Our Wine Passes We are pleased to be able to offer TWO different passes to our guests. These unique passes offer complimentary tasting and special offers for two people at the listed wineries. The Sonoma Valley scheme has run for 6 years : the 2013 pass has 34 great wineries listed. The Sonoma County wide pass has around 120 wineries listed by appellation.
Fantastic Wine Tasting
The world famous Sonoma Valley is at your doorstep, with more than 30 wineries open to the public, the nearest only 2 miles distant, and Sonoma itself only 30 minutes down the valley. Russian River, Dry Creek Valley, and Alexander Valley are all just 5-15 miles north of Santa Rosa, anchored by the charming towns of Healdsburg and Geyserville, and the Napa valley is only 15 miles over the hill.
Just some of our favorites:
McCleod Family Vineyard – Kenwood (4 miles): Small family run operation where you can take a tour of the vineyard with a family member ($15 pp, must reserve in advance) and then partake of a paired tasting of their recent vintages whilst sat amongst the vines! This small family operation requires advance reservation for their 2 hour tours (Tue to Sat at 10:30am) for which there is a $15 pp charge. Worth every nickel and we are happy to make these for you.
VJB Another family affair, this Italian family has a brand-new (for 2013) Italian style Tuscan tasting room in the main street of Kenwwod. Great Super-Tuscan style wines, and do not miss the Friday night “PIzza and a Jug” event in their courtyard.
Benziger Family Winery - Glen Ellen (9 miles): Organic and bio-dynamic wine tram tours ($15 pp no reservation required), in a fantastic location under Sonoma Mountain and of course great wines.
St Francis – Kenwood (4 miles): Neat winery with excellent reds and particularly their ports.
Loxton - Glen Ellen (7 miles): Australian owner/winemaker shows how to make great Syrah/Zinfandel at sensible prices. Talk to him as he works in his boutique winery.
Chateau St Jean – Kenwood (4 miles): Sonoma County does the French country house winery so much better than Napa. The wine is great too. A perfect wedding location.
Buena Vista – Sonoma (16 miles): Where commercial wine-making in California purports to have started around 1870. The first place where the Zinfandel grape was introduced to N. America wines.
Passalacqua - Dry Creek Valley (20 miles): One of the prettiest small wineries with a great picnic area. Buy food round the corner at Dry Creek Store amongst the wine-loving cognoscenti on their Harley-Davidsons!
Raymond Burr – Dry Creek Valley (20 miles): “Old Ironsides” established this winery with his TV producer. Just a great small winery with excellent Chardonnay and Zinfandel.
Michel Schlumberger – Dry Creek Valley (20 miles): What a Spanish winery would look like if they had Callifornian money to spend! A great bio-dynamic walk through the vineyards and tour of their facility. Some of the best Cabernet Sauvignon this side of the Atlantic.
Coming soon……links to more great wine tour information