Every winery along the Wine Road screams romance so here’s just a taste of what you’ll see in all corners of the Sonoma County Valleys. Visit a few of these and more along the way – as long as you are holding your loved ones hand in one and a glass of wine in the other, everywhere will become that “special place.”
- Kachina. A small couple-owned winery located on an old country road with views of rolling vineyards and bocce ball to keep you entertained.
- Yoakim Bridge Winery. A fantasy dreamt and achieved by David and Virginia. On their home property they built a very small winery and tasting room. Hang on the deck overlooking their beautiful front yard and enjoy Virginia’s homemade meatballs.
- Preston Farm and Winery. For a rustic getaway complete with fresh vegetables, baby lambs and cats, head to Preston Farms. There is always something new to see and on Sundays you can join the Jug Wine fun, extracting wine right from the barrel into a glass jug you get to keep.
- Bacigalupi Vineyards. Known for their incredible Chardonnay vineyards that made up 40% of the Château Montelena Chardonnay that won in the 1976 Paris Tasting. The tiny tasting room is quite charming and located along the windy back road of Westside towards Guerneville.
- MacRostie Winery. Although the name has been around a long time, their location is the newest on the block along Westside Road. With a long and dramatic driveway you feel as if you are driving straight into the vineyards. Once inside, the tasting room is open with many different types of seating. It feels like your private home with a terrace, living room, and dining room.
- Gary Farrell Vineyards. For something very relaxing high atop a hill overlooking the valley, Gary Farrell offers some well-acclaimed pinots and chardonnays. Sit inside for an intimate experience with the wine attendant or out on the patio for more privacy. Once here, though, you won’t want to leave and you won’t have to.
- Iron Horse Vineyards. Known across the nation for their delicious sparkling wines, Iron Horse has the most spectacular view and many areas begging to be discovered. The outside tasting area overlooks their sloping vineyards and around the property you will find a charming gazebo and other little pockets. Bring a picnic and stay a while. And on Sundays, be sure to meet the Oyster Girls and have some freshly shucked snacks.
- Joseph Phelps, Freestone Vineyard. A little far out, but on the way to Bodega Bay. Stop in here for a rustic farmhouse atmosphere without the crowds. You will be greeted with warm welcomes and fall in love with the tiny town of Freestone. Then take a bottle with you to the ocean – and don’t forget to grab some freshly baked bread from Wild Flour Bakery!
- Soda Rock Winery. A historical building with beautiful views both inside and out. You will feel like eloping right then and there (unfortunately there isn’t an Elvis on hand). Explore the grounds to find corn hole, take home some cigars for that special moment, or stay for some live music during their concert series.
- Fritz Underground Winery. Another off-the-beaten-path winery located way, way north of Dry Creek Valley. With highly acclaimed Zinfandel and a cave-like tasting room, you will feel romance spilling out of every sip. Enjoy the views and explore the wine caves hand in hand.
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