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Oakland’s Wine & Ale Scene, Culture & Adventure
There’s always time for a glass of wine, especially in Oakland, home of a sensational Urban Wine Trail serving up an array of wines sure to please the most seasoned palate. The Wine Trail features 10 wineries, with many sourcing their grapes from California’s nearby famed wine growing regions. Taste your way through award-winning varietals and blends bursting with flavor and plan to stay for awhile and unwind—each winery offers its own distinctive vibe and amenities, ranging from waterfront views in the historic Jack London Square to dog-friendly wine gardens, live music and a variety of special events. Sip and cycle with East Bay Winery Bike Tours—the company provides cycling equipment, lunch, and an experienced guide to transport your wine purchases. See. Eat. Love and Wine & Design both offer unique wine-inspired experiences.
Get more information and download your Oakland Urban Wine Trail Passport here for details on how to receive a Wine & Cheese Tote Bag.
The Oakland Urban Wine Trail is easily accessible by ferry, BART, Amtrak and auto.
Combine innovative brewing techniques with top-notch ingredients and great taste, and you’ll get why Oakland’s craft beer scene is exploding in popularity. Thankfully, the Oakland Ale Trail gives locals and visitors fun and convenient access to a flavorful variety of styles. The Trail consists of 15 exceptional breweries, a dozen of which have public tasting rooms. Beer lovers will find a plethora of beers on tap with great eats from restaurants or food trucks to accompany them. Relax around the fire pit in a festive beer garden, make new friends in a taproom, take a brewery tour, or get a growler to go. Many breweries are kid- and dog-friendly.
Sample Oakland’s beer scene with Whole Brew World Bay Area Brewery Tours offering a variety of tasting experiences or hop aboard one of Velocipide Tours public beer tours on its 14-passenger party bike, also available for customized private and event tours.
Download the Oakland Ale Trail Map and Passport here. Visit all of Oakland’s brewery taprooms to receive a free Oakland Ale Trail growler.
Whether you’re in the Bay Area on vacation or have a few free hours in your conference schedule, get out and see Oakland! Our professional tour companies offer a wide spectrum of experiences for all ages to help you make the most of your time in our Town. Foodies will find diverse flavors on walking culinary tours showcasing hip, historic neighborhoods like Grand Lake, Temescal and Rockridge. Plus, Local Food Adventures and Whole Brew World have partnered to launch a new Jack London Square Food and Beer Tour starting in September.
Cruise the bay by boat and catamaran taking in spectacular views of the San Francisco skyline. Take a guided Segway Tour around Oakland’s sparkling Lake Merritt, the nation’s first designated National Wildlife Refuge. Experience the adventure of a lifetime on San Francisco Air Tour’s six-passenger Cessna soaring over world-renowned San Francisco Bay landmarks. Flights depart from Oakland International Airport.
Learn more about Oakland’s guided tours and adventures here.