Ferrari-Carano Vineyards and Winery is an iconic winery to visit in Sonoma County's Dry Creek Valley
Ferrari-Carano Vineyards and Winery in Dry Creek Valley

13 Sonoma County Wineries You Should Know

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Experiencing any of these 13 Sonoma County wineries and their amazing, award-winning wines will surely make you feel lucky. 

Home to 425+ wineries and 18 American Viticultural Areas (AVAs), the amazing range of microclimates distinguishes Sonoma County as one of the most diverse winegrowing regions in the world.

The Pacific coastline, redwood forests, fertile valleys, and mountains produce an array of exceptional wines.

A quick unofficial poll netted more than 30 favorite wineries that locals love to share with out-of-town guests, which became this list of 13 Sonoma County wineries you should know (and many more; just browse the wineries listings or order the free Sonoma County Visitors Guide and Wineries Map):

Rodney Strong Vineyards, Healdsburg

There are many reasons to visit this winery. Not satisfied with producing just 'good' wines, Rodney Strong created a 'boutique winery within a winery' that offers premium, small-lot wines.

People enjoy a tasting on the terrace at Rodney Strong Vineyards, Healdsburg
Rodney Strong Vineyards, Healdsburg

They also host an annual Summer Concert Series taking place in the summer months, but there's no need for a backstage pass here. There is no backstage. You're in the middle of the action.

Great vineyard location, enjoying top acts, and sipping sublime wine - can a summer evening get any better?

Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards, Sonoma

Set in the rolling hills of the Carneros region in southeastern Sonoma County, this winery was designed to evoke both the historic California missions and the heritage of the Catalonian family, owners of the Freixenet cava brand.

The entrance to the iconic Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards, Sonoma
Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards, Sonoma

Gloria Ferrer makes some of Sonoma County's most popular sparkling wines. After an informative tour of the caves and sparkling wine facility, savor a glass or flight of sparkling wine by the fire or on the veranda.

Buena Vista Winery, Sonoma

Buena Vista is California's oldest commercial winery and the birthplace of the state's modern wine industry. Count Agoston Haraszthy built a stone winery on the property in 1857 and introduced cuttings from Europe's best vineyards to California.

A sign outside of Buena Vista Winery in Sonoma explains the historic vineyards on the property
Buena Vista Winery, Sonoma

Sign up for the "Be the Count Experience," wine blending as the Count might have done it, or taste a flight while touring the Wine Tool Museum. If you run into the Count himself, don't be surprised; it's all a part of the experience.

Fort Ross Vineyard and Tasting Room, Jenner

Floating above the fog in the hills above the crashing waves lies the closest vineyard to the Pacific Ocean in California — Fort Ross Vineyard. It's located in one of Sonoma County's most unique AVAs, Fort Ross-Seaview. The new tasting room looks like one of the many historic barns that dot the landscape.

The spectacular view of vineyards and mountains from Fort Ross Vineyard, Winery & Tasting Room, Jenner
Fort Ross Vineyard, Winery & Tasting Room, Jenner

Taste Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Pinotage, made from grapes grown exclusively on the estate. Bring a lunch, relax, and look at the spectacular views.

Ferrari-Carano Vineyards and Winery, Healdsburg

If wine tasting evokes an image of refined elegance, this is the place to visit.

Trees bloom in Spring at the entrance to Ferrari-Carano Vineyards and Winery, Healdsburg
Ferrari-Carano Vineyards and Winery, Healdsburg

Don't let the manicured lawns and opulent chateau-style winery fool you; here, it's all about the wines. That begins with being good stewards of the land. 'We don't just grow grapes, we grow wine.' This is evident in all of the tasting options, which include private tours, flights of a single varietal, best of the bunch, and more.

Truett Hurst Winery, Healdsburg

Yes, there is an actual Dry Creek that runs through the same-named AVA. One of the best places to experience it is at this down-to-earth, essentially Sonoma County winery. 

Red adirondack chairs line Dry Creek at Truett-Hurst Winery, Healdsburg
Truett Hurst Winery, Healdsburg

A biodynamic vineyard, this is one place to take in fish, ducks, sheep, olives, heirloom veggies and fruits, as well as beneficial insects — all while sipping fantastic wines. Bring a picnic, buy a bottle at the tasting room, find a spot by the creek, and enjoy. Sharing the property, VML Winery specializes in single vineyard and barrel select Russian River Valley Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.

Matanzas Creek Winery, Santa Rosa

This out-of-the-way winery, tucked into the middle of Bennett Valley, boasts gorgeous grounds where lavender fields compete with vineyards for your attention. Its park-like setting makes this a great picnic location. Take in the scenery of oaks, olive trees, and native grasses while enjoying a bottle of the wonderful Merlot.

