/ DeDe R
Syd was the best. It was the best experience I ever had visiting the wineries. Syd recommended the wineries to visit based on our preference of wines and he hit it out of the ball park. The exceptional service from the wineries treated us like VIPs.
Unique Personalized Wine Tour
/ Katherine S
The absolute best part of our wine tasting experience with Healdsburg Wine Tours was the personalization of our tastings. Sid was responsive and professional from the moment I contacted him and throughout the entire day of our wine tasting. I had wanted "off the beaten path" wineries and Sid delivered four very different stops that went above and beyond my expectations. It was a fantastic and memorable day. I highly recommend working with Healdsburg Wine Tours and Sid - you will not be disappointed!
We have had the pleasure of Sid's amazing service for many years. If you are thinking about a guided wine tour I could not recommend anyone more. The service, special touches and the details he encapsulates in the experience is second to none. I introduced my sister and husband to this one of a kind wine tour experience and they could not believe the personal experience with the wineries and the service Sid provided. This will not be the last time and we intend to refer as many people as possible for this experience.
Splurge But Worth It
/ Joshua T
This was something I’d never done in Wine Country before. It never occurred to me but the wisdom became readily apparent after two stops. One-someone else is driving and you are there to taste, if not outright, drink wine. Car was roomy, comfortable and well driven. Two-The tastings were arranged in advance and we were expected at the wineries with personalized service as opposed to the trough style at so many places.
A fantastic day. Go splurge.
Healdsburg Wine Tour is the epitome of service and ethical business practice.
Healdsburg Wine Tour is the epitome of service and ethical business practice. I booked a tour as a last minute present to my husband, giving Sid only five days to arrange a plan for an eight-person wine tasting day. He called me minutes after I emailed him the initial request and immediately took all of the planning worries off my plate. We were so excited! BUT THEN, Mother Nature and PG&E threw us a curveball. Power outages cause local schools to close, which meant childcare became a problem. When I asked Sid if cancelation was a possibility he was completely understanding and assured me that he would refund the deposit. When fire stuck the county two days later, causing mandatory evacuations throughout the town of Healdsburg, Sid emailed me to be sure my family and I were ok. I have not yet met Sid in person, nor have I experienced a wine tour he arranged, but I can tell you that Sid is a professional who CARES. Knowing this, along with reading the glowing reviews from people who did get to experience the wine tour, makes me sure I will be rebooking.
Sid arranged four personalized wine tours/tastings for us. The wines and the graciousness of our hosts was fabulous and we learned so much about wine and its production! Sid was great- a true gentleman and so knowledgeable about Sonoma. We had a memorable day and will call on Sid when we return to Sonoma. Thank you, Sid!
Makes touring Sonoma easy and customized!
/ Jordan Reddout
Sid took us to three different wine experiences that were all interesting and beautiful. I say "wine experiences" and not "wineries" because the very first location of the day was the private home of a family of wine makers and consultants. We had a delicious tasting with a small food pairing and were gifted one of the bottles we had sampled at the end! We went to two additional wineries where we were given private tastings (with food pairings) and tours. At every location, there was no pressure to buy wine. (And all the tastings were included in the cost of the tour.) We also had a really nice picnic lunch that Sid picked up for us (we had to order and pay for that separately). Bottom line, if you're looking for someone to take care of every detail for you, this is the tour to take. It's not cheap, but you're paying for a top-notch concierge service, transportation, and access to wine experiences that wouldn't be available otherwise.
A fine day!
Spent the better part of a day with Jonathan, A wonderful guide and host. Customized the stops to our tastes. A must do if in Healdsburg! Thanks Jonathan! A lovely excursion.
Healdsburg wine walk and food pairing
/ Jan woliver
This was hands down the BEST thing I have ever done. We went to many boutique tastings and each one was awesome. Big shout out to Stephen and Walker wines. Marketing and wines were exquisite. Also a new wine was Rockpile. MUST do this trip guys. Super big shout out to Harold Jones for finding these places.
Intimate experiences and great service
Based upon the great online reviews, we contacted Sid only two days before we wanted to tour. It was right before Christmas so we suspected it was way too late. But, Sid came through. He not only planned visits to wineries and wine makers we had never heard of but he arranged for us to get a take-out lunch Our first visit involved sitting around the dining room table of the winemaker (deemed by the San Francisco Chronicle as an "up and coming" winemaker to watch) and his father (a renowned international wine consultant) as we tasted their wines and learned about their wine-making journey. Each visit involved the full attention of winery staff, as well as nibble with the wine. It was so easy and worth every penny.
