The Best Wine Gift Experiences You Can Give

If you're thinking about giving a wine gift but don't want to give wine, this is a must-read gift guide.

Sometimes finding great wine gifts can be a chore. What do you buy for a wine enthusiast who already has all of the accessories she wants or needs? For seasoned wine drinkers, the experience of drinking the wine is what it’s all about, and many have learned that the best way to enhance that experience is to bring it outside of their living room.

Cloud 9 Living is a website designed to help you find local experiences around whatever subject moves you. Whether it’s the outdoors, foodie adventures, driving race cars, going to the spa—or learning about wine. They have a terrific selection of wine adventures on their site, but here are a few of our favorite wine gifts you could give to your favorite wino.

Choose between:

  1. Wine Country Tours: By Car or By Bike
  2. Wine Discovery at Home: San Francisco, Miami, and New York
  3. Wine Experience Gift Certificates in most major cities
  4. Not seeing the perfect wine gift in this list? Check out our Top 5 Wine Club Gifts List and Handpicked Wine Gift Baskets for more ideas

A Trip to Wine Country

Okay, so maybe you can’t afford the plane tickets and lodging as a gift, but at the very least you can buy a special tour for those who live within driving distance of or are already planning a trip to wine country.

Wine Country Tours by Car

Napa & Sonoma Wine Tour
Departing from San Francisco

Northern California: Great wine gift idea for the San Francisco Bay Area

Imagine setting it up so that your gift recipient gets picked up at their San Francisco hotel by a 13-person van with plenty of head and leg room, and then gets whisked off to up to half a dozen wineries in Napa or Sonoma (or both!) to experience a full day of wine tasting and the romance of wine country. Tours begin at $160 per person or $300 per couple, but don’t include the wine tasting fees (up to $20 per winery). Have friends? The more people you buy for, the cost per person goes down.



Private Jeep Tour in Santa Barbara Wine Country
Southern California: Great wine gift idea for the Santa Barbara, Los Angeles, and
San Luis Obispo areas

With hotel pick-up in Santa Barbara or the Santa Ynez/Solvang area, your giftee will start the day around 10am and get dropped off between 4pm and 5pm. The tour is exclusive to your select group (hooray!) and visits four of the region’s best wineries, with a gourmet picnic lunch at one of the vineyards. This wine region is best known for Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc, but produces a wonderful array of quality Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, and Rhone Varietals. Tours begin at $605 for four people and go up to $990 for seven people.



Woodinville Wine Experience
Pacific Northwest Region: Seattle, Washington

With downtown Seattle hotel pick-up and drop-off, this makes a great day drip for wine-loving travellers to or residents of the Seattle area. Led by a qualified wine guide, your recipient will travel in style and sample local meats and cheeses, as well as select Washington wines. All tasting fees and winery hosting are included. Tours are available Friday through Sunday and begin at 12:30pm until approximately 6pm. The tour will include up to 10 people. Starting at $160 per person or $305 per couple. Feel like splurging on someone? A private tour just for two costs $1095.



Willamette Valley Wine Trail Tour
Pacific Northwest Region: Portland, Oregon

Willamette (rhymes with Dammit) Valley is Oregon’s premier wine region, focussing on world-class Pinot Noirs and Sauvignon Blanc. This tour, which includes pick-up (around 8:30am in Portland) and drop-off in downtown Portland is ideal for wine-loving residents of visitors to the Portland area. Your gift recipient will travel in luxury to four premier wineries in Willamette Valley, where they will enjoy a local, seasonal lunch and snacks throughout the day. All wine tasting fees are included. The tour will include up to 10 people. Starting at $180 per person or $330 per couple. To take it up a notch, a private tour just for two costs $1125.

Wine Country Tours by Bike

Is your wine-loving gift recipient the active type? One of the best ways to discover wine country is on a bicycle. These are leisurely tours that visit 3 to 6 different wineries. Prices include lunch, bicycle rental, and a helmet, except where otherwise noted. None of the tours include tasting fees at the wineries (which can be as much as $20 per winery but are usually waived if a customer purchases a bottle of wine). Confused about buying wine while on a bike tour? There’s a support van that can lug your guest’s goodies (or even your giftee) back to the starting point!


