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Out in the Vineyard: Sonoma County’s Top Gay Winemakers

Windsor Oaks Vineyards is one of many Sonoma County wineries that have participated in the Big Gay Train and other LGBT events and activities.

They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, so I hope the principals behind the Wine Country event company that inspired the title of this post won't mind me appropriating their name.

The brainchild of Sonoma transplant Gary Saperstein and Sonoma native Mark Vogler, Out in the Vineyard (16926 Evanton Lane, Sonoma, 707-495-9732) is an experiential travel resource devoted to promoting positive LGBT lifestyles and offering exclusive, luxury itineraries and events in Wine Country for discerning gay travelers and their friends.

The very existence of the company not only speaks volumes about Sonoma County and the special welcome its wineries have on tap for LGBT visitors but also about the genuinely wide-open arms with which the destination welcomes diversity.

All year round, Out in the Vineyard hosts weekend and weeklong itineraries where guests get exclusive access to some of the world's best wineries, restaurants, and accommodations catering to the LGBT lifestyle. Meet artisan winemakers at their bucolic boutique tasting rooms and dine on exquisite culinary cuisine, all while literally being Out In The Vineyard.

Each summer, Out in the Vineyard hosts the Gay Wine Weekend — three days of LGBT events in Sonoma County's magnificent Sonoma Valley, home to some of the world's most presitious wines and wineries. It's a chance to celebrate with world class wine and culinary delights, winery tours, music and dancing in a private estate vineyard, VIP receptions, wine tasting excursions, and a champagne brunch and wine auction in one of the most famous luxury wine destinations in the world.

In addition to the above, Sonoma County is also home to a number of gay-friendly wineries like DeLoach Vineyards  and Francis Ford Coppola Winery, among many others.

In fact, most wineries in Sonoma County are gay-friendly, which goes a long way toward explaining why this wine region has been named one of the country's top 20 tourist destinations for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered people.

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