A set of chairs with an umbrella overlook fields of lavender at Matanzas Creek Winery, Santa Rosa
Matanzas Creek Winery

The Sauvignon Blanc has quite the reputation, too. Stop by the gift shop for lavender soaps, lotions and more — made from lavender grown at the winery.

St. Francis Winery & Vineyards, Santa Rosa

When is the top restaurant in America not a restaurant? When it's St. Francis' food and wine pairing. users named the winery the top restaurant in the U.S. And they aren't wrong.

A food and wine pairing at St. Francis Winery & Vineyards, Santa Rosa
St. Francis Winery & Vineyards, Santa Rosa

The pairing features a multi-course tasting menu prepared by the winery's own executive chef, who uses produce and herbs grown on the estate, paired with wines from St. Francis' artisan collection. The stunning Sonoma Valley view just adds to the experience. By appointment only — call to book or book online.


Ram's Gate Winery, Sonoma

The wines and the architecture here offer visitors a strong sense of place. The winery, opened in 2011, resembles the weathered farmsteads that dotted the landscape 100 years ago.

The cozy interior with a fireplace of Ram's Gate Winery, Sonoma
Ram's Gate Winery, Sonoma

Wines are crafted from grapes locally sourced, imbuing each sip with the taste of place. Food and wine pairing options are available, from a simple chef-packed picnic to pair perfectly with the wine choice, to the 'Behind the Gate' experience that's part tasting, part cooking class/demo. By appointment only — call to book.

Korbel Champagne Cellars, Guerneville

Founded by Bohemia-born brothers Francis, Joseph, and Anton Korbel in 1882, Korbel is the oldest continually operating champagne house in North America. Nestled in California's Russian River Valley, Korbel has always followed the time-honored methode champenoise tradition. 

A sign welcomes visitors to the ivy-covered Korbel Champagne Cellars, Guerneville
Korbel Champagne Cellars, Guerneville

Enjoy a history tour, wine tasting, or grab lunch at the deli. Then sit on the deck shaded by towering redwoods and overlooking the vineyards. In the spring, visit for the garden tour.

Lynmar Estate, Sebastopol 

At Lynmar, terroir, that special 'taste of place,' is found in the estate-produced wines and the onsite kitchen gardens that make the culinary program so spectacular. Offered from April to November, the Lynmar Experience includes a walking tour of the property followed by an elegant, seated, three course farm-to-table lunch paired with Lynmar's handcrafted wines and served on the veranda overlooking the vineyard and garden.

A visit to Lynmar Estate is an immersion in the Russian River Valley experience.
Lynmar Estate, Sebastopol

And from May to September, Pinot & Pizza features seasonally inspired artisan pizzas made with estate-grown vegetables prepared in our brick pizza oven, and paired with an array of Lynmar wines. Make it a complete Wine Country experience by booking an overnight stay at the winery's cottage, Bliss House.

Francis Ford Coppola Winery, Geyserville

Not content with just producing enjoyable wine, Francis Ford Coppola showcases it, complete with Hollywood magic, in Alexander Valley. Film memorabilia — including the Godfather's desk, a Tucker car, scripts, and Oscars — enchant visitors.

Guests enjoy the outside terrace at Francis Ford Coppola Winery, Geyserville
Francis Ford Coppola Winery, Geyserville

The estate is not just a winery, it's a resort that includes a full-service restaurant, snack bar, full bar, and pool. Yes, pool; complete with cabines to rent for the day — be sure to reserve your spot early; it fills up fast.



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Ledson Winery & Vineyards, Kenwood

Ledson is one of Sonoma County's wine castles because of its perfect pairing of gothic spires and archways with the rugged, mountainous backdrop of this particularly scenic stretch of the Sonoma Valley.

White roses bloom outside of the iconic Ledson Winery & Vineyards, Kenwood
Ledson Winery & Vineyards, Kenwood

The style is French Normandy, not Valhalla, and it was originally built as a family residence. Inside, it's handsomely furnished, has private rooms and a second-floor seating area, and a full deli. Picnic grounds under the oaks.

Grapes ripen on the vine in a vineyard off of Highway 128 in Alexander Valley, Sonoma County
Alexander Valley

Want to explore all of the wineries in Sonoma County? Get the FREE Wineries Map. You can recommend checking out our 7 tips for Sonoma wine tasting, so that you'll be a pro when your time comes to visit them. 

Want to fly directly into Sonoma Wine Country? The STS - Sonoma County Airport in Santa Rosa offers non-stop flights from Los Angeles, Orange County, Portland, Seattle, San Diego, San Francisco and more.

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