Bartholomew Estate Winery offers tasting, art, picnicking, hiking
Go wine tasting on an oak knoll, enjoy a picnic, tour an art exhibit, explore a lush garden, and hike newly reopened scenic trails, all at the new Bartholomew Estate Winery in the Sonoma Valley, in eastern Sonoma County.
The Frank H. Bartholomew Foundation, which operates the private Bartholomew Park property, partnered with noted winemaker Kevin Holt to establish the new winery, which offers Sauvignon Blanc, Rosé of Zinfandel, and Zinfandel wines.
Tasting experiences include sampling a flight of three wines in the main tasting room or on the outdoor patio, or taking a 30-minute walk in the vineyard guided by a knowledgeable host and then enjoying a tasting on the oak knoll. You can also buy wines by the glass or bottle to enjoy on the patio or oak knoll.
Stroll through the art gallery next to the tasting room and you’ll find an exhibit of stunning oils, pastels, and watercolors by Sonoma plein air artists (“plein air” means painting outdoors). The property also includes a three-mile trail (moderate to difficult in places) that heads past a duck pond and windmill, weaving through trees and vineyards, and following wildflowers up log steps to a crest with a view of the San Francisco Bay.
The Frank H. Bartholomew Foundation was founded to preserve and protect this historic property, and to educate the public on the history of the site, California viticulture, and winemaking practices. For more details about the foundation, visit bartholomewpark.org.