UNDENIABLE BEAUTY, UNMATCHED WINESSONOMA WINE TASTING
The birthplace of California wine, Sonoma boasts some of the the oldest and beautiful wineries in the region. Explore the area’s vineyards and sample the incredible wines from over 100 wineries. Most of the wineries in the region have tasting rooms open between the hours of 10:00 am and 4:00 pm (some open until 5:00 pm) and several have tours of their facilities available.
As you enter Sonoma Valley on Hwy 121 (or as you are leaving), be sure to stop at Gloria Ferrer for a glass of sparkling wine on the terrace with its spectacular view, or at nearby Viansa or Jacuzzi Family Vineyards.
Located just a few blocks off of the Sonoma Plaza, Sebastiani Winery has been making wine here in Sonoma since 1904 and has an impressive collection of historic, hand-carved redwood barrels. Visitors can learn about the history of the winery and the town on one of Sebastiani’s complimentary daily tours. Buena Vista Winery, the oldest premium winery in the state, is just a short drive and is a great location to enjoy wine tasting and an afternoon picnic. There are also more than 18 local tasting rooms right on the Sonoma Plaza.
On the way back to the Inn, stop by Ravenswood or Gundlach Bundschu for some of their award-winning wines. If you’re looking for green and organic options, you might consider Benziger Winery.They are well known for their strides in biodynamic and organic farm practices and have a strong commitment to sustainability throughout their operation. Benziger also owns Imagery Winery that also has biodynamic vineyards and a biodynamic garden. Kunde Winery uses sustainable farm practices and have eco-tours to engage and educate the public. Bartholomew Park Winery is a beautiful site and certified organic. Coturri Winery is certified organic and Phil Coturri is very knowledgeable about organic viticulture. Hanzell Winery is a member of the California Sustainable Wine Growing Alliance and they follow the guidelines for sustainable wine-growing (www.sustainablewinegrowing.org) and they take a holistic approach to being more sustainable. Cline Cellars is also a member of the California Sustainable Wine Growing Alliance. and some of the others above are also part of this group.
Thirty other wonderful wineries are located throughout Sonoma Valley which will offer tasting and the full range of information about wine making. Our staff will be happy to offer directions to a specific winery or a list with directions to wineries throughout the valley. For a complete winery list visit www.sonomavalley.com
Another good source of winery information is the California Directory of Fine Wineries.
California Wine Tours could provide your transportation. They are really focusing on their sustainability program and have a “Green Fleet” of smaller transportation vehicles and are the first Bay Area transportation company to be included in the Bay Area Green Business Program.