Top Sonoma Valley Wineries
With well over 400 wineries located in the North Bay and 40 in the Sonoma Valley, we hand-pick from the best to create wine tours that avoid the crowds and find the more intimate side, and the real charm, of our beautiful wine country. We focus on smaller, family-owned wineries and wineries of historical significance while trying to avoid larger, more heavily visited wineries in order to provide a truly memorable experience. We're thrilled that Trip Advisor consistently ranks our Sonoma Wine Tours as top-rated activities in the region.
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Listed below are some of our top Sonoma Valley Wineries (updated October, 2014):
Arrowood Vineyards & Winery
Arrowood Vineyards produces award-winning Sonoma County Wine, including Chardonnay, Viognier, Syrah and also offers Cabernet Sauvignon in small lots. The winery's tasting room is the perfect place to enjoy their wine and a sweeping view of the valley.
(707) 935-2600; 14347 Sonoma Highway, Glen Ellen
Audelssa Estate Winery
Audelssa Estate wines are made employing minimalist winemaking techniques, allowing the vineyard to be expressed in the wine.
(707) 933-8514; 13647 Arnold Drive, Glen Ellen
B.R. Cohn is located in the heart of Sonoma Valley and offers award winning wines, extra virgin olive oils, handcrafted vinegars and gourmet food items.
(707) 931-7924; 15000 Sonoma Highway, Glen Ellen
Bartholomew Park Winery
Nestled on a historic, certified organically-farmed estate just a few blocks east of Sonoma's plaza, Bartholomew Park Winery produces hand-crafted single vineyard wines.
(707) 935-9511; 1000 Vineyard Lane, Sonoma
Benziger Family Winery
Benziger produces wonderful cabernet sauvignon, merlot, and chardonnay wines with a strong sense of place using certified Biodynamic, organic and sustainable farming methods.
(707) 935-3000; 1883 London Ranch Road, Glen Ellen
Blackstone prides themselves on producing smooth, flavorful, harmonious wines with rich fruit, supple texture, and balanced oak from the Napa and Sonoma regions.
(707) 833-1999; 8450 Sonoma Highway, Kenwood
Buena Vista Winery
Founded in 1857, Buena Vista is California's oldest premium winery just outside the town of Sonoma, creating wines with great acidity, balance and structure.
(707) 938-1266 or 800-678-8504;18000 Old Winery Road, Sonoma
Chateau St. Jean
Founded in 1973, Chateau St. Jean's heritage is rooted in Sonoma County vineyards with its gracious style, elegant architecture and inviting gardens and tasting rooms.
(707) 833-4134; 8555 Sonoma Hwy., Kenwood
Located on a 350-acre estate in the Carneros District, Cline Cellars is family-owned since 1982 and is best known for single vineyard Zinfandel wines.
(707) 940-4000; 24737 Arnold Drive, Sonoma
Eric Ross Winery
Award-winning, historic winery located in the heart of Sonoma Valley.
(707) 939-8525; 14300 Arnold Drive Glen Ellen
Gloria Ferrer Caves and Vineyards
Located in the beautiful Carneros wine district of Sonoma, Gloria Ferrer produces both fine California sparkling and still wines. When visiting, sit down, relax and enjoy the beautiful views.
(707) 933-1917; 23555 Highway 121 (Arnold Dr), Sonoma
Gundlach Bundschu Winery
Founded in 1858, this historic winery celebrated 150 years of wine production in 2008 and is focused on making small lots of ultra-premium wines.
(707) 939-3015; 2000 Denmark Street, Sonoma
Homewoood Winery is as close to a one-man "minimalist winemaking" operation as its founder can keep it, limited to around 3,000 cases of unfiltered and unfined wine produced annually.
(707) 996-6353; 23120 Burndale Rd., Sonoma
Imagery Estate Winery
Imagery is all about experimenting with new varietals and exploring little known grape regions – the culmination of a 20-year commitment to eclectic wines.
(707) 935-4515; 14335 Hwy 12, Glen Ellen
Kaz Vineyard & Winery
Nestled in the Valley of the Moon, Kaz Vineyard is family-owned and considered the smallest winery in the county that sells only 1,000 cases a year (but with more options than most wineries its size) and proud of it.
877 833-2536; 233 Adobe Canyon Road, Kenwood
Founded in 1970 and located in the heart of Sonoma Valley, Kenwood Vineyards has established itself as a producer of premium quality, world class California wines.
(707) 833-5891; 9592 Sonoma Highway, Kenwood 95452
Kunde Estate Winery
Family owned and operated for five generations, Kunde Estate Winery and Vineyards produces elegant, estate-grown balanced wines that are sustainably farmed.
(707) 833-5501; 9825 Sonoma Highway, Kenwood 95452
Lake Sonoma Winery
Lake Sonoma Winery produces unique Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel and Chardonnay designed to showcase the sub-appellation vineyards of the Russian River, Dry Creek and Alexander Valleys.
