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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.
Phone800-926-1266.
Websitebuenavistawinery.com
Tasting RoomHistoric tasting room close to Sonoma town square open daily 10-5.
Production55,000 cases
WinemakerJeff Stewart
OwnerBoisset
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
Phone707-939-2290
Website
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
Phone707-996-7256
Websitegloriaferrer.com
Tasting RoomOpen daily 10:30-5:30. Tours by appointment.
Production140,000 cases
WinemakerRobert Iantosca
OwnerFreixenet
CommentsThe sparkling wines are consistently fine. Small lots of interesting still Pinot Noirs are also produced.
PoP coverageGloria Ferrer Winery
Robledo Family Winery
Address21901 Bonness Rd., Sonoma
Phone707-939-6903
Websiterobledofamilywinery.com
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
Phone707-933-4440
Websiteroesslercellars.com
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
Phone800-966-9365
Websiteschugwinery.com
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 Winery Estate
Talisman Wines
Address21684 Eighth St. East, Suite 470, Sonoma
Phone707-258-5722
Websitetalismanwine.com
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
Phone707-933-0340
Websitelespetitemaisons.com
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
Phone707-928-2929
Websitemacarthurplace.com
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
Phone707-935-5994
Website
CommentsVery small, great prices for the high quality. Reservations suggested.
Cafe Citti
Address9049 Sonoma Highway, Kenwood
Phone707-833-2690
Website
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
Phone707-931-2042
Websitethelodgeatsonoma.com
CommentsOutstanding wine list. American cuisine.
Fremont Diner
Address2698 Fremont Dr., Sonoma
Phone707-938-7370
Websitethefremontdiner.com
CommentsRetro-cool roadside cafe with countrified classics, outdoor dining. Reasonably price. BLD.
Glen Ellen Star
Address13648 Arnold Dr., Glen Ellen
Phone707-3434-1384
Websitewww.glenellenstar.com
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
Phone707-930-6955
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
Phone707-933-3000
CommentsCasual, good take out for picnics
The Girl and the Fig
Address110 W. Spain St., Sonoma
Phone707-938-3634
Websitethegirlandthefig.com

Recommended Wine Stores

Grange Sonoma Tasting Room
Address23564 Hwy 121, Sonoma (across from Gloria Ferrer).
Phone707-933-8980
Websitegrangesonoma.com
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
Websitelocalharvest.org

Appellation Websites