20th Anniversary Celebration!
We had Sid Sadeghian as our tour extraordinaire! He was fantastic! He constructed a wonderful itinerary for us which exceeded our expectations. We had a great deal of dialogue beforehand about our desires and he knocked it out of the park.
We were warmly welcomed at each of our stops and many of them had special tasting menus created with our names commemorating our anniversary.
Sid was very courteous and handled our wine and our day with care.
We'll definitely use Sid again and recommend to all of our friends!
Wine and Dear Friends
/ kristi l
If you are considering a day in Sonoma, you must consider scheduling Sid. Having never been to the wine country, I expected big name wineries with large tasting rooms and even larger crowds. Not even close. Sid took my four friends and me to small, intimate, artisanal winemakers where we were the only “tasters.” We heard wonderful histories and learned fascinating details about the industry. Later, driving by the larger, “open to the public”, packed tasting rooms, we were even more happy to have gone with Sid. Don’t even think about it, just schedule.
Trust Sid – He knows the wines, the wineries and the wine makers! He gave us a truly once in a life time experience.
/ Lorri Z
Sid was an amazingly understated gentleman who knows the area, the wines, the wineries and wine makers. It was an amazing day. He had us order our lunches in advance so that no time would be wasted waiting in lines and he knew exactly where to sit for the best views.
The best wine tasting experience I have ever had (and there have been a lot)
/ trippy l
Sid was fantastic. Charming man. There was no pressure. When one of the wineries I wanted to go to fell through, Sid found the most fantastic winery (Palmeri) and we had an incredible time there.
Often we we go on wine tasting tours, the driver pressures us to get moving and keep an agenda. Sid let us do our own thing. He was just great. Oh and the price was incredible as well. I not only plan to use him again but, am emailing his information to my son's fraternity so they can pass on the information to the parents!
Insider Wine Touring Makes for Perfect Day
Having toured the area on several previous occasions, our party thought it would not only be practical and safe to have a driver for a day of winery visits but we were open to having Healdsburg Wine Tours set our itinerary. Sid was our driver and we were immediately comfortable with his driving, personality and knowledge. We visited four vineyards including a lunchtime picnic. The selections were outstanding and we felt that we were exposed to small vineyards that weren't on our radar. Each one was unique, interesting and focused on different grapes and styles. Our Jimtown picnic lunches were delicious and we simply could not have had a better experience!
Best day ever
We found Healdsburg Wine Tours on Trip Advisor. Like everyone else, we are so thankful we did. Sid was great to work with in setting up our tour. We gave him a little information about our trip - wines we enjoyed and that we were taking our adult daughter to wine country as a graduation gift. He arranged for a terrific day with the wineries we visited all acknowledging our daughter’s achievement in different ways - very special. He also paired us with wineries based on what he had learned from our background information and did a great job.
Sid also was great in letting us know what to expect, what was expected of us, etc. It made for a stress free and enjoyable day.
We had gone to larger wineries our first day in Napa. Sid then took us to smaller, family producers the next. You should do both to appreciate the hospitality and personal touch of the smaller folks. Never rushed - just great wine and conversation. We could never have pulled this off ourselves. It was all thanks to Sid. We could not recommend him and his company any higher unless TA would let us give 6 owl eyes!
Top tour and top bloke!
Looking into different wine tours we realised many had starting points to meet at, which we wondered how we’d get safely back from after wine tasting?! Healdsburg Wine Tours and Sid were recommended to us by our hosts and we were so glad they did! Sid picks you up and drops you back off at your place and he gave us such a wonderful day! We let them choose the wineries and they were all so special and different it was fun to discuss how unique each was. Also, each winery was expecting us and had special areas set up just for us, and tasting cards with all our names on - we felt like VIP guests, but no pressure to buy - even though we did! Sid is always quietly in the background to ensure all goes well, making sure everything goes smoothly. And we also need to mention the picnic from Jimtown was delicious and eating within one of these winery grounds was beautiful! Thank you to Healdsburg Wine Tours and a special thanks to Sid for giving us such wonderful memories,
Touring Wine Country? Leave the Driving to Sid!
