Sonoma County Wineries With Amazing Views
There are more than 425 wineries in Sonoma County and each and every one is scenic in its own way. Still, some have views that are real standouts. Here, moving south to north, is a sampling of wineries to visit if you crave a vineyard vista as you taste an exceptional vintage.
At the southern end of Sonoma County, the Italian-style Viansa Sonoma winery commands a hill overlooking acres of protected wetlands. It's a particularly fine perch for bird watchers during spring and summer migrations, and in the winter when the wetlands are at their wettest and full of happy waterfowl. Special 'outlook' structures are available to sip and view in style.
The Russian River wine-growing region has gorgeous views around every bend, but Gary Farrell Vineyards and Winery, open by appointment only, is renowned for its vineyard vistas and 'glamping' woodlands experience.
Furthest north and west, Fort Ross Vineyard, Winery & Tasting Room has a tasting room with a view of vineyards, of course, but also the Pacific Ocean. It's the only tasting room along the coast in the Fort Ross-Seaview AVA. So you can sip a Pinot Noir, smell the sea air, and watch the distant waves.
Whichever winery you visit, close your eyes to better taste the wine, and then open them wide for the full Sonoma County experience.
Written by Julie Vader.