Sonoma Carneros

The wineries are all located within an easy 20 minute drive of the town of Sonoma.

Recommended Wineries

Buena Vista Winery
Address18000 Old Winery Rd, Sonoma.
Tasting RoomHistoric tasting room close to Sonoma town square open daily 10-5.
Production55,000 cases
WinemakerJeff Stewart
CommentsThis winery has recommitted itself to producing ultra-premium Pinot Noir. 800 acres owned. Established in 1857. The Buena Vista Ramal Vineyard and Winery on Ramal Road are not open to the public. Note: winery was owned by Constellation Wines and sold to Boisset in 2011.
PoP coverageBuena Vista Winery
Donum Estate and Robert Stemmler
Address24520 Ramal Road, Sonoma
Tasting RoomSonoma-Enoteca, 35 East Napa St., Sonoma, open daily 11-6 except Tues and Weds 3-7.
Production10,000 cases
WinemakerKenneth Juhasz
OwnerAnne Moller-Racke
Comments120 acres owned. Established in 2000.
PoP coverageDonum Estate
Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards
Address23555 Carneros Hwy 121, Sonoma
Tasting RoomOpen daily 10:30-5:30. Tours by appointment.
Production140,000 cases
WinemakerRobert Iantosca
CommentsThe sparkling wines are consistently fine. Small lots of interesting still Pinot Noirs are also produced.
PoP coverageGloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards
Robledo Family Winery
Address21901 Bonness Rd., Sonoma
Tasting RoomOpen daily.
Production5,000 cases of multiple varietal wines.
WinemakerRolando Herrera
OwnerRobledo family
CommentsThe first winery in California owned by a Mexican immigrant. 300 acres owned and 300 acres leased or controlled.
PoP coverageRobledo Family Winery
Roessler Cellars
Address360 First St. West, Sonoma
Tasting Room11-6 daily
Production6,500 cases Pinot Noir and Chardonnay
WinemakerScott Shapley, Consulting Wells Guthrie
OwnerRichard and Roger Roessler
CommentsExcellent Pinot Noirs sourced from top vineyards throughout California. Owners are extremely personable and well worth meeting. Established in 2000.
PoP coverageRoessler Cellars
Schug Carneros Estate Winery
Address602 Bonneau Rd, Sonoma
Tasting RoomOpen daily 10-5. Tours by appointment. Picnic area.
Production35,000 cases
WinemakerMichael Cox
OwnerWalter and Axel Schug
CommentsA Carneros original producing quality Pinot Noir in Sonoma since 1980.
PoP coverageSchug Carneros Estate Winery
Talisman Wines
Address21684 Eighth St. East, Suite 470, Sonoma
Tasting RoomBy appointment.
ProductionSmall lots of Pinot Noir from Sonoma County.
WinemakerScott Rich
OwnerScott and Marta Rich
CommentsPinot Noir specialist of highest quality.
PoP coverageTalisman

Recommended Lodging

Les Petites Maisons
Address1190 East Napa St., Sonoma
Comments4 new cottages 1 mile from Sonoma Square. Firepits, deck chairs in your own garden. Romantic. Wake up to egg-and-cheese croissants from the Adjacent Fig Pantry, then wine-taste the day away.
MacArthur Place
Address20 E MacArthur St., Sonoma
Comments4 blocks from Sonoma Plaza. 64 luxurious rooms. Saddles Steakhouse Restaurant in the hotel is fine.

Recommended Restaurants

Café La Haye
Address140 East Napa St., Sonoma
CommentsVery small, great prices for the high quality. Reservations suggested.
Cafe Citti
Address9049 Sonoma Highway, Kenwood
CommentsSmall Italian roadhouse. Order at a window and take a seat - nothing fancy. Lousy wine list but corkage is waved if wine is local.
Carneros Bistro & Wine Bar
Address1325 Broadway, Sonoma, in The Lodge at Sonoma
CommentsOutstanding wine list. American cuisine.
El Molino Central
Address11 Central Ave, Sonoma
CommentsThe best Mexican food you can find in wine country is at this tiny cafe in Sonoma's Boyes Hot Springs District. Order the greatest chips and guacamole ever, some of the authentic street food items, and walk through the kitchen to the picnic tables outside. I guarantee you won't be disappointed.
Fremont Diner
Address2698 Fremont Dr., Sonoma
CommentsRetro-cool roadside cafe with countrified classics, outdoor dining. Reasonably price. BLD.
Glen Ellen Star
Address13648 Arnold Dr., Glen Ellen
CommentsChef Art Weiswasser and his spouse, Erinn Benziger-Weiswasser, re-created a friendly farmhouse restaurant that features rustic wood-fired pizzas and classics such as grilled flat-iron steak and lamb meatballs. Very casual, outdoor dining, terrific service and fantastic food. A wine country favorite of mine.
Heirloom Restaurant & Lounge
Address110 W. Spain St., Sonoma
CommentsLocated in the historic Sonoma Hotel on Sonoma Plaza. American food with a French touch. Chef is Michael Dotson, formerly Plumpjack in San Francisco.
The Fig Pantry
Address1190 E. Napa St, Sonoma
CommentsCasual, good take out for picnics
The Girl and the Fig
Address110 W. Spain St., Sonoma

Recommended Wine Stores

Grange Sonoma Tasting Room
Address23564 Hwy 121, Sonoma (across from Gloria Ferrer).
CommentsDerbes Wines, Dutch Bill Creek, Enkidu, Harrington Wines, Eno Wines. Inside The Wineries at Cornerstone where wines from every appellation in Sonoma County are offered.

Picnic Supplies

Farmer's Markets
Sonoma Market & Glen Ellen Village Market
Address500 W Napa St., Sonoma/1371 Arnold Dr, Glen Ellen
CommentsBest gourmet grocery store in Sonoma Valley. Extensive selection of cheeses, olives, local seafood and meats. Paninis, sandwiches, wraps, burgers, taqueria, sushi. Big wine selection.

Appellation Websites