For our first trip to California wine country, my wife and I agreed to have an experienced driver show us the scene. After reading the rave reviews of Healdsburg Wine Tours, we booked a private tour with confidence. Two weeks before the date we received a proposed itinerary from Sid Sadeghian, who patiently answered my subsequent questions and tweaked our plan to include a favored varietal. The tour began outside our B&B, where we met Sid and cruised off towards our first winery. Thanks to Sid, we received a more personal - and personalized - experience with the region's wine sellers and makers than would have been possible on our own. We sampled wines from the Russian River Valley, Alexander Valley and Dry Creek Valley AVAs, as well as a private tasting at the residence of family winemakers. The latter was the perfect gesture to top off an insightful tour of the wineries of Sonoma County.
We were in Healdsburg with my parents for a weekend of wine tasting and had debated getting a driver. We made the right decision with Sid! Everyone was perfect-better than perfect really! He found us 4 spectacular winery’s...even a couple we would not have access to ourselves! His service was impeccable...very friendly, knowledgeable, professional and fun. We’ve had drivers before that basically join our group which we don’t love because it takes away from the experience with our friends/family. Sid knew exactly when/how to be involved and when to let us enjoy the company of the family we were traveling with. I strongly recommend this company, and Sid, to anyone considering! You will not be disappointed! We will be contacting him next time we are in Sonoma for sure!
/ Kris L
Sid did an amazing job. We saw a variety of wineries we would have never found in our own. He made sure beforehand that he was ready to meet all of our expectations. Highly recommend.
All around phenomenal!
/ Jeremy B
Sid was the best guide/driver imaginable! He was knowledgeable, incredibly professional, and a true pleasure to work with. We were treated to a tasting at family winery, an intimate experience we will never forget.
There are no words to describe the experience we had.
First, the logistics. Booking the tour, getting the itinerary, arranging pick-up, etc. was simple and easy. The car was comfortable and the ride was smooth.
Sid is FANTASTIC. He set up an incredible itinerary. He is knowledgeable, friendly, and was a true gentleman.
The wineries that were chosen could not have been better. Each stop was unique and BEAUTIFUL. We learned SO much from the amazing wine makers. They all had different, but compelling stories of how they make their wine and why they make their wine. It was like a wine tasting/making master course rolled into one romantic journey.
The food and location for lunch could not have been more romantic.
This was an amazing way to celebrate our 20th anniversary. I cannot recommend this tour more.
Greatest experience ever
Thank you Sid for a great day, excellent choices, you are the BEST, we couldn't of asked for anything better, the last vineyard, JudgePalmer was amazing
You never cease to amaze us
Teresa/ Tim//Rusty& Dianne
/ Leslie D
We meet up with Sid and had a fantastic day visiting wineries. Before our trip he asked what we liked and made some very thoughtful suggestions. The wineries that he paired us up with and took us to visit were perfect for us.
Sid is very conscientious , thoughtful and knowledgeable. We would have had a beautiful day just visiting with Sid the whole time...but it was made even more special by his expertise in choosing places for us to visit where the people were amazing and the wine tasting superb.
A RICH TOUR EXPERIENCE
/ RAYMOND C
Healdsburg Wine Tour, specifically Sid Sadeghian, was outstanding in every respect. Sid provided a well-crafted itinerary in advance and interacted with us to ensure the fullest experience. At every turn, Sid looked for opportunities to focus our valuable time on the wine touring experience, the very best, small wineries and ensured private wine tastings that provided valuable information and were extremely educational, The tour Sid designed was chocked full of vineyards and wineries that that most people don't get the opportunity to visit, where the wine makers and managers honed in on the differences between the grapes, the wines, how they're made, and the process of tasting the wines. The Healdsburg Wine Tour process was flexible, considerate, and customizable, and addressed our interests completely. We will definitely return to Sonoma and Healdsburg Wine Tour, and place ourselves in Sid's experienced hands!
SPECTACULAR DAY IN WINE COUNTRY
/ CHRISTINA LOWRY
Sid was a truly unique and wonderful host/tour guide! He is incredibly knowledgeable about the area and seems to know and be loved by everyone. We requested Sid set our agenda and I was so glad he did! We had such exclusive and intimate tastings, I could not imagine a better tour! Thank you very much to Healdsburg Wine Tour for a fantastic Saturday.
