LET’S GO OFF THE BEATEN PATH
Bohemian Highway Travel Company leverages its relationships with local vintners and other makers to unlock intimate experiences across the region. On our tours you might find yourself barrel-tasting with a second-generation winemaker, climbing aboard an ATV to sip wines atop a mountain, or picking fresh produce for your own lunch. We’re constantly adding adventures to our playbook. Here are some current experiences to get you started.
HAY BALES, HANDSHAKE DEALS & PICK-UP TRUCKS
We’ll take you off the main highway, traveling down pothole-filled roads in Napa, Sonoma, or Healdsburg to meet some longtime locals who’ve been quietly growing grapes and making wine for generations. These rustically picturesque areas offer smaller, unpretentious tasting rooms that showcase excellent wines as well as delicious farm-to-table grub amid spectacular scenery of eucalyptus groves and rolling hills. And many of these family operations are ground-zero for sustainable winemaking practices, ensuring that our wine country stays green in every sense of the word.
PRODUCE, PINOT AND, QUITE POSSIBLY, PIGS
Before it became world-renowned for its vineyards, California’s wine country was home to sprawling ranches and farms. Today this agricultural legacy is evident in a new generation of sustainable farmers, many of whom deliver the provisions that make this region the farm-to-table capital of the world. We’ll take you on a chef’s tour of several Healdsburg family properties that are leading the way with organic, sustainable, and even biodynamic practices. You’ll have a chance to get your own hands dirty by picking or digging a basket of fresh produce to take home, and maybe even acquiring a few tips for your own vegetable garden. Then we’ll stop for lunch at a favorite locals’ restaurant to experience how delicious home-grown can be.
Sonoma isn’t just about rolling hills of vineyards. Go west, young man (or woman) and discover the wilder side of West Sonoma County. We’ll show you forests of majestic redwoods, the winding Russian River, and whiffs of salty sea air. Spend the morning zip-lining or hiking under the towering redwoods of Armstrong State Park. Then settle down to shuck some glistening oysters and enjoy lunch riverside as you sample local craft brews.
CALL OF THE WILD
“You can't wait for inspiration,” wrote Jack London. “You have to go after it with a club.” A pioneer in the world of commercial magazine fiction, London was also a wildly popular novelist and social activist. He was one of the first writers to become a worldwide celebrity and earn a large fortune from penning such titles as Call of the Wild, The Sea Wolf, and John Barleycorn. And he was a beloved hometown hero right here in the Valley of the Moon. His Beauty Ranch and the ruins of his dream home, Wolf House, are now surrounded by the 1,400 acres of Jack London State Historic Park.
Begin your day by choosing from either a hike or horseback ride in the park, followed by a picnic or box lunch within the historic ruins of Wolf House. From there we’ll head out to explore the quaint town of Glen Ellen, a little-known AVA with wineries that offer intimate and unpretentious tasting rooms.
BEHIND CLOSED DOORS
Weekend wine-tasting can be an exercise in crowd survival – but it doesn’t have to be. We’ll take you “far from the madding crowd” to spend a day in Napa, Sonoma, or Healdsburg visiting exclusive boutique and family wineries that are leaders in the green viticulture movement and don’t normally open their doors to the general public. This high-end experience will show you the heart and soul of a sustainable winery – where the wine is actually produced, aged, and bottled. Sip with a winemaker. Talk with a vineyard manager. Get an insider’s peek at some up-and-coming wine brands that have yet to break into the mainstream.
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