West Wines is a small winery run by husband and wife team Bengt Akerlind and Katarina Bonde. We started 20 years ago growing grapes and moved gradually into producing estate wines. We love to tell you about our winemaking and vineyards and are really "all about the wines." Our tasting room is steps from the vineyard and has outdoor tables next to the vines.
We make European style crisp and lush white wines and well aged complex red wines. All our red wines have been aged in French oak barrels for 2 years and our Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve is bottle-stored another 4 years before release. This wine was chosen for the Nobel Awards Banquet in Stockholm, Sweden 2010. The first time ever an American wine was selected. Our winemaking is inspired by French traditions of crispness and complexity combined with the fruity and rich flavors of grapes grown in Sonoma County, California.
At West Wines we produce wine from our own grapes. We believe in responsible agricultural practices such as minimizing the use of energy and water while building out our capacity of solar power. We use cover crops between our vine rows to create nutrition for the plants but also flowers who serve as a habitat for beneficial insects for pest control.
Our white grape vines get more fog and cooler mornings next to Dry Creek, right outside our tasting room. Our red grapes grow west of West Dry Creek Road, 300 ft. above the valley floor on south and west facing slopes and get a warmer and sunnier climate on average.
Open Sunday through Friday: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Years Day.
$15 tasting fee, waived with wine purchase. Flight of five wines including our Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve. Join us on the last weekend of every month for our Library Cabernet Sauvignon and Gourmet Cheese Pairing. You will experience four vintages of Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve starting with 2009 and ending with 2006. We pair the wines with gourmet cheeses. $20 fee. Vineyard hikes every Saturday, weather permitting, at 10:30 am $20 We walk the vineyard and discuss how wine gets from vine to bottle and talk about our sustainable methods. Wear comfortable, closed toe shoes. We finish with wine tasting in the tasting room. Sign up at least the day before.
Stay at West Wines! Shaded by a 400-year-old oak tree, this very special home ‘lives’ on 30 vineyard acres and is off Dry Creek Road, just one mile west of the north end of charming, upscale, historic, Healdsburg in the heart of Sonoma County’s Wine Country.