Wine Country doesn’t get more real than Sonoma County, whose rich soils mark the birthplace of California’s wine industry. It’s also the closest wine region to San Francisco, just 45 miles North of the Golden Gate Bridge. Cradled between the Mayacamas and the Sonoma Mountain ranges, Sonoma County encompasses a rolling patchwork of vineyards, quaint farms and 13,000 acres of scenic parkland. In the center of town, the eight-acre Sonoma Plaza is a National Historic Landmark, strewn with sprawling shade trees and bordered by carefully preserved adobe buildings. Up the road in Glen Ellen, author and bohemian adventurer Jack London lived and wrote at his pristine Beauty Ranch, now an 800-acre state historic park. WCD is proud to offer the best of the best when it comes to event planning in Sonoma County.
2016 WCD OFFERINGS
Private Wine Excursions
After many years of living in the Wine Country we have developed amazing connections and no one can get you exclusive access like we can.
Our usual day of wine tasting consists of 3 hand selected wineries, often not open to the public. Group sizes can vary from 2 to 30, depending on the wineries visited and experience desired. For larger groups we offer multiple locations.
Horseback Through the Vineyards
Feel like you are stepping back in time as a vineyard rancher from the good ol’ days. Our riding expert will ensure you a safe fun experience as he selects the right horse to the right personality. Your ride will include a bit of viticulture education as you tour through the vines as well.
After your journey through the vineyards, enjoy a glass of wine with some delectable pairings from the local property.
Farm to Table Experiences
Sonoma County isn’t just known for their incredible grapes, this land is truly an amazing agricultural area where you can literally grow anything. With the return to focus on sustainability and biodynamics, organic gardens are becoming direct suppliers to restaurants and farmers markets up here.
Take a tour and learn what it takes to grow such healthy and vibrant produce and livestock as you tour the farms and taste for yourself.
Private Chefs & Cooking Classes
With all the culinary magic that Sonoma County has to offer, you are sure to want to get your hands wet with our many options with private cooking classes. Varying from private residences to the Ramekins, there is sure to be a great fit for your adventure palate.
If hands on is not your cup of tea, then we also offer private chefs to come to your accommodations and put on a show just for you and your guests as they whip up local ingredients into a culinary delight.
Luxury Hotel s & Villa Rentals
The level of luxurious accommodations that Sonoma County has to offer is hard to match. From beautiful boutique hotels to an assortment of private villas, there is sure to be a fit that will make you feel like a king or queen.
Booking through WCD usually allows for special upgrades, hotel credits and welcome packages. Just let us know your tastes and we’ll find the right fit for you.
The reason that cuisine is so amazing in Sonoma is that you can virtually grow anything here. With this Mediterranean climate, the variety and quality of produce is truly amazing and attracts the best chefs from around the world.
With multiple Michelin Star rated restaurants, Sonoma is sure to please even the most sophisticated palates. Allow us to be your guide in this culinary adventure, securing reservations at the top restaurants.
With all the beautiful country back-roads and amazing views, Sonoma County is a bikers paradise. Our professional guides will provide support for you on this journey as you bike from winery to winery, soaking in the beauty and California sun along the way.
Support vehicles are there to help if any instance arises. Biking distance to each winery is approximately 8 to 10 miles.
Audi Driving Experience
We speak from personal experience when we say this is one of the most exciting adventures we are proud to offer at WCD. Your day will consist of professional driving instruction with maximum time in the paddock and track. Audi has also recently upgraded their fleet of R8’s to the V-10 525 horsepower models which are guaranteed to make you smile just from the acceleration g-force alone.
A gourmet lunch is also served during lunch in the Audi Lounge and in-car videos of the day are available as well to have proof of who was faster at the end of the day.
Hot Air Ballooning
The most peaceful way to see Sonoma County from above. Float high over the vineyards and enjoy the beauty of this wonderful appellation. This is a great way to start a day of wine tasting as times are only available in the early morning.
In order to beat the winds of the later day, ballooners must awake early to make the 6:30 arrival time for the experience. A champagne toast & bunch is served upon the flights landing.
Zip Lining in the Sonoma Redwoods
Enjoy a unique course that features a zip-line over 800 feet long. Walk sky bridges high in the air. Marvel at panoramic forest views and deep ravines. Discover the world-famous California Coastal Redwoods in a way you never imagined. Sonoma Canopy Tours. It’s high adventure that’s green, family-friendly and educational.
