Sonoma County: Best "Alternative" Wineries

Want your wine road trip to focus on the truly unique wineries of Sonoma? IntoWine.com has scoured Sonoma County to find the "alternative" wineries that offer something out of the ordinary, unusual, or just plain cool. The list below is in no particular order.

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Roche Winery Sonoma (City) - Roche offers horseback vineyard tours. More....

Cline Cellars Sonoma (City) - Cline has a bird zoo. More...

Larson Family Winery Sonoma (City) - The winery is an old rodeo ranch and has a distinct cowboy feel to it. It is very a relaxed, family friendly winery with plenty of picnic tables, a bocce ball court, and green grass for blankets. A host of farm animals -horses and a llama named (pun intended) "Dolly Llama"- are present which only add to the cowboy feel. More....

For more than 25 years, The California Wine Club founders Bruce and Pam Boring have explored all corners of California’s wine country to find award-winning, handcrafted wine to share with the world. Each month, the club features a different small family winery and hand selects two of their best wines for members.

Robledo Family Winery Sonoma (City) - Unique in that it is one of the few Mexican owned wineries, Robledo has a Mexican look and feel to it which adds to its charm and is a welcome alternative for those seeking something different in a winery. More....

Bartholomew Park Winery Sonoma (City) - Bartholomew Park Winery is -as its name implies- park like. Word has it the Wall Street Journal named it Sonoma's best place to "pop the question". More...

Benziger Family Winery Glen Ellen - Benziger is a must see destination spot for people planning a Sonoma winery tour. Beautiful, with a "Garden of Eden" feel to it, Benziger offers just about everything you can want in a winery experience with great wines, beautiful gardens, grand views, bio-diversity, hourly tours, picnic grounds, and even a playground for the kids. 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...

B.R. Cohn Glen Ellen - B.R. Cohn is classic Rock'n'Roll & wine. Owner Bruce Cohn is the original and longtime manager of rock legends The Doobie Brothers. Gold records and rock memorabilia adorn the tasting room. More...

Paradise Ridge Winery Santa Rosa - 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. More....

Matanzas Creek Winery Santa Rosa - Scenic and beautiful, they have a lavender farm of all things on the grounds. More...

More coming soon.......