Sonoma Vita Guide

Sonoma Vita Winery Guide

Traveling to Sonoma County and not sure where to start? We have curated this guide to the 2018 Sonoma Vita participants to help guide you to every corner of the valley.

With over 500 wineries, Sonoma County has so many great destinations it can sometimes feel a bit overwhelming. Don't worry, we are here to help.

This guide provides a solid launching point to explore a wide variety of wines and experiences throughout the county. Now get out there and explore!

Francis Ford Coppola Winery

With more than forty wines produced on-site in their state-of-the-art winemaking facility, a restaurant serving up perfectly paired dishes, all on a property surrounded by sustainably farmed vineyards, Francis Ford Coppola offers a variety of experiences for just about anyone.

Choose from the many tasting options, grab a bite to eat, and claim a spot by the pool. They even have cabanas for rent if you are looking for a luxury pool-side experience.

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Roth Estate Winery

Roth Estate Winery offers luxury Bordeaux varietals from the best of Sonoma County. The tasting room located just outside of Healdsburg is a great destination to relax out on the patio with friends and enjoy highly acclaimed wines, outdoor games, small bites, regular special events like Adults at Play, and their epic wine caves. Bold wines, unique experiences, and friendly staff make Roth one of our top picks for the ultimate weekend hang out.

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Kendall-Jackson

Located near Santa Rosa, the iconic Kendall-Jackson estate is a must visit when you are in the area. We recommend you start your visit by tasting through their wide selection of exceptional wines to find the one that is right for you. Then grab a glass and take a stroll out back through their beautiful sensory gardens to learn about their farm-to-table program.

If you are looking for an enhanced experience, you should definitely check out their many food & wine pairings, as well as the farm-to-table dinner parties hosted regularly at the estate.

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La Crema Estate at Sarahlee's Vineyard

The new La Crema Estate property at the storied Saralee’s Vineyard is a premier destination for wine education and culinary explorations in the heart of the Russian River Valley.

From exclusive tastings including wine and food pairings, to private golf cart tours of the vineyard, La Crema provides an authentic exploration in cool-climate wines. Don't miss a tour of the picturesque grounds at Saralee’s Vineyard, whether in nature or in one of the private tasting areas in the barn.

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Siduri Wine Bar & Tasting Lounge

Siduri's new tasting room in downtown Healdsburg is a wonderful setting to enjoy a unique offering of Pinot Noir that spans the entire west coast. Sourcing only the best fruit from Willamette Valley in Oregon, Sonoma County in Northern California, and all the way down to the Sta. Rita Hills outside of Santa Barbara, we think it's safe to say there is no better way to explore what makes Pinot Noir one of the best varietals.

Personally curated wine flights, wine by the glass, and locally sourced bites make for the perfect tasting experience. They even have a brand new draft system, pouring local micro-brews (for the wine averse) and special wines straight from the cellar.

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Moshin Vineyards

Located just west of Windsor and Santa Rosa, the drive to Moshin takes you through the rolling hills and waterways of the iconic Russian River Valley. Known for their incredible, small-lot Pinot Noirs, Moshin's wines are some of the best expressions of the Russian River Valley AVA that you can find.

While the tasting room is open to the public, we recommend you call ahead to schedule a tour and tasting. We loved learning all about 4-tier gravity flow production, sustainable farming practices, and their unique winemaking philosophy that stays true to the vintage and vine.

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Red Car Wine Co

Interested in exploring the wines of the Sonoma Coast, but can't make the trip out there? Red Car's tasting room is located just north of Sebastopol on the 116 and serves Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Syrah, all grown on their estate vineyards among the fog of the Pacific coast.

Bring your friends, play your favorite vinyl, and check out local jewelry and eclectic home décor items while you sip and explore their cool climate wines at their fun, modern tasting lounge. Seated tastings are available for those who want to have a more intimate experience.

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Matanzas Creek Winery

Matanzas Creek is located in the remote, but breathtakingly beautiful Bennett Valley region of eastern Sonoma County. Since its launch in 1977, the winery has built its reputation on Sauvignon Blanc and Merlot – two varieties that thrive in Sonoma’s temperate climate. They also produce limited quantities of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Bordeaux-style reds, all sourced from sustainably-farmed, estate vineyards scattered throughout the mild interior and cool coastal AVAs of the county.

In addition to its wines, Matanzas Creek is also famous for their spectacular lavender gardens. Grab a glass to enjoy the view from the patio or bring a picnic and rest under the oak trees among the lavender gardens.

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Schug Carneros Estate Winery

Schug Carneros Estate Winery combines old world understanding and tradition with modern winemaking techniques. By using only the finest grapes available, and maintaining the best winemaking values, these wines have gained acceptance worldwide as true contemporary classics.

We love that they allow you to take no appointment, self-guided winery vineyard tours. Just stop in the tasting room to pick up a detailed walking-tour guide and points of interest will be clearly marked along the route. While these tours are excellent during summer and harvest, they are available year-round.

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Unique Wine and Cycling Experiences

Check out our partners at King Ridge Adventures for exceptional guided cycling and tastings throughout Sonoma County.

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