New Wineries and Tasting Rooms to Visit in Sonoma County
There was no drought where wine is concerned in 2016, as a flurry of new wine tasting rooms opened within the last year across Sonoma County.
Popping corks in new digs (constructed in 2016 from three shipping containers welded together and just a short walk from the Healdsburg Plaza), Breathless makes their sparkling North Coast Brut, Blanc de Blancs, and other wines right next door in the Rack & Riddle custom sparkling wine facility. The three sisters who founded this stylish bubbly brand have created a landscaped oasis in an industrial zone.
499 Moore Lane, Healdsburg; Open Thursday–Tuesday, 11am–6pm; 707-395-7300
Something old is new again at La Crema. The winery’s Sonoma County Pinot Noir and Chardonnay have long been restaurant favorites across the nation, and their new tasting room is situated in a favorite spot for many Sonoma County winemakers over the years: Saralee’s Vineyard. Using recycled wood and glass, a tasting room has been fashioned from the home of former owners Richard and Saralee Kunde, longtime Sonoma County grape growers who remodeled this vintage 1900 hop barn and hosted many charity events over the years.
3575 Slusser Road, Windsor; open daily, 10am–5pm; 707-525-6200
Spacious, cool blue new digs for the Pinot a gogo winery that makes dozens of small lot gems from up and down the West Coast, but especially Sonoma County. Enjoy small plates paired with Pinot Noir, or pick up a box of chicken roasted by Forestville’s excellent and local produce-obsessed restaurant, Backyard.
241 Healdsburg Ave., Healdsburg; open daily, 11am–7pm; 707-433-6000
A new addition to a cluster of up-and-coming artisan cider, wine and spirits makers in a business park in Windsor, Guerrero Fernandez is a dream come true for high school sweethearts Martin Guerrero and Olga Fernandez, who came to Sonoma County as newlyweds in the 1980s. Working in the wine industry, Guerrero developed a passion for winemaking, and handcrafts the Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, and Zinfandel offered in their new tasting room.
7724 Bell Road, Windsor; open Friday–Sunday, 11am–5pm; 707-953-7956
This new tasting room technically opened in late 2015, “but we weren’t in full swing until February 2016,” says winemaker Mike Barber. It’s no wonder: it took a lot of work to renovate this storefront, located inside the revitalized Hotel Petaluma. Hosting a rotating selection of cheeses, cheesemaker nights, movie nights, and live music, Barber Cellars is one of the hottest new finds outside of the traditional wine tasting routes—with “Mr. Beast” Zinfandel and other toothsome wines coming from nearby Petaluma Gap and Sonoma Mountain vineyards.
112 Washington St., Petaluma; open Thursday–Saturday, 12–8pm, and Wednesday and Sunday, 12–6pm; 707-981-7034
Also new in Petaluma, the other wine tasting room in town (there’s a port tasting room down the street) is the Petaluma pit stop of race car driver and entrepreneur Kevin Buckler, whose TRG team drives for Aston Martin Racing in North America. The tasting room occupies a cozy corner of the historic Great Petaluma Mill while a grand new winery is planned on the waterfront. Slow down here to savor big reds from Knights Valley.
6 Petaluma Blvd. N., Suite A1, Petaluma; open daily, 11am–7pm; 707-939-9099
Rebranded and opened in June of 2016, this is the breezy new home of Windsor Vineyards, the popular custom-label winery founded by Sonoma County legend Rodney Strong. This spacious tasting room on the east side of the Healdsburg Plaza also has a wider range of wines on offer from wineries around the county—like B.R. Cohn Sonoma Valley Cabernet.
308B Center St, Healdsburg; open daily, 12–7pm; 707-921-2893
Check out some great resturants in Sonoma County after you're done tasting in these tasting rooms.