Skydiving is the quintessential adventure travel activity, and it's an extreme way to launch your trip into wine country. Just like with any other skydiving adventure, novice jumpers will need to take a certification class, and many companies will include the class in the jumping package for beginners.
A typical jump will take around two to three hours, weather permitting, leaving you plenty of time to tour some area wineries after your jump. Some skydiving companies even partner with wine country tours that depart near the drop zone.
If the elevation appeals to you, but the jumping part isn't your thing, you can experience wine country's panoramic views from a hot air balloon.