The most popular has been the designated driver. It's no fun for them and they can still get lost.
|Some of your options if you don't want to drive|
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Renting a limo for a day is also popular. You don't have to drive and hopefully the driver knows some good stops. Downsides:
- You may still have to drive once they drop you off (unless they're taking you home or to your hotel)
- It can be expensive unless you have a larger group to share costs
- Some wineries don't allow limos
- You may still have to drive once you are dropped off
- Some wineries don't allow buses or vans
The famous (or infamous) Napa Valley Wine Train will take you through the valley but there are no winery stops. The cost is fairly high.
There are a few other unique ways to get a wine tour. One guy offers a horse-drawn carriage ride in rural Alexander Valley. There are a couple people offering old trolley cars that go through Sonoma Valley. The wine trolley will pick you up at Sonoma hotels so if you're staying there you won't have to drive at all. The costs of these options is reasonable. Downsides:
- They have already selected the wineries you'll be visiting so you don't have a choice
- You may still have to drive once the tour is over
Note that for most of these options you will still be responsible for any tasting room fees on top of the cost of the bus, van, car, or trolley.