Within Sonoma County you will find award-winning wines being produced at over 425 wineries within 18 American Viticulture Areas (AVAs). The Pacific coastline, redwood forests, valleys, and mountains create a wide-range of terroirs and microclimates that make Sonoma one of the most diverse and unique wine growing regions in the world.
With so many choices in Sonoma wine county, here are some of the Best Wineries in Sonoma! Go explore...
Named after the enterprising pioneer Cyrus Alexander, Alexander Valley was once considered a better place to grow wheat and raise cattle before it gained fame for its grapes.
Top grapes grown here are Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Bordeaux varietals, along with Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc.
7300 Hwy 128, Healdsburg 95448 - 707.942.7082
Silver Oak began in 1972 with a simple philosophy-focus production on one varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon, allowing it to fully develop a vivid bouquet and softness from lengthy aging. They are one of America's most requested Cabernet Sauvignons.
Located just 10 minutes east of downtown Healdsburg, their new, state-of-the-art winery is currently open by reservation only.
Designed to “Frame the Vineyard”, the winery features panoramic views of the Alexander Valley bench and showcases 75 acres of prime Cabernet Sauvignon plantings.
Upon arrival, guests are welcomed into a modern barn-inspired tasting room adjacent to the iconic Silver Oak water tower. Visitors will gain a deeper understanding of how sustainable vineyard management contributes to wine quality, as well as the technologies and practices we apply toward resource management and vineyard health.
3487 Alexander Valley Rd, Healdsburg, 95448 - 707.431.8845
Medlock Ames is a family-owned estate vineyard and winery at Bell Mountain Ranch which sits at the intersection of where the southeast corner of Alexander Valley and Russian River Valley meet.
Bell Mountain has 338 acres at the ranch with 55 acres of vineyards, 800 olive trees, a market garden and a wildlife corridor extending across the remaining untouched forest. The entire property is farmed organically with no insecticides, chemical fertilizers, or herbicides while the winery is solar-powered.
Medlock Ames focuses on Cabernet Sauvignon and Bordeaux blends while also producing Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, and Syrah. Visit the Bell Mountain Ranch for a tour of the vineyards while tasting small production wines and enjoying the majestic views.
Carneros - Sonoma
Bounded by climate and topography, the Carneros wine-growing region is uniquely shared the Carneros AVA within Napa Valley. The name Los Carneros, 'the rams' in Spanish, dates from the 1830s, when Mexico administered this region.
Top grapes grown here are Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, as well as some new plantings of Syrah, and other Rhone varietals.
23555 Arnold Dr, Sonoma, 95476 - 866.845.6742
With a glass of sparkling wine in hand and an incredible view of the vineyards and the mountains, you’ll discover a perfect moment. Gloria Ferrer was the first winery to produce world-class sparkling wine in Carneros and an icon of Sonoma Valley.
Wines here are a direct reflection of two unique estates – nestled at the base of the Sonoma Mountains and Wildcat Peak, respectively – which protect vines from the strongest Carneros breezes and supply alluvial soils that nourish the grapes.
With an ideal location, Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards is at the gateway to Sonoma Wine Country, located only 40 miles north of San Francisco at the southern tip of the county.
62 Bonneau Rd, Sonoma, 95476 - 707.996.4188
With a new tasting room and hospitality center (The Vintners House), come enjoy boutique wines and the natural beauty of Carneros. Winemaker Katy Wilson crafts highly-rated wines from the best Rhône and Burgundian grape varieties grown at the Estate vineyard and select properties around Sonoma County.
The winery name is derived from the anabatic winds that flow through the vineyards. The vineyard and production operations are certified sustainable and 95-100% of their electricity is generated by renewable sources. When visiting Anaba, you'll notice intentional, wind-inspired design throughout the tasting room.
Carved out of a curious northeast corner of the Russian River Valley AVA, the Chalk Hill AVA is defined by its warmer climate and volcanic soils. There are more than 1,400 vineyard acres, and five wineries.
