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HISTORIC WINERY DIRECTORY

HISTORIC WINERIES OF THE SONOMA VALLEY

The beautiful and historic Sonoma Valley is the birthplace of California’s wine industry. In this unique tour, an expert local historian will accompany your group as we taste delicious wine at two or three Historic Wineries. We will also tour the Historic Sonoma Plaza, the San Francisco Solano Mission and the Sonoma Barracks. Your local historian guide will provide a comprehensive overview of local history, and tell amazing stories of wine families and viticulture, along with tales of General Vallejo and the Mission era.

Lunch included; tasting/touring fees and gratuitites extra.

Buena Vista Winery

Founded by Count Agosthon Haraszthy in 1857, Buena Vista is the oldest premium winery in California. The original stone winery is now a California Historic Landmark, and home to the Tasting Room and Visitor’s Center. You will hear the amazing story of Count Haraszthy, the first Hungarian to emigrate to the United States. In 1861 the Count journeyed to Europe and returned to California with over 100,000 cuttings of fine European varietals. Buena Vista now uses exclusively Carneros district fruit, and is the largest vineyard owner in this chosen “cool-climate” region; perfect for Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Syrah. Extraordinary wine.

Gundlach-Bundschu Winery

2008 marks the Gundlach Bundschu Sesquicentennial – the 150th Anniversary of the oldest family-owned winery in California. The founder: Jacob Gundlach, was a well-known author and poet, whose letters about the Great San Francisco Earthquake and Fire are regarded as the finest original accounts of this disaster. You will hear his story, and taste delicious estate grown wine in a glorious winery setting, nestled up against the Mayacamas Mountains.

Sebastiani Vineyards and Winery

The history of Sebastiani Vineyards extends all the way back to 1825, when its Mission Vineyard was founded by Franciscan fathers of the nearby San Francisco Solano Mission. It is the oldest vineyard north of San Francisco. Still family owned and operated today, Sebastiani Winery was founded by Samuele Sebastiani in 1904. We will visit the original stone winery building, taste wonderful wine, and view the largest redwood barrel in the world!

Bartholemew Park Winery

Currently owned by Gundlach-Bundschu, Bartholemew Park was part of Count Haraszthy’s wine empire. We will tour the comprehensive history museum, taste delicious vineyard-specific wine, and enjoy the extensive gardens surrounding the tasting room.

Sonoma Plaza and San Francisco Solano Mission

No history tour would be complete without a stop at the beautiful and historic Sonoma Plaza, and a tour of the 21st Mission. Many original adobe buildings still line the Plaza, the largest in California. Renowned as the “Bear Flag City,” you will hear the true story of the Bear Flag Revolt. We will also tour Sonoma State Historic Park, which includes the San Francisco Solano Mission and Sonoma Barracks.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

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Platypus Tours also offers Hispanic Winery Tours.

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Address: 360 Howell Mountain Rd, Angwin, CA 94508
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Cade is Napa Valley's first LEED Gold Certified estate winery. They are focused only on Cabernet Sauvignon and Sauvignon Blanc from their Howell Mountain estate vineyards. .

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Winery Phone Number: 707.965.2746
Winery Website Address: https://www.cadewinery.com/
Address: 1581 Sage Canyon Rd, St. Helena, CA 94574
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A visit to Chappellet’s Pritchard Hill is a very special experience, affording a stunning setting in which to taste their wines. Chappellet offers a variety of tour and tasting options tailored to suit your interests.

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Winery Phone Number: 707-286-4219
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Winery Website Address: https://www.chappellet.com/
Address: 2800 Main Street, St. Helena, CA 94574
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The first tasting room in the oldest winery in Napa Valley has evolved into a modern world-class tasting experience. Owned by the iconic Mondavi family, they have introduced winemaking practices to the Napa Valley that still influence the industry today.

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Winery Phone Number: 800-237-0033
Winery Website Address: https://www.charleskrug.com/
Address: 709 Main Street, St. Helena, CA 94574
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Clif Bar co-owner’s Gary Erickson and Kit Crawford have married their passions for cycling, food and wine into one great destination. Come for the bike ride, stay for lunch at their Bruschetteria food truck and enjoy a tasting of their wines sourced from some of Northern California's finest vineyards.

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Winery Phone Number: 707-968-0625
Winery Website Address: https://www.cliffamily.com/
Address: 8711 Silverado Trail, St. Helena, CA 94574
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Conn Creek has committed to Bordeaux style red wines produced from grapes sourced from some of the finest vineyards in the Napa Valley. Conn Creek is also one of the first wineries in the valley to commit to green building practices.

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Winery Phone Number: 707-968-2669
Winery Website Address: https://www.conncreek.com/
Address: 987 St. Helena Hwy, St. Helena, CA 94574
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Named one of the ten top Napa wineries to visit by Decanter Magazine, Corison specializes in Cabernet Sauvignons with power and elegance.

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Winery Phone Number: 707-963-0826 
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Winery Website Address: https://corison.com/
Address: 700 Dowdell Ln, St. Helena, CA 94574
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The 100 acre estate in St. Helena is on the location of the historic Dowdell & Sons Winery. The sustainably farmed vineyards have been continuously farmed since 1870. Pam Starr designs the wines to express the extraordinary terrior of this incredible location.

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Winery Phone Number: 707-967-9111
Winery Website Address: https://www.crockerstarr.com/

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