Our round-up of the annual wine walks that combine some of San Francisco's greatest attributes: beautiful scenery, welcoming neighborhoods, and delicious wine.

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May 29, 2018

Walk and Wine Taste Your Way Through San Francisco

With a Walk Score of 86, San Francisco is the second most walkable large city in the U.S. Combine that with its proximity to the vineyards of Sonoma and Napa, and it should come as no surprise that many neighborhoods in the city host a wine walk (or two) during the year. Often positioned as fundraisers for neighborhood associations and local non-profits, the wine walk season starts in February on the city’s famed Union Street and finishes on the equally charming Fillmore Street in December. 

For details and to confirm upcoming dates, we recommend that you visit the websites listed. Many of the walks are from 4 to 8 p.m.; times may vary, however. Tasting event fees range from $25 to $30 per person. Organizers encourage participants to book reservations at local restaurants as part of the experience.  

For public transit information, visit www.511.org, or consider calling a Lyft or Uber ride after your neighborhood wine walk.  

Put on those walking shoes and wind (or wine) your way through San Francisco! 

February 

Union Street Valentine Wine Walk 
Union Street, from Gough to Steiner Streets
www.sresproductions.com 
This Valentine’s Day tradition brings couples to San Francisco’s storied Union Street. Discover charming Victorians and colorful courtyards filled with more than 200 shops and restaurants. Many of Union Street’s restaurants offer international and California cuisine.  Participants will receive a wine glass and map with all of the tasting locations. The ticket price includes wine samples at all of the sampling locations. 

April 

Polk Street Spring Wine Walk  
Polk Street, from Sutter to Filbert Streets
www.sresproductions.com 
Polk Street parallels Van Ness Avenue and extends all the way to Fisherman’s Wharf. This wine walk takes you to the heart of one of the oldest shopping districts in San Francisco. At the turn of the century, it was one of the city’s most exclusive shopping areas, favorited by residents of nearby Nob Hill and Pacific Heights. Participants will receive a wine glass and map at all tasting locations. A motorized cable car shuttle is available. 

Fillmore Street Spring Wine Walk 
Fillmore Street, from Jackson to Eddy Streets
www.sresproductions.com 
Along Fillmore Street in Pacific Heights, there are a number of intimate cafes and restaurants, as well as a concentration of upscale stores. As Fillmore Street slopes down to Eddy, walkers enter San Francisco’s historic Japantown, one of only three remaining in the U.S., and the area once known as the “Harlem of the West,” where there is an abundance of jazz clubs and the historic Fillmore Auditorium is located. Take in a movie at the Japan Center or check out what’s booked at the Fillmore for your night on the town. Merchants offer wine samples inside their stores. Participants will receive a wine glass and map with all of the tasting locations. 

Treasure Island Spring Wine Walk 
https://sftreasureisland.org/island-wineries 
Created for the 1939 Golden Gate International Exposition to celebrate the completion of both the Golden Gate and San Francisco-Oakland Bay bridges, Treasure Island is a former military base as well. Its location offers spectacular views of the San Francisco skyline and, at this writing, access to seven urban wineries and tasting rooms. Watch for information on the spring wine walk on Eventbrite or check with individual wineries.  

May 

North Beach Spring Wine Walk 
Anchored along Grant Avenue
www.sresproductions.com 
San Francisco’s upper Grant Avenue in the heart of North Beach’s Little Italy neighborhood will take on the air of an Italian piazza along Columbus Avenue, Vallejo and Green Streets. Participants receive a wine glass and map with all tasting locations. Be sure to enjoy food from one of the local trattorias after the wine tasting, too.  

PIER 39 Spring Wine Pour  
PIER 39 
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Stroll The PIER and enjoy an evening with friends. Participating businesses offer wine tastings, exclusive discounts and entertainment. Be sure to make a reservation for dinner following the event at one of PIER 39’s restaurants. They range from classic seafood to sushi. Attendees receive a commemorative wine glass and more.  