Top grapes of Chalk Hill region are Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc.
10300 Chalk Hill Rd, Healdsburg, 95448 - 707.657.1809
The true essence of Chalk Hill is its estate, a unique corner of Sonoma wine country. Perhaps no other winery captures the casual luxury of Sonoma County better than Chalk Hill Estate. Founded nearly four decades ago, this spectacular 1300-acre property features 300 acres of vineyards, wilderness areas, winery, hospitality center, and culinary garden.
The winery is located at the eastern edge of the Russian River Valley — south of downtown Healdsburg. They offer a variety of tours, tastings and culinary experiences.
Dry Creek Valley
With a grape-growing history going back 140 years, the compact Dry Creek Valley American viticultural area (AVA) includes more than 9,000 vineyard acres and over 70 wineries, one deli, and no stoplights in an area only 16 miles long and two miles wide.
The top grapes of Dry Creek Valley start with zinfandel - search out the old vine plantings, You will also find a variety of Rhone varietals and Sauvignon Blanc gaining acclaim.
1401 Westside Rd, Healdsburg, 95448 - 707.431.2121
Mill Creek Vineyards and Winery is a small, estate winery, still owned and operated by the founding Kreck family. Vineyards were first planted in 1965 and the winery was established in 1974. The award-winning wines are produced from grapes grown on the winery estate, the family home in Alexander Valley, and a few select neighboring vineyards.
A landmark at the southern entrance to Sonoma County's Dry Creek Valley, the Mill Creek tasting room serves to welcome visitors to this outstanding grape growing and wine producing region, offering two large picnic areas, a tasting room featuring a beautifully landscaped working water wheel and millpond, and spectacular views of the Dry Creek Valley in Healdsburg, California.
4685 West Dry Creek Rd, Healdsburg, 95448 - 707.433.1385
Since the early 1900’s the Rafanelli family has been growing grapes and making wine in the Dry Creek Valley. Four generations later they are still keeping with the tradition, growing premium grapes and producing world class wines.
The winery is small, and being family owned and operated, production is limited, with the focus on quality not quantity. The family prides themselves on producing consistently exceptional wines year in and year out, specializing in some of the finest Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Merlot.
Newly designated in 2018, the Petaluma Gap AVA status is based more on climate and topography than 'political boundaries' on existing maps.
It's also one of the few Sonoma County appellations that cross county lines: Sonoma County shares the southern portion of the Petaluma Gap with neighboring Marin County.
Pinot is the word in the Gap - Pinot Noir, that is, the thin-skinned Burgundian red that excels in a cool climate claims 75 percent of Petaluma Gap vineyard acreage.
2420 Mountain Ranch Rd, Petaluma, 94954 - 415.246.4595
Located less than 15 miles from the Pacific Ocean and situated in the Petaluma Gap, the Ron Noble Estate exemplifies the ideal nexus of land, water and air.
Experience a unique exploration of wines at the Ron Noble estate home and vineyards, where guests are greeted with a glass of Pinot Noir, followed by a vineyard stroll between the undulating rows of grape vines.
Following the walk, a selection of current Ron Noble wines are poured for a seated tasting, which is then complimented by a reserve tasting paired with nibbles and casual conversation. Wine lovers can also enjoy leisurely time spent by the estate pool while savoring their Petaluma Gap wines.
Russian River Valley
It's fitting that the Russian River Valley appellation lies at the geographical heart of Sonoma County.
This is where some of wine country's best known and most beloved varietals really earned their reputation. This is the appellation that set the standard for California, and perhaps New World, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, while remaining home to sought-after old vine Zinfandel. Cool-climate, small lot production of Syrah is also gaining attention.
6192 Westside Rd, Healdsburg, 95448 - 707.433.2305
With three generations of dedication to the land, Rochioli Vineyards and Winery has earned the reputation as one of the regions finest wineries.
