Sonoma County: Best Wineries for Blanket Picnics

Looking for the perfect Sonoma spot for a cozy blanket picnic? IntoWine.com has scoured Sonoma County to find the best wineries for a sunny blanket picnic. The list below is in no particular order.

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Gundlach-Bundschu Winery Sonoma (City) - Gundlach-Bundschu Winery is expansive and massive with a big focus on visitors enjoying the surrounding property. Plenty of tables and shelters exist for picnicers. Gundlach-Bundschu is ideal for people seeking a cozy place for a blanket picnic. Hiking trails exist for those looking to explore the grounds or have a more scenic picnic. More....

Cline Cellars Sonoma (City) - An unpretentious old country home, Cline offers expansive picnic areas, a half dozen fountains and pools (no swimming), a bird zoo, and just plenty of beautiful flowers, trees, and plant life to make for a peaceful day at the winery. More...

Bartholomew Park Winery Sonoma (City) - Bartholomew Park Winery is -as its name implies- park like. Set in the rolling hills a few miles Northeast of Sonoma Plaza, Bartholomew is quaint, breezy, green, and soaking in Sonoma history. Picnic tables are strewn throughout the grounds making Bartholomew an ideal place for a cozy picnic. Word has it the Wall Street Journal named it Sonoma's best place to "pop the question". More...

Sebastiani Vineyards Sonoma (City) - A behemoth of a winery and tasting room, the Sebastiani Vineyards winery and testing room is an enormous operation with a European chateau feel to it. Sebastiani is located just a few blocks Northeast of Sonoma Plaza. While parking on premises is more than sufficient (it's like parking at a grocery store), it is worth walking from Sonoma Plaza and taking in the quaint neighborhood. There is plenty of grass and picnic tables for those looking for a quiet place to enjoy a bottle of wine and some lunch. Sebastiani even has its own small park on its Northeast corner for those looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of the tasting room. More....

Paradise Ridge Winery Santa Rosa - Located in what seems to be your normal, everyday, upscale suburban Santa Rosa neighborhood, Paradise Ridge couldn't be more opposite to the staid confines of its suburban neighbors. The tasting room rests on a hillside and offers an amazing view of the vineyards surrounding it. Family owned since inception, the grounds reflect the passions -wine, art, family- of the Byck clan. Sculptures by local artists are placed throughout the grounds giving the winery the appeal of an outdoor gallery. Better yet, let's call it an art park. Yet nothing is stuffy or pretentious at Paradise Ridge. You can host an elegant wedding reception there as easily as you can lay down a blanket and enjoy a wine and cheese lunch with your significant other. More....

Imagery Estate Winery Glen Ellen - The vibe at Imagery is one of wine, art, and nature. Imagery is a biodynamic winery so a huge emphasis is placed on preserving and embracing nature. Nature lovers will love walking the grounds to discover and encounter the bio-diversity. The tasting room is as much art gallery as it is wine bar as dozens and dozens of paintings adorn the walls. Imagery is known for its unique artist-commissioned wine labels so it is a must visit for label collectors. As for the wine, Imagery is a biodynamic farm with an emphasis on rare grapes and diversity in their wine offerings. More...

Hop Kiln Winery Healdsburg - A historic landmark, Hop Kiln Winery is a destination spot for all wine loving history buffs. Visually impressive, this is a good place for a small group picnic or for anyone looking to buy some gourmet food. The tasting room/gift shop is stocked full of meats, cheeses, spreads and the like. More...

SL Cellars Kenwood - A converted old country schoolhouse right off Sonoma Highway, SL Cellars is a laid back place that hosts live music performances on weekends, SL Cellars is ideal for group picnics and outdoor events. More...

Chateau St. Jean Kenwood - A "must visit" stop on any Sonoma wine tour. As its name implies, Chateau St. Jean has a majestic, stately feel to it. Nestled at the base of a mountain side with beautiful gardens and impressive architecture, it is an ideal place for wine lovers seeking a picture-esque tasting experience. More...

Landmark Vineyards Kenwood - An old mission style building with beautiful fountains, a large pond, and vast lawn space, Landmark is very good for outdoor event hosting (small and large group picnics). Food and wine pairings are offered by appointment as are wagon tours. More...

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