Nestled in the backyard of beautiful San Francisco is a place rich with history, wide-open spaces, access to over 300 wineries, and a transformative experience un-paralleled in the world. This is Sonoma Wine Country.
Sonoma [County] has grown tremendously in the past decade and is now, or at least should be, at the forefront of any wine lover’s mind when thinking about California’s wine industry. In the past, people may have thought there were only world-renowned luxury wines and wineries in Napa. But ladies and gentleman, Sonoma has arrived.
It’s often been said “no matter how much money you have, you can’t buy time.” But in Sonoma, that’s what you tend to find. Sonoma is relaxed, inviting, and un-busy when compared with its chic, bustling, neighbor Napa. A place like Sonoma offers its visitors time to breathe, taste, smell, and enjoy experiences that promise a different kind of adventure. With that in mind, I offer you this list of some of the most luxurious wineries in Sonoma. So buy yourself some time, and come experience them for yourself.
Ram’s Gate Winery: One of Sonoma County’s newest gems is Ram’s Gate Winery, located just past Sonoma Raceway (formerly Infineon.) This much raved about winery creates a sense of luxurious peace, where the entire wine country experience can be enjoyed to the fullest by its guests. This winery’s fantastic ratings tell me that it is destined to impress anyone who visits.
Ferrari-Carano Vineyards and Winery: This Dry Creek Valley winery has style, elegance and class with an amazing hospitality center and five exquisite gardens to stroll through. Ferrari-Carano was voted best tasting room in 2012 by the readers choice award in the Press Democrat; a title that is well deserved!
Jacuzzi Family Vineyards: Jacuzzi Family Vineyards is a beautiful 18,000 square foot winery located in Sonoma, CA. With high-end wine and olive oil tastings, this winery creates a luxurious atmosphere for guests.
Francis Ford Coppola Winery: There is not much that this winery doesn’t offer, and it surely doesn’t skimp on character. Making a visit to famous director, Francis Ford Coppola’s winery includes tastings, tours, dining at the winery, performances, and during the summer, taking a dive in the exclusive pool with full access to lounge and full bar. What more could one ask for? Francis calls it a “wine wonderland.” I couldn’t have said it better myself.
Korbel: Add a little sparkle to your life by taking a trip to the sparkling wine haven of Korbel in Guerneville, CA. One of the highlights of your visit will surely be the extended tour through the historic champagne cellars, and a heavenly tasting of Korbel’s exclusive sparkling wines.
Ledson Winery and Vineyards: Experience an amazing atmosphere at Ledson Winery and Vineyards in Kenwood, CA. The tasting room is located in the Ledson castle, which has been considered as an “architectural showpiece.” The castle provides a luxurious setting for anything from a wine tasting weekend, to a romantic getaway.
St. Francis Winery and Vineyards: This beautiful mission-style hospitality center offers private estate dinners, tour and cave tastings as well as wine and food pairings.
Chateau St. Jean: The exquisite chateau and gardens that grace the Chateau St. Jean winery are reason enough to make a visit to Sonoma County. Their elegant tasting room will please anyone looking for a luxurious experience in Sonoma County wine country.
Kunde Family Estate: This beautiful estate not only spoils its guests with fantastic wine, but shares an experience of a lifetime with its unparalleled views of Sonoma County. Kunde takes wine tasting to a whole new level with tiers of exclusive tasting and tasting rooms that will be sure to please a variety of tastes.
Kendall-Jackson Wine Center: This well established winery in Sonoma County is a must visit for newcomers and locals alike. Kendall-Jackson‘s beautiful hospitality center offers a well-rounded experience of wine, food and the exploration of the winery’s gardens.