WINE COUNTY EXPERTS: Best wine tour guides in Sonoma and Napa
Just what makes our tours so terrific?
Terrific Tours is all about our expert guides! Your wine tour with is always hosted by a winemaker, sommelier, or wine industry expert so all your questions about grape growing in Sonoma or winemaking in Napa Valley, wine tasting etiquette or bottle aging will always be answered with authority. Besides seeking out the coolest wineries and the best wines, we love working in the most beautiful place on the planet!
A Wine tour company created by a sommelier and a vinophile in 2006, the husband and wife team behind the scenes have built Terrific Tours into a wine country establishment. Determined to not only shuttle you around in safety, our exclusive team of wine makers and wine educators are hand chosen to ensure you have the perfect day touring Napa, Sonoma, or the Mendocino wine country. Our tour guides don't wear black suits in the heat of summer, but they are the most friendly and knowledgeable wine guides you will find including wine makers, sommeliers, college professors, and wine industry professionals.
WHY TERRIFIC TOURS?
- EVERY TOUR IS GUIDED BY A CERTIFIED WINE EXPERT
- FAMILY OWNED AND OPERATED WITH PRIDE IN EVERY DETAIL
- OUR TEAM KNOWS THE WINES AND WINERIES OF SONOMA AND NAPA BETTER THAN ANYBODY!
Trevor & Gennifer founded the business on one simple principle; to share their passion for wine with every guest. Trevor's first foray into the wine industry was to establish a premiere wine bar and Jazz venue. It was here that his palate was trained to recognize the subtle variations between vintages, unlock and describe the complex depth of flavors in a glass of Merlot or Meritage. Building on partnerships formed at the wine bar and getting a rush from seeking out wineries not on the map, he has helped Terrific Tours gain the reputation as one of the most insightful wine tour companies in Sonoma or Napa. Scouring the Sonoma Coast for an elegant Pinot Noir or the hillsides of Napa Valley for an incredible Cabernet, Trevor has tasted at more than 650 local producers and carved out a strong niche in wine country by pairing not just food with wine, but wineries with his clients!
Son of legendary Russian River winemaker Davis Bynum, Hampton was active in the wine world from the very start and has held every job in the industry, including as winemaker for the former Davis Bynum label for over ten years. Well versed in biodynamic and organic grape growing practices, he currently owns a vineyard management company and takes great pleasure in sharing his intimate knowledge of wines and of the area with our clients.
Travis has been in the business since 1999 when he started as a wine sales representative/consultant. Since then he has tasted and presented hundreds of local wines, as well as wines from around the world, to restaurant and retail accounts throughout the west coast. In 2007 he furthered his wine education by receiving the Court of Master Sommeliers certification. His hobbies include making/tasting beer and wine, hiking, mountain biking, playing golf and most of all sailing in the SF Bay.
Globetrotter Ryan Milani took his first wine tour with Terrific Tours as a client over 8 years ago. After working in retail wine and helping local wineries with their production he made his way back onto the team in the driver’s seat! When the season ends he hits the road, but returns every spring with more tales of travel and wine enjoyed on foreign shores!
“Prof. Paul” has been in the wine business since 1973 when he began working with his family wine business. Stints with the finest wine buyers in California and managing multi-state wine departments for large retailers brought him eventually to Kenwood vineyards, where he ultimately became the National sales director for three prestigious brands. Since 2011 Paul has been on the Faculty at Santa Rosa Junior College, and we are very proud to have him on the team! You want stories about wine, there could be no better storyteller!
“Auggie” has a long track record serving wine in some of the finest restaurants in Napa and Sonoma including John Ash and The Meadowood in Napa and many more in between. When he’s not motoring around in his vintage cars he’s leading his tours with passion and bright bow-ties!
The voice behind the scenes is our newest team member! While Michelle is new to the wine business she is a Sonoma County native and happy to help you plan your trip through her backyard!
A tour guide throughout California and the Western US for over two decades, Glen is dedicated to telling you the hidden stories of San Francisco, Wine Country, and more!