This trip is an ideal start for the day for those staying in Sonoma County.
The creativity, athleticism, discipline and glamour of Circus Arts has come to the forefront of society today. The theatrics of Cirque du Soleil and Cirque Éloize have complimented the traditional aspects of travelling American Circuses, while astounding physical feats shown through foreign Circuses like the Peking Acrobats and the Moscow Circus remind us of our incredible potential.
From individuals to groups and team building events, this high flying adventure is sure to be the subject of conversation for years to come.
Painting in the Vineyards
The activity begins with an introduction and demonstration by an art teacher and an opportunity to practice with the materials. Each person will take their own set of watercolor pencils (a much simpler way to create watercolor paintings), sketch pad of watercolor paper, water brush, and find views to sketch that appeal to them. Each person can work on as many or as few pieces as they choose.
Each person will leave the workshop with not only the sketch paintings they have already created, but their own complete set of materials, so they can continue sketching on the rest of their trip and after they return home.
Golf Outings & Lessons
Not only is the land in Sonoma perfect for growing grapes, but it’s also an ideal setting for working on your handicap. The courses around this region a truly incredible and definitely worth taking an afternoon to experience.
Private lessons are also available upon request. Also, courses not open to the public are not a problem for WCD, we’ll get you in, you just worry about fixing your slice.
Winery & Historic Segway Tours
You’ve seen them in the mall and on TV, but take it from us, if you’ve never ridden a Segway, you’re in for a treat. Once you get on and in the grove of this balance defying machine, you will be sure to have an amazing day.
A local guide will take you on a historic journey of Sonoma Valley as you stop off at various select wineries to taste the beauty that is growing all around you.
African Safari in Wine Country
No need to go all the way to Africa to experience this wild safari. Here you’ll find the spirit of Africa in the heart of wine country this 400 acre private preserve. Climb aboard the 10 passenger off road vehicles as your safari guide brings you through this beautiful land full of water buffalo, zebras, giraffes and more!
Get up close with cheetahs and stroll through the exotic bird preserve, or watch the lemurs jumping around. Also, wake up with the sounds of the savannah echoing in your dreams with available tent and cottage accommodations.
Luxury Spa Packages
It’s no question that Sonoma County offers some of the best spa experiences in the world. The level of luxury that the hotels and accommodations in the area offer is accentuated by the unique and relaxing experiences of their spas.
From mud baths to couples massage to grape seed facials, there is sure to be the right fit for that soothing experience you soul desires.
With multiple small airports in the area, there are plenty of lift off points to see birds eye view of Sonoma County. Our experienced pilots will guide you on this adventure as they point out places of interest along the journey.
Planes vary from vintage aircraft, to more modern versions. Stunt experiences are also available, but he highly recommend doing this before lunch.
Push off on this aqueous adventure as you float along scenic beauty of local rivers and tidal bays. A truly relaxing experience allows for a full immersion into nature and it’s serenity.
Guided tours are available. A new addition to this list is the Bio-Luminescence tour where you will depart for an evening adventure under the stars above and the glitter of glowing algae blooms below. It’s a truly out of this world experience.
Wine Blending Seminars
Did you know that most wines that you’re drinking at your dinner table are actually blends of multiple varietals? Our wine blending seminars will teach you the dynamics of how the pros sit down and hash out their final elixirs.
These seminars are great for team building or couples wanting to add some diversity to their day of wine tasting. We at WCD feel that wine education is an integral part of what we offer and highly recommend this experience.
Access to Private Art Installations
What is fine wine without fine art? Sonoma County has some incredible art exhibits that are often located at wineries. Sip a glass of cab as you indulge the sense of sight at this world class installations.
We offer private guided tours, to get you deeper into the mind of the artists and away from the crowds.
Private Luxury Transportation
From luxury sedans to 50 passenger coaches, we have all your transportation needs covered. Here are some examples vehicles we offer:
Tesla Model S
Bentley Flying Spur
10 Passenger Limo
15 Passenger Stretch Limo
40 Person Luxury Coach
and many more options...
Meeting professionals rely on WCD as the premiere local DMC with an insight into unparalleled options to assist them to create the perfect program. Our experienced and qualified planners are confident and recognized as experts in the area.
From team building activities and adventures, to private group wine tastings and specialty dinners at unique venues, we will ensure your company gains a productive and stellar experience while meeting your objectives.