PERFECT WAY TO ENJOY WINE COUNTRY
/ ALISON B
My husband & I took a trip to wine country for our anniversary. A few friends who had been before me suggested a tour was the way to go. Sid did not disappoint. He was very friendly and knowledgeable about the region. He selected great wineries for us to visit that we would have never found on our own. I could not have planned anything that compared to the wonderful day we had. Highly recommend!
Sid did an amazing job! He picked us up in Napa and brought us to 3 Healdsburg wineries (Palmeri, Lambert Bridge, and Williams Selyem). He had more planned for us but we ran out of time. The drive was beautiful, our experience at each winery was personalized and in a quaint setting, and we learned a lot from the staff/wine-makers. Highly recommend!!
FIRST CLASS EXPERIENCE
/ BILL S
Our day of visiting wineries with Sid was truly a first class experience. I contacted Sid only a week before our visit to Healdsburg, and he put together a customized day for the two of us. This was definitely more than simply being driven to tasting rooms. He contacted each winery in advance and set up our visits. We began with a private tasting in noted vintner's home (where we had a great chat with the wife of the vitner), then moved on to a series of private tastings, including one winery that normally has a wait list for visits. We felt very pampered. Sid knows his stuff and is clearly well-respected by the community. He is more than willing to tailor your day to your preferences. While it is easy to visit places on your own in the Healdsburg area, you get a truly special experience with Sid. I look forward to doing it again soon.
GREAT WAY TO GET ORIENTED TO THE AREA
We spent the first of our 2 days in Sonoma, with Sid touring several wineries. We selected a couple of the wineries and let Sid select the others. It was a great day. Sid is extremely knowledgeable of the area, and enjoyable to talk to. Like the other reviews, we got great sandwiches from Dry Creek (call that morning to order). The tour was a great way to get oriented to the area...highly recommend!
/ JEN S
Many thanks to Sid for helping to create a truly unique and wonderful visit to wine country! He expertly planned and hosted two days of tastings at beautiful locations, where we were treated to wonderful hospitality and delicious wines, sometimes with the wine makers themselves. His unique relationships, knowledge of producers, and unflappable demeanor helped to create a very special experience!
/ BRITTA B
We were spoiled to have Sid guide us through our first day in wine country. He arranged our full itinerary - four stops that showed the wonderful variety of wineries and vineyards in Alexander Valley. We loved meeting the winemakers (one in his own home!) and the private attention we received at every spot. It is so nice to be able to walk right in, have a spot ready for you with snacks and food pairings, and someone to take the time to personally talk about the wine...and not worry about tasting fees or standing at the counter and working/waiting for the tasting room staff's attention. We know we could have never received this level of personal attention without his connections. We toured in a clean and comfortable Escalade and the lunch he arranged at Jimtown was perfect. Sid also made wonderful recommendations for meals and things to do over the rest of our trip. He was a wonderful tour guide and we know we will be back!
AWESOME BIRTHDAY TRIP IN SONOMA
Sid gave us the most special and personalized trip to Sonoma wine country that we ever could have imagined. Each winery was beautiful and had a different way of making their wine. We are still talking about this experience with our friends and enjoying the spectacular wines that we purchased. Sid was awesome, his knowledge and courtesy were unbelievable.
UNIQUE AND PERSONALIZED
/ HEATHER A
Our guide, Patricia, was lovely, knowledgeable and made our day effortless and enjoyable. Sid created a unique itinerary for us including wineries we requested specifically and ones he recommended. The small wineries he recommended were absolute jewels and he arranged for us to meet the winemakers which was a great personal experience. The picnic lunch from Jimtown Store was fun and delicous. Highly recommend and can't wait to return and plan another day tour with Healdsburg Wne tour!
What a great tour!!!! Can't begin to explain the wonderful experience we had. Tom our tour guide was the best!!!! Palmeri!
What a great experience! Our guide, Patricia, was very knowledgeable. Our itinerary was perfect for us. We had several different types of experiences. We thoroughly enjoyed it, especially the personal nature of meeting winemakers.
