We're Ralph & Lahni de Amicis and we personally drive private, custom, Napa & Sonoma Wine Toursin our SUVs for up to six (6) guests. We'd love to share the friendliest wineries with you, both on and off the beaten path, with their gorgeous views, picnic areas and of course, great wines.
We have no standard tours, each is unique and built around our guests. We know how to put multiple wineries together into an enjoyable day trip, choosing places based on your wine varietal preferences and interests. There are, after all, many reasons to visit wine country, not just the wine! Spectacular views, beautiful gardens, art collections, great gift shops, all add to the personalization of your wine country experience.
Wineries might require appointments, although many do not unless your group is larger. We are happy to make any necessary appointments to make sure the day flows perfectly, although most of the popular wineries don't require them.
We can also help with suggestions about where to stay and of course, where to dine! So let us plan a wine tour you will always remember!
To Book a Napa or Sonoma Wine Tour
or for more information
call Lahni at 707-235-2648
She is very friendly and loves to hear from you!
She can answer your questions and help you plan your visit.
Take the Ferry from San Francisco
If you start from San Francisco, you might enjoy taking the
ferry to Vallejo. We'll pick you up at the terminal and charge
our local rate! You will enjoy great views and the Cafe Bar on
board and we will get you back for the return trip!
Ask for the ferry schedule when booking
Our Rates:The standard in-season vehicle rate for our SUVs is $85 per hour (max 6ppl) We add a flat rate fuel surcharge that varies from $35-$50 depending upon point of origin and number of people.
An additional surcharge for San Francisco pick up may apply. Gratuities are always at your discretion.
Minimums: We have a 5 hour minimum on weekdays MON-THU, and 6 hours on weekends FRI, SAT, SUN and tours that originate outside of wine country (San Francisco, Windsor, Marin County, etc) always have a 6 hour minimum due to extra drive times.
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Tours include a gift copy of one of our tour books:
Napa & Sonoma; A Love Affair in Maps or Napa Navigator
Use the form at right to ask a question or reserve a date.
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Why do we know this area so well? We specialize in wine tours,choosing from 1000+ wineries, including both the famous labels and the small, off the beaten path vineyards. Most limo companies visit the same 5-10 places because it's easy. We also write tour Books(we include one as a gift), popular mobile Apps for iPhone, iPad and Android and we host a 'behind the scenes', local TV Show called Wine Country @Work. We drive the tours ourselves because we enjoy introducing Wine Country to our guests. But, because there are only two of us we have a limited number of appointments available, so please contact us right away to see if we have your dates available.
About Booking a Winery Tour
Surprisingly, there are many different reasons to visit wine country. When you book your wine tour please tell us what you are interested in. Every one of our tours are personalized to YOUR interests and all of our clients are unique. While we frequently work with last minute tours many of our clients book their trips well in advance so we can fine tune their itineraries via emails and phone calls.
Amicis Winery Tours 2014 Policies & Rates - SUVs
FEES: The standard vehicle rate is $85 per hour for parties of up to 6 people. We do add a fuel surcharge since fuel costs are so high. The surcharge is currently a flat rate of $35-$50 per day reserved depending on size of group and point of origin. Fuel charges are subject to change in relation to gasoline prices. We do not add hidden fees at the end of the tour such as service fees, PUC fees, taxes, etc. as many other carriers do. Some people like to give the driver a gratuity and while it is always appreciated, it is not expected.
MINIMUMS: We have a 5 hour minimum on weekdays (Mon - Thu) and a 6 hour minimum on weekends (Fri, Sat & Sun), holidays and on all tours originating out of the San Francisco, Calistoga or Healdsburg areas (although 8 hrs is more common for tours from these areas b/c of drive time back and forth to/from wine country). We have a 3 hrs minimum for dinner/events.
RESERVATION POLICY: We tour in SUVs for the ease and comfort of our clients. The fees will be charged at $85 per hour, with no surprise add-ons (license fees, tax, surcharges, etc) at the end of the day. Tasting Fees and the cost of meals are not normally included but can be arranged so as to include them in a flat rate billing. (see FEES)
For your convenience, you are welcome to change the card you actually use at the end of the tour. We take your card for confirmation because of our cancellation policy. YOUR RESPONSE IS REQUIRED: To reserve a date we need complete billing information including CC#, exp date, name on card, security code number (CSC), billing address, billing phone. We would also like a cell phone number to be used on the day of the tour. Email confirmations will be sent when the reservation is finalized by your returning the reservation email with your acceptance of the contract terms. This written acceptance, together with your typed or other electronic signature (matching name on credit card) is required within 24 hours of receipt of our reservation email. This signature and giving us your billing details denotes full agreement and acceptance of this entire contract agreement.
CANCELLATION POLICY: If you cancel this date prior to 14 days before the scheduled day of tour, there is no cancellation fee. Cancellations within the 14 day period before the date of the tour but before 5 days prior will be charged a $150.00 non-refundable cancellation fee on the card we have on file. Cancellations within the 5 days prior to the date of the tour will be charged for the full amount of time scheduled for the tour. Tours cancelled on the day of the tour may be charged an additional fuel charge if the driver has already left the garage. Open ended tours will be charged 5 hour minimum tour, or $425.00, 6 hour minimum for San Francisco pick up or $510.00 or the full amount of any special deal price to the card on file. If the driver has already left and is en route before the cancellation is received, an additional fuel surcharge will also apply.
TRANSLATION & SPEAKERS FEES: We offer translation services in Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, French and a bit of German at no additional charge when providing tour services for groups of 6 or fewer. We can also offer translation as a separate service. When translation only, not driving, is requested, the hourly fee is $45. We are also professional speakers and are knowledgeable about wine country. Fees for speaking services can range from $500 - $2,500 per event, depending upon the size of group, location, topic and venue as well as the length of the assignment. Please phone for customized pricing.
LIABILITY: The client is responsible for his/her guests in every regard to this agreement. Client assumes full financial responsibility for any damage to our vehicle or property caused by client or party whether by accident, neglect or intent. Excessive cleaning fee for any vomit/bodily fluids is $500 plus loss of revenue. Client assumes responsibility for overtime fees and authorizes credit card charges to be made for these costs or any others due and not collected at the end of the tour. Amicis Tours assumes no responsibility for items left in the vehicle at any time. Driver may terminate the charter without refund should they deem client or party unruly or violating safe operation of the vehicle. Amicis Tours assumes no responsibility for illegal acts of client during rental. Amicis Tours cannot be held responsible for delays or inconvenience due to traffic, unforeseen mechanical failures or situations deemed an ""Act of God"".
BILLING: All fees are processed through: AMICIS WINERY TOURS or Ralph de Amicis.
Call 707-235-2648 for Amicis Winery Tours, Books, Apps & TV Shows Copyright Ralph & Lahni de Amicis 2014 All tasting fees, hours, wine lists, etc noted here are subject to change without notice