Let Beau Wine Tours Provide a Guided Taste Through Napa Not only will you experience Napa Valley in comfort, but you'll receive a tailored tour to make the most out of your wine tasting adventure. BY TOURING & TASTING
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A couple enjoys a picnic while the car service stands by.
“ We keep concise records of where each of our guests has toured with us, so we can continue to provide them with new and unique experiences.”
Widely known as the Napa region’s premier wine country destination tour service, Beau Wine Tours creates lifetime memories for its clients. The company is owned by Thomas Buck, whose passion for wine, wine country, and education are apparent at every turn.
Although the fleet of 60 spotless vehicles—ranging from luxury town cars to Mercedes Benz Sprinters—is quite impressive, Beau Wine Tours has built a stellar reputation with its uncanny ability for building meaningful relationships with its clients and understanding their needs. For one thing, the company’s staff is knowledgeable and well-trained—from the expert tour guides who personally drive the vehicles to the team of dedicated concierges who custom-tailor itineraries for parties of up to nine.
"Our concierge team has three members, and we each confirm up to 20 custom itineraries per week," says Chief Concierge Marina Freedman. "That number increases in the summer with the anticipation of harvest, or crush, which is our busiest season."
The concierge’s job is to first determine what kind of wine touring experience the customer is looking for. First time visitors to the Napa Valley often need help navigating a long list of recommendations they’ve received from well-meaning friends. "We assist them by narrowing their list and making new memories for them, based on their preferences. Hopefully, they return home and share their new recommendations for their friends’ next visit!"
Other clients have romance in mind. "There are gentlemen looking for an ideal way to propose marriage, honeymooners, and couples celebrating an anniversary, too," Marina says. "We will find the perfect spot to pop the question, whether it’s in a vineyard or on a mountaintop. We can even embellish the site with flowers and make it so memorable, they’ll wish to revisit year after year."
Beau Wine Tours also assists party planners. "In the Napa Valley, larger parties of more than six guests usually require reservations," Marina says. "We guide them to the wineries who not only host and accommodate larger groups, but make a point of providing a festive, fantastic experience for them."
Seasoned connoisseurs and loyal Beau Wine Tours clients also turn to Marina and her colleagues for help. According to Marina, "Although they’ve been to the valley many times, they’re always looking for something different—either a winery they haven’t visited in the past, a boutique winery not open to the public, or a new hidden gem worth discovering. We keep concise records of where each of our guests has toured with us, so we can continue to provide them with new and unique experiences."
With a full understanding that not everyone can plan ahead and work with its concierge team, Beau Wine Tours also has a spur-of-the moment offering called the Daily Dynamic Tour, planned by the tour guide who will personally lead the tour. Each Daily Dynamic Tour has a theme, based on the interests of the clients who have e-mailed or called in last minute to express an interest.
Whether a customer plans an excursion 10 months or 10 hours in advance, once confirmed, they couldn’t be in more capable hands. After all, Beau Wine Tours has nearly 20 years of experience providing meaningful wine excursions for groups of two to 200. Considering this, it’s the only way to go.
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