Classic Napa Valley Bike Tour
Northern California: Great wine gift idea for the San Francisco, San Jose, Oakland, Sacramento, and Santa Rosa areas

Touring participants will visit four wineries in the incredibly-scenic Napa Valley, starting around 10am and finishing around 5pm. At the second or third stop, a gourmet picnic-style lunch will be served outdoors overlooking the vineyards. This tour tries to offer a balance of family-owned, boutique wineries and larger-production wineries, focussing on winery ambiance and the professionalism of tasting room staff. Tours are $189 per person or $349 per couple. Have friends? The more riders you buy for, the cost per person goes down.



Cycle IN the Vineyards Tour
Northern California: Great wine gift idea for the San Francisco, San Jose, Oakland, Sacramento, and Santa Rosa areas

Purchase the gift of a ride through the vines in the Carneros District of Napa Valley, near a national wildlife preserve in between stops at three different wineries. Starting around 10am and returning around 4pm, your giftee visit three wineries within 3 to 6 miles of each other and enjoy a catered deli-style lunch at one of the wineries. Tours begin at $209 per person or $389 per couple. Have friends? The more riders you send, the cost per person goes down.



Sonoma Valley Wine and Bike Tour
Northern California: Great wine gift idea for the San Francisco, San Jose, Oakland, Sacramento, and Santa Rosa areas

Starting around 9:30am and returning around 4pm, your guest will visit three wineries in Sonoma Valley within 3 to 6 miles of each other and enjoy a catered deli-style lunch at one of the wineries. Tours are $189 per person or $349 per couple. Have friends? The more riders you include, the cost per person goes down.



Santa Barbara Wine Country Cycling Tour
Southern California: Great wine gift idea for the Los Angeles and Santa Barbara areas

Starting around 9am in Santa Ynez and returning around 2pm, your guests will visit wineries in Santa Ynez Valley and then enjoy a gourmet picnic lunch. Wine tasting fees, food, and bike rental are all included in the cost. Tours are $499 for a group of 4. Details as to the number of wineries and miles travelled change for each tour because each gift is specifically attuned to the participants’ riding ability.



Wine Discovery at Home

San Francisco Bay Area Wine Gift

The Ultimate - Wine Tasting with a Master Sommelier! in San Francisco

There are only 167 Master Sommeliers in the world, and only five of them are women. But Catherine Fallis has earned this elite status through years of grueling hard work. Now you can send up to 4 giftees to spend two to four hours with Ms. Fallis, getting the most in-depth crash course in wine your recipients could ever imagine! 2-hour events start at $1530 and do NOT include the wine and spirits (which are determined during a phone consultation and will reflect your desired budget).

South Florida Wine Gift

Host a Private Wine Tasting Event in Miami-Dade & Broward County

Arrange for friends or family to enjoy a private event at someone’s home or the venue of your choice. There, your guests will experience up to six wines of their varietal choice with a professional sommelier, who will lead them through a wine-tasting experience based on their individual experience. This wine tasting gift begins with up to four people for $590, while a special Collector’s Corner version for 12 people costs $1635.

Want to make it a gift for two? A private wine tasting at your recipient’s home costs $510. Learn more

New York City & New Jersey Wine Gift

Wine Tasting Sail in New York - May through Mid-October

Your giftee will be able to sit back, relax, and sip wine while enjoying the views of the incredible Manhattan cityscape as they glide through the waters of the Hudson River. They will step aboard a classic 1929 sailing yacht and taste an assortment of fine wines in an intimate and sophisticated ambiance. As your guests cruise New York Harbor, wine experts will introduce them to a variety of wines picked from some of America's oldest and best known cellars. Your recipients will relax on a Sunday evening with sailing and sipping; the perfect cap to any weekend! Sail from $115 per person or $220 per couple, with up to 6 guests.



Can’t Decide? Let Them Decide!

Cloud9Living Food & Wine Experience Gift Certificate

Sometimes you don’t want to presume you know exactly which experience is going to make the best gift for your lucky recipient, so a gift card is the prudent way to go. Also, this lets your family or friends choose adventures in places they might be willing to travel to, instead of limiting them to only thinking about places that are accessible from their own city or town.

See all Food & Wine Gifts or Wine & Beer Experiences on Cloud9Living and pick your desired location.

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