couple hiking in dry creek valley
Dry Creek Valley

Wineries with Fun Sports Activities

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Tasting wine in Sonoma County is a lovely experience, but sometimes it's nice to take a break. Here are a few wineries, divvied up by outdoor activity, that are ready to give you a Sonoma Wine Country-style taste of that good ol' sporting life. As some activities are seasonal, it's a good idea to check with each winery for more information.

Biking

Sonoma Valley Bike Tours lets you enjoy the scenery and discover boutique and family-owned wineries at a casual pace with frequent stops on the Full Day Sonoma Valley Bike Tour. Pedal an average of three to six miles between each winery visit, on this tour led by a knowledgeable and local guide.

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Getaway Adventures

Venture through the Sonoma Wine Country on two wheels, with the gentle breezes cooling you under the warm sun. On Getaway Adventures' Healdsburg Bike & Wine tour, take a relaxed 10- to 12-mile ride along the quiet country lanes of the Dry Creek Valley. Taste wines along the way, stop on rural back roads and enjoy the scenery, and keep your energy going with a Wine Country picnic lunch. 

Bocce Ball

Thanks to the many Italian immigrants who settled in Sonoma County in the 19th century, bocce ball has long been popular here. Descended from an ancient game of the Roman Empire, bocce involves rolling metal or plastic balls on long smooth courts. It's a social game with plenty of opportunity for laughter and joking around.

People sit at a pincic table next to a bocce court under a redwood tree in Sonoma County
Hook & Ladder Winery

Many wineries throughout Sonoma County offer bocce ball courts to visitors. It's fun to kick back with a glass of wine and watch a competition, or even join in and play yourself.  Here are a few "bocce" wineries to check out as you travel around the county:

Free Walking Tours

Thanks to an innovative and free program known as Sonoma County Vineyard Adventures, you can visit some of the region's outstanding wineries and take a free walking tour of their vineyards. The walks are relatively easy, and from half a mile to slightly more than a mile long. The terrain varies from valleys to mountains but the locations are always beautiful.

A sign for the vineyard adventure program sits in front of the vineyards in the shadow of a big mountain
St. Francis Winery & Vineyards
When you visit one of the wineries below, stop in the tasting room to pick up a detailed walking-tour guide to the vineyard. Points of interest will be clearly marked along the route.

If you feel like it there's no obligation you can stop in the tasting room after your walk and sample wines made from the vineyards you've just seen (the walking tour is free, but wine tasting fees may be charged).

The participating wineries are:

Hiking

Kunde Family Winery in Kenwood offers a monthly hiking-and-tasting program designed for outdoor and wine enthusiasts. The guided hikes explore the 1,850-acre volcanic and vertical property, are moderately strenuous, and take guests from the Sonoma Valley floor to 1,400 feet into the Mayacamas mountain range. This fun and casual hike lasts about four hours. 

The winery also offers dog-friendly hikes led by Jeff and Roberta Kunde and their two dogs; four hours, ending with a wine tasting and wine country lunch.

Horseback Riding

Triple Creek Horse Outfit, located in the town of Kenwood in the Sonoma Valley, offers guided Wine Country rides at Jack London State Historic Park along 20-plus miles of trails. The park is home to ancient winery walls and vineyards planted where London himself once grew grapes.

Four people lined up, on horses, in front of green vineyards in Sonoma County
Sonoma Valley Trail Rides

Explore a beautiful winery by riding through the vines on seasoned, gentle horses with the help of an experienced, friendly guide from Sonoma Valley Trail Rides. As an option, after your ride you can enjoy a world-class wine tasting and/or picnic designed especially for you. 

Swimming

Take the family swimming at Geyserville's Francis Ford Coppola Winery, the only winery in the county where you can jump in the water. With a combined 3,600 square feet of space, two swimming pools are connected by a swim-through where jets of water form a small "bridge" for you to swim beneath. When you're not swimming you can relax in comfy chaise lounge chairs surrounding the pool area.

The pool is surrounded by lounge chairs and cabins in Sonoma County
Francis Ford Coppola Winery

A daily pool pass allows entry to the pool. Or rent one of the 28 cabines (European-style changing rooms) for the entire day. Cabine rental includes pool entry for up to four people, with four lounge chairs and the use of four towels. Cabines are safe places to store personal items, and contain private showers and towels. 

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