Be sure to tell Sid what kind of experience you hope to have with your wine tastings, because he clearly is a master at creating a customized experience. This is far more than a designated driver; this is an inside look at some of the best places you will never find without him. It's an hourly charge so be aware of what you are asking, but you will get what you pay for here. This was our second visit to Healdsburg and Sid's private tour was hands down the highlight of both visits to the area. You will meet winemakers and taste some of the best possible wines available.
WELL WORTH IT
/ BRENDAN B
My fiancee and I did this tour while in the area before a wedding, and it was honestly amazing. For a few hours, you get your own car, and they make sure to set you up for some unique experiences, walkarounds, meals, and 1 on 1's with winemakers, not to mention your winery tour and tasting fees are covered. Our driver, Carole, was incredibly sweet and even took us to a few additional spots just because! Was well worth it if in the area!
Sid was amazing. He knew all the out of the way wineries with amazing wines. Met several winemakers along the way. Never felt rushed always accommodating with our schedule. Great lunch pick up with wonderful picnic location. Thank for exceeding all our expectations today with a beautiful day filled with wine. You are the best!!!
THE BEST WINE TOUR!
/ NANCY S
Excellent tour guide, Travis. Excellent selection of wineries and great lunch suggestion! Had such an amazing day! Educational; fun; and made new friends! Would definitely recommend! Would repeat!
We had an outstanding 2 days with Sid in early July. Having visited the area several times before on our own, we were happy to have him arrange an itinerary that included many places we had never been to before. Everything about the experience was relaxed and easy--and the service and tastings we had at each location far exceeded those when we ventured on our own to tasting rooms. Highly recommend!
TWO SWEDES IN CALIFORNIA – FANTASTIC WINE TOUR
/ MARTIN SANDEN
Me and my girlfriend travelled from Sweden to California in July - August 2014. Prior to the trip we searched for wine tours and found Healdsburg Wine Tours.
We got friendly help from the first contact and we were asked if we had special requests and were also given recommendations on how to make the most of our tour.
We drove to Sonoma from SF and were picked up by our guide Joe who drove us towards Healdsburg and our first stop.
A great start at a sustainable winery in Alexander Valley.
Moving on to an even better winery where we were greeted by a fantastic couple in their garden. We spent three hours tasting wine and eating fantastic food made by the the couple.
The tour provided by Healdsburg Wine Tours and our guide Joe was perfect!
From the service before the tour, the pick up at our hotel, the knowledge about wines and the area we were in, the friendliness and the genuine aim to give us the best possible experience.
We continued our road trip down Highway 1 to San Diego before going back to Sweden. When summarizing our California trip the wine tour was one of the very highlights we will always remember.
Thank you Healdsburg Wine Tours, thank you Sid and thank you Joe!
Martin and Felicia, Stockholm, Sweden
AMAZING DAY WITH SID
For our first visit to Sonoma County we wanted to find someone to help us get our feet wet, maybe show us a few wineries off the beaten path. trip Advisor lead us to Healdsburg Wine Tour, which was soon validated by friends who had also toured with Sid.
Easily the best decision of the trip. We could have visited many wineries on our own, but Sid arranged visits that included walks around the properties and facilities (wine in hand), trying the still maturing Chardonnay straight from the vat ... Sitting poolside at the top of a mountain surrounded by vineyards, and extremely attentive service everywhere we went.
Sid also learned we liked Zinfandels and immediately changed the itinerary to fit our tastes.
Perhaps best of all, he was around when we had questions or needed direction, but gave us space in each winery and time enough alone to enjoy each other's company. Very much the perfect host.
I have a tendency to caveat recommendations, but in this case we can say with no hesitation that trusting in Sid and Healdsburg wine tours will make your time in Sonoma a better experience.
GREAT TOUR WITH SID!
/ CHERYL P
We had a great time on our tour with Sid. Our first stop was Medlock Ames where we were given a wonderful tour of the vineyard's gardens by Kevin as well as a tour of the winery. We finished with an extensive wine tasting. We were impressed with the vineyard and ended up ordering some of their wines and also delicious jams to be sent home. Our last stop was at William Seleym vineyards where we met with Kim who also gave us a wonderful tour and wine tasting of their award winning wines. It was the highlight of our trip to Sonoma! And might I add we had a box lunch from Jimtown that was absolutely so delicious we went back on our own the next day to have their pulled pork sandwich and also their delicious Reuben sandwich. Whatever you do in Sonoma county, just make sure you stop there! Sid was very courteous and attentive to our needs! No worry with drinking and driving when you have Sid taking care of you. He was able to get us into the vineyards we wanted to visit on our own private tours! Definitely worth it!
