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Holme Grown Tours
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Owner description: Somewhere en route to 500 wineries and 5 million annual visitors, Napa Valley lost its intimate feel. At Holme Grown Brand Vineyard Liaising, we're getting back to basics, connecting discriminating guests with the owners and winemakers who make this place so special. Fantastic wine across the board, but people who put hospitality first. We have a growing portfolio of wineries not open to the general public, and offer a curated experience unlike any other in Wine Country. Won't you come join us?
Reviewed 18 June 2012

First let me start by explaining that Dorsey did not have any knowledge in regards to wines and the region, which took away from the term tour. I was expecting to learn from him as well as the winemakers involved. Secondly the places visited were all very close in proximity, I was under the impression that there would be more of a variety in regards to the Napa region. Third, I have never been on a wine tour, where tastings are not included in the price, it would have been nice to have been informed of this prior to being asked for payment by the winemakers themselves. Although the vehicle is nice it is not equipped for a tour of more than 3 with one person in the front seat, the back seat was extremely uncomfortable and took away from the entire experience. All in all I came away from the tour feeling like I wasted my money and time. I felt leaving like something more was missing. I have been spoiled by Bryan, Sustainable Vine Wine Tours, Santa Barbara. Maybe I came with higher expectations, but this tour fell short of what was expected.

Thank Beautiful37
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Reviewed 16 June 2012

My wife and I took a tour in Napa with Home Grown Tours last week and had an amazing time. Our tour guide, Allen, was very knowledgeable of the area and extremely friendly. It worked out that it was just my wife and I on the tour, which allowed us to drive in a Merc SUV (believe they also have a larger Merc van for slightly larger tours). Allen took us to 4 fantastic wineries that we ended up buying wine from each (proving how well picked they were). Allen also provided a fantastic lunch from Whole Foods during the tour. I would highly recommend Holme Grown to anyone looking for a great wine tour experience with a personalized experience tailored to your wine tastes.

Thank Chad S
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Reviewed 8 June 2012

My wife and I signed up for the semi-private tour. Prior to our trip, Dorsey, the owner contacted me to find out what types of wine we liked and what other wineries we were already planning on visiting. Dorsey ended up being our driver that day, and as planned, he arrived promptly at 10:15am. His vehicle was very clean and extremely comfortable. Our entire day was planned out and all of the wineries were aware of our arrival. We went to two very small family wineries that were beautiful and extremely friendly. At the second winery, Nicelini, we had our picnic lunch at their gorgeous property in the hills. After lunch we visited SilverOak and Grigich Hills per our request. Grigich was extra special since I am a club member and Dorsey's wife works there.

Dorsey clearly makes a point to listen to your interests and ensures you have a unique experience. His knowledge of the area was impressive and all of the wineries knew him personally. I will definitely recommend his service to friends and will use them again next time we visit Napa. Absolutely worth the price.

Thank JwilsonMedina
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Reviewed 22 May 2012

This was my second tour with Holme Grown. Hopefully that is a good indicator that Dorsey and crew are a class act. Although we booked ourselves on the group tour we were the only two people and they did not cancel the tour. We made it to five wineries and had a lovely picnic lunch, supplied by Dorsey, at a winery with a spectacular patio. The wineries were small and all had reasonable tasting fees that were generally waved if you bought some wine. Greeted by family members and owners at most of the wineries made the experience even better as we chatted about wine and could hear the excitement and passion from the staff at each tasting. Plan for a whole day event riding around in a nice SUV through the lovely Napa Valley. Reasonably priced, Holme Grown is a great find where you don't end up in a tour bus and the tastings are catered to your preferences, so be sure to let Holme Grown know what types of wine you like and be ready for some great wine!

Thank Angelina_Red
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Reviewed 16 May 2012

We started off the morning visiting a couple of great boutique wineries. Allen provided interesting information along the drive. Lunch was fairly low-key at a small place with only okay seating area. The last two stops of the afternoon were thrown together last minute --he was making numerous phone calls throughout the day to set up appointments and several fell through. The end of the day felt disorganized and made it less enjoyable. The appointments should have been set up days in advance.

Overall we had a decent experience but I wouldn't do it again. Allen was friendly though and provided a safe ride.

Thank nm_roadrunner
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