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This charming wine estate, started by Pat Kuleto over a century back, is famous for its classics like the Cabernet Sauvignion, Sangiovese, Syrah, Zinfadel, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The 761 acres (308 hectares) of pristine wilderness which comprises the estate yields the juiciest of grapes on the mountain slopes. With its different soils and micro-climates, the property offers a unique environment for the grapes. The scenic grounds of the estate also provide a perfect setting for events and parties. A visit to this wine estate is sure to remind you of the Tuscan countryside with its panoramic mountainous backdrop. Tours and tastings are conducted only by appointment.
If you want wine made out of your choice of grapes in small quantities—like maybe just a barrel, then Judd's Hill is the place you need to visit. The winery is owned and managed by Finkelstein family on the principle of 'small is beautiful.' They are quite happy to make wines on a made-to-order basis and according to customer specifications. They have a wine club where members have additional benefits and are invited to Judd's Hill events in Napa Valley. A combination of art, heritage, finest grapes and hand crafted wines is what Judd's Hill is all about. Picturesque and sunny, a visit to this winery is a great way to spend a lovely afternoon.
Lagunitas Brewing Company is a popular brewery located in the neighborhood of Crown in Petaluma. The brewery, although not open for tourists, offers a vibrantly decorated and rustic looking brew pub or also known as the taproom. They also serve some delicious bar snacks like smoked chicken wings, nachos and pretzels to name a few. The bar attracts socially upbeat patrons and is a great place to sip on some fresh beer and enjoy the live sports telecast.
Hamel Wines is a highlight among Sonoma Valley's renowned abundance of wineries. Offering an unrivaled wine tasting experience are owners Pam and George Hamel who are passionate about great wine and are high on hospitality. Their cutting-edge production facility processes sustainably-farmed grapes into the finest Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon, Sauvignon Blanc, Rose and Cab Blend. Savor their exquisite selection of estate wines outdoors in view of the picturesque vineyards after a tractor ride across the estate.
Benziger Family Winery has its 85-acre (34.4-hectare) estate in the beautiful Sonoma Mountains. The winery is into organic grape growing, where emphasis is given on land preservation and encouraging biodiversity of the farm. This winery originally was a ranch when the Benzigers purchased the land, and what followed was legendary. Their signature wine includes the Sonoma wine which is rich and flavorful. The winery also arranges the Biodynamic Vineyard Tram Tour, where a tram takes you through the vast estate vineyards and wildlife sanctuaries. You can browse the wine shop or laze around in the tasting room and savor some true delights.
Located on a summit, Pride Mountain Vineyards is spread over 235 acres (95 hectares) and is surrounded by mountains, offering a stunning view of the countryside of Sonoma County. The estate blends in well with the natural surroundings. Pride Mountain welcomes you to a tour of their estate and the most popular attraction, the caves. These caves lie about 50 feet (15 meters) below ground and the wine is stored in them. Tours take place in the mornings and tasting sessions during the afternoons. Since county regulations require a prior appointment, it is advisable to reserve and confirm the tour.
This is considered by many to be the most beautiful 18th-century chateau in North America. The chateau also has one of the most prominent vineyards. Domaine Carneros produces award winning sparking and Pinot Noir wines. You'll feel just like a king in the Louis XV-style salon with gracious service to match. Snuggle up to a warm fire during the cold winter months or enjoy the summer air from the terrace. Check out the in-house store, where you can pick up a number of vintages for friends and family. The tasting tours are offered daily.
Jarvis Winery is an underground winery wherein the whole process of wine making is in a deep cave. The cave is parabolic and circular which enables easy movement and accessibility. The stream and waterfall running through the center of the winery helps in maintaining the humidity of the caves while adding to the beauty of the winery. Unique tastings and tours of the cave winery are scheduled every day. It is better to plan ahead, especially during the season weekends. You get to taste six of the best Jarvis wines and you can buy bottles or cases of the wines that you like at the winery itself. All in all, a unique experience wonderful wines make Jarvis a must-visit winery.
You can expect to find all kinds of white wines, red wines, rose wines and hard to find Rhone-style wines at Cline Cellars. The property has three vineyards and an 1850s farm house for wine tasting and other events, including the Cline Jazz Festival and the Winter Winemaker Dinner. Wine lovers can also join the Pendulum Club or the Full Swing Club.
Steltzner Vineyards' commercial inception dates back to 1977, when the owner, Richard Steltzner, established his own family line, with a chaste retention of 3000 cases in the famous Stag's Leap District. Ever since, the vineyard has seen positive developments with a reception hall for visitors, a very Mediterranean laboratory, offices and event rooms. The visitors can also enjoy a bird's eye-view of the green expanse atop the three-story observation clock tower here. The 1998 Sauvignon Blanc is a favorite for sure, as well as the 2003 Merbt.
Although the Paradigm Winery turns out just 5000 cases of wine a year, you can expect the best—the grapes are grown on 52 acres of vineyards, and the varieties of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Zinfandel, and Cabernet Franc mature for a minimum of 20 months in French oak barrels before being sold. This winery, located in the heart of Napa Valley, has been turning out fine wines for many years, and it also supplies fruits to other wineries in the area. All visitors must make an appointment.
Far Niente functioned as a gravity flow winery till the onset of prohibition. It was in disuse for 60 years and opened again in 1979. Far Niente believes in quality and therefore they produce one Chardonnay and one Cabernet Sauvignon of the highest quality, luxury and elegance. If the wine does not meet expectations, it does not make the final blend. Both of the wines are premium wines and much sought after by the connoisseurs of California and beyond. Visitors are welcome and guided tours are offered several times during the day. You need to call ahead if you want to go on a tour of their tri-level winery, the storage caves and the carriage house which has a large collection of classic and vintage automobiles.