Downtown Santa Rosa Wine Tasting
Wine tasting in downtown Santa Rosa is a unique experience. Blend artisan vintages with an urban-village setting and you've got the artsy, landscaped strip mall known as Santa Rosa Vintners Square (1301-1305 Cleveland Ave., Santa Rosa).
This "urban winery village" in downtown Santa Rosa may be surrounded by concrete, but its two boutique winery tasting rooms are delightful places to sit and sip. And for pet lovers, they're dog-friendly.
D'Argenzio produces about 3,000 cases a year, including limited productions of Italian varietals like Sagarantino, Agliancio, Tocal Friulano, Montepulciano, Barbera, Moscato, and Sangiovese, plus many Sonoma County staples like Pinot Noir, Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, Chardonnay, and Sauvignon Blanc.
This boutique Italian family winery combines modern technologies with Old World methods - gently pressing the grapes, aging the wine an average of 22 months, and using only the finest French, American, and Italian oak barrels. The grapes are all sourced from selected Sonoma County vineyards.
The tasting room offers antipasti platters and other goodies; there is a bocce ball court on the back patio; and they occasionally host comedy nights and other special events.
This winery produces about 3,000 cases a year, with nine varietals to choose from. Owned by Dana Topping and Rick Legnon, friends for over 30 years, this boutique winery combines the modern skills of Sandro Tamburin, director of winemaking, with Old World practices, gently pressing the grapes, aging the wine up to 20 months, and using only the finest French and American oak barrels.
The tasting room is large and comfortable. Relax in cozy chairs and couches and sip a glass of wine while watching one of five monitors showing how they make their wine and videos of their vineyards.
Their varietals include a Signature Cabernet Sauvignon, single vineyard Malbec, Syrah, and limited productions of Petit Verdot and Carménère (originally planted in the Médoc region of Bordeaux, France). All these varietals are sourced from the winery's estate vineyards above Calistoga in the Saint Helena mountains. Also included are many of Sonoma County favorites like Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Sauvignon Blanc.
And More ...
After visiting the square's tasting rooms, look around a bit. Santa Rosa Vintners Square is the brain child of D'Argenzio Winery founder Ray D'Argenzio, who envisioned providing the culinary conversant of the community with all their wine and food needs in one central area – which means there's lot to see and savor.
The Fogbelt Brewery taproom offers a handful of flagship release beers, along with a variety of seasonal and rotating experimental brews, as well as tasty seasonal pub fare. Cibo Rustico Pizzeria offers fine Italian and Sonoma County wines, local and imported beer, and Italian-style, thin-crust pizza made with authentic imported ingredients. And as the only cold-pressed juicery in Santa Rosa, Juice on the Square offers fresh, raw, all natural, organic, cold-pressed juice, as well as elixirs, wheatgrass shots, fresh juice to order, organic coffee, tea, and free wi-fi.
As you explore Vintners Square, you may wonder: am I really in downtown Santa Rosa? Lucky you, indeed you are.