June  

Art and Wine Walk at the Wharf 
The Cannery Courtyard, 650 Beach St. 
www.sresproductions.com 
Select art galleries, museums and other businesses open their doors to art and wine loversThis event in the heart of Fisherman’s Wharf pairs classic and contemporary artworks with California wines to please your palate. Starting with The Cannery Courtyard at the Academy of Art University, gallery-hop, meet local artists, and help toast the artists showing at Fisherman’s Wharf. Attendees will receive wine tastings and a commemorative wine glass.  

July 

Polk Street Summer Wine Walk  
Polk Street, from Union to Post Streets
www.sresproductions.com 
Stroll along Polk Street and enjoy wine samples inside local merchants' stores. Shopping along the street where Nob Hill meets Russian Hill is eclectic and there’s always a new spot to explore, from a tempting candy store to vintage wares. Participants will receive a wine glass and map of all tasting locations. A motorized cable car shuttle is available. 

September 

North Beach Fall Wine Walk 
www.sresproductions.com 
Close your eyes and you may hear the occasional “mangia” or “delicioso above the hum of amiable conversations emanating from sidewalk cafes and off-beat bistros. This is the heart of San Francisco’s Little Italy, and menus reflect this with ample portions of pasta al dente and hearty bowls of cioppino. San Francisco’s Italian immigrants created this delicious fish stew made with tomatoes and a variety of fish and shellfish. Participants receive a wine glass and map with all tasting locations. 

Embarcadero Center Wine Walk  
Embarcadero Center 
www.sresproductions.com 
Located just a few blocks north of the foot of Market Street, the Embarcadero Center features a five-screen cinema and 100 nationally renowned retail shops and restaurants across its five-building campus, which includes office towers and the Hyatt Regency San Francisco. Not only does the tasting event include wine samples inside stores throughout Embarcadero Center, but also it’s the perfect opportunity to shop, dine and save. Participants will receive a wine glass and map with all of the tasting locations.  

Fillmore Street Fall Wine Walk 
Fillmore Street, from Jackson to Eddy Streets
www.sresproductions.com 
Imagine the ideal neighborhood stroll in San Francisco and Fillmore Street should come to mind. Catch the first hint of an up-and-coming trend or pick up an oven-fresh croissant. Participants will receive a wine glass and map with all of the tasting locations.  

Valencia Street Wine Walk 
Valencia Street, from 14th to 26th Streets
www.sresproductions.com 
Chic and edgy doesn’t begin to describe the vibe along Valencia Street. With wine glass and a map to all the participating locations in hand, you’re in for a treat. While snacks may be available at some locations, don’t miss the opportunity to eat at one of the great local restaurants in the Mission District.

Polk Street Fall Wine Walk 
Polk Street, from Union to Post Streets
www.sresproductions.com 
Named for former U.S. President James Polk, this corridor bustles with shopping, restaurants and more. Discover everything from vintage treasures to eclectic knickknacks and gifts. Participants will receive a wine glass and map with all of the tasting locations.  

October 

Union Street Harvest Wine Walk 
Union Street, from Gough to Steiner Streets
www.sresproductions.com 
Union Street is lined with turn-of-the-century Victorians that have been converted into boutique and restaurants. Merchants in the neighborhood, once called Cow Hollow because of the dairy farms in the area, will offer wine samples inside their stores. Participants will receive a wine glass and map.  

December 

PIER 39 Winter Wine Pour 
PIER 39 
www.pier39.com 
PIER 39’S glittering Christmas tree beckons at the entrance to the PIER at this time of year. Shops will be brimming with gifts for everyone on your list. Attendees receive a commemorative wine glass and more.  

North Beach Holiday Wine Walk 
North Beach 
www.sresproductions.com 
Old World Italy and waterfront Bohemianism meet of-the-moment dining spots in this lively neighborhood. The city’s vibrant Italian-American community has populated North Beach with excellent restaurants and cafes. Participants receive a wine glass and map with all tasting locations 

Fillmore Holiday Wine Walk 
Fillmore Street 
www.sresproductions.com 
The holidays are always special in San Francisco, and it’s the perfect time to explore the city’s unique small businesses, whether that be a leather goods store or an award-winning bakery. Participants will receive a wine glass and map with all of the tasting locations.  

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