Updated 2018 – Is there Uber or Driver Service to visit Napa Valley Wineries? A user on TripAdvisor Napa Valley Forum asks this question.
Here is the original question:
My husband and I are headed to Napa Valley in the next few weeks and are trying to decide what type of transportation we will use while we are there. We are staying in St. Helena and plan to visit various wineries in the valley. He is convinced that we will be able to Uber between wineries, but I am not so sure. Does anyone have any insight to the reliability of Uber service in and around the Napa Valley? The most recent posts I found were from spring 2014.
Below are some of the answers from various users and Destination experts on TripAdvisor
To do a day of touring wineries, I do not suggest you rely on Uber. There are not nearly enough cars to expect to get where you need to go when you need to be there. Especially if you make reservations for smaller wineries and need to be there at a certain time.
You have several options. You can hire a designated driver for YOUR car or rental car. You can do a group tour. Or you can hire a car and driver for the day.
Given the nature of the valley, I suspect Uber drivers are still thin on the ground there. Uber is a concept that works best in areas of dense population and high demand, neither of which is the Napa Valley. Perhaps you can persuade your husband by telling him that even if you can get a cell signal and find an available Uber driver in the valley, they may be 30-45 minutes away from you. It’s much more convenient to have a driver at your beck and call all day… if you finish up somewhere early, you can leave right away.
(Most people, by the way, simply rent cars and either have a designated driver or take turns tasting, or the driver tastes and spits. This is the most flexible and least expensive option. It also solves the problem of how to get to the valley if you don’t have a rental car, how to get to dinner, etc.)
Also, be sure that you are sorting your TA forum search results by ‘date’, not ‘relevance’… I’m pretty sure there have been more recent conversations about Uber, none of which I recall as being more positive.
With the true statements above – I’m also wondering what the advantage of Uber would be in such a setting?
They are ultimately a ‘taxi’ service that drops off people from point to point. They don’t help with reservations, assist with your itinerary, more than likely have no real connections with winery or vineyard owners… Also, I don’t think they want to sit and wait and hour while people do tours inside wineries. Maybe I’m wrong? Seems like Uber is definitely a SF thing, not a Wine tour operator/ wine country thing…
Tell hubby to spend a few extra bucks for a genuine Private Tour Driver! Either way, we all thank you for not drinking and driving…. a big thank you!
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Below is the most recent update on Uber in Napa Valley:
Uber in Napa Valley 2016 – my first-hand experience in wine tasting