While not as internationally known as Napa Valley, neighboring Sonoma County is home to hundreds of equally high-quality vineyards, many of which are less crowded and less expensive than their Napa counterparts. To ensure the perfect bachelorette trip to Sonoma, plan for no more than three or four winery stops per day, chose places nearby to one another (as Sonoma County is larger and more spread out than Napa) and be sure to designate a driver.
Here are five of the best wineries for bachelorette groups in Sonoma. Bonus: they're all located on the southern end of the region, so you can pick a few without traveling too far.
Two miles south of Landmark, Kunde Winery offers a wide selection of red and white wines, including sauvignon blanc, chardonnay, zinfandel, and cabernet. The lively tasting room includes both indoor and outdoor seating and cheese plates are available to accompany the wine. Or, for a more active adventure, book the Mountain Top Tasting, which is set 1,400 feet above the valley.
The farthest north of the following selections, Landmark Vineyards is located a few minutes north of "downtown" Sonoma, near the map-dot town of Kenwood. The chardonnays and pinots produced here are among the best in Sonoma, and the grounds— which feature a picnic area and a bocce court—are beautifully set among the vineyards. Stop for a tasting or pack a picnic, buy a bottle and enjoy a few rounds of bocce.
You'll need an appointment at Scribe Winery but the property's laid-back feel and gorgeous hilltop views are worth the extra effort— and of course, the wines are pretty great, too. Book a tasting to sample interesting varietals like silvaner, along with more popular wines like pinot and cab, or book a "blanket and bottle" for a relaxing hillside picnic with your girls. Bonus: the property is pet friendly.
Just south of the Sonoma Plaza, Cline Cellars is located across the street from its sister winery, Jacuzzi. Both properties offer free tastings but Cline has the added advantage of sprawling picnic space where you can set up for lunch or relax with a shared bottle of their sustainably farmed wines.
Ram's Gate Winery
Located on the far southern end of Sonoma County, closest to San Francisco, Ram's Gate is a part winery, part Pottery Barn catalog come to life. The jaw-dropping space is all exposed wooden beams, roaring fireplaces, plush seating, and floor-to-ceiling windows. Book a flight at the tasting bar, opt for a wine and food pairing, or spring for the ultimate indulgence, the Vineyard Table; available for groups of 4-10 people, the three-hour experience includes a tour and food-paired tasting at a private table set among the vines.