Looking for something different on your next wine trip to Sonoma County? Start at the far end of Sonoma Valley at Buena Vista Winery, California’s first commercial winery established in 1857 by Count Agoston Haraszthy.
Steeped in history, legend has it that migrant Chinese workers were trapped alive while digging the caves for the Count. Hence, ghost sightings have been reported in the tasting room and in the cave after hours.
Tucked away in the Chalk Hill AVA, east of Windsor, Roth Estates Winery features a more modern cave setting. Specializing in Bordeaux varietals, Roth offers a unique property tour ending with a reserve tasting in the cave itself.
On the far west reaches of Sebastopol, Freeman Winery is truly a hidden gem! Burgundy inspired winemaker Aiko Freeman rolls out the hospitality red carpet.
By appointment, guests are invited to taste the award-winning small lot Chardonnay and Pinot Noir in the cavernous cellar. The setting is pristine, nestled in a redwood grove on the cooler side of the Russian River Valley AVA.
Head toward Healdsburg along Westside Road and visit Thomas George Winery’s wine cave for a real treat. The only thing grander than the wine cave itself are the commanding views atop the property. Private off road tours are available with a catered picnic lunch in warmer months. Guaranteed to delight your senses!