking and driving or finding your way to different wineries. The cost was $100 per person but one also has to pay for the wine tastings at the different wineries, although thanks in part to Gene, we did not pay for one testing but did buy wine at two different wineries.

Visited October 2013
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Florida
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“An Excellent Experience”
Reviewed 12 October 2013

We had a wonderful day with Gene in Sonoma. He was wonderful to work with, and answered all emails promptly as we were planning the details of our tour. He had so many great recommendations based on our specific criteria. I originally found Gene from an article that Sonoma county did about tour guides, and he certainly lived up to our expectations.

During our day we visited Schug, Gloria Ferrer, Jacuzzi, Domain Carneros & Artesa. Gene was happy to let us take our time at each place, and did not mind that we finished the day later that originally expected.

He is by far the most reasonably priced private driver in the area, and likely one of the most knowledgeable as he has lived in Sonoma since the mid 1970's.

I highly recommend a tour with Gene-- just be sure to reserve your spot early, as he books up weeks in advance (I tried to reserve a second day with him, but he was already booked up a couple months prior).

Visited October 2013
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