Wine Country Ambassador
Stan Knight's father was an airline captain, and he developed an early love of travel and discovery. "Running to the boarding gate is my favorite workout!" After one year as a collegiate ski racer, he put college on hold, and departed for a year exploring Africa with a backpack and a journal. Later travels included Europe, Asia, Israel, Chile, Cuba, all 50 states and Canada. This passion for new experiences, meeting locals and enjoying life come through in our design of wine country tours and events. Read more.
His fascination with other cultures and people from all walks of life is reflected in Knight's approach to tour planning. He believes that immersion in new places and fresh experiences can produce the best travel memories for visitors. "I always wanted to be an ambassador, now I play that role, welcoming people from around the world to Napa Valley and Sonoma!"
After earning a Master's degree in international relations from Tufts and Harvard, and a corporate career, Stan became a travel and tourism expert as Napa Valley and Sonoma grew into dynamic travel destinations. His passion for experience-oriented tourism and people-to-people connections added spice to visitor plans.
Stan launched "Knight Wine Tours," in 2010, became a certified wine educator, and built a network of insider contacts in the wine country ecosystem. He gained a reputation as a destination expert and contributor to Napa Valley and Sonoma tourism. By applying his business background to deliver a high-quality product, the company built a reputation as one of Napa Valley and Sonoma's premier boutique tour services, earning TripAdvisor's Certificate of Excellence and 5-star reviews from delighted clients. "Knight Tours & Travel" is the next evolution of ten years touring the back roads of wine country - newly expanded to offer full travel services, including lodging, dining, local activities and best in class wine tours, for aspirational travelers who expect the best and value a personalized experience.
"My best wine country souvenir is good stories, good food and good wine shared with good friends."