A PERFECT BREAK…
/ PAUL W
Picture this; busy kids, two working parents, a house in constant motion. I grab a few minutes with my wife as we pass at the front door. We get very little time to congratulate each other on a job well done.
Then picture this; getting a weekend sitter, not planning a thing and treating yourself to Healdsburg Wine Tour.
All you do is show up; the touring car was a great classic, we just melted into the leather seats and let the world slow down. Our guide, Tom, was low key and having grown up in Healdsburg, had a few interesting anecdotes about life there.
This company has access to some very special vineyards. At one stunning vineyard, my wife and I wandered between rows of vines sipping a glass and learning about organic growing techniques. The vineyard employee hinted that Healdsburg Wine Tour may have access to experiences that other tour operators do not.
After a couple of tastings, my wife and I had a picnic on a hill overlooking vines in every direction. After lunch, we had a couple of more tastings and made our way back to the hotel. Relaxed, well fed and a couple of interesting bottles of wine in hand.
This kind of slowing down and treating ourselves is rare and worth every penny.
As a footnote, I left my cell phone at one of the vineyards and when we were at the coast the next day, the staff from Healdsburg Wine Tour tracked it down and it was waiting for us that night at the hotel, fully charged.
We are already planning next year
GREAT WINE TOUR!
What an amazing experience! Syd is the ultimate tour guide and provided us with a fun and unique glimpse into the world of wine making. One of the best trips I've ever taken! Thank you Syd!
Sid was easy going and listened to what we wanted. He was fun and knowledgable and took us to some great wineries!
WINE IN STYLE
Healdsburg Wine Tours provides the ultimate wine tasting experience in Sonoma. Sid, our host, set up private tastings in several unique wineries each day. The wine was wonderful, and the privacy made the experience truly special. Sid was a pleasure to be around, and I highly recommend him to anyone planning a trip to Sonoma.
AMAZING, SPECIAL WINE TOUR
Sid is a true professional. Two great days of wine tasting! Sid goes to great care to connect you with small, high quality wineries that you would otherwise never hear about. Can't say enough good things about Sid and the experience.
LOVELY SERVICE, LOVELY PEOPLE
/ DEBRA L
This is our second time with HWT. Very professional, easy-going. Provided amazing, unique experiences. I would highly recommend them!
GOLD STAR SERVICE
/ JOY T
I have used Healdsburg Wine Tour more times than I count. They always deliver a best-in-class tour with different places and unforgettable experiences. Every year, we come back for my birthday with my best friends. They remember us by name and never disappoint. My only fear in writing this review is that they'll get too popular and I'll have to worry about being able to get them for my next wine country event!
FANTASTIC DRIVER AND FUN TOUR OF WINERIES
/ ANDREA H
I read many reviews of this company for wine tours. My husband and I visited on Valentine's Day. Joe was our tour guide and he was wonderful! He was so warm, friendly and very knowledgeable of the area and the owners of the wineries. We had a fun day with him. He took us to 3 wineries based on our preferences and chose one for us that we loved at the end of our day. He took time to get to know us and ensure we were having a great day. It was so nice to visit the wineries, sample so many elegant wines and not worry about driving. The company recommended that we choose a boxed lunch from Jimtown general store and had a picnic lunch at one of the wineries - Perfect! We will definitely choose Healdsburg Wine Tours again when we come back to visit. Ask for Joe and know you'll have a memorable experience and a great time!
SONOMA WINE TOUR
/ SUSAN B
The day we spent with Sid on the Sanoma wine tour was the high light of our west coast trip. We felt like royalty being shown the intimate details of several wineries. Would highly recommend this tour.
THE BEST WAY TO SEE WINERIES
/ JANET S
We booked a tour with Sid and simply cannot say enough good things about the tour and about Sid. We had the most delightful day. We toured smaller "boutique" wineries that we would not have known about if it were not for this tour. The people at the wineries he chose were friendly and seemed happy to have us there. They were also passionate about their work, and that always makes for interesting discussion and learning. Sid's customer service is incredible. We felt like VIPs the entire day. We highly recommend Sid and this service. You will not be disappointed.