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Russian River Valley Wineries
Sonoma Wine Country is well known for some amazing Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays from the Russian River Valley. This area of Sonoma Wine Country is very close to the Honor Mansion, be sure your stay includes a visit to some of these fantastic wineries.
With wineries starting in Healdsburg and spreading almost to the Pacific Ocean, the Russian River, and Armstrong Redwood State Park, this area offers an endless amount of activities to fill your day.
Steve's Favorite Russian River Valley Wineries
Great tours in this valley:
- Arista has private tastings in their Japanese Water gardens, hosted by one of the family!
- Lynmar has tours available, as well as gourmet picnics and food and wine pairings.
- Hartford Winery offers elegant private tastings, and includes a tour of the facilities.
- John Tyler Winery offers vertical tastings with a tour by appointment.
Picnic areas in this valley:
- Arista has beautiful gardens to bring a picnic to.
- Hartford Winery has boxed picnic lunches availbale by appointment.
- As mentioned above, Lynmar Estate has gourmet picnic lunches available by appointment.
- Woodenhead has limited seating, but beautiful views of the valley from their picnic grounds.
- Marimar Estate offers tapas and wine pairings, reservations recommended but not necessarily required.
A beautiful family run winery. They produce a variety of wines, but make really great Pinot Noir that the Russian River area is known for. When visiting here, be sure to leave some extra time to visit the Japanese water gardens, and even picnic here in their beautiful ground!
Hartford Family Winery is a family-owned winery located in the Russian River area of Sonoma County. The winery specializes in single-vineyard Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and old vine Zinfandel. The wines produced express the character of their unique vineyards. All of their wines are rated 90 points or more!
Founded by Judy Jordan in 1986, J Vineyards & Winery began as a producer of critically-acclaimed sparkling. Still a top producer of local sparkling wines, they have branched out to include other wines including Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Their Bubble Room is an amazing culinary treat, a 5 course intimate food and wine pairing.
John Tyler Wines:
Growing in Russian River Valley since 1956, the Bacigalupi family has sold fruit to some of Sonoma's and Napa’s finest wineries. Now in a partnership between John Bacigalupi and nephew Tyler Heck, John Tyler Wines specializes in producing small lot Pinot Noir and Zinfandel, and will be releasing a Syrah and Chardonnay in 2012. A fantastic family winery.
Award-winning Chardonnay and Pinot Noir in the heart of the Russian River Valley. Enjoy your wines with a food and wine pairing, picnic lunch, or any one of their other amazing food options, created by the onsite chef.
A small, all organic winery on Westside Road. Porter Creek produces around 4000 cases of year, and has a variety of excellent red wines, particularly Pinot Noir. The tasting room is in a converted shed, and is a nice contrast to some of the larger wineries in the area. Definitely a great stop.
Tara Bella is a tiny winery located in the Russian River Valley that specializes in Cabernet Sauvignon ONLY. Their 6 acre vineyard produces approximately 500 cases. When you visit Tara Bella, you won\'t be meeting employees, you will be greeted by Tara and Rich Minnick, Owners/Winemakers. Come and barrel taste our 2008 vintages and taste the difference between the Clone 4 and Clone 7 Cabernets!
Featuring Burgundian/California style Pinot Noirs and Zinfandels, as well as a few others including a French Colombard not typical to the area. Wine maker Nicholas Stez spent 17 harvests working with William Selyem, and draws much of his inspiration for wine making from those years.
Some other great stops in the Russian River area:
Christopher Creek (small production winery, but makes a large variety of wines, so you can find something for everyone!), Gary Farrell (tours available by appointment), Korbel Champagne Cellars (Complimentary tours, no appointment needed, amazing deli), Limerick Lane, Martinelli, Rodney Strong, Russian Hill, Sapphire Hill.
Tara Bella Winery
Boutique Russian River Valley Winery producing excellent Cabernet Sauvignon. READ MORE DETAILS
Single vineyard high end Pinot, Zin & Chardonnay, all rates 90 points and above! READ MORE DETAILS
High end Pinot Noir and Chardonnay in a beautiful setting. READ MORE DETAILS
Enjoy amazing Pinot Noir in the serenity of a Japanese Water Garden! READ MORE DETAILS
John Tyler Wines
A small, family winery with generations of wine growers. READ MORE DETAILS
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The Honor Mansion of Sonoma Video Gallery
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