777 Madrone Road, Glen Ellen, CA 95442
One of the stars in the "super premium" Chardonnay and Pinot Noir business, Landmark produces rich, balanced hand crafted wines perfect for pairing with a wide variety of fine cuisine.
(707) 833-0218; 101 Adobe Canyon Road, Kenwood
Larson Family Winery
Larson Family Winery is a family friendly winery located on 70 acres of beautiful Carneros land that has been in the family since the late 1800s.
(707) 938-3031; 23355 Millerick Road, Sonoma
Ledson Winery & Vineyards
This historic 16,000 square foot French Normandy winery is known as "The Castle" and was originally settled by the Ledson family in 1862.
(707) 537-3810, 800-539-2331; 7335 Sonoma Highway, Kenwood
Australian Chris Loxton handcrafts Syrah and Zinfandel that show balance and a sense of place without compromise at this micro-winery.
(707) 935-7221; 11466 Dunbar Road, Glen Ellen
Mayo Family Winery
Mayo Family Winery is a small winery that produces small batch, single vineyard wines in Glen Ellen that are always interesting and delicious.
(707) 938-9401; 13101 Arnold Drive, Glen Ellen
Moon Mountain Vineyards
Moon Mountain Vineyard is a family-owned property devoted to organic vineyards in the Mayacamas Mountains, produces a range or red and white wines and is the home of Repris Wines.
(707) 996-3526; 1700 Moon Mountain Drive, Sonoma
Nelson Estate Tasting Room
Nelson Estates makes small batches of premium quality estate wine using environmentally responsible farming practices and handcrafted winemaking techniques.
(707) 833-5504; 9200 Sonoma Highway, Kenwood
Nicholson Ranch is tucked away in the southern foothills of Sonoma Valley and offers panoramic views, cave tours and handcrafted Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Merlot and Syrah.
(707) 938-8822; 4200 Napa Road, Sonoma
Ravenswood prides itself on capturing the spirit of California's best growing regions by producing unadulterated, unapologetic, unfussy, unwimpy wines.
(707) 938-1960, 888-669-4679; 18701 Gehricke Road, Sonoma
An amazing historic vineyard known to a select few in the Mayacamas Mountains for over 125 years, Repris and its 18,000 square feet of caves is one of Sonoma's delicious little members only secrets.
(707) 931-7701, 1700 Moon Mountain Rd, Sonoma, CA 95476
Robert Hunter Winery
Robert Hunter Winery is a boutique winery located in the Sonoma Valley producing unique limited quantities of Brut, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Cabernet Sauvignon.
(707) 996-3056, 15655 Arnold Dr., Sonoma
Robledo Family Winery
Family owned and operated boutique winery since 1996 producing ultra premium wines from Sonoma, Napa and Lake Counties.
(707) 939-6903; 21901 Bonness Road, Sonoma
Roche Carneros Estate Winery
Roche is a family run boutique winery making only a very limited amount of premium wine and olive oil and selling direct to the consumer.
(707) 935-7115; 28700 Arnold Drive,Sonoma
Schug Carneros Estate Winery
Founded in 1980, Schug Carneros Estate Winery is the family-run showcase and life-long dream of one of California's most celebrated winemakers, Walter Schug, and is a globally recognized producer of Carneros Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.
(707) 939-9363; 602 Bonneau Road, Sonoma
Sebastiani is the oldest, continuously family-owned winery in Sonoma with an emphasis on single-vineyard and sub-appellation wines.
(707) 933-3230; 389 East Fourth Street, Sonoma
Remick Ridge Vineyards
Remick Ridge Vineyards is owned and operated by the Smothers Brothers (yes, those ones), proud of the Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon wines produced at their ranch in Kenwood, California.
(707) 833-6131; 9575 Sonoma Highway, Kenwood
St. Francis Winery
Originally planted in 1910 and now producing two estate wines, St. Francis is surrounded by majestic mountains and breathtaking vineyard views.
(707) 538-9463; 100 Pythian Road, Kenwood
Tin Barn Vineyards
Tin Barn Vineyards produces single vineyard Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon wines highlighting the true character of rural Sonoma County.
(707) 938-5430; 21692 Eighth Street East, Unit 340, Sonoma
VJB Vineyards & Cellars
VJB wines are crafted from a beautiful blend of soil, exposure, weather and family tradition and sold exclusively at VJB's tasting room and through Club Enoteca.
(707) 833-2300; 9077 Sonoma Highway, Kenwood
Viansa Winery & Italian Marketplace
Overlooking the Sonoma Valley, Viansa Winery & Marketplace is a popular and picturesque wine country destination. The winery combines traditions from the old world with styles from the new, offering a variety of California favorites.
(707) 935-4700; 25200 Arnold Drive, Sonoma
Wellington Vineyards is nestled between the towns of Glen Ellen and Kenwood and has been owned by a father and son team since 1986.
(707) 939-0708; 11600 Dunbar Road, Glen Ellen
Additionally, please review our favorite Napa Valley Wineries, St. Helena and Calistoga Wineries and North Sonoma County Wineries. For additional tour and tasting information please see our Sonoma Wine Tours and Sonoma Wine Tasting pages.