Napa isn’t the only flourishing viticultural region in Northern California. Stretching from the Pacific Coast to the Mayacamas Mountains, Sonoma delights with its scenic beauty, world-class wine, farm-to-table fare, and laid-back ambiance. Safe to say, this splendid destination deserves a spot on your bacchanal bucket list.
Ready to sip your way through Sonoma? Scroll on for six wineries you won’t want to miss. Cheers!
Buena Vista Winery
Buena Vista Winery was founded in 1857 by Agoston Haraszthy. Often credited as the father of California viticulture, the Hungarian-born pioneer brought 300 varietals from Europe and was the first to experiment with redwood barrels. Thanks to extensive restoration efforts, this historic landmark once again welcomes visitors for cellar tours, tastings, picnics, and more.
Whether you’re a Zinfandel neophyte or aficionado, Ravenswood is the move. Start with something ripe and juicy before diving into a full-bodied expression of the grape. Of course, you’ll find plenty of other palate-pleasing options too. Plus, there’s a charming patio with cozy fire pits—which are clutch when the weather cools down.
. Ferrari-Carano Vineyards and Winery
Established by Don and Rhonda Carano in the 1979, this award-winning winery remains family owned nearly 40 years later. Daily tastings are held at the curved mahogany and black granite bar in the main salon. Outside are gorgeous gardens. Fun fact: The tulips are such a popular attraction there’s actually a dedicated hotline.
Viticulture traditions at Gundlach Bundschu date to 1858. Today, under the direction of sixth-generation vintners, this enduring estate continues its 150-year legacy of producing premium cool-climate varietals, including Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Perhaps that’s what makes it Uber’s top destination in Sonoma County. We’re guessing live concerts have something to do with it too.
Ram's Gate Winery
Ram’s Gate Winery is a delicious introduction to Sonoma. And the buck doesn’t stop with beverages. While single-vineyard vino may be the star, curated food pairings provide an opportunity for vintages to truly shine. Imagine a glass of aromatic Chardonnay alongside ricotta ravioli with brown butter and guanciale. Okay, now, we’re hungry.
The Donum Estate
The Donum Estate is a special place, where art and wine coalesce. After sipping Pinot Noir and Chardonnay in the modern hospitality space, it’s off to explore the picturesque property, which is punctuated by a striking (and ever-expanding) collection of sculptures, including works by Ai Weiwei, Arturo Di Modica, and Zhan Wang.
Housed in a historic haçienda, the area’s hippest outpost is known for its Insta-worthy setting, terroir-driven wine, and delectable small plates. During tastings—which cost $60 and last about an hour—guests savor fresh ceviche and house-grown salad alongside current releases. Depending on the season, that might mean fragrant Sylvaner or bright Pinot Noir rosé.