One of the most diverse wine-growing regions in the world, Sonoma County is home to more than 400 wineries and is known for producing award-winning varieties from Pinot Noir to Cabernet Sauvignon in its fertile soils. The Russian River Valley is a specific region in Sonoma County that is known for its rolling hills, cool climates, and wineries that are known for producing some of the best Pinot Noir and Chardonnay in the world. Experience nine of the best wineries and tasting rooms in Sonoma Country and the Russian River by visiting the following recommendations below.
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1. Larson Family Winery
Located in the heart of the Carneros region on family-owned land, Larson Family Winery was at one time home to the largest rodeo in Northern California and has lots of memorabilia in their tasting room. Larson produces around 5,000 cases of estate wines annually that are sold exclusively from the tasting room and wine clubs. The pet-friendly winery has an outdoor picnic area, a bocce ball court, resident goats, and the three family Labradors that wander the property and are also featured on bottles of wine.
Address: 23355 Millerick Road, Sonoma County
2. Cornerstone Sonoma
More than just a winery, this wine country marketplace is home to a collection of boutiques, three premier wine-tasting rooms, a café and grill, and art-inspired gardens where visitors can wander around while enjoying live music and exploring all that this unique community has to offer. Garden hours are open from 10am to 4pm and the shops are open from 10am to 5pm.
Address: 23570 Arnold Drive, Sonoma County
3. Sebastiani Vineyards & Winery
Formerly the only winery in Sonoma County to continue operations through Prohibition, Sebastiani continues to produce world-class wines that showcase the best of the region. The historic winery includes a hospitality center, barrel room with antique redwood tanks, grand event space, and daily tours and tastings. The tasting room events also showcase foods from some of Sonoma’s most celebrated chefs, cheese makers, and chocolatiers.
Address: 389 4th Street E, Sonoma County
4. Inman Family Wines
Their winemaking facility is made from post-consumer recycled materials and the tasting room is located in a barn that is surrounded by farm buildings, fruit trees, and table grape vines that are more than 75 years old. The winery also offers private tastings and tours, and has charging stations for electric vehicles.
Address: 3900 Piner Road, Sonoma County
5. DeLoach Vineyards
This winery sits on a 20-acre farm in the Olivet Road section of the Russian River Valley and guests are treated to certified organic and biodynamic wines. Go for a stroll through their beautiful gardens, and in addition to their wine tastings they also offer unique mustard tasting sessions as well.
Address: 1791 Olivet Road, Sonoma County
6. Lynmar Estate
This family-owned estate winery is located on a 100-acre property and specializes in Russian River Valley Pinot Noir. The rolling vineyards grow Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Syrah grapes and offer both indoor and outdoor tastings. In the summer, visitors are offering farm-to-table lunches at the property and enjoy walking through the beautiful gardens.
Address: 3909 Frei Road, Sonoma County
7. Arista Winery
This unique winery is surrounded by Japanese gardens that include maple trees, waterfalls, koi fish, and stunning season flower varieties that visitors can observe as they go for a stroll. The winery is also dog friendly, and has two resident dogs—Coco and Lucy—that wander around the tasting room.
Address: 7015 Westside Road, Sonoma County
8. Roche Winery & Vineyards
Family owned and operated since 1987, this winery offers visitors a dose of Irish hospitality in their downtown Sonoma tasting room that includes an indoor bar, outdoor fireplace and seating area. They are also famous for their estate olive oil, which is made from 1,200 olive trees that have been imported from Tuscany, Italy and planted on their southern Sonoma ranch.
Address: 122 West Spain Street, Sonoma County
9. Kunde Family Winery
Five generations of family have farmed the 1,850-acre estate in the heart of Sonoma Valley for more than a century, crafting sustainably farmed wines. They offer four unique tasting experiences at their tasting room: a main tasting bar, an outdoor lounge with garden views, a private room, and a mountain top tasting set 1,400 feet above the valley floor.Address: 9825 Sonoma Highway, Sonoma County
This article was written by Kamala Kirk.