Between its gorgeous climate and stunning scenery, Sonoma Wine Country has become an esteemed Northern California location that attracts thousands of visitors every year. Sonoma includes areas that spread over four different winery valleys, including the Sonoma Valley, the Alexander Valley, the Russian River Valley, and the Dry Creek Valley. The latter three valleys meet in Healdsburg, California and create the ideal location for exploring various wineries and tasting rooms. If you’re looking to try some of the most expertly-made wines in the nation, Healdsburg is the place to go. And when you come to visit, be sure to stay with us here at Honor Mansion, one of the best Healdsburg hotels (though we may be biased).
Take a Sip of Heaven at These Healdsburg Wineries
A variety of local wineries offer guests a once-in-a-lifetime experience of tasting delicious flavors and learning about the fascinating winemaking process. Plus, when you stay at the beautiful Honor Mansion, you’ll be just a short drive away from all of the best Healdsburg wineries and can even make it back in time for afternoon wine and hors d’oeuvres! Here are some of our favorite Healdsburg wineries that you’ve just got to visit.
- Mauritson Family Winery: With more than 300 sprawling acres of Sonoma County estate vineyards, six generations of family members, and nearly 150 years of farming, Mauritson Family Winery has a reputation for outstanding winemaking and sought-after harvests. Their state-of-the-art winemaking facility offers an exclusive tasting room and tours of the gorgeous winery and vineyards by appointment.
- Zichichi Family Winery: This family-owned and operated Healdsburg winery is located in the heart of zinfandel country in beautiful Dry Creek Valley. Traditional winemaking techniques are utilized in all Zichichi family wines to create superlative quality and taste, and the wines are aged 20 months in French and American Oak for a perfect final product. Cheers!
- Passalacqua Winery: Rich with five generations of family history, Passalacqua Winery opened in 2004 and has a tasting room that showcases Zinfandel from vineyards in Dry Creek Valley and Cabernet Sauvignon from the Passalacqua Vineyard. Each of their vineyards is carefully chosen for its unique soils, microclimates, clones, exposure, and age, and each is farmed with a commitment to quality. Every vineyard yields wonderful wines that are elegant, distinct, and complex.
- Dutcher Crossing Winery: Located in nearby Geyserville, CA, this 20-acre vineyard has been growing grapes that produce some of the most sought-after wines in the country for over 30 years. Guests can take a tour of the lush, beautiful Dutcher Crossing vineyard to learn about the area’s rich gravel, grape aging and fermentation, and the vine to bottle process. Or, check out their tasting room to sample a variety of wines including their famous Cabernet.
- Robert Young Estate Winery: Established in 1963, Robert Young Estate is also located in nearby Geyserville and is a 500-acre wine lovers’ paradise. The climate on the estate during growing season features warm afternoons and cool nights with rarely any rain, making their location ideal for various types of grapes. Their vineyards are quite an anomaly in that they can grow highly sought-after Cabernet Sauvignon in one location, and exquisite Chardonnay in another. Join their Scion Wine Club to experience their unique wines for yourself!
Find Even More Fantastic Wineries in Healdsburg!
There is an almost unending list of Healdsburg wineries, including Ferrari-Carano Vineyard. Here are even more wineries to visit, which we’ve curated according to their wine-growing valley. Visiting wineries in Santa Rosa is also one of the best things to do in Santa Rosa, California.
Dry Creek Wineries
When visiting Sonoma Wine Country, a trip to breathtaking Dry Creek Valley wineries is an absolute must. There, guests can sample some of the most amazing Zinfandels in the country, as well as a variety of other Dry Creek wines. The smallest of the three valleys, Dry Creek has an array of vineyards and wineries, from family-owned local gems to popular area hotspots. Here are some of our favorite places to go for beautiful tours, picnics, and delicious tastings.
Alexander Valley Wineries
The Alexander Valley wineries are located in the warmest of the three winery valleys, and because of the climate the wineries located here are most renowned for their Cabernet Sauvignon. It is in this valley that you can find well-known names such as Silver Oak, historic family wineries like Robert Young Estate, and hidden gems such as Garden Creek. Enjoy any of these delectable Alexander Valley wineries to take your visit over the top.
Russian River Valley Wineries
The largest of the valleys, the Russian River Valley is closer to the ocean, and gets coastal breezes which create cooler temperatures perfect to grow Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. With Russian River Valley wineries starting in Healdsburg, California, and spreading almost to the Pacific Ocean, as well as the Russian River, where you can kayak and canoe, and Armstrong Redwood State Park, with lots of hiking options, this area offers an endless amount of activities to fill your day.
Plan Your Perfect Wine Weekend
Now that you know about some of the most exquisite Healdsburg wineries, it’s time for you to visit Northern California! For more information on things to do in Healdsburg and throughout Sonoma Wine Country, download our free vacation guide.