San Francisco is a lively city full of quirky shops, international bars and restaurants, and massive museums and attractions like Alcatraz and the Ghirardelli Chocolate Factory.
But it takes less than an hour for the urban oasis to be replaced by vineyards and tasting rooms. When you think of California wine country or San Francisco wine country, you probably think of Napa and Sonoma — but if you’ve already been there, don’t despair.
California has more than 4,000 wineries and 143 American viticultural areas, or AVAs — designations for wineries in certain geographic areas that meet national standards, like the “Napa AVA.” For reference, there are only 261 AVAs in the entire US. That means more than half of all the notable wine-growing regions in the country are in California, which should give you some hint of how easy it is to find somewhere new to wet your whistle.
If you’re looking for a change of pace from Napa or Sonoma, check out these six affordable, under-the-radar, and downright tasty San Francisco wine country stops for a weekend or day trip from the city.