Rochioli Vineyards & Winery is situated just ten minutes drive south of Healdsburg. The tasting room overlooks the Russian River Valley floor where you can see Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Old Vine Sauvignon Blanc vineyards. To the right you can catch a glimpse of the fabled West Block Pinot Noir vineyard.
Tastings feature a range of estate wines that are available to the public. Want to purchase their West Block wines? Sign up for the 'Membership List' and then wait 3-4 years for your name to be called.
4353 Westside Rd, Healdsburg, 95448 - 707.473.0115
Since 1956 the Bacigalupi Family has been growing grapes on Westside Road. They produce estate Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Zinfandel, Petite Sirah and a red blend called Fondare.
The winery is most noted to have contributed grapes to the 1973 Chateau Montelena that would go on to win the coveted Paris Tasting and forever change the way the world viewed California wines. Today they continue to farm the 1964 planting of Chardonnay as well as 125 acres of estate grown grapes.
Their tasting room is located on the iconic Westside Road in the heard of the Russian River Valley.
This AVA may be Sonoma County's most mysterious wine region, from the wild, wind-swept northern coast to the gently rolling hills of the southern dairy land, it spans the entire length of the county. There's little mystery about how highly respected and rated the wines from this region have become.
Cool-climate Pinot Noir and Chardonnay rule the region, with Syrah gaining the attention of winemakers.
3360 River Rd, Windsor, 95492 - 707.525.0570
The Martinelli Family has grown grapes in Sonoma County since the 1880’s. Wines here are only produced from estate grown grapes, which are still farmed by the Martinelli family.
An unique tasting room and gift shop is situated in a historic turn-of-the-century hop barn. Come and taste the estate grown & produced wines in the scenic Russian River Valley. Specializing in Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Syrah, and Zinfandel.
5960 Eastside Rd, Forrestville, 95436 - 707.347.9719
As boutique and cozy as they come! This family owned and operated micro-winery specializes in limited production Pinot Noir, Tempranillo and other unique white blends. With a beautiful 8.5 acre estate vineyard, the winery is located in the heart of the Russian River Valley.
They offer private outdoor seated tastings, or an immersive estate ATV tour with a tasting and lunch. Learn all about their history, winemaking techniques and farming practices as they share a private, intimate experience with guests.
Sonoma Valley encompasses perhaps the widest range of wine grapes, the most dramatic contrasts of terrain, and the longest history of any wine growing region in Sonoma County.
As the birthplace of the California's commercial wine industry in the 1850s, Sonoma Valley comprises 10,249 acres of vineyards, and is home to more than 80 wineries and tasting rooms.
Some of the oldest Zinfandel vines are found here, along with Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Chardonnay plantings.
8555 Sonoma Hwy, Kenwood, 95452 - 707.257.5784
Tucked in the northern end of Sonoma Valley, Chateau St. Jean offers an idyllic oasis to getaway from daily life and soak in the Sonoma wine lifestyle.
With incredible vineyard views, a dramatic mountain backdrop, lush gardens, and the elegant 1920s chateau, you're invited to experience our award-winning wines at your leisure, while enjoying the breathtaking and relaxing ambiance of the estate.
Open daily, you will find a wide range of tasting options, including the 'Food and Wine Tradition' - offered only on weekends.
11 E. Napa St #3, Sonoma, 95476 - 707.933.7837
Westwood Estate Wines is singularly focused on making world-class, hand crafted Rhone & Burgundian varietals from the biodynamic Annadel Gap Vineyard in the Sonoma Valley.
Partnering selectively with premier grower vineyards in Sonoma, you will find distinctive small-lot production comprised of collections; the Pinot Noir, Rhone, Vintners and Library series'..
Make sure to visit their Downtown Sonoma Tasting Salon, open daily for scheduled tastings.
We hope you go explore some of the Best Wineries in Sonoma!
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